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By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

Is your workforce fully utilized?

In most organizations, workforce management and employee utilization are priorities—but, given the complexities of today’s businesses, details can fall through the cracks. Important resources may not be used to their ...

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By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

Is your workforce fully utilized?

In most organizations, workforce management and employee utilization are priorities—but, given the complexities of today’s businesses, details can fall through the cracks. Important resources may not be used to their full potential, or worse, be left sitting on the bench. Over time, workforce underutilization can result in a real impact to your bottom line.

SAP Business ByDesign can help.

Business ByDesign is a cloud-based ERP system designed specifically for the needs of growing mid-market businesses. What makes Business ByDesign so powerful is that it is a fully integrated suite: from sales and procurement through to project management and finance, Business ByDesign provides full end-to-end visibility and sharing of critical data within one system. From a resourcing perspective, this means that that your project and resource managers will be empowered to better forecast resourcing requirements, improve management of overall employee utilization, and quickly identify gaps that need to be filled.

Better project resourcing in action

How does Business ByDesign support better resourcing? Let’s take a look at a business scenario from the perspective of a managed services firm.

As the sales team sells into the marketplace, they create projects within Business ByDesign that identify key elements of the proposed client work. At this stage of the sales process, there is no need to identify individual resources, only the forecasted roles and number of resources required to complete the work. This also provides visibility into what the sales team has communicated to the client with regard to expected project budget and team size.

Responsibility then passes to the resource manager. Still working within Business ByDesign, the resource manager looks at the forecast and is able to dive into the resource pool, seeking the appropriate skills for the project from internal employees and external contractors. The system not only provides them with information about each employee or consultant’s skills, but also up-to-date information on the resource’s availability, current allocation, bandwidth and other relevant factors. Resource managers can more easily identify the most suited individuals available for each client project, and effectively manage allocation across multiple concurrent engagements.

Once resources have been identified and the project has started, Business ByDesign helps with day-by-day project management, as well as providing you an ongoing look at current resource allocation. Are your resources stretched to their limits? Are certain team members not receiving as much work as was originally forecast? The system quickly highlights these gaps, allowing your project managers to reallocate resources to best meet current demand and project timelines.

The power of Business ByDesign for Human Resources

Business ByDesign offers other benefits when it comes to effectively managing your resources. HR managers love Business ByDesign because of the easy visibility it provides for managing vacation time, administrative leave, company travel, employee training, and so much more. And, since the HR components are an integrated part of Business ByDesign, there’s no need for specialized HR software.

Employees also love the visibility Business ByDesign provides, with an easy dashboard providing a heads-up view of their current allocation, upcoming projects, earned and booked vacation time, and more. Business ByDesign also handles expense reports, helping to streamline the process of reimbursing employees for expenses incurred with customers. Individuals enter their receipts into the system and are reimbursed automatically, with integrated approvals and correct expense allocation.

With the power of SAP Business ByDesign, your business can not only gain better insight into how and where your employees are working, but best allocate your resources for maximum effect. Not only can this result in faster, more efficient projects and happier customers, but you’ll also see the difference on your bottom line.

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Putting an End to Late and Inaccurate Invoices with SAP Business ByDesign http://illumiti.com/putting-end-late-inaccurate-invoices-sap-business-bydesign/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:01:28 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2858

By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

What happens when a great project is followed up by late or inaccurate invoices? Even if the client is happy with the engagement, error-ridden billing creates a poor customer experience and results in a ...

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By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

What happens when a great project is followed up by late or inaccurate invoices? Even if the client is happy with the engagement, error-ridden billing creates a poor customer experience and results in a negative final impression. If your business has experienced challenges with billing your customers accurately, on time, or without considerable internal headaches, SAP Business ByDesign can help.

Business ByDesign is a cloud-based ERP system specifically designed for the needs of growing mid-market businesses. When we approach our clients with the idea that an integrated ERP can help alleviate billing and invoicing issues, they can respond with disbelief. Why would an ERP be a better solution than a specialized finance or accounting program? After all, wouldn’t something more targeted deliver better results?

In fact, the opposite can be true. By using an integrated suite like Business ByDesign, companies can bill customers faster and more accurately, with improved internal efficiency, and achieve better alignment with customer needs.

Improved Accuracy and Efficiency

When a company uses disparate systems and tools across the business—say, SalesForce.com for the sales team, MS Project for project management, and ACCPAC for accounting—there is no easy way to get data from one system to the next. This means time-consuming manual processes are often required to get necessary information from other departments to your finance team for billing purposes. As a result, this process not only creates multiple points where delays can occur, but also increases the risk of human error.

