Get ready for the SAP
S/4HANA transition by tackling these common implementation obstacles
As an SAP customer, you’re probably aware of the SAP S/4HANA
advantages — enhanced user experience, more efficient transactions, real-time
data, and new functionality, among other benefits — that make it the next
logical step in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
But implementation challenges have led some businesses to
hesitate, even with the end-of-support date for SAP ECC looming in 2027.
Technological transformation always presents risks and
potential headaches for the entire company, and IT in particular. Successful
implementation depends on choosing the right partner and laying the groundwork
to make the transition as smooth as possible.
It’s estimated that IT downtime costs companies $1.55 million annually. Migrating to a new SAP creates new financial hazards in technical errors and increased IT downtime that could affect your bottom line.
enosix decreases downtime and errors with real-time integration,
and overcomes many implementation challenges, including some of the most
- Data corruption and validation issues: Maintaining data integrity is the first challenge when
migrating to S/4HANA. So how do you mitigate corruption and validation
problems? You can confirm data with
sampling, subsetting, or a record-by-record comparison, or just start over.
Neither are practical solutions.
enosix has the optimum solution: Instead of importing and exporting, or
just syncing fields like middleware products do, we virtualize the data and
allow for CRUD bidirectional updates of the information in both systems. It’s a
faster, streamlined, high-value process that fully solves the data problems of
- Buy-in from stakeholders: Change can be difficult, especially for the estimated 60%
of companies using legacy systems that are more than 10 years old. Then,
there’s the migration cost, possible downtime, and other risks. This is why you
need a reliable, tested integration partner to inspire confidence in the people
who need to sign off on the migration.
- Customizations. Your
legacy system is customized for your company’s unique needs, and these changes
could be so extensive that you’re afraid they’ll make it difficult or
impossible to add those features to a new framework.
While it’s always a good idea
to review your overall tactical direction, at enosix the core of our
highly-scalable technology sits inside your SAP system — allowing it to
leverage all your existing SAP processes, custom fields, business logic, and
security without the time-consuming and risky need to reproduce those processes
repeatedly in middleware or front-end applications.
- Know-how. You can’t just migrate and implement SAP S/4HANA
overnight. The migration and implementation processes need careful planning.
Many IT managers don’t have the knowledge to effectively and efficiently
implement a full SAP migration project with the resources currently available
to them. For most companies still on SAP ECC, this project calls for outside
4 criteria for
choosing the right implementation partner
Migrating to S/4HANA is probably the biggest, most complex project your IT department will confront in the next few years, so choosing the right partner is crucial for an efficient, successful implementation. Here are four criteria to look for in the companies you screen.
Many companies have IT experience that can help with standard IT tasks, but this migration calls for
a partner who not only knows SAP inside and out, but also has experience with
full-enterprise migration and integration.
enosix products were created by former SAP executives with a vision for smarter integration. We’ve developed patent-pending integration solutions we believe are instrumental in the customer experience economy, and our solutions can help you deliver on your customer promise. Our proprietary framework integrates and automates complex business processes across boundaries, resulting in accelerated implementation and immediate value for enterprises.
2. Effective tools
Your migration partner should
have the right tools and approach to make sure
the project delivers on schedule and within
enosix takes the complexity out of SAP integration to help
you get up and running 70% to 90% faster than competing approaches while still
providing secure, scalable, and reliable connections between your front-end
systems of engagement and the SAP ERP core.
3. Great references
A trusted partner should be able to provide references from
a variety of current and past clients.
Recently, enosix produced a webinar with Stephen Driggs, Head of CRM at Stanley Black & Decker, who shared his perspective on the importance of reducing complexity, delivering a unified customer experience, and how enosix is an important part of Stanley Black & Decker’s enterprise move to SAP S/4HANA.
Driggs is among more than 40 business leaders who realize
that middleware is, basically, old technology. This webinar also offers
important lessons from global leading brands on integration and delivering
Many IT consulting partners make money by complicating the
delivery of technology. This means you must work with them on all updates and
changes. While this is a great deal for them, it’s not so great for you.
enosix empowers you to work autonomously, so you only work
with us when it brings value to your business.
Make migration and
Our SAP-certified integration platform uses a patent-pending
communication protocol and framework of purpose-built advanced ABAP objects.
Once installed at the SAP app layer, enosix provides real-time, bidirectional
access to SAP data natively within today’s modern, front-end systems of
Because the enosix framework runs in both ECC and S/4HANA,
and the enosix platform uses the same interface for your front-end applications
in both cases, moving to the new SAP is easy. When you’re ready to upgrade from
ECC to S/4HANA, your applications that have been integrated via enosix can be
upgraded without the need to rework them as part of the move. That means you
can use the years before a move to start doing your SAP ECC integration work
while you have time, rather than all at once during the crunch of transition.
Schedule a demo today to learn more about why enosix makes the perfect S/4HANA integration partner.