Embark on Your Journey to Excellence with SAP S/4HANA 

10 Answers to 10 frequently asked Questions

Navigating the complexities of upgrading to SAP S/4HANA can be challenging without the right guidance. Our comprehensive e-book, crafted from numerous expert consultations, webinars, and workshops, is your essential guide to mastering the transition. Whether you're assessing your current system landscape, considering a greenfield, brownfield, or crossfield approach, or simply looking to optimize your cost-benefit ratio, our resource is tailored to demystify the process and set you up for success. Learn how to harness the full potential of S/4HANA to drive automation, enhance data quality, and push the boundaries of innovation within your business processes. 

1. What does the architecture concept of S/4HANA look like?

The architecture of S/4HANA moves toward a hybrid model integrating cloud and on-premise components to manage global networks effectively. This approach supports complex value chains and incorporates technologies like IoT, which highlights the system’s scalability and agility benefits. 

2. Which Functions are integrated in S/4?

S/4HANA centralizes core functions into the digital core, enhancing performance and simplifying the system's structure. Features such as embedded analytics and advanced financial closing support efficient, real-time operations and decision-making. 

3. What Role does the Cloud play in S/4HANA?

The cloud plays a crucial role in enhancing S/4HANA's performance and scalability. It hosts resource-intensive functions, enabling global accessibility and superior performance across the organization. 

4. What can you do beforehand to make the Changeover easier?

Preparatory projects like system analysis, data cleansing, and preliminary technical upgrades (e.g., Unicode conversion, database sizing) can facilitate a smoother transition to S/4HANA by addressing potential challenges in advance. 

5. How does S/4 fit into my System Landscape?

S/4HANA can integrate with existing SAP modules while replacing some with improved functionalities like Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) with Integrated Business Planning (IBP). This integration supports efficient processes and scales as per business needs. 

6. What migration Strategies does SAP offer?

SAP provides three migration options: brownfield (technical upgrade), greenfield (complete redesign), and crossfield (a hybrid approach). Each method suits different organizational needs based on the scope of change and strategic goals. 

7. Is S/4 also available for the Cloud?

S/4HANA is offered as a cloud solution through SAP's RISE with SAP, which includes both public and private editions. This provides a swift transition to the cloud, with the private edition offering the full capabilities of S/4HANA in a dedicated hosting environment, allowing for extensive customizations and in-house developments. 

8. How do I find the right Migration Strategy?

The right migration strategy involves a thorough analysis of the current system, identifying unnecessary legacy complexities and obsolete customizations. CONSILIO's assessment packages assist in this process by providing readiness checks, custom code audits, and identifying transformation benefits to develop a strategic roadmap for S/4HANA migration. 

9. What has changes in the Operation of S/4HANA?

S/4HANA introduces a user-friendly interface optimized for various devices, streamlining complex processes and requiring organizational adaptation. To fully capitalize on these enhancements, change management and training are vital for successful implementation. 

10. Why should I not hesitate when making the Switch?

The current push for digitalization, spurred by the Covid-19 crisis, makes it imperative not to delay the transition to S/4HANA. Companies face challenges like internal resource gaps and need adequate information and support services for successful migration, underscoring the importance of early strategy development and selecting a suitable service provider.