SAP S/4HANA Adoption: No Time to Lose for Business Growth

At its deepest roots, business growth is tightly intertwined with digital transformation. With intelligent technologies – such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) – businesses are reinventing themselves. They are entering new markets, reaching new customers, and leveraging a vast supply of skilled talent.

For thousands of SAP customers, the path to such business transformation is best navigated with SAP S/4HANA. Freeing themselves from batch latency, IT complexity, siloed data sources, and manually driven practices, SAP customers are quickly turning data into insight and action. Furthermore, every aspect of a business is connected, which leads to a centralized digital core of intelligence that processes captured information in real time

But first, to help ensure the transitions to SAP S/4HANA delivers outcomes as expected, many customers rely on clear, structured, and continuous guidance and support provided through the SAP S/4HANA Movement program. With the program’s comprehensive portfolio of guided enablement, self-service tools, and delivery models, customers and their chosen partners understand the potential benefits of SAP S/4HANA. As a result, they can develop an engagement plan that addresses their unique business needs.

Empowering Dynamic Innovation with Prescriptive, Clear Guidance

One engagement model that is helping customers successfully plan the deployment of SAP S/4HANA is SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement. Prescriptive, virtual, group-based, easily-digestible, and guided, this engagement model helps SAP customers quickly assess the best way to adopt the next-generation ERP suite.

In a virtual classroom setting, with real-time instruction, the engagement lays out a sequence of activities so customers can self-manage the use of nine critical SAP best practices and tools. The content is packaged with Q&A checkpoints where customers can exchange initial results and ideas across three areas: with SAP experts, within their organizations, and across their enterprises.

1. Business Evaluation: Why Adopt SAP S/4HANA
SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement helps customers understand industry innovation trends in order to identify innovation scenarios and future capabilities that are relevant to them. With this exercise, an outside-in benefits case can be created for the transformation.

SAP customers are also using self-service tools to analyze their current ERP landscape and build use cases. These results can be used as a baseline for tracking future benefits and business process improvements with SAP S/4HANA. Furthermore, customers can see the distribution of the total cost of ownership, gain a rough estimate of , and explore potential benefits and opportunities for innovation.

2. Technical Evaluation: What to Transform with SAP S/4HANA
During this phase, customers define and document their future digital core and assumptions for their target architecture. We provide a clear view of the SAP solutions that reflect their unique, current, and future business requirements.

SAP customers also gain an overview of the readiness of their ERP systems such as add-on compatibility, active business functions, and custom code. A first system sizing indication is also provided, as well as a list of simplification items and recommend SAP Fiori apps. Additionally, customers’ IT architects receive a future product road map and midterm target architecture.

3. Transformation Evaluation: How to Transition to SAP S/4HANA
By reflecting on seven guiding questions, customers can identify their preferred transformation approach – such as a new implementation or conversion. The sequence of transitions needed to form the current landscape into the target landscape is evaluated, and the preferred transition pattern is identified. The result of this exercise is the creation of an individual transformation plan, which covers the organization and sequence the SAP S/4HANA project. Subsequently, the strategy becomes action-ready.

With room to assess every aspect and impact of SAP S/4HANA deployment and adoption, businesses can remove the hurdles of doubt, uncertainty, and apprehensiveness that are common during major initiatives. In the end, this means that executives and employees alike are committed to its success.

Redefining Businesses with Clarity, Confidence, Positivity with SAP S/4HANA

Every company is investing considerable time, money, and effort into initiatives with promises of business growth, process improvement, new products and services, and higher profitability. Meanwhile, organizations must also address the challenges of creating and delivering game-changing products, services, and experiences on top of exponential technologies that are constantly changing themselves.

The same is true with moving a legacy ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. No amount of fanfare and hype can help ensure the success of such transformational initiatives. However, with the right guidance and support, customers gain the clarity, confidence, and positivity they need to transform themselves with an ERP system that keeps up with the exponential pace of data generation.

With insights derived from SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement, customers can plan their implementations and consider the feasibility and viability of enterprise-wide adoption of SAP S/4HANA. More importantly, they have action-ready transformation plans based on complete assessments of their business, technical, and transformation needs.


Receive guidance and support to define your unique transformation strategy. Learn more about SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement here. Join the conversation by following SAP Digital Business Services social media channels on YouTubeTwitterLinkedInFacebook.


Dr. Marcus-Alexander Funke is the chief architect for SAP S/4HANA Movement.