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Fast Track to Digital Business with Advanced SAP S/4HANA Co-Innovations from SAP

by Bil Khan, Director, SAP Solution Extensions, Global Marketing, SAP | SAPinsider, Volume 19, Issue 2

April 30, 2018

SAP Solution Extensions

SAP S/4HANA is only part of the equation for completing a digital transformation. The other part is formulating a detailed digital strategy and implementing it throughout your organization. This article shows you how to use SAP Solution Extensions to support five pillars of co-innovation that complement your organization’s digital strategy.

According to a market study, only 5% of companies stated that they have fully mastered digital business.1 To help organizations bridge the gap between their vision and reality, SAP developed SAP S/4HANA as the digital core to accelerate digital transformation. But this is only part of the equation: Companies must formulate a detailed digital strategy and implement it across the business. By leveraging the co-innovation between SAP and its partners, organizations can find the right SAP Solution Extensions to complement their strategy and gain an edge over competitors.

Five Pillars of Co-Innovation

To achieve an IT landscape that could provide the necessary groundwork for a successful realization of your digital strategy, consider the following pillars of co-innovation supported by SAP Solution Extensions:

Process Optimization: From making processes and business operations more efficient to optimizing process migrations, SAP Process Mining by Celonis helps business process owners and analysts visualize and assess operative processes, detect non-compliant processes, and drive process conformance while accelerating process migration to SAP S/4HANA.

Application Testing: Effective application testing plays a key role in achieving the high quality performance that users and customers expect. SAP Quality Center by Micro Focus, SAP LoadRunner by Micro Focus, and SAP Fortify by Micro Focus can identify issues with quality, performance, and security before going live with new applications on SAP HANA. 

Data Management and Governance: Business results depend on complete and reliable data, so implementing processes to monitor and manage it properly is a must. The most basic requirement for success is ensuring the right input for all business processes by maintaining reliable master data on customers, suppliers, financials, enterprise assets, and materials.

The integrated master data models within SAP S/4HANA capture business logic and validation rules. These models, which are part of SAP Master Data Governance, enterprise asset management extension by Utopia, help companies future-proof their SAP S/4HANA investments and speed up implementations with most of their master data design already in place. Fueled by explosive data growth, many large global organizations are undergoing a data migration project somewhere in their infrastructure at any given moment. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates is a powerful data migration solution that efficiently orchestrates the process of SAP data migrations to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA.

Content Management and Compliance: An organization’s unstructured content is commonly locked in silos with little or no business context. While SAP HANA provides the backbone for a digital transformation, SAP Extended Enterprise Content Management by OpenText allows businesses to embed digitized content directly in their processes running on the SAP HANA platform. With this single solution, companies can engage with customers using a 360-degree profile, accomplish collaboration and compliance, and optimize procurement, employee productivity, process efficiency, and asset return on investment. 

Security: If you give users too much access to applications and data, you create unnecessary risk. If there are too many restrictions, it can negatively impact productivity. SAP Access Violation Management by Greenlight helps organizations strike a balance between the two by automatically measuring access risk for users and determining how it could affect the business. And with SAP Dynamic Authorization Management by NextLabs, companies can quickly and securely share data with partners using dynamic,attribute-based access controls, allowing them to collaborate safely across their business network.

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With SAP S/4HANA, companies have the right foundation to capitalize on emerging opportunities today and in the future. By deploying complete, end-to-end solutions with the right SAP Solution Extensions, organizations can build on the digital core and optimize processes; deliver trusted, complete, and relevant information to customers, employees, and suppliers; and keep their infrastructure secure. To learn more about SAP Solution Extensions, visit

1 Accenture, “Digital Transformation in the Age of the Customer” ( [back]

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Bil Khan
Bil Khan

Director, SAP Solution Extensions, Global Marketing, SAP

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