Please find a list of my selection of key learnings, noted during the International Executive SUGEN meeting on the link. I have made a short and easy consumed list.
Each area needs explanation, and our learnings are therefore also implemented into our events, as for example with the SBN Conference in October. To consume the information my colleagues and I have selected for you, you can join our events and/or see recordings from previous events.
FYI: Andries arranged a very interesting event focusing on license options and audit. Learn more about Pricing, Contracts and Audits by listening to the recordings which will be made available in the beginning of next week.
My most important highlights:
|1) The new Machine learning functionality will make it possible to automate 90-95% of your Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Machine learning is also used by SAP for fraud detection etc. Parts of this functionality can also be downgraded to work with the SAP ERP system you have implemented today. SAP has more than 1000 developers allocated to the integration of Machine Learning into the SAP system functionality as this type of functionality will be useful in Finance just as in Logistics.
2) Your customers, staff and suppliers will expect to get pop-up information in the moment they need it. New possibilities are pop-up’s in web-sites and Apps which inform or ask for small services like “please check your master-data and choices are updated” or similar.
3) Transformation to S/4HANA tools can based on your landscape today propose your individualised RoadMap for your modification. The tool Transformation Navigator makes it possible to collaborate on the RoadMap with colleagues from different departments and external support. There are Business Guides, Technical Guides and Transformations Guides - tools available to make the transformation path well documented and traceable and reasonable easy to understand also for auditors.
4) Security and compliance is so important for SAP they have developed a “Trust Centre” where all information about security, data protection and privacy is gathered.
5) New technology options demands new pricing options and this is under development and implementation by SAP, see last week's story and the recording of the meeting the 14th June.
6) New self service functionality will reduce complexity and reduce the need for consultancy in the area of IT development. Business people will be able to do changes and create new functions.
7) Support for GDPR (Data protection law) is developed and implemented by SAP.
8) Leonardo is not a product, but a concept integrated in many areas of the SAP system
9) Blockchain security technology will be implemented into the SAP functionality. I understand this to be a smart way to get away from the security layers of system landscapes of today.
10) The SAP Cloud platform “has extensions on top”, with well defined, standardised and secured interfaces called API’s which makes it easy to integrate systems to SAP. An "API Business Hub" is created. PS: All APIs are REST based, but it is not sure Micro-services will be implemented as a standard for all interfaces.
And some more:
Tools and proven paths for their customers' move to S/4HANA are available. SAP recommends a re-implemention based on best-practice mapping performed in pre-defined workshops, which enable customers to go to the new enhanced standard functionality and drop custom code. Tools for import data into the fresh system are available. To choose Brownfield and migrate is also supported and possible. There are good tools also for this path. Aker in Norway is a good example of a complex migration which worked fine and has a happy customer on a S/4HANA Finance system.
It will be possible to put for example the Finance part of the system in another location as for example to ensure compliance.
MasterData quality is so important for enablement of automatisation that the MasterData Governance (MDG) tool is built into the S/4HANA system.
If you are still on ECC go direct to S/4HANA.
The program-code for functionality in S/4HANA on Premise and on Cloud is the same. Upgrades in Cloud are done quarterly and on Premise yearly. SAP understands the complexity of the move to S/HANA and will most likely move all end-of-support dates to 2025.
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By EM Fahrer, SBN-Adfahrer