SAP S/4HANA - the solution for contemporary management
The world is changing. Monolithic ERP systems, which stand in the basement, are becoming increasingly rare. Instead, they are now mostly highly dynamic, highly networked and exceptionally fast. With SAP S/4HANA, the real-time technology of the SAP HANA database provides the speed, dynamics and networking. In addition, the working world is evolving, processes are becoming more complex and are no longer fixed but digital. Decisions have to be made ever more quickly and actions have to be carried out ad hoc.
Will companies really have to switch to the new Business Suite by 2025?
The answer is “yes and no”. They don’t have to. However, it is generally known that mainstream maintenance for SAP ECC 6.0 will be discontinued in 2025, and therefore the product will no longer receive any further developments from SAP. “Never change a running system” is certainly also a reason for many companies not to want to change their current system – especially if the change involves a high time and monetary expenditure and a “project risk” that should not be disregarded.
Why the SAP HANA database?
Imagine you are sitting in a modern car – your car automatically connects to your technical equipment and even for navigation you don’t have to type anything manually, but control everything via your language.
There is a completely new way of interaction. Everything becomes more intuitive, more haptic and no longer takes place in fixed transactions.
The SAP HANA database is virtually the basic prerequisite for your company to be able to move forward more quickly, especially in the context of digitalization. And especially in today’s competitive environment, we all know how fundamentally important it is to be a little faster than everyone else.
SAP S/4HANA Conversion essentially
SAP S/4HANA conversion or migration (brownfield approach) describes a 1:1 transfer of the existing ERP system into the new one. What does this mean exactly?
This means that all important data and functions are transferred and can continue to be used. With the serious difference that an innovative and uniform Business Suite now exists – an “intelligent” ERP system for an even “smarter” company.
In contrast to the conversion, the greenfield approach is often mentioned, which offers the possibility of a completely new and “unencumbered” system.
Many ERP systems run on any database, some already run on the HANA database. Basically, the already existing systems often contain Z-programs, individual enhancements of the ERP system, which can be as complex as desired.
The deadline in 2027 or 2030 with the extended maintenance applies. So there is no urgent reason to panic. The most important thing is to prepare yourself appropriately. Since the changeover to SAP S/4HANA can take some time, it is not wrong to at least have a look at your ERP system beforehand.
How can you start now?
With the help of a so-called “readiness check” you have the possibility to have your current status checked. This check runs through your existing system and assesses whether it is basically convertible. This takes you one step further and means that you do not need external consultants at the beginning.
We at UNIORG are available at any time for a non-binding discussion of further steps. We’ll talk to each other, examine the system, and only then will we discuss the possible variants for successfully implementing SAP S/4HANA. With our proven five-step methodology, we can optimally support you on your way into the digital future.
Business Case Tools of SAP
To support your way to a next-generation ERP system, SAP SE offers various free and intuitive tools and services. See for yourself and start your way to SAP S/4HANA with your individual business case. Our team will be happy to assist you with this as well.
SAP Readiness Check
Check your readiness for migration to SAP S/4HANA – This tool supports you in checking certain aspects of the implementation of your SAP ERP application so that you can plan your migration to SAP S/4HANA in a targeted manner. By analyzing your usage and configuration data, we can determine the conversion compatibility and the preparatory steps. You will have access to the results in an interactive dashboard where you can perform quick analyses and make informed decisions.
SAP S/4HANA Business Value Advisor
This tool enables you to quickly and easily assess the potential value of SAP S/4HANA for your business. Individually evaluate 35 of the most important factors using short questions, tailored to your industry and business area, and have a downloadable report generated that includes your specific factors, solution paths, and competitive metrics.
SAP Innovation Discovery
Experience all the possibilities of your Product Road Map and become a visionary. With the SAP Innovation Discovery Service, you can explore software innovations not only by industry and technology – filter the results by the product, spotlight, and availability that is relevant to you, and discover innovative features that you have not seen before.
The intelligent ERP software suite for the digital economy Also in the cloud.
SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Meet the digital transformation with agility and flexibility with the scalable cloud solution and benefit from the most modern technologies.
SAP Business Technology Platform
In-memory cloud development platform for rapid innovation.