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Change has been – and always will be – a business reality. And as technology continues to evolve and enable new opportunities, keeping up with the increasing diversity and pace of change requires a foundation that supports visionary thinking, operational agility, and focused innovation.

A fundamental part of that foundation is a digital core that empowers customers, suppliers, workforce, and anyone else in the business network with real-time visibility into all mission-critical processes. However, many companies cannot afford the long decision-making cycles and multiyear IT project timelines that are commonly associated with such a defining deployment.

How do businesses overcome this challenge to transition into an Intelligent Enterprise? What’s needed is an approach that allows people to work smarter, not harder.This realization is what inspired the development of SAP Model Company services. By simplifying and accelerating the adoption of SAP S/4HANA, the services allow companies to control and structure their adoption of a digital core and guarantee a wave of positive change.

Charting the right path toward bold, clear, and simple changes

Designed to simplify and accelerate the preparation, exploration, realization, and deployment of SAP, SAP Model Company provides prepackaged, ready-to-use, end-to-end reference solutions for an industry or line of business. It includes leading practices and process models, adoption accelerators, preconfigured appliances or tenants, and tailored services.


For Zambon, SAP Model Company opened up an opportunity to innovate new ways of turning health management into a profoundly caring and personal experience for every patient. The leading multinational pharmaceutical business is using the service to maintain a focus on the values and innovation that have distinguished it as a leader in patient-oriented care for generations.

“We wanted to be bold, simplify, and bring clarity to innovation investments by working together through a single, simplified solution for financial processes,” shares Guido Picari, head of Group Finance and Treasury at Zambon. “That’s why we decided to move forward with a corporate reorganization that included more than twelve countries and involved thousands of transactions.”

To avoid a long cycle of reengineering, Zambon chose SAP Model Company to achieve quick results with less risk as it deployed SAP S/4HANA and financial processes. “The SAP Model Company service for Finance drastically shortened our project exploration phase by enabling us to discuss processes and directly visualize them,” reflects Paola Albani, Zambon’s head of the Application Competence Center and Validation Services. “Using the service, we were able to create additional process harmonization and efficiency in our daily work.”

Within 26 weeks, the standardized processes, leading-practice capabilities, and trusted expertise available in functionalities from SAP Model Company enabled Zambon to confidently move the global treasury solution to SAP S/4HANA. In return, employees are freed from cumbersome manual tasks to contribute to future expansion through automation and access to integrated, real-time reporting.

Building a foundation for SAP S/4HANA with proven intelligence

SAP Model Company empowers businesses to face their competition head-on by staying ahead of the evolving dynamics of digitalization now and for years to come. By encapsulating lessons learned from real-life digital transformation initiatives, the services ensure the right guidance and support structure is within reach throughout the deployment of SAP S/4HANA.

And in companies, like Zambon, that are already taking advantage of SAP Model Company, business leaders are beginning to realize that the impact of the services extends beyond the initial implementation. “This approach has helped us use the standard solution and minimize custom code,” says Picari. “This will make our life easier during the next upgrade.”

Test-drive SAP Model Company

SAP Model Company for SAP S/4HANA enables you to significantly reduce the effort, risks, and costs of your implementation. Evaluate its power and value with minimal upfront investment through SAP Model Company Discovery Service. With one click get access to your own fully working SAP S/4HANA system and test drive the model company functionality for 30 days.

Learn more about SAP Model Company Discovery Service.