Cloud-based SAP S/4HANA enables BT Group to retire legacy finance platforms to deliver annualised savings in FY24

LONDON SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announces that BT Group, one of the world’s leading communications services companies, has gone live on SAP S/4HANA to transform its ERP operations in the cloud.

It’s a move that strengthens the existing partnership between the two companies, enabling BT Group to retire 11 legacy finance platforms and benefit from millions of pounds worth of annualised savings. It also showcases the value of RISE with SAP, SAP’s tailored-to-fit cloud ERP solution, in delivering business-wide transformation at scale.

The deployment forms part of BT Group’s multi-year digital transformation journey to enhance its operations and build better colleague experiences. A partner since 2019, SAP has supported BT Group with its modernisation programme, providing smart, streamlined finance operations under its Making Finance Brilliant initiative. At the same time, SAP has enhanced BT Group’s colleague and customer experiences through the creation of a new ‘MyHR’ platform, powered by SAP SuccessFactors.

Now, BT Group runs SAP S/4HANA to take its Making Finance Brilliant initiative to the next level. It unites its finance data, reports and accounts, and powers its Business, Openreach and group finance operations in the UK.

The partnership also sees BT Group add SAP Business Network to its robust SAP portfolio, following its onboarding of SAP SuccessFactors  as part of its commitment to enhance its workforce experience via the creation of its ‘MyHR’ platform. These deployments form part of the strategic transformation of its digital HR capabilities, transforming learning, talent acquisition and management of contingent workers. It helps BT attract talent as well as enabling career development and workforce planning.

“The last couple of years have shown the necessity of being able to move fast and be agile to changing circumstances without disrupting either the customer or colleague experience,” said Jay Doshi, MD, Corporate Units, Digital at BT Group. “With our new SAP deployment adding to our existing portfolio, we can remove the complexity from our finance processes, allowing simplifying finance operations across the Group, reducing costs, boosting productivity and deepening the insights we can access to inform wider business strategy. Our teams will now reap the rewards as our strategic transformation programme drives a new digitally-enhanced experience.”

Ryan Poggi, Managing Director of SAP UKI added, “BT Group has a long history of connecting the world through the power of telecommunications. As it undergoes its programme of transformation, our cloud-based solutions will place data at the heart of strategic decision-making, driving operational efficiencies and enabling innovation at scale.

“With immediate savings, and wider benefits in productivity and performance, our services can scale to meet and deliver against BT Group’s transformation ambitions. That’s why we’re the only choice for organisations, of any size, that wish to modernise their ERP and stay resilient to the challenges that may come.”

About BT Group

BT Group is the UK’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications and related secure digital products, solutions and services. We also provide managed telecommunications, security and network and IT infrastructure services to customers across 180 countries.

BT Group consists of three customer-facing units: Consumer serves individuals and families in the UK; Business* covers companies and public services in the UK and internationally; Openreach is an independently governed, wholly owned subsidiary wholesaling fixed access infrastructure services to its customers – over 650 communications providers across the UK.

British Telecommunications plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/about

About SAP

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