Blogs • 9 May 2019

Why SAP S/4HANA turns your company into a faster and more efficient business

“Run simple.” SAP launched this short and powerful tagline several years ago. It perfectly describes what they stand for: SAP wants to support companies in a digital world, using tools to simplify difficult business processes. Their new ERP suite is therefore entirely based on the "Run simple'' principle.
Ready to find out how this principle boosts your business? Meet SAP S/4HANA.

SAP S/4HANA turns your business into an intelligent enterprise

The digital revolution is in overdrive. Your customers expect flawless service, better products and a personal approach. Digital transformations are no longer a luxury for large or innovative companies. They are a need to keep up with and respond to the changing needs of your customers.

But... is your company able to respond to these changes? Can you take decisions in the shortest possible time? Could you offer your customers an excellent service? SAP S/4HANA is here to help.

The main difference between SAP S/4HANA and its predecessors? The name of this latest version already reveals it. The new business suite is, in fact, using the HANA in-memory platform, which makes it easy to transform your business into an intelligent enterprise.

Discovering the endless possibilities of SAP S/4HANA

Different studies warned SAP users that they need to handle an end-to-end approach while upgrading their systems. The German software manufacturer describes its business suite as an intelligent ERP solution that enables companies to take maximum advantage of every digital opportunity. And they're not lying when they say this!

  • First and foremost, SAP S/4HANA involves a major simplification. HANA's super-fast analysis ensure that you can collect, process and apply data to your business processes in real time. It is therefore even easier to understand data models in a short amount of time and to discover the needs of your customers.

  • SAP S/4HANA responds to the new needs of modern businesses. While we used to consider an order-to-cash concept in the past, we now have to consider a lead-to-cash approach. SAP S/4HANA makes it possible to follow customers from pre-sales to after-sales and to respond to their needs.

  • The software giant has been optimizing business processes for many years. S/4HANA prepares your processes for the future. This allows employees to make decisions faster thanks to a few innovative solutions. Speaking of solid business value!

  • Automation is key in the digital world. That's why the latest offspring of SAP's ERP solutions allow you to automate tasks. In addition, you can add intelligent functionalities and learning capabilities to these intelligent tasks.

  • The latest version of this business suite also offers you the ability to build your digital future. Thanks to S/4HANA you have IoT, big data and mobile first solutions at your fingertips!

  • What do you prefer: An on-premise installation? In the Cloud? Or rather a hybrid deployment? Whatever your needs are and infrastructure allows: S/4HANA is fully responding to it!

  • Last but not least, SAP has been seriously working on the look & feel of their ERP solution. The new (award-winning) interface is entirely based on SAP FIORI, which makes the use of S/4HANA a lot easier, more intuitive and faster.

SAP S/4HANA offers many technical possibilities. However, technical implementations will not be enough to make the difference, and it is therefore crucial to identify the specific added value of SAP S/4HANA in your company.

HANA unlocks the future of your business

We mentioned it before: the backbone of this new software is the HANA core. It combines the traditional ERP package with, among other things, CRM systems, EWM solutions and transport management tools. In addition to that, this system can easily be integrated with SAP Hybris, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Ariba and SAP Leonardo.

To put it briefly: thanks to SAP S/4HANA you can already control the future of your company as from today!

Do you start building your digital future today? Contact one of our S/4HANA experts!

Why should you migrate to S/4HANA?

SAP wants to offer its customers a continuous competitive advantage. Therefore, the migration to SAP S/4HANA is unavoidable for SAP users. The existing ERP Business Suite has received an expiration date. SAP will stop supporting the existing solutions by 2027-2030. This means that you will have to use the HANA in-memory platform anyway.

However, we do not recommend postponing the migration until the end of 2027. A migration is after all not low-cost and takes a lot of time. Migrating in a few months is thus definitely not a good idea. That's why we recommend you to start re-platforming your SAP solutions today so that you can set the pace of your shift yourself.

In order to do this, Amista uses a well thought out and proven approach. We will first visit your company to get to the bottom of your 2D system before advising you on how to make maximum use of S/4HANA. This can be achieved in different ways:

A greenfield approach
Do you want a fresh start even though you already have an existing SAP or Non-SAP ERP solution? Is your existing SAP landscape outdated? Do you want to go to cloud? Then you should go for a Greenfield migration, in which we fully analyze your entire system, re-engineer it and simplify business processes. This approach also reduces the time-to-value and total cost of ownership. This allows you to quickly use an S/4HANA environment that suits the needs of your business. When you decide to go for a Greenfield migration, you can use both public and private cloud, as well as on-premise solutions.

A brownfield approach
An existing SAP solution can be converted to the new SAP S/4HANA without reimplementation or disruption of your business processes. This is called the Brownfield approach. This approach offers fewer possibilities in terms of migration. Cloud migration is not possible, so you only have the option of working on premise.

Amista uses SAP S/4HANA to create your intelligent enterprise

Ready to switch to S/4HANA? If so, it is recommended to consult an experienced end-to-end partner. This way, you can enjoy the advantages of the new platform to the fullest, without extra workload or stress.

On top of that, we know how to turn your business into an intelligent enterprise. Which leads to:

  • A clean core, by putting custom development out of the core system and into SAP Cloud Platform.

  • Maximum use of S/4HANA intelligent enterprise. We enable SAP Leonardo to go to a lead-to-cash approach.

  • An extra focus on SAP Field Service Management, AI and ML to automatically close service tickets and provide the best-fitting service to customers.

Amista has recently become S/4HANA Cloud Certified, which means that we not only provide the appropriate licenses, but also services such as a flawless migration.
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