SAP’s latest generation of the ERP, S4/HANA – a SaaS model that promises to run on Hana and “on the fly” by removing satellite systems – is a bold move that changes the core system of firms will operate. It is the the next-generation business suite designed to help the customer run simple in the digital economy.
Announcing the launch at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in February, 2015, the co -founder of SAP, Hasso Plattner described how S/4Hana would eliminate 40 percent of the SAP IT load, which comes with the data exchange between systems like CRM and ERP, by running applications on one system. A centralised, streamlined business suite would be hugely beneficial for firms which are encountering a huge number of transactions as online sales and the ‘Internet of Things’ takes off, he added.
Analyst house Pierre Audoin Consultants said: “While the SAP landscape has become more and more complex due to the various new components the vendor has added over time, it is SAP’s intention to reduce this complexity with S/4 HANA.
This new suite is built on SAP HANA, SAP'S advanced in-memory platform, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori. Written natively for the SAP HANA platform, SAP S/4HANA is an entirely new generation of SAP Business Suite that is characterized by simplifications, massively increased efficiency, and compelling features such as planning and simulation options in many conventional transactions.
SAP S/4HANA signals a move away from the transactional system that merely records data toward giving end users active decision support in real time that is based on data from both internal and external sources.
Another new migration effort?
Although this is a new product, customers will be able to migrate to this fantastic new foundation in a non-disruptive manner; in fact, as design goal SAP elected to make migrations to SAP S/4HANA as non-intrusive as possible.
75% of customers that have migrated their existing SAP Business Suite on HANA as the first major step in moving to SAP S/4HANA have done so within six months. That’s a very good result for a migration to a new platform.
Moving to SAP S/4HANA for a typical existing SAP ERP 6.0 customer will require a database migration from any database to SAP HANA, combined with a move to the latest enhancement package and the deployment of the exchange innovation, meaning the current code is replaced by the new one. Moving to SAP S/4HANA for an existing SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA will be even faster as only the deployment of the exchange innovation is required where current code is replaced with the new one.
Some large enterprises are opting for greenfield projects – seeing the technological innovations as an opportunity to completely rebuild their ERP landscapes from the ground up. Brownfield projects are also an option: In this approach, the customer leaves its IT landscape intact but adopts the new technology to enrich and enhance it. Greenfield and brownfield projects naturally take longer – sometimes even several years. And migrating to SAP S/4HANA is only one part of such a project.
More investment?! Well, how much?
SAP S/4HANA is a new product so it is not free of charge for SAP Business Suite users. Customers who have licensed the SAP HANA platform for SAP Business Suite – that’s currently more than 2,000 – are eligible to upgrade to SAP S/4HANA licenses at no charge. Now, isn't that interesting?
Value Proposition! Does my business really need another new system?
Enterprises of all sizes, in all industries are grappling with the new technology trends such as the Cloud, big data and the IoT that are shaping the face of business. So how will SAP S/4HANA help a business remain competitive?
The best example is SAP Simple Finance which marks the first step in the roadmap of SAP S/4HANA. One of the best proof points is SAP’s own move to Simple Finance which took only 51 days in spite of the same level of complexity faced by most of SAP's customers. Simple Finance helps drive massive IT simplification with an architecture that removes replications and aggregates and ensures there are no redundancies. It provides one common view of all information across finance to ensure enterprise-wide consistency, and combines prediction, simulation and analysis to identify the best strategic business options. Whereas traditionally an enterprise may require about 15 days to close a quarter, with Simple Finance it can be done in nine or less, creating plenty of time for simulations and predictive exercises which in turn completely changes the way business is done.
Optimized supply chain processes such sales, manufacturing and inventory management are all key elements within the IoT, and collaboration between businesses and their suppliers are at the core of a networked economy. SAP S/4HANA is natively connected to the internet of things and business networks for real-time collaboration (machine-to-machine, Ariba Network, Concur Network), and it is natively engineered for providing choice of deployment either on cloud, on premise, or in a hybrid model.
In an increasingly complex world, SAP S/4HANA is the great simplifier and the best technology for the vision of a perfect enterprise.
Smartsoft has pioneered Remote SAP Basis Support using a combination of experienced consultants located offsite and offshore. The following are some of our clients for Remote Basis Support service.
These companies / agencies have handed over their complete responsibility of all their SAP systems to Smartsoft. Smartsoft monitors and manages their SAP landscape providing 24/7 support for issue resolution, proactively plans application maintenance such as patching, OS/ DB migrations, SAP upgrades, system copies / refreshes, new installations, data centre changes, etc. The contracts are always extended year after year demonstrating clients complete satisfaction and trust in our services.
Hybris, an SAP company, delivers a seamless and relevant buying experience for consumers or businesses through its e-commerce solutions. As a part of SAP, hybris offers customer data management, context driven marketing tools and unified commerce processes. Their commerce platform supports omnichannel digital efforts by integrating all digital and physical customer touch points onto a single platform, including online, mobile, call-center, social media, print and the point of sale.
Smartsoft imbibes the power of Hybris in its e-commerce solutions thus offering enterprises an agile interface for effective customer engagement and profitable sales opportunities. Hybris integrated e-commerce solutions of Smartsoft empower retailers with high control, efficiency, intelligence and penetration into customer profiles to provide a precise and consistent brand experience.
Certified Hybris professionals of Smartsoft provide cross channel experience with advanced master data management (MDM). High volume complex data from different channels is imported, consolidated and integrated for a centralized view of products and customers.
Smartsoft effectively utilizes the Hybris Commerce Accelerator so businesses can quickly incorporate commerce capabilities across multiple platforms. Adobe Analytics is used to help understand in detail the profile of customers by automated integration and distillation of data from disparate sources. Smartsoft Hybris experts make use of ready-to-use plug-ins to social media such as Twitter and Facebook to engage profitably and enable easy access to web content management components.
Our experience in Hybris projects spanning diverse industries provides the expertise for front-end and back-end development and system integrations with third parties for effective ERP, CRM and POS integration.
Smartsoft Mobile announces their latest app, the Asset Visualizer for iPad, can now be seen on the SAP Eco-Hub.
The Asset Visualizer is one of over 20 mobile apps available for business today, including packaged, out-of-the-box mobile apps to provide SAP and other back end ERP functions on mobile devices as well as a templated approach to building beneficial and compelling consumer facing mobile apps.
Click the following image to go to the Asset Visualizer on the SAP Eco-Hub.
Targeting Procurement, Oil Field Worker and contractors, Maintenance personnel, Finance, and others, the Asset Visualizer puts details for the desired asset on the user’s mobile device.
Asset details are easily accessed and the mobile user views and updates that information. Leveraging the advantages of the mobile device, location based services or the embedded camera for scanning simplifies the search functions to quickly find the asset sought by the user.
The app intuitively leads the user to details for the desired asset and allows an authorized user to update those details, including adding a photo of the asset.
Download the Asset Visualizer now to take a test drive.