The SAP Business Suite ECC on HANA, will open the possibilities to transform in a very positive way your current approach in how you are serving your company.
Be prepared to be changed from your old title of Chief Information Officer to Chief Business Transformation Officer (CBTO). It is not you changing but rather the way that you will provide real value to your Corporation, adopting the new technology trends, shifting functions that do not belong to your core business value out of your Company, and concentrating your efforts in truly understanding the real Business opportunities to create value through a fast, reliable and efficient business transformation.
What to approach and what to look in your initial planning to adopt or upgrade or migrate your current SAP ECC systems to the new SAP Business Suite on HANA system.
Installation – Commonly is completed via an Upgrade and DB Migration. Technical
Functional – Even if the Project is approached as a pure Technical Migration.
Activation of Transactions available on HANA
Analysis of specific Transactions that can be activated to work in HANA.
Analysis of ABAP programs that need to be enhance and/or enable to run efficiently in SAP HANA.
There are some specific tools to analyze the Programs, to be changed, re-programmed, unit tested etc.
Functional Transformation – For those customers adapting the new Business Processes that come with SAP ECC 6.0 EHP 7.
Those business processes require an entire re-engineering analysis to transform
Blueprint – Design – Realize – Implement
The business process transformation is heavily impacted by the possibilities to re-create the User Experience SAP FIORI.
Analysis of current business process (re-engineering)
Analysis of Business Process Flows
Analysis and enablement of new processes that combine one or several transactions in a single one.
Design , truly from the Art point of view the new look and fill of the system. (open development via SAP Fiori)
The major functional change so far , is around SAP FI, where it is no longer required the use of two Financial objects
CO – Documents and the PA documents are now in a single document. SAP Smart Finance concept)
The major benefit for you adapting this new technology.
It is not in the speed. OLTP transactions are not improved by better performance but rather by a better Business Processes based on smart software due to the advantages of SAP HANA as a platform.
Significant improvement in OLAP processes where now truly the SAP Business Suite on HANA can leverage the User BI experience at all levels, from operation, to higher Strategic Business Intelligence.
Integration + Integration + Integration – Finally you will be able to reduce your diverse Vendors footprint that your were collecting in the past 10 or 15 years. Don’t forget the rule of thumb. It will cost you 20% to 30% of your implementation and further maintenance costs to maintain connectivity, like for example Process Integration Software, at the same time SAP HANA new and flexible Smart Data Access offers you new possibilities to store Big data using smart tools like Hadoop, federating Data from several other systems and allowing you for a better and safer Business too Business interaction.
The fact that SAP will no longer support SAP ECC on traditional relational database management systems by 2020.