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SAP S/4HANA Cloud: the power of SAP ERP for a Cloud budget
Choosing SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP system means opting for a short project that can be implemented quickly, all within a limited budget, but still including the capacity for change and innovation within the ERP system. Etienne Jacquet, Head of SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud practice at VISEO tells us why.
SAP ERP systems are powerful solutions, but their implementation and adaptation to business requirements can be long and costly. SAP S/4HANA Cloud focuses on rapid deployment and standardized processes to reduce this budget, giving you access to SAP technologies via a functional, high-performance, scalable ERP system.
Get started in less than six months
A cloud-mode ERP system can be implemented more quickly than a conventional solution. No more long, costly projects lasting a year or more. With SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, the average implementation time is less than six months. It can even be as little as three months, if very strict scheduling is applied and if the customer is prepared to forgo their suggestions in favor of maximum standardization of processes.
A test environment is accessible from day 1 of the project. It consists of processes that have already been implemented and documented, thus making the design phase easy. Users are immediately part of the project and can be involved in planning the solution.
The scoping step determines which functional building blocks need to be enabled to cover the requirements expressed. During fit-to-standard workshops, the processes are rolled out in the presence of key users in order to check that using the ERP best practices approach meets the company's requirements. Differences are identified, and then decisions made: the customer adapts to the standard process, the solution is configured to meet the identified business requirement or the ERP system is customized.
Numerous accelerators are provided to simplify the implementation and adoption of the ERP system, including process documentation, tutorials, help files, templates, etc. To this, VISEO adds its own experience of the functionalities and limitations of the solution, which is essential for the success of the project, and to ensure it is legally compliant in France in terms of VAT, charts of accounts, support for bank formats and compliance with legal requirements. Here too, the aim is to reduce the total duration of the project as much as possible.
A controlled usage budget
The costs for using SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud are fixed and clearly defined, with a price calculated per user. The minimum is 30 FUE (Full Usage Equivalents), corresponding to 30 advanced users, or 90 core users (1/3 FUE each), or 900 self-service users (1/30 FUE each).
This cost includes the provision of the solution, hosting on an appropriate server, updates of the whole system and upgrades. As the functionality of the solution stabilizes, upgrades should decrease from four to two a year, making it easier to adopt them and to carry out regression tests.
Depending on the complexity of your SAP system and how closely it complies with the standards offered within the ERP system, support can be provided directly by key users and regression tests reduced to the essential. However, it is still advisable to make use of third-party application maintenance (TPM) for this.
TPAM to support you ... and to innovate
Adopting a cloud-mode solution requires you to be prepared for regular upgrades. This substantive work results in ongoing innovation, with new benefits for the company. However, reading through the SAP S/4HANA Cloud new version release notes can be time-consuming, as there may be between 600 and 800 entries for each new release. VISEO will do this for you and provide you with details of just the essential points.
With a better knowledge of the new features and functions periodically incorporated in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, you will be able to define an informed roadmap for the future development of your ERP system and invest in functional and technological blocks that have the most potential to give you concrete business benefits.
VISEO offers support, from advice through to implementation and maintenance of the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud solution, with its Quick-Cross Finance offer.
Contact us to discuss the digital transformation of your ERP!