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SAP for Small & Medium Business is one of our single, integrated solution that provides clear visibility into your entire business and complete control over every aspect of your operations. It captures all critical business information for immediate access and use company wide. Unlike accounting packages and spreadsheets, it delivers what you need to manage your key business areas.
We have flexibility to deployed SAP Business One on premise or in the cloud, you can access it at anytime, anywhere via any mobile device and more over on any platform.
What’s more, your employees can start using it from day one. As your business grows, you can customize and extend SAP Business One to meet your evolving needs at lowest possible budget.
According to a SAPinsider survey, over half (52%) of respondents are currently in the evaluation phase of their S/4HANA migration. This sounds encouraging, perhaps, but it also means that many, perhaps most, organizations planning a move from SAP ERP ECC to S/4 HANA have not taken more concrete steps to get there.
According to the insights we gathered while talking to customers in various verticals (consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and pharma, to name a few):
With so many moving parts and new standards, complexity and risk seem to be inherent to every SAP S/4 HANA system conversion.
SAP S4HANA migration presents several challenges during migration which we addressed successfully:
Each approach uses a different methodology and has its advantages and disadvantages. Read on for an analysis of each approach and how to choose the one most suitable for your specific circumstances.
A greenfield project is a new implementation of SAP S/4HANA. It is a golden opportunity to redefine and simplify business processes and take full advantage of S/4HANA capabilities you may not have previously leveraged. While this approach does not guarantee operational success from the start, there is time to make necessary adjustments as the new system is implemented.
Nonetheless, the radical changes inevitably introduced in how you operate the system can be unnerving. And the re-implementation process can be tiresome and time-consuming, especially on the change management side. So, before you go down the greenfield path, be sure you’re ready for an intense and involved re-engineering process.
The brownfield alternative is SAP’s recommendation for customers who want to migrate to S/4HANA but preserve the value of the time and effort invested in adapting SAP ECC to their needs. It is a conversion process in which you migrate and adapt all your business processes to the new S/4HANA platform. This approach is less disruptive and can offer a better solution if you don’t want any essential operational changes.
A brownfield project runs the risk of possible technical issues during and after conversion. However, SAP has provided specific conversion tools and guidelines intended to mitigate such problems from the start.
Landscape transformation is not a system conversion or a new implementation; it’s selective SAP S/4HANA migration or consolidation of multiple systems.
With this approach, you can limit SAP S/4HANA migration to specific business processes while leaving the rest as is. Some organizations go down this route for migrations expected to produce the best or fastest ROI, such as incorporating S/4HANA capabilities into their Central Finance business unit.
The same essential methodology, executed with the right SAP tools, can be used to consolidate SAP and non-SAP systems. Creating a single, centralized system reshapes your business landscape for more streamlined management.
To choose the right migration approach, you’ll need an extensive analysis of your organization’s technical and functional aspects to determine SAP S/4HANA readiness. This includes evaluating the database, platform, configurations currently in use, your business workflows, the system landscape, and more.
More importantly, you should look at how the migration fits into your organization’s digital transformation roadmap. Identify where you are now, where you want to go in the coming years, and how you plan to get there.
Once the path has been decided upon, it’s time to plan the exact ECC to S/4HANA migration steps needed for a successful implementation.
The SAP Activate methodology provides a clear structure and detailed series of steps for the greenfield approach:
Discover: Identify the value of your business and then develop the roadmap and strategy to be used in the implementation of the project.
Prepare: Start working on final project plans and preparing your team. Choosing the right people for your team ensures the project will run optimally.
Explore: SAP S/4HANA offers a wide range of solutions for your business, especially for a new implementation. Initiate the scope evaluation process with a Fit/Gap analysis — instead of traditional blueprint requirements — to ensure a more efficient implementation.
Realize: Focus on the business requirements defined in the previous phase. These include system configuration settings, integration scenarios, and data migration.
Deploy: Set up the production environment in this phase. When it’s ready, execute cutover activities and move business operations to the new system.
Brownfield & Landscape Transformation
The necessary landscape transformation or S/4HANA conversion steps are divided into two phases: preparation and realization.
Preparation: System Requirements & Planning: Conduct an assessment of the existing system and then define the best possible solution to execute the migration.
Conversion Pre-Check: Ensure any add-ons or business functions active in the current system are compatible with S/4HANA. (SAP has provided the Simplification Item Check for this purpose.)
Custom Code Migration: Check your custom code for S/4HANA compatibility. This is essential, especially if there are enhancements in your current system.
System Installation: Start the conversion to SAP S/4HANA, including database migration and data conversion.
Follow-On Activities: All relevant, customized settings must be migrated after the technical conversion.
