If your company has moved or is considering moving to SAP S/4HANA, you may have heard that it is SAP's most innovative ERP platform, that it offers a whole world of new opportunities – or maybe you've just heard that everyone with older SAP systems must move by 2027. In any case, you may be asking yourself: What now? What's in it for us?
Because there are so many functions, processes, and configuration options in SAP
S/4HANA, it is almost impossible to go into detail on how to get the best possible
benefit from the system without first mapping the type of business and its needs. At Pearl Group, we can help you with that – but first, let's try to give you an overview of the most important opportunities in S/4HANA.
SAP S/4HANA uses the intuitive and user-friendly SAP Fiori interface. It makes work more efficient, and it's faster to learn new features: once you've learned how to use one app, it's easy to understand the others. In addition, Fiori can be used on desktop and mobile.
The SAP Fiori user interface is role-based, meaning that the dashboard's information and functions are adapted to the user's role in the company. Users only have access to what they need, making the solution easier to use and more secure.
The platform uses "in-memory" technology, meaning that the database primarily stores data in memory rather than disk storage. This means a much lower response time, allowing you to access data and perform real-time analyses.
Machine learning and predictive analytics
The system facilitates machine learning, and together with the possibilities for connecting and processing large data sets that you achieve by running the system in the cloud, it offers many opportunities – such as predictive analysis.
SAP CoPilot is an intelligent assistant that knows your company, role, and goals. It uses machine learning to build knowledge based on historical data and experience and suggests solutions and focus areas across SAP and other apps.
Effective incident management
Where you previously had to dive into the various processes and datasets to get an overview of issues and discrepancies, Fiori lifts incident management and insight to a higher level and provides a visual and easy-to-understand overview in the dashboard.
Automation of processes
With the help of RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and low-code development with "drag and drop" functionality, there are many opportunities for automation of business processes and repetitive work tasks and less need for self-developed tools.
Standardization of code
SAP S/4HANA has tools that analyze the company's proprietary code and identify the potential for standardization. This way, the company can make the code more comprehensive and efficient and significantly reduce further development work.
With the help of these opportunities – and many more – SAP S/4HANA can help the company optimize and streamline processes such as sales, delivery, purchasing, inventory, accounting, reporting, development, security routines, and incident management.
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