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Maximize the Value of Cloud ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

July 10, 2017 by Melissa DiDonato 1

Today’s business is moving faster than ever thanks to digital technologies. In this environment, gaining a digital edge means gaining the ability to focus on what matters most to the future of your business and your customers so you don’t fall behind.

In my discussions with early adopters of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, it’s become clear why intelligent cloud ERP is at the core of their digital value creation.

Intelligent cloud ERP is not coming — it is here. It’s ready to be adopted, consumed, and built on.

In the cloud, SAP is going from the system of record to the system of innovation. Built on 45 years of experience with best practices, and translated that into a set of capabilities only possible with the cloud.

What that means for our customers is access to a system that is fast to implement, easy to use, free from infrastructure maintenance, built to provide the highest process standards, and constantly upgrading to offer the latest in machine learning and other innovations. Time to value is dramatically reduced, innovation is delivered by SAP continuously and customers and partners are enabled to deliver innovation themselves.

Three themes emerged in the discussion to show why customers are finding a competitive edge and generating new value with our intelligent cloud ERP solution.

Speed is a Strategic Advantage

Business is moving incredibly fast, which is why it’s essential that you have a rapid-to-adopt intelligent core ERP. Intelligent cloud ERP enables you to quickly implement your new system across the organization and bring your core processes on board.

Beyond adoption, cloud also enables fast upgrades. We are pushing out regular quarterly upgrades and releases per year, providing our customers with the latest technologies. This velocity of upgrades and new capabilities isn’t possible with an on-premises adoption.

And there is another aspect of speed our customers can’t live without: the speed to see data in real-time and act on it. Our real-time architecture provides data (knowledge) — and also the tools to act on it quickly.

Standardization to Best Practices is Critical

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is based on a Fit-to-Standard model that embeds best practices across the company. This model brings processes into alignment based on decades of experience and unique knowledge of effective and efficient core business processes. It’s a major break from the complex, customized ERP implementations of yesterday.

Customers tell us the Fit-to-Standard model helps them understand what they need to do and how to accomplish processes more efficiently.

According to Richard St-Pierre, president of C2 International, “The key value a cloud ERP unlocks is a simple way to operate. Especially for a smaller or midsize organisation, with at all the legal, encryption and backup requirements. It’s simply overwhelming for a small shop that doesn’t have a large IT team. It is becoming way too complex for a company to operate. So, for me a cloud-based solution like S/4HANA Cloud is really the only option. The alternative simply requires too many resources that we don’t have.”

With a standardized core, they can move at higher velocity and take advantage of new technologies that differentiate their services, rather than focusing energy on creating customized solutions to common industry processes.

Simplicity Powers Business Success

One of the most popular innovations within SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the consumer-grade usability. Executives are confident that they can speed adoption internally with the easy-to-use interface, and for businesses with a distributed workforce, the full mobile capabilities increase the value of the solution exponentially. Instead of having to search out tasks that need attention, users have actions pushed to them, just as they recognize with a Twitter or podcast notification.

More strategically, the simplicity of SAP S/4HANA Cloud means customers don’t focus on infrastructure. Instead, they focus on the business, with the confidence that they’ll be supported on a regular basis — and receive quarterly updates that make the solution ever more valuable. Our intelligent cloud ERP grows with you, whether growth is in scale or business function, without a team maintaining infrastructure and implementing potentially disruptive updates.

Intelligent Cloud ERP is Here Now

Your competitors are already adopting a solution that provides greater speed, simplicity, and standardized best practices, and receiving regular infusions of the latest in machine learning and analytics capabilities. Don’t fall behind with outdated technology or an outmoded approach. Instead, learn how you can create value on the new intelligent cloud ERP.

Check out the full panel discussion for the insights into how intelligent cloud ERP is going to change everything.

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Melissa Di Donato is chief revenue officer for SAP S/4HANA Cloud

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