You don’t have to move a mountain to reignite your business with S/4HANA.
Transforming to a new ERP system at large companies is a complex matter at best and riddled with hazards, headaches and runaway costs at worst. Therefore, it is no surprise that CIOs may feel an urge to “kick the can down the road” when it comes to adopting SAP’s new flagship software S/4HANA.
As you may be aware, S/4HANA involves both technical renewal and business transformation at the same time. This is why companies struggle to find the right balance and sequence in managing the change.
But here’s what you may not know: The journey to SAP S/4HANA can actually be relatively smooth and perfectly painless given the right planning – and the right transformation approach.
As I have set out in previous blogs, Nordic companies now have three available options, or pathways, to choose from when considering their move to S/4HANA:
In an era when work processes and business conditions are changing faster than ever, flexibility and detailed analysis of systems is key before any ERP transformation project gets underway. And that’s why you are likely to sail into choppy waters when choosing greenfield or brownfield.
For example, your company may want to renew finance processes while, at the same time, keeping as-is processes for operations in a recently acquired subsidiary. In this scenario, greenfield can be likened to crossing the Atlantic without a GPS. And brownfield… well, frankly, this option involves massive technical exercises just to get the system up and running, without required business renewals.
Costs will inevitably start piling up resulting in business renewals being implemented separately.
Alternatively, if you indeed are in a position to start fresh with a Greenfield implementation of S/4HANA, you are still exposed to uncertainty and prolonged testing in order to ensure that your business needs are fully met.
By way of contrast, BLUEFIELD™ avoids all of the above downsides. With automatic scanning tools developed by SNP Group and brought to the Nordic market by Tieto, you can analyze the system landscape in-depth and predict S/4HANA impacts, identify objects and required customizations – and then, when ready, mitigate as needed.
The best news is that you don’t have to wait until the S/4 migration has taken place in order to start developing your business in the new environment. With BLUEFIELD™, the benefits can be realized as soon as 6 to 12 months into the project. This means that both business teams and IT can reach their target in a balanced way.
There is nothing more time consuming than sorting out, validating and incorporating historical data when going for a new core ERP system. At least this used to be true. The BLUEFIELD™ approach is entirely different and allows you to easily decouple and separate system and data.
Here are the steps we follow to S/4HANA:
Regardless of how large your data base might be, choosing the BLUEFIELD™ approach with its powerful automation features allows you to go live within hours instead of days. That, in itself, should calm a lot of nerves in both IT departments and boardrooms.
S/4HANA as a core ERP is a major enabler for businesses looking for intelligence and agility. There are endless possibilities for adding more “smartness” on top of digital core already during the implementation journey with BLUEFIELD™.
By unlocking everything from robotics processes automation (RPA), AI and machine learning to Internet of Things and real time customer insights – companies can leapfrog to the intelligent enterprise and achieve productivity gains of 15 - 20 percent immediately across industries.
While the clock is ticking and the looming deadline for SAP support cannot be overlooked, moving to S/4HANA sooner rather than later is vital for agility, speed and building tomorrow’s customer experience. Tieto is the first service provider in the Nordics to offer the unique BLUEFIELD™ approach. With forecasts indicating that 50,000 companies will have completed the move to S/4HANA by 2025, we look forward to helping customers navigate this critical journey, from start to finish.
To get started with your S/4HANA journey and BLUEFIELD™ roadmap, explore our starter package for System scan.
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Tiia helps customers to become intelligent enterprises using real-time data and insights across operations. Tiia is passionate about business driven transformations where customers simplify their business processes and modernize their IT architectures to better serve customers and operations. Tiia has extensive experience both in management consulting and implementation businesses. She leads Tieto’s SAP sales for strategic customers and SAP offering & innovation portfolio.