Are You Considering the Move to SAP S/4HANA? Read This First.

September 14, 2023
Are You Considering the Move to SAP S/4HANA? Read This First.

Why move to SAP S/4HANA?

SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing) is one of the most popular suites of enterprise software solutions in the world, with 69 data centers in 35 locations throughout 15 countries. An astonishing 77 percent of the world’s transaction revenue goes through an SAP system.   

 SAP is popular for its wide range of integrated software solutions that cover almost every part of an enterprise, from financials to supply chain, CRM to HR and more, all while being customizable, flexible, and scalable. But, even its most ardent supporters will say that SAP can be costly, hard to integrate, and a resource drain when it comes to upgrades or new versions. 

It’s both this good and bad that comes with S/4HANA, SAP’s advanced enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite. S/4HANA represents the fourth generation of SAP’s ERP solutions, and they’ve designed it with the concept that businesses will be able to run their operations in an even more efficient and intelligent manner – it will be their “digital core.” 

SAP S/4HANA is built on SAP’s in-memory database platform, SAP HANA. It offers a simplified data model, a user-friendly interface accessible across devices, and industry-specific solutions. With advanced analytics, seamless integration, and extensibility options, it supports financial transformation, supply chain management, and aids businesses in their digital transformation journey. Offering both cloud and on-premises deployment, S/4HANA emphasizes data security and compliance.  

SAP S/4HANA is a powerful choice for organizations seeking agility and data-driven efficiency. Many businesses have chosen to migrate to S/4HANA to take advantage of its advanced features and to position themselves for future growth and competitiveness in this digital age. 

And while SAP provides tools and resources to help businesses plan and execute a migration strategy, SAP S/4HANA represents a significant shift from older SAP ERP systems. Its adoption can involve careful planning and consideration, and moving can be a significant project. It can put a considerable strain on an organization’s existing IT landscape.  

Making the move: What color is your migration?

SAP S/4HANA migrations are often referred to as “Bluefield” and “Brownfield.” The choice depends on your company’s goals, resources, and readiness, all while balancing flexibility and speed. A Bluefield migration involves setting up a new system from scratch (Greenfield) while selectively transitioning some existing data and processes (Brownfield), allowing for significant process redesign and optimization. It’s a complex but flexible approach. In contrast, a Brownfield migration brings existing functionality from the current SAP ERP system to S/4HANA, preserving processes and configurations. It’s a quicker implementation, but with limited process redesign.  

Your move: How Prolifics can help

Prolifics offers an SAP S/4HANA migration-integration solution that will help you build your data-driven business models of tomorrow – today. We’ve created a unique proposition for the S/4HANA migration, bringing in a proprietary software platform utility to scan the current SAP landscape and provide: 

  • Pre-migration impact assessment and readiness assessment 
  • Automation of migration activities 
  • Selective data transition approach 
  • Governance of migration project 
  • Several transformations in one go-live 
  • Near zero downtime for your business 

We’ve successfully completed more than 70 Bluefield and Brownfield migrations, and we can tap more than 500 Prolifics SAP functionality, programming and testing experts. What truly differentiates us is predictability. We’ll give you: 

  • Upfront sizing and approach 
  • Definite outcome and timelines 
  • Consistent visibility thru program management 
  • Highly optimized cost leveraging, via onshore and offshore delivery 
  • Dedicated Quality Assurance and Test Automation competency with SAP test automation tools 

Do you want to learn more? Connect with one of our SAP migration experts today and see how we can help your organization – email

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