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The right approach to S/4HANA – # 1: Start with the correct mindset!

 

Welcome to this 10-part (maybe more if you like it) blog about the „right approach“ to S/4HANA. This is aimed to customers as well as partners, account executives and interested people who want to get involved in bringing the digital core into action, being a intelligent enterprise or wanting to become one.

The content in this blog roots right in the combined knowledge of four years in-depth customer interaction about S/4HANA. So no theoretical stuff, just best practices that have not only have won lots of new S/4 customers, but helped them to get the S/4 horsepower right to the wheels by starting with the correct mindset.

And mindset is the #1 topic we want to talk about in this blog, because mindset will affect your motivation and motivation will guide the route through your personal S/4HANA journey.

And mindset is the #1 topic we want to talk about in this blog, because mindset will affect your motivation and motivation will guide the route through your personal S/4HANA journey.

So how to start your personal journey, how should you reset (if that is possible) your mindset in an environment, where you are under drumfire of irritating buzzwords concerning your enterprise application? First forget about all of them, also forget about cloud and on premise, forget about Greenfield or Brownfield, forget about your AS-IS ERP because this journey is not about IT, it is about business.

Just think about you (or your customer), your business and where you see yourself within the next 2-3 years. How do you want to work? What will your competitors do? How will the drivers, that affect the way you earn your money change? How will the expectations of your customers change?

This journey is not about IT, it is about Business!

Ever experienced “same day delivery”? You will never want anything else and so will your customer. Customer expectations change rapidly, so will the expectations of your business. Is your industry already on the brink of disruption? It may affect you not once, but from now on every two years.

So think about S/4HANA without thinking about ERP systems. Think about your strategy. Because your decision about S/4HANA should not be an IT decision but a business decision, if you want to put all the horsepower to the wheels.

DON’T have a “IT only” mindset, if you attack the topic because of 2025 or platform-only reasons, rethink again, you may miss a lot of opportunities. Best-of class adopters see S/4HANA as a strategic decision, so your approach should always be strategic if you want to get the best out of it.

And with this mindset, let us talk about how we can support you with S/4HANA, our digital core, that may become your digital core.

So how to prepare your mindset:

– First, don’t think about S/4 or ERP or IT at all, think about your individual situation, your business, the way you earn your money and the way the drivers that affect the way you earn money may change

– Think about your own innovations and strategic ideas. Above all, YOU are a innovator.

– Talk with us from SAP about it. We will listen! And we will show how our digital core can support you as dooropener to becoming an intelligent enterprise.

Think about your own innovations and strategic ideas. Above all, YOU are a innovator.

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