Preparing to implement or migrate to SAP S/4HANA can seem like a daunting task. Whether using a Brownfield, a Selective Data Transition or a Greenfield approach, the process is a significant challenge that requires careful planning to maximise value.
Advance planning and a clear understanding of your current processes, data and value targets are essential. At NTT DATA, we leverage our deep understanding of SAP S/4HANA with a comprehensive preparation process to help organisations make the transition as smooth, intuitive and agile as possible.
Building on our SAP expertise, we offer two tools to facilitate the entire process:
The S4 readiness assessment is specifically designed by NTT DATA to evaluate your organisation’s readiness for S/4HANA.
As well as analysing existing processes and IT systems – including hosting arrangements and data sets – the S4 readiness assessment produces a clear vision of your value targets while highlighting any pain points.
It not only looks at the impact S/4HANA will have on your operations in the short term, but also explores potential long-term benefits.
Created in Fiori and hosted on dedicated servers, the S4 readiness assessment uses four key steps to customise the migration or implementation strategy to your organisation’s specific requirements:
Step 1 – Clients complete a questionnaire that gathers all of the relevant information regarding the change. What is your motivation for the transformation? Which systems are deployed currently? What are your company’s needs?
Step 2 – A second questionnaire gathers data on your business’s processes. This provides an end-to-end picture of the scope of the journey, and is particularly important for clients implementing S/4HANA from scratch in a Greenfield approach, or those who want to rethink some processes (with Selective Data Transition approach).
Step 3 – System data is automatically extracted through the attachment of our proprietary tools. This provides a clear indication of the impact of the transformation upon installation.
Step 4 – We hold workshops with your organisation to discuss deliverables and explain key features. Using the information gathered, our experts examine the transformation steps needed to adapt or change your organisation’s processes. This identifies the specific needs of your organisation, allowing us to personalise the installation and ensure a completely smooth transition.
Once all relevant data is gathered, NTT DATA presents the readiness assessment results in a user-friendly, visual way. The assessment reduces complexity and simplifies current processes while proposing a data migration strategy.
Our pre-packaged solution is pre-configured to shorten implementation time and improve understanding of new processes and capabilities in SAP S/4HANA.
It applies SAP best practices to areas including finance, sourcing & procurement, asset management, sales, manufacturing and supply chain.
Additionally, it provides asset management functions to assist in Pool or Linear Asset Management and other relevant areas such as QM and PM module integration (to name a few).
Clarifying the entire process, it lays out and demonstrates the new functions and capabilities you’re going to encounter on transformation.
The new system will be laid out graphically to assist with internal training and gap analysis. Exactly where the differences are between the old system and S/4HANA will be clearly illustrated, while Fiori apps are deployed for a more intuitive and efficient work experience. This is a further customisation of the new system to your specific needs.
S/4HANA’s extended functionalities also allow for targeted implementation of industry-specific processes and applications. For example, sectors such as manufacturing can benefit from a tailored and customised solution to deal with their industry’s specific needs.
Proper preparation is the key to overcoming any challenge. The NTT DATA S/4HANA readiness assessment and pre-packaged system ensure you are fully prepared to successfully and seamlessly migrate to or implement S/4HANA.
Undertaken collaboratively with our clients, we dive into your current capabilities and systems to ensure that any transformation process is comprehensively adapted to your specific needs. This not only saves time, adds value and lowers costs, but reduces the risk of problems emerging later down the road.