The recent market disruptions, caused by coronavirus restrictions, and the subsequent rise in homeworking have catapulted digital transformation to the top of the ‘to do’ list for many organisations.

United VARs members are reporting a surge of interest from midsize businesses wanting to accelerate their move to SAP S/4HANA, especially from businesses currently running SAP ECC, the legacy ERP.

It’s a smart move, as all SAP innovations are now focused on SAP S/4HANA. The intelligent ERP platform embeds intelligent technologies such as AI, IoT and machine learning into business processes. It enables companies to: create new business models, increase efficiencies through machine learning, and use AI-powered automation to do more with fewer resources.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to transform and navigate uncertainty using aging technology which was built for yesterday’s world. There’s a growing realisation that if digital transformation doesn’t start happening soon, organisations risk being left behind. Moving to SAP S/4HANA is an opportunity to emerge stronger through these times of disruption.

SAP customers who have moved to SAP S/4HANA have reported:

  • 60% increase in operational efficiency
  • 75% decrease in total cost of ownership
  • 50% reduction in data footprint
  • 80% faster report generation

Conversion and migration packages

If you are considering a move to SAP S/4HANA but are concerned that it could be complicated, expensive or take a long time then we have the answer. A lot of United VARs members have software-and-services packages designed to help you move to S/4HANA within a defined price and timeline.

These SAP Qualified Partner Packaged Solutions provide a fixed-scope method. This also means you can start with the most essential functionality and expand as your business needs develop and change. The packages make migrating to SAP S/4HANA possible in a matter of weeks: a far cry from traditional ERP implementations that would typically take a year or more.

Because SAP S/4HANA packages are more cost-effective and start delivering value more quickly than solutions built from scratch, companies can see return on investment (ROI) much faster. To find out more, talk to your local United VARs member.

United VARs member for South Africa, Seidor Westrocon, has two packages for SAP S/4HANA migrations. Let’S/4 Plan analyses your infrastructure needs and creates a conversion plan which includes a schedule and an estimate of required resources. Let’S/4 Travel provides a full transition from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA securely and protects the investment you made in the original system.

United VARs SAP S/4HANA conversion factory global network

Almost 60% of companies who move to SAP S/4HANA choose a system conversion as the pathway from their existing ERP system. This is called a brownfield implementation or brownfield approach. SAP S/4HANA Conversion Factories provide a cost-effective, quick method to migrate existing software components within a brownfield implementation.

Every SAP implementation partner who is a member of United VARs can access the United VARs Conversion Factory Network. Our global network of conversion factories enables you to get the technical migration done remotely, cheaper and faster, by experts who have done many SAP S/4HANA conversions already.

All conversion factories in our network use standard templates and processes to maximise speed and efficiency and cut through technical complexity. They separate the repeatable technical conversion elements of the migration and enable them to be performed wherever in the world offers the best cost and turnround time for the client. We have conversion factories in India, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belarus and the Phillipines.

A few examples of conversion factories include MoveOn! package which is Detaysoft’s ‘SAP S/4HANA Conversion Factory for Intelligent Enterprises’. Detaysoft is the United VARs member for Turkey and a Deloitte Technology Fast50 company.

MoveOn! supports phased conversions from an ECC system to SAP S/4HANA quickly with less effort. You can watch this video to find out more. Atlant Consult, United VARs member for Belarus, offers the AK Conversion Factory to carry out the migration process without complications and in the shortest time possible. amount of time

Hosting SAP S/4HANA on a managed, private cloud

Another easy, fast way to move to SAP S/4HANA is to implement on SAP HEC (HANA Enterprise Cloud). This is a managed, private cloud hosting service for SAP HANA and its related applications. SAP refers to SAP HEC as a bridge to SAP S/4HANA. Organisations that follow this roadmap generally deploy SAP HANA first, then implement SAP S/4HANA Finance followed by the full SAP S/4HANA suite. The SAP HEC infrastructure enables companies to complete this process at their preferred pace.

TeamIdea, the United VARs member for Russia, took this approach for their customer, Russkiy Sezon, a manufacturer and distributor of metal doors. The customer has subsidiaries in Europe and Asia and their existing ERP system couldn’t cope with multiple languages and currencies.

Russkiy Sezon chose to implement SAP S/4HANA on HEC to standardise processes across the entire business, and to enable system scaling for new markets and businesses in the future. The initial implementation of SAP S/4HANA Finance took only 8 weeks. The customer is very happy and is now progressing to the next phase which includes transportation, warehouse, production and sales management.

Start planning your move with United VARs SAP S/4HANA experts

If you want to take advantage of innovative technologies for process improvements and greater competitive advantage, United VARs members can help you plan and execute your move to SAP S/4HANA. You can start on the migration path now and continue at a pace that suits your organisation.

Our members are all SAP Platinum Partners, with a wealth of expertise and a range of packages and services to check your technical readiness and help you to choose the transition path that’s right for you.

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