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SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management is the new ERP Suite from SAP. As such, it forms the digital core for innovation and business process optimisation. With SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, you have a modern, simplified SAP HANA-based application at your disposal. All SAP customers will need to migrate to SAP S/4HANA by the end of 2025, and Mercoline will offer support every step of the way.

What is S/4HANA?

SAP S/4HANA is an abbreviation for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. This is the next generation SAP application suite. It is a new product developed with the modern SAP Fiori user interface and based entirely on the SAP HANA in-memory platform. The main feature of S/4HANA is a radical simplification of the data model and user experience, which is aimed at helping companies simplify their business processes.

What are the advantages of implementing S/4HANA Enterprise Management?

The elimination of aggregate tables and index tables makes it possible to significantly reduce the size of the database. In combination with the in-memory technology of the SAP HANA database, business processes can be executed much faster and more efficiently. Completely new products and services are possible with the application of intelligent analyses. The innovative SAP Fiori user interface sets new standards for the design and user-friendliness of company applications. Digitalisation strategies and new business models aren’t the only things that can be implemented with S/4HANA. In particular, classic business processes can also be simplified or accelerated. Here are two examples:
  • Logistics: The general simplification of the data model generates greater logistics transparency regarding inventory and material flow, a reduction in warehouse and inventory reserves, and improved reaction capability for production orders in relation to the process sequences.
  • Finances: Financial statements can be executed at any time (daily soft closing), and profit-and-loss accounts can be called up in real time, making it possible to react to disruptions early on and to optimise processes.

Migration to S/4HANA: A question of when, not if!

Can SAP S/4HANA genuinely benefit my company? And don’t I still have time to make the switch? Many companies are asking these and similar questions. The fact is that every SAP customer has to confront SAP HANA sometime, because new functionalities for SAP products are being implemented exclusively on the basis of SAP HANA technologies. In addition, the end of servicing for SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) has already been set for the end of 2025. Don’t be caught waiting. Take control of your future with your own SAP S/4HANA roadmap.

SAP distinguishes between three fundamental migration scenarios

  1. New implementation from scratch for new customers or for existing customers looking to make a new start (Greenfield approach). You start with a new installation of SAP S/4HANA and migrate your master and transaction data with the help of integrated data management and data quality tools.
  2. A system conversion as a 1:1 upgrade of an existing system (Brownfield approach). The SAP Solution Manager supports this conversion as transformation software.
  3. The consolidation of several SAP systems (e.g., from multiple businesses or locations) into a central system to simplify the system landscape.

Analysing the potential of SAP S/4HANA. Mercoline is here to help.

Beyond the whirlwind of the marketing world, it’s hard to find good, concrete advice on SAP S/4HANA. The most common analyses primarily examine the technical aspects of SAP S/4HANA’s SAP components. But they often ignore a company’s specific organisational, procedural, and technological framework conditions. Mercoline doesn’t. We’ll take you all the way through the whole package, providing support on the following points, among others:
  • Information search and decision-making for the conversion to S/4HANA
  • Process analysis and redesign and the preparation of a customised migration path
  • Implementation of S/4HANA, including the development and adaptation of add-ons as well as customer code conversion
  • Further development of your user interface under SAP Fiori
  • Training your employees

Information workshop

  • Overview of SAP HANA technologies
  • Typical business cases for specific departments
  • Framework conditions and technical requirements
  • Overview of migration scenarios
  • Effects on organisation and roles

Recommended actions

  • Analysis of benefits in the company
  • Actual process analysis
  • Actual systems analysis
  • Recommended actions

Implementation

  • Implementation planning
  • Technical installation
  • Process implementation
  • Tests
  • User training