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When legendary professional cyclist and two time Tour Du France winner, Fausto Coppi was asked the secret to his record-breaking success, his advice was simple. “Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike.” There’s no substitute for just getting on with the task at hand, whether it’s training for the first leg of the Tour Du France or crossing the actual finish line. But ‘getting on with it’ also requires preparation and planning, including the benefit of advice, insight and experience. It’s the same when plotting your own digital transformation journey.

Like any multi-stage event, each of us will take our own route, change gears at our own pace and make pit stops along the way based on our own specific circumstances and environments. In the same way that there are multiple stages and routes to get each of us across our own finish line, your multi-stage journey to SAP S/4HANA will be unique to you.

That’s why we’ve been running a comprehensive ‘how to’ webinar series, outlining your step by step map for transitioning to the SAP S/4HANA modern digital platform at your own pace.  We brought together the leading authorities on making the move to SAP S/4HANA to ensure your own transition is as straight-forward as possible, regardless of your IT landscape or legacy overheads. This five-part series showed how to make the transition with less risk, at a higher speed, as well as the best ways to tackle common issues around data quality and data migration, carrying over custom code and business partner conversion - all within your budget and timeline constraints.

We’ve explained in depth the data transformation requirements that help you get your data clean (including data preparation, quality and migration) before you go live with SAP S/4HANA, as well as how to keep your data clean in day-to-day activities and operations through master data management once you’re live. We’ve looked at protecting and moving customizations, integrating the landscape, and managing extensions and innovations in the cloud with low code development. We’ve also shown you how to modernize your data strategy and platform, factoring in the data lake, as well as reporting directly from within applications.

And to grease the digital wheels of business automation, we’ve also mapped out new ways of integrating enterprise data with disparate types of big data across different data stores, while preserving data security, integrity and consistency.

But we didn’t do all the talking. We know there’s no substitute for customer experience, so we pulled that together for you too. Three customers – all at different stages of their own digital journey towards SAP S/4 HANA – each shared their experiences, tips and advice. Tetra Pak outlined their successful Data Transformation journey around mastering automation and data efficiencies, which is now the foundation for their next stage. Neste discussed how they’re becoming an Intelligent Enterprise through real time analytics and automated business processes. And Vinci Energies showed us how they’ve embraced data-driven innovations in SAP S/4HANA, such as robotic process automation, next generation analytics and mobile business processes.

We’ve had a hugely positive response from customers who’ve watched the webinars and implemented the advice. If you didn’t catch the full webinar series the first time, you can still watch them on-demand here. In addition to the ‘how to’ steps from SAP experts, partners and customers, you’ll also see for yourself just how easy it is to create intelligent, mobile-ready applications to better serve customers, modernize business processes and compete more effectively.

When the world is busy transforming around you, it’s never too late to start, but it’s always too late to wait. Have a great journey!

Gerd Danner, Vice President EMEA Centre of Excellence for Information Management and Intelligent Suite Surround Lead at SAP