Develop a readiness
plan to get everyone on board and working toward an efficient transition
The move from ECC to SAP S/4HANA is inevitable, with ECC now
reaching end of support in 2027. S/4HANA offers many advantages that are
understood by IT directors and SAP administrators. However, others in the
company may be resistant to changes involving ingrained processes and familiar
interfaces, as well as moving data to the cloud.
It all starts at the top: C-level executives must champion the transition and it’s advantages while quelling anxieties and encouraging a change-resilient attitude that gives the company a competitive edge. Buy-in by all departments within the company is required for optimum efficiency.
SAP S/4HANA is a more efficient,
flexible, and feature-rich ERP for almost every business that uses SAP, so how
can all departments across your organization prepare for the transition to
S/4HANA and make the process as orderly and as painless as possible?
Make a readiness
Your S/4HANA readiness assessment will be unique to your
organizational vision and business requirements. But all SAP evolvement
projects have much the same framework. To mitigate risk and ensure a successful
project, use these six pillars:
1. Get strategic and
Before you start an SAP S/4HANA transformation, you need the
answers to the big questions:
- Why are you doing
- What do you intend to
The answers to these types of questions are critical
components for strategic and executive alignment and to bring clarity to the
project. It also translates executive vision into executable project goals and
Upper management should set the tone for employees to
understand that change is business’ “new normal.” Show staff how SAP S/4HANA
will make both large and small software changes, and new technology faster and
2. Make sure you’re
As a game-changing project, S/4HANA implementation will
bring changes to your business operations. These require strategic operational
decisions, and they should be made prior to implementation.
3. Make sure your
people are ready
Your internal staff is essential for success. Assess the
skills and competences of your organization as it currently is and what you’ll
need in the future. Once you define skills and competencies, you can form a
change team who will create a plan to make sure everyone in every department
begins to prepare.
And current cloud implementation methods notably reduce each part of the deployment process. This means you’ll be able to manifest business outcomes more quickly, but you’ll also need to speed up your training and change management.
4. Assess your
infrastructure and data hygiene
Put together a plan after assessing your infrastructure. How
will you decommission legacy systems? Or will you migrate them over to S/4HANA?
Define the go-live architecture and formulate a plan not only for data
migration but data readiness.
Analyzing appropriate data relationships and building agreement is time-consuming, says Deloitte, but it’s an essential part of successful implementation. Don’t wait to start profiling, cleansing, and transforming data. Whether it’s a financial system or a Salesforce CMS, it’s important to start with clean data to avoid compounding errors.
5. Develop your
governance and planning
Establish the project organization, working structure, your
approach for managing risk, and complete your project and resource plans.
6. Find the best
Enosix is the only integration platform that runs inside SAP. All API calls, database queries, etc. are made inside SAP, and all the logic that combines the results is in SAP, too. This means we only need to pass on the data the front-end system needs to perform its tasks, and not all the intermediate results. This greatly reduces the number of needed API calls, bandwidth, and run-time.
Why SAP S/4HANA
readiness is important
Failed projects can often be traced to a lack of
preparation, which makes the readiness stage vitally important. Execution of a
readiness plan for your SAP S/4HANA implementation gives you the following
- Optimized resources:
By spending time and resources on implementation readiness, you’ll streamline
project execution and won’t waste time later on things that should have been
addressed at the readiness stage.
- Mitigated risk: Your
readiness assessment will give you a broad overview of your entire
implementation project, which gives you the opportunity to spot possible
problems and potentially address them. If you can’t take care of them during
the assessment, you’ll at least be able to develop a contingency plan.
- Assured alignment. Your
readiness assessment provides the best opportunity to ensure executive team
alignment on the execution and detailed technology decisions that are essential
It’s essential that executives and staff prepare to adapt
quickly to changes in both business and business technology. The speed of
development is unprecedented, so people and organizations must prepare and be
agile and flexible.
implementation partner for SAP S/4HANA
enosix takes the complexity out of SAP integration to let
you get up and running 70% to 90% faster than competing approaches, while still
providing secure, scalable, reliable connections between your front-end systems
of engagement and your SAP ERP core.
Our platform runs in the application layer of your SAP ERP
and replaces IDOCs and the JCo connector (we know – it sounds like
magic). Our pre-built Rapid Integration Objects encapsulate the most
common queries and transactions.
No more calling standard SAP BAPIs/RFCs and piecing together
the results in middleware or on the front end. The end result is significantly reduced load on your SAP system
compared to traditional approaches. It also means far greater code reusability across different front-end systems
(nearly 100% vs. typically <40% for PI/PO or iPaaS solutions – and 0% for
solutions that live in the front end).
And because our pre-built solution covers the most common use cases, your implementation will be done in 80% less time than a custom project. Schedule a demo today or reach out with questions; we’ll get you the information you need — fast.