Companies build their short-term and long-term business strategies around staying futureproof, remaining competitive, being able to attract talent, adding value for their customers, and sustainability. Their business processes and, consequently, their IT need to be aligned with that to really deliver on these strategic focus points. However, organizations often still work with functional processes set up back in the day, that correspond with past strategic plans. And these have become a mismatch with the current business needs.
Strategies and drivers evolve, IT should evolve with it. We see that this often stays behind on company aims and drivers. It stunts innovation, insights, agility, and scalability. TCO of the set-up is high, value for the business process support is low. The flexibility to swiftly adapt to, for example, shortages in a supply chain or integrate new technology to seize new opportunities and meet customer demands, is simply lacking.
The answer to do better? Stop dabbling with BI, Excel, or whatever spaghetti tooling and legacy processes you’ve created. Invest in functional processes and IT that actually correspond with business needs now and in the future.
How to create futureproof IT in small steps
We experience that most companies are quite ready for digital transformation. Some are even aching for it, since they are losing out on efficiency. But they are overwhelmed by the implications of an upgrade to SAP S/4HANA. It means they have to adapt to new technology, new functional processes, and new ways of working.
What if there’s a way to turn that perspective in a less daunting one? Why not make a lasting change easy by taking small steps? And let me tell you, that first step is relatively easy and paves the way for a straightforward project with clear milestones and objectives.
Multiple roads lead to… SAP S/4HANA
Although there are roughly three flavors to choose from S/4-wise, how to migrate to SAP S/4HANA is not a clear-cut path. There are so many decisions to make, and which route you travel is not a one-size-fits-all journey. The path consists of a series of related choices based on factors such as business strategy and drivers, costs, current system set-up, data quality, probabilities, and benefits.
The answer to the question ‘How should I move to SAP S/4HANA’ is not something you can google. You need to bring in an expert in your industry, your operations and processes, and your IT, to evaluate where you stand now, where you’re headed, and what transformational roadmap fits best.
In other words: you need to assess your landscape to determine the next steps.