As industries started expanding, primitive ways of management were replaced by efficient softwares that could help the workforce manage their workload. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) was one such software category that organizations used to manage day-to-day business activities such as accounting, procurement, project management, risk management and compliance, and supply chain operations. As complexity of business operations further increased, top managements of ambitious establishments felt the need of what we today refer to as, ‘intelligent ERPs’.
In lieu of the same, ever since SAP SE was founded in the early 70s, they have chartered a journey going from primitive architectures of R/1 to R/3 from 1973 to 1992 respectively to advance versions of MySAP ERP in 1999 to SAP S/4 HANA in 2015.
SAP S/4 HANA is short for SAP Business Suite for SAP HANA (high performance analytical appliance). Competent in its offering, it is an intelligent ERP that enables companies to deliver the ultimate customer experience, through the power of the ‘smart enterprise’. It is an in-memory database that helps organizations execute transactions and analyse business data in real-time.
It provides complete control so companies can run sophisticated, customer-specific business processes, featuring integrated, yet modular, capabilities for Core ERP, Intelligent Finance and Risk, and Supply Chain Management. The technology offers its users the comfort of it being installed either on premise or on cloud.
But how does a business get started on its SAP S/4 HANA journey?
Exalogic Consulting has had a great deal of experience in helping its clients move from SAP ECC (ERP Central Component) which is the previous generation of SAP's enterprise resource planning software, to the all-new SAP S/4 HANA.
The first step is the discovery phase, where the stakeholders with a knowledge of the gaps in their processes study all aspects of the new technology.
In order to combat these issues that arise out of the primitive database handling system, the technical minds at Exalogic encourage clients to take the first step towards getting higher authorities on board in order to migrate from ECC to S/4 HANA. Several other crucial decisions like whether the installation of the new database will be on cloud or on premise and whether it will be single tenant or multi-tenant, needs to be taken. The Team at Exalogic then provides its patrons with a road map that helps them carry out the successful migration of the same based on agreed upon parameters. Experts in the process of migration from ECC to SAP S/4 HANA do believe that the procedure comes with its own set of challenges, like reluctance and inadequate know-how of the same, but the process has gained ground over the years. With the introduction of accelerators, that leverage scalability and performance benefits, the process is now widely embraced.
Cognizant of the struggles of a new user, SAP provides a module based on the client's process. The great thing about SAP S/4 HANA are its users-oriented policies, as it offers a 30-day trial, during which client companies from across the globe can put their hands on the technology and explore its various facets. It also provides two different options of either going for a standard or customised deployment. In the first option, all that the client must do is activate the module, and in the latter customised changes are made in the migration phase.
Once satisfied, the companies can make up their mind and kickstart their journey into migrating from a primitive enterprise resource planning software as ECC to SAP S/4 HANA, and stay ahead of the curve.
With client specific features like data archiving, simplified cloud deployments on an economic scale and unlimited workload capacity, SAP S/4 HANA is fast becoming a company's first choice when they look for softwares to integrate and manage business functions.
Are you ready to take your business to the next level and migrate to SAP S/4 HANA? We at Exalogic Consulting would be thrilled to help you make that transition and be a part of your success story! Click here to get in touch with our experts.