In a nutshell, S/4 HANA is SAP Business Suite reinvented for the digital age and purpose-built to help SAP customers smoothly advance their digital transformation strategy.
A collection of integrated, modernized ERP (and other) apps with a simplified code and data model (no material aggregates to be maintained) and fully built on the advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, S/4 HANA is capable of running OLTP and OLAP on the same system.
S/4 HANA benefits include compression, real time analytics, landscape simplification, and ease of configuration, delivered through a simplified and enhanced end-user interface based on SAP Fiori.
Available on-premise, in the cloud or as a hybrid deployment, S/4 HANA enables SAP on-premise customers to begin shifting more IT into the cloud, leverage advances in big-data analytics and ubiquitous mobility, and step up the pace of innovation throughout their organization.
Digital Transformation defined
Correctly thought of as the third stage of embracing digital technologies (digital competence, digital literacy, digital transformation), digital transformation signifies the masterful utilization of cloud, mobile, social and big data technologies across all areas of business.
At bottom, digital transformation is about capitalizing on the relationship between technology and customer behavior, and leveraging disruptive technologies to close the gap between businesses and their customers.
According to IDC, 64% of enterprises worldwide are exploring and implementing digital transformation.
For more on digital transformation, read What Digital Transformation is NOT.
Disruption: the calling card of digital transformation
As the cloud, mobility, IoT and big-data analytics collide to spawn a wealth of digital transformation opportunities, the wake of victims, of companies that falter in the face of disruptive change wrought by digital transformation will be equally massive.
This excerpt from WSJ blogger Irving Wladawsky-Berger's recent post Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult? illustrates the harsh impact disruptive change caused by digital transformation is having on today's business leaders:
The topple rate, a measure of how rapidly companies lose their leadership position, has increased by almost 40% since 1965. The tenure of companies on the S&P 500 was 61 years in 1958; it's now 18 years. If these trends continue, 75% of the S&P 500 companies will have changed over the next 15 years.
Navigating disruptive change increases in difficulty as digital transformation gathers momentum. In today's fast changing digital economy, staying on top means staying ahead of the competition in digital-transformation maturity.
Test drive S/4 HANA today
For net-new SAP customers, S/4 HANA is a no brainer. For existing SAP customers, S/4 HANA is your future.
Mainstream maintenance for SAP Business Suite extends to 2025, so it's safe to say we're not on the cusp of a massive wave of upgrades from R/3 to S/4 HANA.
Just the same, the vast opportunities of embracing digital transformation, along with the dire consequences for digital transformation laggards, is compelling incentive.
The trial software covers end-to-end digitized business processes in finance, procurement, sales, manufacturing and more to let customers discover the value of instant business insight.
At NTT DATA, we invest in SAP to ensure that our customers always get the most from their SAP investment, which means S/4 HANA is available to test drive today at one of our world class SAP Solution Centers.
Our NTT DATA SAP Solution Centers are state of the art facilities featuring a wide array of integrated SAP industry, line of business, analytical, and technical products where IT decision makers, using their own data, can experience live demonstrations of the very latest SAP solutions, build business cases for investing in SAP, test enhancements to their existing SAP landscapes, and learn first hand how mobility, enterprise performance management (EPM), enterprise information management (EIM), the cloud, analytics and the power of SAP HANA can drive process improvements, efficiency gains, competitiveness and profits.
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Post Date: 13.08.2015