S/4HANA migration to improve efficiency and competitiveness

S/4HANA migration to improve efficiency and competitiveness

As more and more companies are looking for new solutions that streamline processes and improve operational efficiency, we’re seeing an increase in businesses opting to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. A seamless migration is key to ensuring maximum value is extracted from this process.

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The transition to SAP S/4HANA marks a pivotal shift to a smart and integrated platform, able to minimize disruptions, mitigate risks and ensure efficiency

Why migrate to S/4 HANA

Embracing innovation in the digital era is not just an option; it's a necessity for businesses to thrive and excel. In this landscape of rapid technological evolution, SAP S/4HANA emerges as a game-changer, offering enterprises a comprehensive solution that redefines the way they operate. The transition to SAP S/4HANA marks a pivotal shift from traditional systems to a modern, intelligent, and integrated platform. SAP S/4HANA can be seen as the catalyst for a successful digital transformation journey for forward-thinking companies that want to stand out in the international panorama.

In addition, preparing for an out-of-maintenance phase of the previous SAP ERP systems, planned for 2027, is crucial to ensure business continuity, security, and efficiency. Thanks to a well-thought-out plan, companies can minimize disruptions, mitigate risks, and position themselves for continued success in their operations.

S/4HANA offers advanced capabilities for the future, such as: real-time analytics and automation that easily translate into agility in meeting evolving market demand, with the goal of improving the overall company resilience, competitiveness, and innovation.

20 years of experience with SAP integrations

With over 20 years of experience in SAP system integration and more than 50 clients worldwide supported in SAP projects, Fincons is the ideal partner to begin an SAP migration project.

Starting from a complete assessment performed together with the customer, Fincons takes in the client’s need, designing and discussing the application map, and proposing the most suitable solution, taking into considerations areas where there may be bottlenecks or issues during a migration of this scale, and preventing them. 

In particular, the preliminary phases require the outmost attention, pinpointing the long and short term needs within the company can help create a strategic migration plan that moves along rapidly and smoothly at every stage. Experience is of course key at this stage as it forms the basis for an analytical but also informed approach.

The migration to SAP S/4HANA is a significant undertaking for any organization due to its impact on business operations, technology infrastructure, and overall strategy. 
In essence, a shared comprehensive plan is the backbone of a successful SAP S/4HANA migration, as it ensures a structured approach, aligns with business goals, and helps in maximizing the benefits of moving to the new system

Not every integration is the same

In addition to careful forward planning on the basis of experience, it is also fundamental to partner with a systems integration provider that understands how critical it is to customize the migration project to the specific customer and their needs, choosing the best methodology: brownfield with a conservative approach of the existing system, or greenfield with the set-up of a brand-new system.

Deciding between the two approaches often involves weighing pros and cons together with the customer, considering the organization's specific needs, priorities, available resources, and the existing state of SAP landscape. Many organizations may choose a hybrid approach that combines elements of brown and greenfield to achieve a balance between innovation and risk mitigation.

Referencing previous experiences and a close focus on specific customer requirements are key to ensuring that the right approach is selected. At the same time, while it is impossible to entirely eliminate the risk of surprises during a migration, choosing a partner with extensive experience in custom migrations helps ensure these are minimal, manageable and have no impact on timelines or costs.

Fincons has extensive experience in this kind of migration projects, developed in the last 24 months: 4 complete completed conversions, 2 in progress, 2 on-going studies and more than 10 assessments delivered with clients.

Swegon a best-practice S/4HANA migration by Fincons Group

Fincons Group was called upon by its client Swegon, a company which develops, manufactures and markets products and solutions in the field of indoor environment, offering solutions for ventilation, heating, cooling and climate optimisation, as well as connected services and expert technical support and that has always been committed to sustainability in the HVAC sector, not only to achieve healthy and productive indoor environments, but also minimised energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint.

Fincons applied the best practice approach outlined above and started the migration with a comprehensive assessment on both the system infrastructure and on the functionality of the original SAP ECC system to develop a clear strategic design objective. After this, Fincons successfully implemented a custom code review to ensure compliance with the new HANA database and data model. This review ensures that the legacy custom code aligns with the requirements of the new technology environment for seamless integration and optimal performance. 

Thanks to the successful migration to S/4HANA, Swegon was able to improve performance of the in-memory database, leverage advanced, real-time analytics and reporting and simplify processes across the business. S/4HANA also offers a more dynamic and real-time approach to inventory management, optimizing planning and inventory control and leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things for additional efficiency and insights. Achieving these objectives is key to achieving competitive advantage in today’s complex and volatile market, but the integration process must be managed carefully and without hiccups. Relying on experienced partners can ensure you reach your objectives seamlessly.

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Lorenzo Macchi
Fincons Group
Global BU Manufacturing General Manager, Director of Competence Center SAP
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzo-macchi-a041599/