With Business ByDesign, departments across the business have access to and use different modules of the same integrated system. What this means for billing is that project information gets passed to finance automatically—and the real actions, hours or milestones occurring in any engagement are what gets invoiced to the customer, on time and on schedule. The finance team has accurate line-of-sight to what’s happening in real time, what can be billed, and when—without needing to chase down the project manager, request more information, or manually input data. What’s happening on the ground is exactly what gets billed.

Not only is this a better experience for your finance and project teams, it also has a noticeable impact on overhead costs. By reducing time-consuming manual invoicing processes, and eliminating the need for reconciliation between separate financial and billing systems, the result is a faster, more efficient and cost-effective end-to-end process.

Better alignment with customer needs

Different customers have different needs, and flexibility is key to creating customer satisfaction. That’s why Business ByDesign supports a wide variety of billing arrangements, including Time and Materials, Fixed Price, and Milestone-based invoicing. The system also has the ability to handle other options, such as down payments and unique payment scheduling.

This adaptability makes it easy for you to offer a variety of billing methods, allowing your business to work around customers’ needs and giving your sales team additional options to help close deals. At the same time, these options are integrated into the system, meaning that providing this flexibility does not result in an increased burden of time or effort for your finance team.

SAP Business ByDesign is a powerful tool that can create efficiencies across your business, from sales through to finance. Not only will using Business ByDesign reduce operational costs and improve your billing process, it will also lead to better engagements and more satisfied customers.

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Better Projects, Happier Customers: Using Business ByDesign to improve the project management process http://illumiti.com/better-projects-happier-customers-using-business-bydesign-improve-project-management-process/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:05:52 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2834

By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

It’s a situation we see all too often. A company provides a great managed service—but delivery delays, project complications, budget overrun, billing errors and more end up marring the customer experience.

When you dig into ...

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By: Andrew Howell | Consulting Manager, Illumiti

It’s a situation we see all too often. A company provides a great managed service—but delivery delays, project complications, budget overrun, billing errors and more end up marring the customer experience.

When you dig into these companies’ processes, it’s easy to see how this situation arises. Even in sophisticated, technologically savvy organizations, project management and delivery processes are often bogged down by inefficient back-office solutions. MS Project for management tasks, Excel for project costing, ACCPAC for finance and billing—with so many manual processes, disconnected systems and process inefficiencies, is it any wonder that errors creep into the system?

If your organization is having issues delivering your projects on time and on budget, SAP Business ByDesign may be the solution. Business ByDesign is a cloud-based, integrated ERP system designed for the unique needs of growing mid-market businesses. Using Business ByDesign results in not only a better, more efficient project management process, but also a better experience for four key stakeholder groups: the sales team, your project managers, your customers, and your contractors.

Improving the sales experience

With an integrated ERP system, disconnects between the sales and delivery teams—and the resulting headaches—become a thing of the past. Business ByDesign creates a seamless transition from sales to delivery, with full process visibility for all stakeholders.

Upon selling a new client engagement, the sales person creates an order within Business ByDesign that contains all relevant project details, from the services promised to negotiation details. The Project Manager gains immediate line-of-sight on requirements, resulting in continuity between Sales and Delivery. Not only does the sales team have a faster, easier hand-off to the delivery team, but they also retain visibility of project progress, enabling them to provide effective ongoing customer support.

Empowering your project managers

Once the Project Manager creates the project budget, identifies necessary resources, and  outlines the project schedule, they use Business ByDesign to create a project baseline. This serves as a reference point for your organization to monitor progress, manage changes, and ultimately measure the success of each engagement.

For example, when employees enter their working hours directly into the system for approval, project managers gain real-time visibility on current performance against the forecasted budget and project milestones. If progress begins to slip, project managers immediately see the variance and adjust their plans by reallocating hours, modifying dates, and more. These changes are then compared to the original baseline and a new snapshot is captured. Not only does this process enable better decision making, but it also provides improved line-of-sight on the root causes of potential project delays and empowers project managers to circumvent serious issues.

Project reporting is also easier than ever. If project data is kept in disparate systems, project managers have to struggle to create consolidated reports. With Business ByDesign, consolidated reporting with rich, granular analytics is available at the click of a button. That means that the project manager spends less time on manual administrative tasks and more time focusing on the real project priorities.

