With the changeover to SAP S/4HANA, many companies are facing a complex, sometimes delicate step. But the conversion does not have to be paralyzing - there are numerous tasks that can already be completed today - and which already provide benefits and innovations for the company.
The next SAP generation is ready: SAP S/4HANA is not just a new software version. More than ever before, data and its evaluation are moving to the forefront, automation and the integration of business processes are reaching new levels, and business models and ways of working are changing. In concrete terms this means: Migration to SAP S/4HANA is not a simple product update, it is rather a transformation.
As a result, companies are faced with several challenges at once. In addition to ongoing, productive operations, a system changeover must be mastered - experience shows that sufficient resources are rarely available for this. In addition, internal know-how usually has to be built first. And yet: In 2027, SAP officially ends mainstream maintenance for all previous SAP ERP systems. There are still a few years left - a good time to start the transformation.
Be ready before the project starts.
Many stumbling blocks can be avoided with an intensive and planned preparation of the actual conversion project. The effort for the project is equalized . Often the project duration is even shortened. And that's not all: companies that carry out initial integration tasks or implementations in advance can already benefit from the innovations today. This gives managers and employees the opportunity to build up know-how at an early stage. Overall, working in well-planned and coordinated stages greatly reduces the project risk.
What does that mean in concrete terms? Sycor offers SAP S/4HANA pre-project services specifically for this purpose. These pre-defined service packages prepare the conversion to SAP S/4HANA in a targeted manner and thus support the entire digital transformation process. The services that the individual packages contain are verified and field-tested and can be flexibly integrated into existing planning. A brief overview:
SAP S/4HANA works with a new business partner concept, the so-called Business Partner as the central data object. The customer and supplier master data must be prepared and synchronized accordingly. The CVI service package covers exactly that: data analysis and provision, customizing of the solution and implementation.
Settlement Management in SAP S/4HANA replaces the SD/MM rebate processing that was previously rather cumbersome and error-prone. The new process significantly reduces administrative effort, and tedious and annoying correction calculations are no longer necessary - which is worth cash money, even before SAP S/4HANA is up and running. The service package includes the conception of the new billing and the customizing of the new solution, whereby the existing contracts can be taken over.
Material requirement planning (MRP) has been simplified in SAP S/4HANA. The corresponding adjustments in Customizing and master data can already be anticipated in the existing SAP system. The transition to SAP S/4HANA then works seamlessly and without any further effort at this point.
Without a conclusive data management concept, data volumes grow uncontrollably. Some old data can be deleted, others archived. The advantage of archiving: the data is only removed from the database, is still available in the application component itself and does not have to be taken into account during conversion. As part of the Data Management Service Package, the tables critical for archiving are identified, the possibilities for data storage are examined and an appropriate strategy is developed.
It is very helpful to know before the start of the conversion project which add-ons have been used to enhance your own SAP Suite. The Add-On Check also clarifies the questions of whether there are any SAP S/4HANA updates for these add-ons and how business continuity can be ensured. The results flow directly into concrete planning.
With the Business Functions, SAP provides its customers with numerous additional functionalities that can be activated as required. Later deactivation is no longer possible. With SAP S/4 HANA, the strategy behind the business functions is now changing. With this service package, companies prepare themselves accordingly: It checks which business functions are already active and to what extent they are compatible with SAP S/4HANA. This prevents unpleasant surprises in a future conversion project.
The path to SAP S/4HANA becomes smoother the better prepared it is. With the pre-defined service packages of PreProject Services, companies ensure a focused conversion that is aligned with industry standards. In this way, the operative business can continue to run continuously, while the intelligent, digital enterprise becomes reality.
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