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Introducing the Business Innovation Framework for SAP S/4HANA

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Innovation is the way forward to survive in an era of rapid change. But why do only 34% of organizations have a documented action plan for implementing an innovation strategy?

Today’s decision makers invest heavily into a new integrated ERP system to digitalize the enterprise. But only very few establish and leverage an innovation governance approach, as an enabler for the SAP S/4HANA transformation program.

In 2019, IDC published a study (Footnote: IDC: Multiplied Innovation: Scaling a Technology Revolution, March 2019) which shows that while many organizations are able to innovate, the real challenge is deploying these innovations at scale. Technology-driven innovation often lack business support and end user acceptance, while business-driven innovation often misses scalability and governance. Having a holistic innovation framework is essential, but organizations often struggle to integrate business and technological innovations into existing business processes.

Therefore, SAP has designed a guidance on how pioneers successfully use these latest technologies, scale with their SAP network, and streamline new ideas into a sustainable setup.

The WHY for an innovation governance approach:

  • Additional business value through intelligent capabilities beyond SAP S/4HANA standard
  • State of the art SAP S/4HANA implementation with benefits of the latest SAP innovations
  • Continuously reinvent processes and products to design new and innovative solutions


Introducing the Business Innovation Framework for SAP S/4HANA

Intelligence, Experience, and Operations are in the heart of an Intelligent Enterprise. To support customers with every element, end-to-end, SAP offers a set of services, tools and formats, that are orchestrated in your SAP S/4HANA journey by SAP S/4HANA Innovation Manager. Going hand-in-hand with the customer, we ensure that the right formats are applied at the right point of time to identify, design, implement, and run innovative solutions bringing value to your business.


The business innovation framework for SAP S/4HANA is deeply integrated into the SAP S/4HANA project methodology and can be consumed through your SAP MaxAttention contract. All formats are proven with customers. For each of the elements a toolkit exists to quick start the innovation journey.


The Business Innovation Framework for SAP S/4HANA journey!



Why do you need to innovate in your SAP S/4HANA transformation?
Implementing the business innovation framework for SAP S/4HANA:

  • raises the bar to generate additional value, as an enabler for speed and scalability
  • builds flexible and open architectures that can be adapted to market changes
  • removes organizational and technological barriers
  • reduces the total cost of transaction

We are happy to support you on your journey to the intelligent enterprise with the help of SAP MaxAttention and the business innovation framework for SAP S/4HANA. Please get in contact with us and let´s discuss how we can leverage this framework for your company.

Author: Markus Herhold, Head of Regional Innovation Team, SAP Customer Success Middle & Eastern Europe

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