With its flexible data structures, enhanced control over steering information, clear UI and real-time insights, SAP S/4HANA represents an important next step in SAP's evolution. Many organizations are considering migrating to SAP S/4HANA at this time. We have a team of ERP strategy experts and SAP specialists ready to help your organization do just that.

SAP S/4HANA (Cloud) is a complete, modular ERP cloud software designed for any type of business, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics. With SAP S/4HANA, organizations can execute processes in real time, introduce new business models and expand globally. An added value of S/4HANA is that its IT architecture is based on the latest technological insights. This ensures that the ERP package is ready for the Internet of Things, AI, machine learning and blockchain. Using S/4HANA makes sure that your organization is ready for the future.

Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is a business challenge

The question of whether and, if so, when such a migration should take place, however, is not so simple. Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is not merely an IT issue but much more of a business challenge. The migration itself, in all honesty, is not even all that exciting. The culture change within the organization associated with the migration is much more complicated. Is everyone ready for it? Is the migration widely supported? Do the managers know how to convey the right message internally, and do the stakeholders and end users see the added value? We assist our clients in this process from A to Z with a focus on the people involved. That is how we help clients transform successfully.

How KPMG can help drive value from SAP S/4HANA

What sets us apart from other implementation partners is the powered approach we take to a migration. To keep digital transformation manageable, KPMG has developed Powered Enterprise, an approach that has proven itself time and time again. Powered Enterprise combines the implementation of SAP S/4HANA with the standardization and simplification of business processes. These processes are based on the leading practices of the respective industry. It's about achieving a balance between applying these leading practices and allowing specific customization for your organization.

Based on a predefined road map, we prepare the organization - along with all stakeholders - for SAP S/4HANA one step at a time. This implementation methodology increases the predictability of results, reduces risk, and creates better insights while executing SAP transformation projects with a focus on quality and speed of implementation. In many cases, Powered Enterprise can reduce transformation time by as much as 25 percent.

The importance of both a business integrator and a system integrator

In a SAP S/4HANA migration and process optimization, we see our role as that of both business and system integrator. In such a project, not only the configuration and the project manager are crucial for a successful migration but also the subcomponents, such as scope, test, data and cutover management. For this reason, a clear distinction is made between the business integrator and the system integrator. KPMG can play both roles. We have found that many companies want this separation between the two roles and want us to take responsibility for the project as the business integrator and drive the project as the system integrator. In this setup, we are often asked to help select the system integrator because we know the market.

What is important is that we work with the client to develop and implement a strategy that aligns the technology with the business strategy and objectives, not the other way around. The transformation should reflect how IT is used as a function of the business to ultimately make that business more agile, flexible, and cost-effective. This is what SAP S/4HANA is ideally suited for.

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