Exceeding customer expectations

It’s a fact: better managed projects result in happier clients. With improved visibility on project details and resource utilization for project managers, costly delays and budget overruns become increasingly less likely. But where the customer experience really starts to shine is through real-time visibility on project progress. Through a client-facing project dashboard, Business ByDesign provides rich project analytics, metrics and reporting that can be fully customized to each customer’s project and needs.

Customers will also see improvements from Business ByDesign’s finance and accounting integration. With Business ByDesign, there’s no need for separate accounting software, reducing billing delays and the risk of human error. Clients get billed on time with accurate numbers according to actual project progress.

Creating happier contractors and consultants

When projects require the support of additional or specialized resources, contracting an external individual is often the best route. Business ByDesign makes the process of engaging, managing and paying contractors easy for all parties. The project manager can easily use the information contained in their project to create a purchase request which is sent to recruiting. After the contract is negotiated, the engaged consultant can subsequently log their time and submit invoices directly through Business ByDesign, and receive real-time updates on payment processing, improving their experience.

In SAP Business ByDesign, information flows seamlessly between internal departments and to the client. The result is a faster, more efficient end-to-end management process, no matter your industry.

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Transitioning to SAP S/4HANA http://illumiti.com/transitioning-sap-s-4hana/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:01:10 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2814

By: Lorraine Howell

Developing Your Adoption Strategy

Once you have created a business case for your organization’s transition to SAP S/4HANA, the question quickly becomes: when is the best time to make the move? Understanding what “style” of adoption suits your unique ...

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By: Lorraine Howell

Developing Your Adoption Strategy

Once you have created a business case for your organization’s transition to SAP S/4HANA, the question quickly becomes: when is the best time to make the move? Understanding what “style” of adoption suits your unique business will have important ramifications for your transition plan.

A best practice when deciding on a path to adoption is to hold a strategy workshop with the IT leadership team. In our experience, businesses looking to transition to SAP S/4HANA generally fall into one of two adoption categories:

  1. Strategic Adopter. Strategic adopters are organizations for which S/4HANA could deliver significant benefits to their business and/or support strategic business initiatives in the short term.
  2. Tactical Adopter. Tactical adopters see the benefits of moving to S/4HANA, but these benefits are not significant enough to make switching an immediate priority. Businesses with particularly complex SAP environments also often fit into this category.

Are you a strategic or a tactical adopter? The answer will shape your journey forward.

If you are a strategic adopter, you need to make moving forward with S/4HANA a top priority—even if it means taking on additional risk as an early adopter. While the idea of “additional risk” makes many shy away, being an early adopter isn’t a bad thing if you do the appropriate planning. For strategic adopters, a faster move to S/4HANA can also result in significant financial advantages, which make a few bumps along the road entirely worthwhile.

For tactical adopters, the question is not if you’ll move to S/4HANA, but what timeline works best for your organization. This could be any time between now and the end of 2025, when SAP stops providing support for prior ERP versions—though most organizations would be best served by not leaving this important transition to the last minute.

One way to help decide on a go-forward date is to consider all of the work that needs to be done to make a move feasible and create a corresponding timeline/deadline for the transition. Another is to consider at what point not moving to S/4HANA creates more work, delays important projects or results in more lost revenue than committing to a transition. Tactical adopters should also look at other events and changes that are occurring within the business. For example, if you are looking at embarking on other SAP initiatives or integrating new apps into your current suite, you may reduce duplication of work (and associated cost) through an earlier transition.

Understanding what adoption strategy best fits your business is an important step before developing your transition plan. In our next blog, we’ll look at how to build a plan to support the move to SAP S/4HANA on your ideal timeline.

Completing Your Transition to SAP S/4HANA

 

When identifying the most appropriate path for your business to move to SAP S/4HANA, there are two important decisions that must be made: what version are you going to choose, and what is your approach to transition? In many situations, it’s best to decide which version of SAP S/4HANA you want to use, then choose the best approach to get you to that goal.

Once you know your desired version, you can choose the route to adoption. As discussed earlier, you will be deciding on one of three different adoption paths:

  1. New implementation. This is the greenfield implementation of S/4HANA into which data from a legacy ERP system is migrated. While this approach is a good fit for new SAP customers migrating from a third-party ERP system, existing customers may also choose this approach to achieve a clean implementation. As only data migration is involved, customers can move to either an on-premise or a cloud-based version of S/4HANA.
  2. System conversion. This is the complete conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite, ECC, or Simple Finance system to an on-premise S/4HANA system. This approach is also appropriate for customers looking to upgrade from S/4HANA 1511 or 1610 to a newer on-premise version.
  3. Landscape transformation. This is the merger of multiple source systems, such as ERP systems used in different regions, into either a new or existing SAP S/4HANA system. As this can be a very big leap, some customers may want to look into using Central Finance as a “stepping stone” in this transition process.

