SAP and digital transformation.
For more than 40 years, deploying SAP software has enabled companies to maintain transparent and plannable business operations with highly automated and stable processes. However, this does not mean that major changes to the business structure are unnecessary. To support changes of this kind, SAP has developed tools such as SAP Landscape Transformation 2.0. These tools ensure that SAP landscapes are adaptable and future proof while maintaining reliable and stable processes.
The advent of globally available broadband internet, big data on products, and the widespread proliferation of mobile devices is a real game changer. In the future, the customer decision journey will shape processes, product features, and services. This might appear as the ultimate view on customer focus today, yet applies only until customers decide to base their future decisions on new criteria.
Heterogeneous IT landscapes developed over many years are increasingly proving to be a major hindrance to processes. If business is to go digital, data and information must be able to flow freely from anywhere, and at any time. It varies, how well companies, particularly corporate IT departments, are equipped to tackle and master the new digital challenges. It’s not only growing data sets that put the brakes on performance; database technologies intended to support real-time and data-intensive digital business models are a major hindrance, too.
Common legacy patchwork solutions prevent the smooth flow of data. Aging database technologies pose obstacles to processing speed.
With the SAP HANA in-memory database or its latest ERP version, SAP S/4HANA, SAP answers the increased performance requirements for digital business models. However, if you want to run your system with the necessary agility, you will have to meet other prerequisites first.
GAMBIT Consulting has developed a three-stage digital preparation roadmap for SAP landscapes of various setups.
- Initially, the aim is to create consistent, cleaned processes, system landscapes, and data structures. This consolidation step also includes harmonization and standardization activities.
- Once the right structural foundation is in place, the processing speed of the IT landscape has to be accelerated. Increased performance is the only way to meet the demand for real-time responses in customer interaction, and to master the vast increase of data volumes.
- Next, the main goal is to make the IT department both technologically and organizationally agile, so that it will keep pace with the rapid advances in digital business, while at the same time securing a highly efficient and stable IT backbone.
Leveraging this approach, we synchronize the current technological status of your company with your digital strategy and break down the digitization of your business model into secure, manageable subprojects.