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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

S/4HANA Strategy User Group Webcast Recap



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“Time for all customers to start S/4HANA” said SAP speaker

Slides are here


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Why now? Emerging of machine learning, blockchain, IoT

Businesses have to change


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“Agile” to response quickly

Deploy AI to differentiate business

Back to building an intelligent suite


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“A better user interface”


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“next generation interface” speak to it, give it commands, keyboardless

Automation – free up time for people, not do mundane tasks

How take automation into a user interface “you love”


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Amount of data coming in, via IoT, “everyone understands power of HANA database”

Customers have foundation to have simplified data model, real time processing, combining transactions and analytics


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Going from traditional ERP of recording, processing, and reporting data to automation


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Middle view is dashboard for key indicators for your business

Top you see exceptions, can react on those exceptions


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Decision support

On any device


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Less data

“lower cost of ownership”

Reimagine processes; in the past were add-ons that are now integrated into S/4HANA to simplify footprint and speed


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How S/4HANA has evolved

In each release, integrate more capability


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SAP Cloud Platform is overlooked, said the speaker.

He says it is a differentiator

You can build your own applications


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You can build your own applications


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Customer story

Profit and loss in real time

Universal journal eliminate reconciliation

“Consolidation in real time”


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Cash management machine learning application

Automate cash application

Match receivables/invoices/payments


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By line of business, what came out in 1809, new insights, new in S/4HANA, new processes, advanced ATP integrated with S/4HANA, new compliance framework, new international trade, new machine learning and prediction capabilities and new integration capabilities


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Supply chain line of business, process on top, and simplifications

What done in latest release, and value to customers


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What is planned for next release


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Two 3 year roadmap updates per year for on-premise


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65% of the time companies are selecting new implementation


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Look at process, line of business


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Go greenfield to “return to standard” and technology landscape


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Conversion is an option and used 35% of the time


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Developed an algorithm for customers

Go through a series of questions to help determine approach


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SAP has customer examples for each of these factors


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How long does it take…


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“what’s the best path for you”


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Not just for cloud

First hands-free ERP



I think the slides are informative from this session, providing options to go to S/4HANA.  I was also surprised to learn that 65% of those going to S/4HANA are going the new implementation route.  What do you think?

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      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

      I'm actually surprised it's ONLY 65%. If I was making this decision I'd just go with a fresh start. Seems like a good opportunity to review the business process (considering future needs, not just "as is", which was typical for the past SAP implementations), get rid of all the "dead wood", etc.

      But I'm guessing the conversion route is more suitable for the companies that kept more or less clean standard SAP. I keep hearing such customers exist. 🙂

      A bit skeptical about the "tailoring" message (the slide seems to be duplicated, btw). "Tailoring" was more appropriate term for the pre-S/4 systems. With Cloud, I suspect this will end up more like "some assembly required" IKEA shelf.