If you are looking at a new implementation, SAP has a tool that can help. The SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit is an advanced tool that can vastly simplify the transition and data migration from an ECC environment to S/4HANA. This tool also supports legacy migrations.

If you are planning to move forward with a system conversion, SAP has a System Conversion Guide that can help with your planning. This guide provides a detailed, step-by-step outline of the preparation and tasks that you will need to complete to successfully convert to S/4HANA. The process outlined also walks you through the use of a variety of free SAP tools that will make your way forward easier, such as the Maintenance Planner and the Software Update Manager (SUM).

Another useful tool is the Migration Roadmap Viewer, an interactive website that gives you a clear visual overview of the details of your migration project, from the discovery phase through to deployment. This can be particularly useful in the creation of your project plan.

Regardless of your desired version or adoption path, one final area that all customers are encouraged to consider is what we might refer to as a longer-term functional roadmap. Often, focus before and during a transition process is on the transition itself, doing what needs to be done to get the business to S/4HANA. But it’s also important to consider the implications of and opportunities created by the move. Starting from the top down, look at the wider implications of the move to S/4HANA, from your Business and IT Vision through to the implementation project itself.

For example, consider: what are the longer-term benefits that SAP S/4HANA can bring to your company, and how can you best take advantage of these opportunities? In what order will you roll-out new business functions or SAP Fiori apps, and on what timeline? Where is the low-hanging fruit, and what areas require more detailed planning, training or adjustment time?

SAP S/4HANA: Your Journey Ahead

SAP S/4HANA offers exciting opportunities for today’s modern businesses, now and for years to come. Whether you’re already moving forward on your journey to SAP S/4HANA or are planning a transition for the future, Illumiti is here to help.

From personal advice to in-depth support, Illumiti can provide assistance to help you understand the unique benefits your business can realize from a move to SAP S/4HANA, plan and prepare for your move to the desired implementation, and assist you to realize a smooth transition.

 

Real-time insights drive better decision-making

The advanced SAP HANA in-memory platform removes the technical constraints that held back earlier ERP systems. While a traditional ERP system uses siloed data and delivers insights through a reporting tool, the SAP S/4HANA digital core provides unified data in real time with intelligent, predictive tools to deliver insights based on business patterns and trends. The result is instant line-of-sight on critical business data, enabling you to make faster, better decisions.

Personal, responsive user experience with SAP Fiori

Re-imagine your user experience. SAP S/4HANA is designed for SAP Fiori, a modern, role-based user experience (UX) that provides instant value to any user, in any role, in any line of business.

With Fiori, complicated, difficult user interfaces are a thing of the past. Fiori is personalized, responsive, and available on any device, simplifying the user experience across the business.  Fiori on SAP S/4HANA lets your employees can quickly focus on high-value tasks, increasing productivity and adding value to your bottom line.

Lower total cost of ownership through simplified architecture

SAP S/4HANA delivers a dramatic reduction in TCO, thorough:

  • Smaller data footprint with no need for aggregates, materialized views or indexes
  • A simplified landscape that blends transactional and analytical systems into a single platform
  • Reduced setup costs and increased time to value with SAP Activate
  • Native, out-of-the-box integration of SAP Cloud solutions including SuccessFactors and Ariba
  • Lower testing costs
  • Increased asset utilization

Increased productivity with smarter, simpler business processes

SAP S/4HANA drives a transformation in business models, business processes, and the IT operations that support both. With SAP S/4HANA, you can not only focus on the highest priority tasks in real-time and dynamically react to changing priorities, but also simplify your business processes to unlock greater efficiencies across the organization.

Don’t let unnecessary complexity slow your business. With SAP S/4HANA, you can:

  • Monitor achievements in real time with KPIs instantly refreshed
  • Eliminate end-of-period bottlenecks
  • Achieve continuous intercompany reconciliation
  • Gain continuous visibility into financial reporting
  • Gain full management visibility of close tasks
  • Automate routine tasks

If you have questions or would like individual support on your company’s journey to SAP S/4HANA, please contact Illumiti at cdippell@illumiti.com

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Understanding Your Organization’s Unique Requirements http://illumiti.com/understanding-organizations-unique-requirements/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:05:26 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2811

By: Lorraine Howell

A strong business case for a transition to SAP S/4HANA is critical to gain necessary buy-in and support your investment. While SAP’s free tools can help you begin this process, any business case must be based on the ...