Data consistency check (especially for financial data): Since SAP S/4HANA collects all relevant components from Financial Accounting (FI) and Controlling (CO) into one data pool, called the Universal Journal, you must reconcile your accounting components so that data can be merged correctly.
Iteration Testing: When all customizations are completed and all data has been migrated, you need to perform test iterations to ensure the system runs correctly.
Tackle the most common S/4HANA migration obstacles with these three moves:
Here are some best practices for SAP migration:
With HTSM, you can expect a seamless and efficient migration experience characterized by the following attributes:
Description: This is a case study based on the migration experience at XYZ (Client Name withheld due to compliance & Information security issues). The client is an alcoholic & Non-alcoholic beverage, soft drink, and food company with multiple operation point within India.
When the food and beverage company planned a major business transformation and financial process consolidation, HTSM helped the customer to convert its SAP ECC to S/4HANA in the AWS cloud. Due to stringent timeline pressure HTSM’s SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services were recruited for fast project delivery. We designed and implemented a new SAP S/4HANA solution on time to support the new operating model, improve financial insights, and lower costs in a modern Hyperscaler cloud environment. This digital transformation has helped the customer to realize key goals such as offering an e-commerce platform and to more quickly and easily adapt to changes in the food and beverage industry.
Industry: Food and Beverage
Services: SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services
Current Mode of Operation: SAP ECC
Future Mode of Operation: S/4HANA in the AWS cloud with some new operating model introduction
Team Size: 6
Time to Migrate: 5 Months
Challenges: Undertaking a significant business transformation, this food and beverage business customer planned to introduce a new operating model. S/4HANA was selected as the best solution platform to fit the core business objectives. The new operating model would include offering retail customers an e-commerce platform while addressing industry changes in product and margin developments.
As part of the process re-design, the company also planned to consolidate fragmented finance processes and systems.
Strenuous timeline pressure meant the project had to begin two weeks from a standing start and deliver the first project landscape within six weeks.
HTSM’s SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services were engaged in planning and designing a new S/4HANA solution and supporting SAP applications. AWS was the customer’s chosen platform for hosting SAP in the new operating model. Implementation included sophisticated high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities as well as advanced automation features.
Description: The hyper-scalability of the cloud brings new meaning to flexibility, elasticity, and resilience — and it’s redefining how applications are architected and delivered. In addition, cloud technologies efficiently support customers as devices and data proliferate. And a pay-as-you-go model provides a fail-fast, agile platform for services development and provisioning.
The same is true for one of HTSM’s clients, a packaging company serving the automotive, food and grocery items, and home care industries. The company transformed its ERP systems, migrating and rehosting its entire SAP landscape from its on-premises data center to Microsoft Azure.
Industry: Packaging, Automotive, food, Grocery, Home care
Services: SAP rehost to Microsoft Azure
Current Mode of Operation: SAP on premises
Future Mode of Operation: SAP on premises to rehost on Microsoft Azure
Team Size: 7
Time to Migrate: 2 Months
Current mode of operation: Legacy infrastructure creates risk
The company had been hosting its SAP solution in its on-premises data center with a configuration that provided no physical separation of the SAP application, its Microsoft SQL database and system controls. That configuration presented a single point of failure, making the system vulnerable to attacks and other unexpected operational interruptions.
As part of its IT strategy, the company elected to exit its on-premises data center and transform its SAP system with a cloud migration to mitigate risk and significantly improve agility and uptime.
The company chose HTSM as its partner for the SAP cloud migration and rehosting services. Given only a four-month window before its data center exit, the company collaborated with HTSM, an experienced organisation with SAP on Microsoft Azure and the Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specializations.
The team rehosted the following systems on Microsoft Azure:
Altogether, the team deployed 50 servers in the East US 2 region of the Azure environment. Operating systems for the implementation include:
The team built all servers from the ground up with a fresh install and data migration using two approaches, import/export and backup/restore for Java and non-Java systems.
Because SAP systems are essential to its business operations, the company ensured the cloud deployment was architected for high availability. To that end, the migration team designed and deployed a three-tier SAP architecture for critical systems, using clustering at each layer to offer high availability using Azure shared disks, availability sets, Azure backup and Azure monitor services. In addition, the team designed, implemented and migrated data, proving high availability by simulating various failure scenarios.
Despite the tight deadline and complex migration, the company experienced less than 12 hours of downtime, including post migration activities and system release.
With its SAP landscape now fully deployed in Microsoft Azure, the high-availability system delivers an uptime of 99.95%. In addition, new features and capabilities streamline the handling and performance of SAP workloads and improve the integration into Azure for its use as a cloud platform.
The company management now has a specific view into how applications are connected and configured. And step-by-step procedures show how the systems are configured and how to remediate any issues that might arise.
Overall, the SAP cloud transformation has given the packaging company significantly higher business agility and increased competitiveness in the marketplace.