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Throughout our career, we have come across a wide spectrum of exciting approaches to enterprise-level transformation with modern ERPs such as SAP S/4HANA. Some have successfully converted their ERPs in the cloud or within a hybrid of on premise and the cloud. Others have lifted and shifted their legacy applications to the cloud with the help of hyperscalers. Meanwhile, the vast majority usually fall somewhere in between.

No matter how ERP migration trends may evolve, one keystone driver remains critical for long-term success – early support from a trusted partner. No matter the path businesses choose to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, preparation can never be underestimated when ensuring a smooth transition.

With business process knowledge and technical expertise, organizations can benefit from foundational trends in the migration process.

Trend #1: Building business use cases around new innovations

Among SAP customers, on-premise landscapes continue to be the preferred choice. However, they are also using hyperscalers to host on-premise applications in the cloud and exploring cloud options such as multi-tenant and private clouds.

At Infosys, we help SAP customers determine their best path to digital transformation – on premise, cloud, or a hybrid of the two environments – while reducing internal IT and business user involvement. Using an automated process and IT assessment service, we generate a personalized set of recommendations and a road map based on the client's specific IT situation and business priorities.

This trend allows our clients to go beyond viewing their ERP migrations through the lens of a technical software release upgrade that must be completed before the end of mainstream maintenance of functionality. Instead, they are opening themselves up to new transformation opportunities, including business process consolidation and innovation of new business-partner concepts, financial ledgers, embedded analytics, and built-in artificial intelligence. And in the process, Web-based user experiences and operational efficiency improve, which, in return, boost employee and customer satisfaction.

Trend #2: Increasing resilience and system availability

Another frequent request from our clients is minimal downtime and operational disruption throughout the adoption of SAP S/4HANA. Delivering on this promise calls for higher resilience and system​ availability – even more so than legacy ERP implementations in the past.

In this case, data quality and harmonization must be prioritized and leveraged across all applications and data sources. Cleaning up data and custom code enriches all forms of information, so businesses can reengineer processes to simplify or automate them. Organizations can also consolidate growing data volume from legacy IT systems or landscape changes triggered by a merger or acquisition.

Trend #3: Using SAP or third-party tools to move forward

Especially in fast-growth markets, a partner with a strong focus and investment in the latest SAP technologies is incredibly valuable. Organizations should consider a partner that offers proprietary industry- and process-specific solutions and broad expertise in solving complex business challenges and ensuring cost-effective deployments.

At Infosys, we prove measurable value in this area by continuously co-innovating and co-creating unique SAP solutions, methodologies, and tools with our clients and SAP. Significant investments have been made in our SAP centers of excellence for the next generation of SAP technologies. Plus, a strong relationship with hyperscalers – such as Microsoft Azure, Google, Amazon Web Services, and IBM – has grown over the years to gain targeted business share.

Figure: Infosys' Services Transformation Strategy for Market Success with SAP S/4HANA

For example, our dedicated SAP S/4HANA Transformation Center of Excellence hones a de-risking methodology to activate innovative ideas. The efforts of this center are further amplified with a strategic alliance with SAP and our high-caliber digital workforce of experienced and certified consultants who are ready to take on any complex assignment.

Our experts have built tools and accelerators that help clients select the right migration option and speed up deployment with the best outcomes, including:

  • Impact assessment of SAP S/4HANA: Provides a detailed report on impact areas –including impact on clients’ business processes, integration with other applications, impact on custom code, security roles and infrastructure – and recommendations for pre- and post-conversion projects

  • Code migration and optimization tool: Supports brownfield implementations by automatically correcting incompatible legacy code, substantially improving efficiency

  • Accelerator for rapid implementation of SAP Fiori apps: Reduces the time and effort to implement and use to transform the business with SAP S/4HANA

  • CVI analyzer: Prepares customer and vendor data integration for transformation projects with SAP S/4HANA

  • Quality assurance tool: Reviews configuration and development during greenfield and brownfield implementations and helps ensure best practicesare followed diligently

  • Tool for hybrid implementations of SAP S/4HANA: Copies legacy organizational structure to the SAP S/4HANA and helps reduce build time

  • Tool for shell copy scenarios: Enables hybrid implementations by transporting legacy organizational structure to SAP S/4HANA and helps reduce build time

  • Accelerator for rapid conversions of SAP S/4HANA: Helps ensure all essential steps are followed during conversion and minimizes errors during the conversion process

  • Effort estimator accelerator: Delivers accurate calculations of the time and effort required to deliver a transformation program, before embarking on a project

  • Panaya tools: Addresses requirements of every transformation phase – tools include S/4Assess for Assessments, RDx for Change Management, testing tool for testing and validation and S/4Accelerate for SAP S/4HANA upgrades

Ready to accelerate your digital journey?

Check out how Infosys’ accelerated assessment services can help you take advantage of these latest trends when migrating to SAP S/4HANA. 

For more information, visit https://www.infosys.com/services/sap.html.


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taranam  & vijay.sharma4
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