S/4 HANA, Cloud First, Digital Transformation – Not sure where to start?

S/4 HANA, Cloud First, Digital Transformation – Not sure where to start on your SAP Journey? 

 

You are not alone, at the recent UKISUG Connect conference this was a common topic of conversation with existing customers and wider networking group. Most people were hoping for the silver bullet or eureka moment that would give them a clear path on the way forward, everyone hoping that someone else had the perfect plan -  some have started small, some have decided to wait and see what happens but the truth is there is no straight answer as to what is right, wrong or the perfect solution. 

2025 seems like a long time away, but with tight budgets, highly customised systems, just knowing where to start is often the most difficult part of the plan.

To help our customers Absoft offer two Readiness Assessment services which are standard in the way we execute them but produce outputs which are completely bespoke and unique to each customers landscape, history and future state requirements. 

Absoft prides itself on being an extension of our customers; we listen, get to know your business and understand your requirements to help you generate a plan of how to move forward into the future.

 

Cloud Readiness

 

You can’t turn around without someone mentioning the ‘cloud’ today, but finding what works for you and provides you economies of scale and a return on the investment of moving is an important factor – otherwise what’s the point?

Absoft’s assessment looks at what you currently have and suggests a roadmap of how to move in the most effective manner. Optimising before you move is often an option to release efficiency or perhaps you just need to move quickly from aging hardware, outdated operating systems and databases which are now a vulnerability.

 

S/4 HANA Assessment

 

How do you map what you currently have into what’s available in the new world of S/4 HANA? Migrate, Re-Implement, Conversion, Greenfield, Brownfield.

Technically or Functionally, you may feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees!

Which of these options is available or even possible for me and my landscape?

Taking a pragmatic approach to what you want to achieve in the future, the benefits available as a result of real-time decision making and innovative solutions that S/4 HANA has to offer, is the best place to start.

Your system which may have heavy modifications and customisation may feel like you can’t upgrade, however, Absoft has years of experience working with customers to rationalise landscapes, roadmap technical and functional moves, and provide guidance on breaking a move down into small, manageable (and affordable) chunks.

Rather than trying to boil the ocean – why not look at optimising whilst you are in a run and maintain phase whilst working towards your future end goal?

 

Technical Enhancements

If you’re simply not sure of what the future holds for you, then we can still help!

Often, when we “MOT” a customer’s landscape, we find areas requiring attention which can de-risk your current operations, prepare you for the future, save you money or all of the above. 

Engaging Absoft to review your SAP system can help you to formulate some next steps for your SAP environment. You don’t necessarily have to know what your end-goal is but simply put, having a fresh set of eyes to look at what you have, identifying limitations or vulnerabilities can often provide clarity as to where attention ought to be spent to optimise your current state whilst shaping your future state. 

 

Why Absoft?

 

Absoft have been doing this for 30 years, some of our consultants pretend they are younger than they are, but they’ve seen a lot and are best placed to help you with the planning of your future. 

We don’t believe in a one size fits all project to move you to S/4 HANA because simply put that might not be right for you either today, tomorrow or further into the future. 

We believe that each landscape is unique and deserves to be treated as such – that’s why each of our road-map and assessment planning workshops is completely bespoke to you and your needs. 

Why not get in touch to talk about how we can help?