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SAP S 4HANA: PREPARATION

GAMBIT performs the due diligence to determine to what extent your company is ready for the conversion to SAP S/4HANA. For this we bring the professional tools and the necessary experience with us. On the basis of the knowledge gained, we will give you a recommendation as to which type of changeover is particularly suitable for your company. We will show you various possibilities and weigh up the advantages together with you.

SAP S 4HANA: PREPARATION

GAMBIT performs the due diligence to determine to what extent your company is ready for the conversion to SAP S/4HANA. For this we bring the professional tools and the necessary experience with us. On the basis of the knowledge gained, we will give you a recommendation as to which type of changeover is particularly suitable for your company. We will show you various possibilities and weigh up the advantages together with you.

Due diligence review taking into account business processes

At GAMBIT, the due diligence approach for a migration to SAP S/4HANA is not a purely IT-intensive process. We conduct the due diligence from the point of view that the functions of the platforms and databases after the change should offer significant advantages for the management and the individual business units compared to the time before the migration. Your business processes should continue to run optimally after the change.

The due diligence takes over the outlook for a possible future and gives you both the possibility and the security of being able to make a well-founded decision based on a comprehensive examination.

H3 Due diligence review: What is the right time for the transition?

The advantages and new functions of SAP S/4HANA are convincing. SAP S 4 HANA has a simplified data model and a more intuitive interface. However, the changeover must be low-risk and as trouble-free as possible for the individual company. That is why we are also looking at the changeover timeline. Maintenance and further development of the previous software will be discontinued from 2025. This gives you a long time to act – without having to act hastily. A later date may be more suitable for your planned changeover because a supplementary module is under development at SAP S 4HANA.

Due Diligence Review: Which solution is right for your company?

Heterogeneous databases for different markets and specialized user roles that have grown over the years can lead to a subtle aversion to innovations in a company due to the familiar and learned handling of the current system.

With the due diligence examination we place the consideration on an objective level, evaluate strengths and weaknesses and give an outlook on chances and risks. GAMBIT takes into account both the effects on the system and possible effects from a business management perspective.

Depending on the individual situation, SAP offers different solutions: cloud, on-premise (on-site) or a hybrid solution. GAMBIT as a consultant at your side will find the due diligence solution for your company that appears to be the most promising at the present time.

Recognise advantages with Business Scenario Recommendations (BSR)

Beyond the general advantages of SAP S/4HANA that you are familiar with, we use Business Scenario Recommendations to investigate which advantages you would particularly benefit from when transforming to SAP S/4HANA. These can be significant improvements in processes such as simplified transactions or even previously unrecognized added value.

The analysis tool could be used to forecast simplified financial business scenarios, e.g. for settlement liabilities or accelerated financial reporting. Perhaps free cash can be better placed or payment terms can be used more skilfully. In addition, BSR is also able to make a recommendation for the migration steps.

Discover optimization potential with SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder

The Pathfinder serves as an aggregate of several tools. He collects the information, prepares it and categorizes it. The advantage of using Pathfinder is that it saves time because the individual sources such as Business Scenario Recommendation, Innovation Discovery, Fiori Apps Recommendations Report and SAP Enterprise Support Opportunity Report do not have to be viewed and evaluated separately.

The findings from the Pathfinder analysis can be varied and all the more interesting due to the wide variety of sources. You may see an intolerable gap between due and paid accounts receivable invoices. Perhaps the invoice date deviates too far from the day of delivery. It is also possible that the report shows a too high, because convenient stock quantity of semi-finished products, which however unnecessarily and unproductively tie up cash and take up storage space.

However, the Pathfinder not only lists the areas that need attention, it also sorts them according to the level of potential for improvement. A peer group comparison shows where your company stands in the individual positions in comparison to your competitors.

Experienced colleagues can not only receive recommendations for action from the Pathfinder evaluation, but can also identify improvement potential of the current ERP system between the lines. For example, if new IT programs go live in a surprisingly short time, it can be assumed that this was done without the necessary time in a secure test environment.

In addition, Pathfinder shows how the current ERP system is used and which innovations exist at SAP S/4HANA.

Breaking new ground with the SAP Transformation Navigator

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and the Blockchain technology have reached the tabloid press and many companies are asking themselves whether these innovations can generate a benefit for their own customers or whether the business model should even be geared more closely to them. The Transformation Navigator provides an outlook on the advantages that could be expected for the company.

The Transformation Navigator also answers these questions for SAP’s in-house product S/4HANA. The package also includes tips for implementation and how to measure the added value received.

Another advantage for management is that the SAP Transformation Manager, a non-emotional software, performs an evaluation that can support the decision of management.

If the decision tends to be “Go!”, the Transformation Manager sets out a chronological order with a roadmap, estimates the timeline on which innovations could be implemented and what benefits would result for the company.

