In the coming years, more and more organizations will make the switch from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. Although this migration can be tackled as a technical upgrade, the real benefits of SAP S/4HANA are only realised when migration to the cloud and business process transformation are also considered. After all, this is how you as an organization – in today's digital landscape –become truly future-proof and efficient.


To help organizations with this transformation, SAP launched the 'RISE with SAP' service proposition, a bundling of products and services for 'business transformation as a service'. Together with Powered Enterprise, KPMG's transformation solution that bundles our global, long-standing knowledge of and experience with SAP implementations and business transformation, organizations have everything they need to successfully achieve business transformation in the cloud.

RISE with SAP is not a new product but a new proposition. It concerns a bundling of existing SAP products and services to help organizations make the transition to the cloud while improving and further automating business processes.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud: Public vs. Private

Central to RISE with SAP is the ERP solution SAP S/4HANA Cloud, where one can choose between the Public Cloud and Private Cloud editions. Both versions have their advantages and challenges. The choice depends mainly on the degree of flexibility and control an organzation wants to have over the setup of SAP S/4HANA. This is a lot greater with Private Cloud, usually at the cost of higher TCO and possibly less standardisation. A good scenario analysis, linked to your organization's wishes and ambitions, is important to make the right choice in this respect.

The combination of KPMG Powered Enterprise and RISE with SAP offers complete business transformation

A key advantage of RISE with SAP is the single contract covering software, services and infrastructure. The customer thus gets all bundled products and services for one price under one contract. This gives organizations the ability to manage SLA, operations and issue management without having to sign separate contracts.

With just the SAP S/4HANA solution and infrastructure, there is no business transformation yet. 

KPMG Powered Enterprise for end-to-end migrations

RISE with SAP offers a comprehensive bundle of products and services to make the transition to the cloud as well as implement a business transformation. However, this bundle alone does not guarantee a successful migration. Business transformation also means organizational change. And good business processes include more than just process steps and a good SAP S/4HANA setup. Moreover, any transformation requires strong project governance.

KPMG provides the necessary complement to RISE with SAP by defining a clear vision and business case, setting up and validating future target operating models, as well as designing, testing and actually implementing the technical design. With proven models like KPMG Powered Enterprise, we unburden our clients throughout the implementation or optimization. KPMG's SAP specialists help organizations transition to S/4HANA. This can ensure accelerated business transformations in the cloud, aimed at simplifying, unifying and standardising processes as well as faster and more risk-aware implementations.

If you would like to know more about applying RISE with SAP and KPMG Powered Enterprise, please contact our SAP specialists. They are happy to help you answer your questions.

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