Migration to S/4HANA: Key benefits.


migration to S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA is the current generation of SAP's ERP system. It was released in 2015 and has been continuously developed and improved since then. Currently, this system is used by thousands of companies worldwide and supports hundreds of thousands of users.

Almost ten years of experience with implementing and maintaining this system in operation are the basis of today's offer of the SAP concern, as well as our specialists who are able to offer IT solutions optimally adapted to each industry or management area. Migrating to S/4HANA offers a range of business and technological benefits that can help companies increase efficiency, effectiveness, and competitiveness. Let's see some examples:

Business benefits of migrating to S/4HANA:

Increased competitiveness. S/4HANA helps companies use the latest data processing technologies and predefined scenarios for selected management processes in the system: Faster, "real-time" access to source data, lots of ready-made applications to use or slightly modify, various tools for integrating S/4HANA with third-party software or for data analysis, planning. All this means that tools are no longer an obstacle or a goal of our aspirations, but become an efficient assistant in setting the next goals.

Improved efficiency of business processes. S/4HANA offers integrated business processes that are based on industry best practices. This allows companies to simplify and automate their processes, leading to improved efficiency and performance.

Increased flexibility and scalability. S/4HANA is a scalable system that can be adapted to the needs of any company or non-profit organization, such as: public administration, the judiciary or institutions supervising selected markets. This applies to the functional scope of the system, the number of users, and the hardware and software infrastructure on which it is installed. Thanks to this, S/4HANA users can flexibly respond to changes in their environment and scale selected parameters of this system. When considering the cloud variant of S/4HANA, flexibility and scalability are associated with another group of benefits:

Lower barriers to entry for users of SAP ERP systems. The vast majority of new SAP software installations operate in a cloud environment, while maintaining a minimum of 99.7% availability, full data security, and computing performance tailored to current requirements. The use of these solutions is settled in a subscription model, which is important in planning, e.g. financial flows, profitability management, and which translates into greater availability of these tools compared to the classic implementation of the system in the buyer's own IT infrastructure: simply, a greater number of entities are able to use solutions that until recently were reserved only for institutions with the largest financial resources.

Improved customer relations. S/4HANA is a central register of all operations in the organization. A place where data about customers, business partners, products, services, and mutual settlements are collected and processed in real time. S/4HANA is therefore not only a classic transactional and accounting system, but also a base for a range of tools for managing customer experience (Customer Experience), conducting advanced analyzes, planning and reporting, and solutions for quick integration with any source of data necessary in the current activities of users.

All this plus the mentioned real time in which we work on data is the foundation for better customer service, faster identification of threats, and more accurate planning of future activities.

Technological benefits of migrating to S/4HANA:

Real-time Analytics. S/4HANA uses the SAP HANA database, which enables real-time data analysis. This allows organizations to make faster and more informed business decisions based on up-to-date data.

Simplified Data Model. S/4HANA eliminates the need for many layers and indexes that are characteristic of traditional SAP systems. This allows organizations to use a more transparent and simpler data model, which contributes to increased efficiency and savings.

Mobility. S/4HANA offers the possibility of accessing data and business processes from anywhere and any device, which allows employees to perform their tasks flexibly and mobile.

Innovation. The S/4HANA system is constantly being developed by SAP, which means that organizations using this system have access to the latest technologies and innovations that can help improve performance and competitiveness.

Integration with modern technologies. S/4HANA integrates with modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. These solutions are particularly common in the cloud version of S/4HANA, available e.g. in the RISE with SAP model.

Data Security. Here are some key points about data security in S/4HANA: 

Data encryption: All data in S/4HANA is encrypted at rest and in transit. This means that even if someone gains unauthorized access to your data, they will not be able to read it. 

Access control: S/4HANA uses a role-based access control system to restrict access to data. This means that users can only access the data that they need to do their jobs.

Audit logging: S/4HANA logs all access to data, so that you can track who has accessed your data and what they have done with it.

Disaster recovery: S/4HANA offers a variety of disaster recovery options, so that you can quickly recover your data in the event of a disaster.

High availability: S/4HANA, especially in the cloud model, is offered in the infrastructure of one of such providers as SAP, Microsoft, Amazon or Google. Regardless of whether we are dealing with a private or public cloud as the basis of the ERP system, all providers guarantee full security and almost 100% availability of data and computing performance at the highest level, which is required for a specific system configuration, number of users or amount of processed data.

It is worth noting that both business and technological benefits resulting from the use of the S/4HANA system may vary depending on the specific needs and use cases of the organization. Before making a decision to implement S/4HANA, we recommend conducting a detailed analysis of benefits and costs and adapting the implementation to individual requirements and business goals, and our specialists are at your disposal.

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