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Journey to a Stress-Free Intelligent Enterprise

Streamline the Move to the SAP S/4HANA Digital Core with SAP Solution Extensions

by Bil Khan, Director, SAP Solution Extensions, Global Marketing, SAP

March 12, 2019

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Over the years, more than 5,000 customers with tens of millions of users have confidently chosen to implement SAP Solution Extensions, which are products sold by SAP that are developed by third-party independent software vendors. SAP Solution Extensions enhance the customer experience because they simplify procurement, reduce risk, and help manage cost by offering broad functionality from a single vendor. This way customers can focus on their business — be it brewing the beer, baking the chocolates, or making the sneakers – and SAP can spend the time ensuring the solutions work and all the pieces fit together. In this article series, learn more about how SAP Solution Extensions help streamline the move to the SAP S/4HANA digital core; transform finance with intelligent automation, and speed the delivery of innovative applications in the cloud.

As businesses start to leverage the latest and greatest in intelligent technologies — from artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and digital twins to augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT), and more — they are faced with not only the complexities of their current system landscape, but also the disparity of data across their enterprise. In a digital economy that produces new business models every month, the old way of adapting to change with point solutions only adds to the technology chaos.

SAP customers are now looking at moving their landscapes to the hyperscalers to reduce their operation costs and adopt a platform that can scale on demand to support their current needs and future plans. An integrated suite that manages all experience touchpoints — including customers, employees, partners, and vendors — based on an integrated and intelligent digital platform can help reduce information silos, decrease IT costs, and improve experience across the enterprise.

To move from the current state to the desired state, customers will need to stop thinking of this as simply a technical movement of their existing data into a new application and realize that moving from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA (digital core) is one of the greatest chances to upgrade their enterprise data and processes and set up their business to be leaner and more efficient than ever before. This is essential for customers wanting to take advantage of the unique strengths of SAP S/4HANA, which for the first time, realizes SAP’s original vision of running the enterprise on real-time data, leaving behind the use of data warehouses of stale data to drive analytics that are out of date before the query even starts to run. With IoT, AI, and machine learning playing a growing strategic role in SAP customer and supplier interactions, the old approaches simply do not cut it.

Solutions to Help You Move to SAP S/4HANA

SAP Solution Extensions help customers succeed in this transformation to the digital core. For example, content management solutions enable legacy decommissioning through archiving and access capabilities. SAP content management solutions from OpenText help digitize end-to-end business processes within SAP S/4HANA (digital core) and allow enterprises to simplify any extensions of the core due to new innovative business models. This allows heterogeneous solutions to be rationalized into a common repository and the transactional history efficiently and safely preserved.

The goal here is to deliver trusted, complete, and relevant information to customers, employees, suppliers, and any other external stakeholders at every step of the process to achieve the best business outcome possible. Through seamless integration of content into business processes, customers can have the best solution portfolio and expertise required to enable their digital strategy.

Evolving to an intelligent enterprise involves moving information from existing (SAP and non-SAP) systems to SAP S/4HANA. But moving data can be complex and time- and resource-intensive, requiring collaboration among IT staff and stakeholders, including the business professionals who best understand the data in context. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates accelerates the migration process, which can establish long-term migration best practices and control expenses by reducing staff time and eliminating costs from failed or delayed migrations.

Additionally, to simplify the validation and audits of financial data before, during, and after cutover to SAP S/4HANA, SAP Solution Extensions by BlackLine streamline the financial close process, reducing compliance risk and freeing up resources to focus on other value-added tasks, such as designing and testing the future state. This makes for a stress-free go-live because everything arrives in pristine condition, and the project is managed with a high level of visibility — from start to finish.

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Bil Khan
Bil Khan

Director, SAP Solution Extensions, Global Marketing, SAP

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