There’s no doubt about it – S/4HANA is the future for SAP customers. SAP S/4HANA is a real-time enterprise resource management suite for digital business that is built on the advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and can be deployed in the cloud or on premise. This will underpin all new SAP systems, but there are some good reasons why organisations with ageing systems should also think about taking the leap.
SAP solution specialist and certified SAP services partner Oxygen, a DXC Technology Company, has been quick to embrace the new world order, and for the last few years has been adopting the new technology, upskilling its consultants and conducting implementations with customers.
Oxygen general manager, sales and marketing, Paul Kruger, says the S/4HANA solution is proving attractive to customers because it sets the foundation for their enterprise systems for many years to come.
“It is creating the platform that they will be able to build from in the future,” Kruger says.
It’s also a way to get onto the latest technology and solution versions without having to undertake major upgrades or enhancements to old ECC or even R/3 versions of SAP.
Not surprisingly, given the fanfare from SAP, customers are wary of the effort required to shift onto a relatively new platform. Even if they understand the ‘why’, the ‘how’ can still seem insurmountable.
Oxygen is tackling this issue with its SAP S/4HANA Innovation and Readiness Assessment Service. As the name suggests, it is a package solution for customers who are seeking to assess the current state of play with their existing on-premise SAP solution, and how they might convert to S/4HANA in the most effective way.
Taking only four weeks to complete, the service gives an outline of the benefits of moving to SAP S/4HANA, as well as an overall roadmap to achieve these benefits, including the effort required. This includes:
- A custom code assessment, including a recommendation for each custom code element in an S/4HANA environment,
- Suggested business processes to be adopted,
- A determination of the optimal technical and functional steps to move to S/4HANA, and
- Proposed deployment timeframe and pricing for the conversion to S/4HANA.
“We help the customer build the business case by measuring the existing system, define a migration path going forward, and explain the business value,” Kruger says.
One of Oxygen’s recent successes was at Tomago Aluminium, where it moved the customer from a very old on-premise ECC version to a hosted S/4HANA environment.
The solution is managed by Oxygen on the Amazon Web Services platform Oxygen recently received the 2016 Outstanding Performance in SAP Partner Managed Cloud award for the implementation, but more importantly, the customer has been thrilled with the results.
For customers who are considering a move to the cloud with S/4HANA, there are several options available, says Kruger. “They can either choose the S/4HANA public cloud environment, or a hosted S/4HANA cloud solution, as Tomago Aluminium did.”
A Partner Managed Cloud deployment offers the advantage of bundling all the various costs for the SAP system – the licensing, the infrastructure, ongoing support, as well as the implementation – into a monthly subscription service that offers access to the latest and greatest technology without the upfront capital expenditure.
Kruger says SAP S/4HANA is a very stable and reliable product, having proven itself at many customer sites around the world. And for those considering S/4HANA public cloud, it is now easy to see exactly what functionality SAP is planning to add down the line.
“For the first time ever, SAP has published a four-quarter roadmap for the S/4HANA public cloud solution, so customers have full visibility of what’s coming down the track in terms of functionality.”
This article is sponsored by Oxygen, a DXC Technology Company. To find out more about undertaking the SAP S/4HANA Innovation and Readiness Assessment Service, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.