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SAP S/4HANA Conversion on a Fixed Schedule and Budget
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When you’re ready to make the move to the next-generation business suite, there is a lot to think about. If the system conversion is a scenario you’re thinking of, I’d like to tell you about one option at NTT DATA Business Solutions that we call the Conversion Factory. It’s a unique approach for your conversion to SAP S/4HANA.
Making the decision to move your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) to SAP S/4HANA requires careful consideration. On the surface, the benefits are clear: your business becomes smarter, more agile, and more innovative than your competitors’. But implementation can be costly and time consuming. Projects of this scale that involve fundamental changes to your legacy systems can only be disruptive, right?
Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. We have a unique approach for a system conversion that streamlines your transition. We call it the Conversion Factory.
Around 60 percent of companies moving to SAP S/4HANA convert from legacy ERP solutions – an approach also known as Brownfield Approach. Recognizing this, we decided to mainly focus on guiding Brownfield conversions – and making them as smooth as possible.
Our many conversion projects were successfully completed thanks to our Conversion Factory, which we launched in 2017. Located at NTT DATA Business Solutions’ Indian offices, the 200+ specialists at the Conversion Factory have already completed more than 50 successful conversions.
Round-the-Clock Support for Conversions
Think of the Conversion Factory as a one-stop-shop for SAP S/4HANA. It allows us to offer both a fixed, pre-determined price to our customers, as well as a fixed timeframe – usually between 3 and 6 months. The team in India works closely with localized NTT DATA Business Solutions experts around the world. And the location is of a real advantage. It allows us to offer round-the-clock support, no matter where in the world you are.
Here’s How It Works
The Conversion Factory is SAP certified. We start by workshopping with our clients, either face to face or online. These workshops are important, in that they allow us to build trust, identifying showstoppers, and establish the specific goals and pain points from our customers and their LoBs. From there we work to make sure that their individual goals and worries are addressed in an agile manner.
Through our local experts and the Conversion Factory, we can offer our customers a great deal of flexibility. The system will be converted 1:1 on to the new business suite, including adaptations for the modules/functions that are necessary for SAP S/4HANA adoption. Additional functionalities and modules that customers didn’t have on previous versions can be added after the conversion. And through sandboxing, we can show the customers a test environment before moving forward with the project. It’s an agile approach that gives peace of mind.
Speaking of peace of mind, companies that deal in large amounts of sensitive data, or are otherwise risk-averse, can still take advantage of the Conversion Factory, as it doesn’t require offshoring all your data. The information and systems you need to remain in-house, in the hands of the customer, can remain wherever you feel they’re best protected.
Converting Experience into Success
The NTT DATA Business Solutions Conversion Factory is the result of our expertise and experience in SAP implementations. Due to our 30 years of experience in supporting SAP products and our close SAP partnership, we were able to create and establish solutions that are consistent with the SAP ecosystem.
SAP S/4HANA conversions are major commitment. Fortunately, our Conversion Factory provides the fast track to a successful move. Combined with the local support of our NTT DATA Business Solutions teams, you can begin to reap the rewards of the next generation ERP in fewer than 22 weeks!
Would You Like to Know More about SAP S/4HANA?
If you are interested in more general information about SAP S/4HANA, visit our product page. For more details about our conversion factory or the path of the system conversion, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.