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Welcome back to our well-known use case series. After we started this series with SAP S/4HANA 1511 along 1610 and S/4HANA Cloud use case series we got a lot of encouraging feedback to continue it.

It is designed to offer a closer consider look at business value acceleration – driven by the design principles of SAP S/4HANA. The technology-induced implications of the digital economy are huge, though the technology itself is only a catalyst to achieve a fundamentally different business outcome.

The selected use cases, related to SAP S/4HANA Release 1709 are designed to emphasize and visualize the value behind this technological shift, that can be activated by you.

We have introduced a framework of value levers to help build your company-specific value proposition for each use case and will again use the framework to measure the impact.

The final goal of each SAP S/4HANA project is the leverage of new technologies to drive significant business improvements. The business may know that change is needed but existing technology does not allow those changes. In addition, our imagination is a limiting factor, because we are all trained to think in solutions along existing boundaries.

With SAP S/4HANA we can remaster processes built on the ambition of a digitally transformed world. It is the enabler of the digital transformed core, allowing new innovative ways to deal with new industry challenges, allowing teams design processes differently and rethink on industry differentiation.

 

Co-Innovation at the heart of change, Change is at the heart of Digital Transformation

Charles Duell said in 1899 – “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. No doubt, all established companies were truly entrepreneurs with tremendous achievements in their respective markets. They have each performed outstanding upon entering the market and they all had great advantages over the competition … for the time being.

The direct consequence of the “UNIT of ONE driven order size” seeps throughout the entire organization. Demand-driven and insight to action are key. How can I keep my corporate functions working at scale in such an environment?

There are several reasons why Co-Innovation is a key element in facilitating a customer driven product engineering. In a nutshell: Constantly evolving customer demands rapidly change the marketplace. Studies show that every third company expects a severe or even fundamental change of their business model until 2020. With Co-Innovation, the understanding of use cases and potential barriers can be overcome much easier. It helps the product to respond faster to the digitally transformed world and help, understand the positive impact, new technology could have on the business.

We drive Co-Innovation cases to show what an intelligent ERP can do for companies. In this use cases, we try to span end-to-end cases.

The selective use cases we are laying out in the upcoming blog series is a poster child to help understand the transformative elements brought to you via technology innovations.

 

The single code line advantage

SAP delivers S/4HANA from a single code line. Cloud customers can already experience many innovations prior the S/4HANA 1709 release. In case you have followed our SAP S/4HANA Cloud releases closely, you know we already delivered Machine Learning and extended Predictive Analytics with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1702 and 1705.  With 1709 those innovations have been consolidated into our SAP S/4HANA 1709 release, so that On-Premise customer can leverage those innovations as well as soon as they are on the latest release.

We offer the full variety of deployment models from on premise to private and public cloud with one single architecture and one data model. Versions are based on the same code line, so functionality deployed in one version matches to another. Since all business objects in SAP S/4HANA Cloud and on premise are semantical twins, they come together also in the SAP Activate scope.

 

Summary

The blogs we are going to launch over the upcoming weeks are structured along the use cases and will showcase values across the innovation areas, taking into consideration both: the business and the technical (IT) perspectives for each selected example.

We are going to create one central landing page summarizing all blogs as in the past.

 

For more information on SAP S/4HANA, check out the following links:

SAP S/4HANA release info: www.sap.com/s4hana

Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA here

And follow us via @SAP and #S4HANA or myself via @BeSchulze

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