What are the key benefits for a customer to move to SAP S/4HANA?
SAP’s vision and strategy is to help customers run live in the digital economy. To deliver on this mission, we are redefining how enterprise software creates value. The prevalence of digital technologies is forcing organizations to reimagine their business models, the way their business processes are designed, and the way their employees work in the digital economy. While this brings a plethora of challenges due to the disruptive nature of digital technologies, the digital economy also presents numerous opportunities for those who are aware and prepared to embrace digital transformation.
From a business value perspective, this means that SAP S/4HANA creates some unique opportunities to reinvent business models and drive new revenues and profits. First, enterprises can now connect to people, devices, and business networks to deliver new value to their customers on any channel because the Internet of Things and Big Data are accessible to any business. Second, enterprises can dramatically simplify their processes, drive them in real time, and change them as needed to gain new efficiencies – batch processing is no longer required. And finally, business users can now get any insight on any data from anywhere in real time for planning, execution, prediction, and simulation, so decisions may be made on the fly with the finest level of granularity for faster business impact.
From an IT value perspective, this means that SAP S/4HANA creates some unique opportunities to simplify the landscape and help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), with SAP HANA as the great simplifier. First, enterprises can eliminate redundant data, reducing their data footprint while working with larger data sets in one system (for example, with industry or application function reintegrated, where it was previously standalone). This enables them to reduce hardware costs, operational costs, and complexity, and to save time.
Second, innovation is made simpler by leveraging an open platform (SAP HANA Cloud Platform) to drive advanced applications – for example, for predicting, recommending, and simulating – while protecting existing investments. Third, business users can leverage a simple and role-based user experience, based on modern design principles, which minimizes training efforts while increasing productivity as it combines information from various sources at the point where decisions are made. We also support customers with
simple configuration: both while setting up the system and during its use. And finally, enterprises get choice of deployment: cloud, on premise, and even hybrid scenarios to achieve quick time-to-value and reflect the current reality of customer solution landscapes. SAP S/4HANA is built only on the SAP HANA platform because it is the only platform that can deliver the required massive simplifications and innovations.