With SAP S/4HANA, companies move securely in the Internet of Things (IoT) and benefit from real-time analyses. The software can be seamlessly integrated into business networks and solutions of other software providers. It is the basis for making the right decisions at the right time. The suite is based entirely on the SAP HANA in-memory platform and is available both on-premise and in the cloud.
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In order to achieve the greatest possible benefit from SAP S/4HANA, not only the software but also the work processes must be adapted. New types of cooperation between business units lead to changes in the applications and the data model. In SAP S/4HANA, for example, finance and controlling are no longer separated on the software side. Both divisions work on the same data model. There is sufficient technical assistance on how to implement this. SAP itself offers various checklists and migration guides free of charge. However, the actual merging of the work processes is still the responsibility of the company itself. This makes it all the more important to plan the migration to SAP S/4HANA in detail and implement it step by step. For this purpose IBsolution has developed a procedure which is successfully applied in our migration projects.
Then we recommend you start with our Strategy Workshop for SAP S/4HANA. All further steps in the project build on the knowledge gained in this workshop..
In this case we recommend that you carry out a pre-study. This takes a detailed look at all layers of an SAP S/4HANA conversion - individually tailored to your situation. At the end is a roadmap that takes you directly to SAP S/4HANA.
Step by Step to SAP S/4HANA
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SAP S/4HANA is the new Business Suite from SAP. An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software that supports all business processes of a company and technologically replaces all previous Enterprise Core Components (ECC) of the SAP Business Suite.
The name SAP S/4HANA means SAP Suite for (4) HANA, which also means that the solution runs exclusively on the SAP HANA in-memory database. SAP S/4HANA is available both as an on-premise version and in the cloud as SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
With SAP S/4HANA and SAP Fiori, SAP delivers modern user interfaces that enable a better user experience (UX). At the same time, the data model is significantly simplified thanks to the underlying in-memory database.
There are basically three different ways to switch to SAP S/4HANA. The choice of the best scenario depends strongly on the customer's situation, the objectives and the time schedule.
The IBsolution Strategy Workshop for SAP S/4HANA provides a recommendation for the preferred migration path including an individual schedule.
Two thirds of the companies still have to deal with the introduction of the Business Partner (Customer Vendor Integration - CVI). This becomes mandatory with SAP S/4HANA and must already be implemented before the system is converted to S/4HANA.
With our Harmonization Package for SAP Business Partner, we enable the conversion from the classic to the new data model at a fixed price.
The architecture and database structure of SAP S/4HANA also have an effect on the authorization system. Working with Fiori apps requires changes to roles and associated authorization objects. As a first step, an authorization check provides information on where exactly the companies need to start.
Custom code that is still needed functionally, it is worth considering implementing them as an independent service on the SAP Cloud Platform and decoupling them from the SAP S/4HANA migration.
Similar to the Business Partner (CVI), SAP is making the New General Ledger a mandatory requirement for SAP S/4HANA. Compared to the classic general ledger, the New G/L offers a number of new functional enhancements. The data structure has been enhanced with new fields and can be further enhanced with customer-specific fields.
The Migration Package for SAP S/4HANA General Ledger helps to introduce the new general ledger pragmatically and efficiently on the basis of an existing system. After the migration to SAP S/4HANA, there is then only one journal table based on the New GL structure.
Postponed is not abandoned. Even though SAP recently extended maintenance for Business Suite 7 by two years, companies should not put off SAP S/4HANA migration. This is the only way to plan and execute all necessary steps in good time.
The maintenance extension for SAP Business Suite 7 until 2027 only gives companies a breather at first glance. Moving to SAP S/4HANA is a complex project that takes time. In addition, some activities must be completed before the actual migration. In this respect, companies are well advised to make good use of the remaining time until the end of SAP ERP 6.0 support.