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By: Lorraine Howell

A strong business case for a transition to SAP S/4HANA is critical to gain necessary buy-in and support your investment. While SAP’s free tools can help you begin this process, any business case must be based on the unique needs of your organization and its users.

In our experience, a design thinking or innovation workshop held with members from across your business is an essential step to creating a clear and robust business case. Working together, review both your Pathfinder report and Transformation Navigator report in detail to assess potential impacts to your organization.

In general, impacts may fall into six broad categories:

  1. Improved user interface and simplified architecture. Benefits could include:
  • Fiori applications, which provide a task-oriented modern user experience.
  • The Universal Journal, which removes the need for reconciliation and hence facilitates faster, more reliable and more frequent financial closes.
  • Visibility to profitability analysis at all levels of the organization.
  1. Real-time analysis. Having all your data accessible immediately and directly out of your transactional database (no longer needing to extract to a data warehouse) will impact your ability to make faster and smarter decisions, and provide the ability for real-time forecasts and simulations.
  2. Performance improvements. Benefits in this area generally include faster reporting times and faster processing, thus enabling the removal of batch jobs and instant access to the results of MRP runs.
  3. New functionalities. Assess the impacts of S/4HANA’s new core functionalities, including Central Finance, SAP Cash Management, and embedded business planning and consolidations.
  4. IT benefits. S/4HANA’s simplified landscape can drive technical improvements, such as reduction of database size.
  5. New ways of doing business. S/4HANA can also drive other changes to business processes, such as enabling exception-based management or real-time business management.

As you classify and categorize benefits and other impacts, assess the relative importance of each area. Which areas are the top priorities or will have the greatest potential benefit for your organization? Use this information to create an S/4HANA heatmap that clearly highlights the areas of greatest value and ROI. Together, these areas create the core of the business case needed to support and validate your investment.

Finalizing Your Business Case

Once you have clearly defined and prioritized the benefits and other impacts of S/4HANA across your business, follow these three steps to finalize your S/4HANA business case:

  1. Evaluate the process to prepare your current SAP system. Based on your transition assessment, evaluate what will be required to get your current SAP ERP system cleaned up and ready for the transition process. This can include deleting unused custom programs, returning used custom programs to standard SAP wherever possible, and reviewing and identifying specific business processes that can be updated to adhere to best practices.
  2. Be clear on business process improvements. Create an outline of all business process improvements that will be achieved through a move to S/4HANA, with clear values or ROI attached to each area. Consider: what is the cost of adopting these improvements? Do you have defined measures for each benefit, or ways to clearly demonstrate the impacts of improvements? Do you have your team’s buy-in for these process changes, or is additional time or effort required to gain that backing?
  3. Choose your adoption strategy. There are three core methods of moving your business to S/4HANA: a new implementation, a system conversion, or a landscape transformation. After assessing each option, decide which strategy best meets the needs of your business, now and in the future.

As you develop and finalize your business case, remember to look at the current S/4HANA functionality as well as the product roadmap, which outlines what’s to come in future releases. Given that SAP adds to and refines S/4HANA with each release, there may be additional benefits or impact areas for you to consider in light of your timelines for transition.

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Customer Testimonial: Fortress Technology http://illumiti.com/customer-testimonial-fortress-technology/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:44:21 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2788

See how Fortress Technology benefits from SAP Business One software. Fortress Technology began in 1996; believing that through superior product design and engineering, the production of higher quality equipment with better sensitivities could be achieved. The phenomenal market response to ...

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See how Fortress Technology benefits from SAP Business One software. Fortress Technology began in 1996; believing that through superior product design and engineering, the production of higher quality equipment with better sensitivities could be achieved. The phenomenal market response to their Fortress Phantom line of metal detectors validated that belief and the philosophy on which it is based; simple operation, outstanding reliability, and exceptional performance.  Over the years, Fortress has grown into a  global enterprise, with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the UK, and Brazil.

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Customer Testimonial: Nella Group http://illumiti.com/customer-testimonial-nella-group-inc/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:31:30 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2786

Nella Cutlery has been serving the food industry since 1952. Nella imports, manufactures, and distributes a full line of food service equipment and supplies used in supermarkets, delicatessens, convenience stores, restaurants, casinos and more. With SAP Business One, Nella Group ...