Recognizing Sustainable Opportunities with SAP Value Lifecycle Manager (VLM)

SAP Value Lifecycle Manager improves your on-time performance, budget compliance for business units and increases value performance. This can be done, for example, through process improvements. Value Lifecycle Manager identifies these opportunities for process improvement, diagnoses the shortcomings of a process and makes recommendations for improved performance.

This tool can also simulate business cases for projects and display helpful key performance indicators (KPIs).

Self-confidently to the start with the Readiness Check

GAMBIT not only recommends whether the current is the right time to convert your company to SAP S/4HANA, we also analyze whether your company is ready for it. We use tools to work out the difference between your current system and the state after the conversion to SAP S/4HANA.

We also evaluate the integration of programs in S/4HANA that were developed in your company itself.

SAP S 4HANA: OPERATING MODEL

The operating model deals with the question of where the data is stored, where application programs and infrastructure are available and how flexibly the evaluations can be accessed geographically. Whether stationary or in the cloud: The decision on this can have significant consequences for the sales force, for branch offices or national companies and for cooperation with service providers.

GAMBIT brings in its experience to advise you on this leading decision and to provide you with a sound basis for making such a serious decision on objective arguments, taking into account a SWOT analysis.

The solutions are on-premise on the one hand and public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud on the other. However, a pure on-premise is a theoretical concept. In practice, on-premise and cloud interlock and exchange data. The four above terms are finely graded but nevertheless merging variants. In the following we will work out the differences for you and illustrate the interaction of on-premise and cloud.

A general answer as to which concept is the best can only be given with knowledge and analysis of the respective company situation, if necessary also taking into account which company objectives should be pursued in relation to the actual situation.

GAMBIT advises you which constellation seems most promising for achieving your corporate goals. In our recommendation, we consider the technical readiness, the timeline for implementation and outline the advantages from which you are likely to benefit.

SAP S 4/HANA: Public Cloud

The offer of a provider’s public cloud is accessible to all persons or corporations. The public cloud was already known before the name was coined: e.g. webmailers have been offered free of charge for the mostly private user for decades and then finance themselves via advertisements, sponsored offers or via paid upgrades such as memory extensions or security features.

With the increase in transmission speeds of even large amounts of data via the Internet and at the same time more cost-effective storage options, solutions for the business sector were created which, due to their extensive and professionalized offer, are offered for a fee from the outset.

Private Cloud

In the private cloud, a company prefers to have its own IT staff to manage and process the relevant data locally, and hopes that this approach will lead to higher data protection and better IT security than a public cloud solution. The idea is that if the data cannot be read from outside and cannot be updated, it is safer.

In the private cloud, the interface to the cloud can consist of updates or upgrades for the software being maintained and imported via the cloud. However, access to the company’s data via the cloud would typically not be possible.

This handling leads of course to a large extent to an isolation and is strongly disadvantaged regarding speed, efficiency, topicality, reaction ability and market development. The company’s management could not access real-time data to derive measures. The sales representative of a Hamburg company who would like to discuss the achievement of targets with strategic partners for his area in Munich cannot access up-to-the-minute figures.

Hybrid Cloud

In the Hybrid Cloud, the concepts of the Public Cloud and the Private Cloud are combined. In most companies, the most important aspect of the still juxtaposed approaches will be the concept of security. The company may open up to the public cloud to the extent that data generated by a trustworthy strategic partner – e.g. findings of a market research institute – are delivered via the cloud. Perhaps the sales representative colleague mentioned in the above example will also have access to up-to-date data that can support his meeting.

On-premise: generate added value in the cloud

On-premise means stationary in your company. Mostly applications, databases and SAP systems are located there. However, there are also data sources that are already in the cloud, such as external databases for customer relationship management, social media or the data transferred by IoT applications.

The on-premise Solid Core may also lack the speed or tools that SAP offers in the cloud platform.

In the SAP Cloud Platform (Platform as a Service = PaaS), ready-made software is available as Software as a Service (SaaS). Hosting is also part of the package. SAP also provides tools in the cloud that you can use to build your own applications.

With Data & Process Integration, data can be migrated to the cloud and stored in the cloud with Database Services using HANA technology. SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) accelerates the online processing of transactions. Platform services are required for programs developed in-house. Here, 30 services such as user experience, analytics or predictive are already available to make predictions. Application Programming Interfaces (API) are used to manage and control programming interfaces.

Business Services are also included in the cloud. These are small applications that can be used as interfaces to carry out evaluations, e.g. for marketing on customer loyalty.

The SAP Cloud also includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); the applications run in the SAP Data Center. The open source software Open Stack and Cloud Foundry guarantee a high degree of flexibility in the platform.

