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Embracing S/4HANA by businesses will be inevitable, will it?

To drive digital transformation and better business outcomes, upgrading or replacing your legacy software will become inevitable. After all, you will not be able to support the business models of tomorrow with yesterday’s technology.

So, will all company on ERP move to S/4HANA? Maybe not by every company. Can they stay competitive with their current ERP system? If not, will the return of investment outweigh the risks and efforts with the move to S/4?

There’s no doubt that migrating to S/4HANA comes with a host of IT and process related challenges. Since companies often lack the right migration expertise in-house, a large number of businesses will decide to engage with expert partners. They usually offer support at several stages throughout the migration, from workload assessment to putting together a migration plan, to process mapping, deployment, and ongoing management.

When switching from ECC/Legacy to S/4HANA, SAP-run businesses need to decide on their approach early on. Should they replace all their systems (greenfield)? Should they ‘lift and shift’ their legacy system’s configuration onto the new system (brownfield)? Or should they cherry-pick what to migrate and when to stick to the standard (bluefield)?

A SAP study found that, greenfield implementation is the approach of choice for business leaders. This includes early adopters who’ve implemented or are at some stage of the S/4HANA implementation process.

System migrations offer huge opportunities for IT to drive the business forward, to facilitate game-changing innovation, and to act as a strategic force in the enterprise.

Whether you’re considering migrating or are already moving to S/4HANA, starting on the right foot is key to deliver real business outcomes. Our 6 step S/4HANA approach can give you the head start you need.

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