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Nella Cutlery has been serving the food industry since 1952. Nella imports, manufactures, and distributes a full line of food service equipment and supplies used in supermarkets, delicatessens, convenience stores, restaurants, casinos and more. With SAP Business One, Nella Group found the right solution that will not only work with them today, but work in the future.

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Building the Foundation for Your S/4HANA Business Case http://illumiti.com/building-foundation-s4hana-business-case/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:13:11 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2780 By: Lorraine Howell

Many organizations understand that upgrading to SAP S/4HANA will deliver benefits across the business. However, quantifying and prioritizing these benefits in order to develop a strong business case can pose challenges that delay a move forward.

Across businesses, about ...

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By: Lorraine Howell

Many organizations understand that upgrading to SAP S/4HANA will deliver benefits across the business. However, quantifying and prioritizing these benefits in order to develop a strong business case can pose challenges that delay a move forward.

Across businesses, about 20% of the value of a move to S/4HANA comes from reductions in total cost of ownership, while another 30-40% comes from increases in productivity driven by the ERP system. The largest source of value from upgrading—in the order of 50-60%, depending on the organization—comes from improvements to business processes. It is this latter area that should form the foundation for your business case, and there are two free SAP tools that can help.

SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder Report

Pathfinder consolidates the information contained in a number of other SAP reports to create a customized, detailed and interactive report that shines a spotlight on your ERP usage. Using your unique implementation and usage patterns, the Pathfinder report uncovers potential areas for innovation, business process improvements and IT innovations.

The Pathfinder report:

  • Details opportunities to improve your existing SAP ERP implementation through functional enhancements.
  • Highlights areas where your current user experience can be simplified and improved through relevant SAP Fiori apps.
  • Shows where you can improve your business processes based on current KPIs.
  • Outlines areas to improve or optimize your IT systems to improve security, usability, and function.
  • Highlights opportunities to enhance your implementation though SAP cloud solutions.
  • Shows you the path forward through digital transformation with S/4HANA.

The level of detail provided in the Pathfinder report is not only relevant for understanding where and how your business can benefit from S/4HANA, but also details how you can begin to make changes within your current implementation to enable a phased transition to S/4HANA. The report is also fully interactive, letting you focus and drill deep on the priority areas for your business. You can access information on the Pathfinder Report directly from here: www.sap.com/pathfinder.

SAP Transformation Navigator

The SAP Transformation Navigator is the newest tool in the toolset, designed to support businesses on their journeys of digital transformation. By providing insight into your business processes, the Transformation Navigator delivers the information you need to help create a strong business case and understand your path forward.

As with so many of SAP’s tools, the Transformation Navigator is available for free. Depending on your needs, you can either allow the tool to link directly to your system to analyze your active modules, or provide info on your ERP manually. The tool then outlines what embedded and cloud products would best support your business processes. While the Transformation Navigator provides great insight into the process improvements you can achieve by a move to S/4HANA, it also highlights opportunities for immediate improvement.

One of the most useful aspects of the Transformation Navigator, especially when it comes to developing your business case, is the ability to select and prioritize value drivers across your organization. Based on the areas that you’ve identified as priorities, such as reducing finance costs, the Transformation Navigator will make recommendations on what solutions you should implement to realize those benefits. Specific recommendations can be achieved through process transformation, context-specific program elements or conversion to S/4HANA, as well as appropriate replacements for discontinued content, where available. The tool then allows you to set your priority for each recommended product, depending on the needs of your business. You can access information on the Transformation Navigator directly from here:

Together, these two tools provide the core foundation for a strong business case. For more detail on using these tools, or to discover how Illumiti can further help you on your journey to S/4HANA, please contact cdippell@illumiti.com

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Customer Testimonial: The New Uniform Shoppe http://illumiti.com/customer-testimonial-the-new-uniform-shoppe/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000 http://illumiti.com/?p=2760

The New Uniform Shoppe provides school uniforms and corporate wear to both private and public schools. In this customer testimonial The New Uniform Shoppe shares how they stay ahead of the curve with SAP Business One.

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The New Uniform Shoppe provides school uniforms and corporate wear to both private and public schools. In this customer testimonial The New Uniform Shoppe shares how they stay ahead of the curve with SAP Business One.

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HANSAmed Limited is a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device distributor serving the needs of Canada’s Dental Professional community. In this customer testimonial HANSAmed shares how they found the right balance with SAP Business One.

 

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HANSAmed Limited is a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device distributor serving the needs of Canada’s Dental Professional community. In this customer testimonial HANSAmed shares how they found the right balance with SAP Business One.

 

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