Cloud-as-a-Service: The three major services Software, Platform and Infrastructure

Cloud-as-a-Service (CaaS) contains three large fields: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The underlying service idea is: The required elements are already available and ready to start, are maintained by SAP and often supplemented by further features. Software and hardware, applications, computing capacity and storage options are available from the cloud. Updates are simply imported by SAP at SaaS and do not require any personnel capacity of your IT. The solutions that are universally suitable for many companies only need to be used.

One of these SaaS solutions is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, with which data from business processes can be viewed in real time. SAP S/4HANA Cloud comes with many professional tools to process the data in the cloud. At the same time, the data can be accessed anywhere via the Internet. This data transparency and flexibility in the application offers the management the possibility to derive strategic measures without loss of time. At the working level, for example, a call centre can view information on the current status and react appropriately to complaints.

SAP Cloud: Integration and harmonization of different sources via SAP

Scenario: Your on-premise systems should be connected to other proprietary systems, field service hardware such as smartphones and tablets, and the systems of external strategic partners. In other words, there are many different sources, recipients and users of data. This can quickly lead to different data statuses at the respective points simply because the data exchange is up to date.

The SAP Cloud offers a solution for data integration and for process integration of large amounts of data. For this purpose, the SAP cloud already contains ready-made content that supports data implementation.

API management allows communication with customers, subsidiaries or partners. The SAP cloud solution includes tools for the preparation, provision and analysis of data.

The package includes network and content security and end-user authorization and authentication mechanisms.

SAP S 4HANA IMPLEMENTATION

With SAP Activate, SAP Data Services and the SAP Migration Cockpit, you get tools that support you in the conversion to SAP S/4HANA – the new SAP generation. The tools have been developed from experience to create a positive user experience for your employees. They support the launch of S/4HANA. Processes are usefully divided into individual, easier to understand steps, with help and, where appropriate, with simulations in a test environment.

This pragmatic support leads to a lower threshold in the implementation and ultimately also in the daily work of S/4HANA, be it at administrator level, in IT or in management.

Finally, GAMBIT’s trained and experienced specialists are at your side to support you in the implementation process and to convert problems into solutions. We have over 20 years of experience as SAP management consultants.

SAP S 4HANA Introduction

The introduction of SAP S/4HANA in a company is a far-reaching decision. However, once you have made this decision in favor of S/4HANA, you will benefit from the conversion in the long run.

S/4HANA also reflects changes in the cooperation between departments. For example, if SAP should have a stronger link between controlling and product development or purchasing, logistics and marketing, this can be reflected in the respective roles.

In such a case, the management would have the option of carrying out these more interwoven processes, as they are offered via SAP S/4HANA at least, in its own company and thus profiting even more from the added value that can be expected from the conversion to S/4HANA.

SAP Activate

SAP Activate contains processes that are ready for use and are intended to simplify certain processes for the SAP S/4HANA SAP Business Suite. Activate supports this early phase with SAP Best Practices, Guided Configuration and Methodology.

SAP Best Practises contains configured business processes for finance and logistics. Best practices supports both the migration and integration of SAP S/4HANA. This accelerator speeds up activation so that users can start working with SAP S/4HANA more quickly.

The Guided Configuration contains a solution builder for best practices, a cloud configurator and an on-premise configurator. With this tool, cloud and on-premise can be more precisely adjusted to the requirements of your company.

The methodology comprises four phases: preparation, exploration, implementation and provision.

SAP Data Services

SAP Data Services is software that specializes in integrating and transforming data. Data can be combined, edited or supplemented. With Data Services, you can develop and define steps to edit or send data from source data stores.

In addition to processing and sending data, SAP Data Services also includes tools to analyze and standardize the data.

Data can be processed classically as a batch within SAP Data Services or can be queried in real time.

SAP Migration Cockpit for SAP S 4HANA

You can use the SAP Migration Cockpit to transfer data from various sources to SAP S/4Hana. The data is checked before migration. The Migration Cockpit guides users through the individual steps using HTML masks.

The Migration Cockpit checks whether the legacy data fits into the new SAP S/4HANA environment or should be revised. The expected result can be simulated before the actual integration.

Glossary: SAP S 4HANA

  • SAP S 4 Hana:
    SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA, (SAP S/4HANA), is the in-memory version of the ERP platform SAP Business Suite. The new generation of SAP Suite – SAP S 4 Hana has a simplified data model and intuitive interfaces. The open architecture is optimized for in-memory databases. The application can be operated both as on-premise and cloud version and can be used in a hybrid environment. In 2025, SAP will discontinue maintenance and further development of its predecessor system R/3. A change to S/4HANA should therefore be tackled.
  • ERP:
    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the task of controlling and planning resources such as personnel, purchasing, logistics, materials, operating resources, materials, information and communication technology and IT systems on time and in line with requirements.
  • SAP Fiori:
    An important innovation is SAP Fiori. This feature provides a device-independent user experience for SAP customers. In the office and on the road – the web-based SAP Fiori interface is device-independent – whether Smartphone, Notebeook, Desktop or Tablet – usable.