A S/4HANA transformation usually ties up a lot of resources – not least because it is a major transformation project with effects far beyond the IT department. With the CAMELOT S/4HANA Pre-Study, the C-Level secures the investments.
Almost all companies using SAP are planning to migrate to SAP S/4HANA in the near future, and many currently start with the conceptual phase on how the transformation can be accomplished. This is an important step as we are talking about a transformation that often extends over several years and affects large parts of the company. In addition to the technical and knowledge dimension, often processes will have to be questioned or even built from scratch. In short, a full-scale transformation is on the horizon, which requires a definitive and lasting management buy-in. A preliminary study helps to hedge costs and risks, and serves to define the individual transformation plan. It should consider both the technology and the business perspective to justify the investment.
S/4HANA Transformations need a Technology and a Business Perspective
1. Business perspective on the S/4HANA transformation strategy
Business-oriented questions include analyzing the existing corporate strategy and placing the agendas of the CEO, CFO, COO, CTO and CIO in the transformation context. Target images, benefits and a target architecture concretize the plan. This enables CxOs to understand how the SAP S/4HANA transformation will impact future competitiveness and innovation for their respective fields, which secures their support. An initial program setup and a people-and-change concept ensure good conditions at the organizational level.
2. Technology perspective for future-proof infrastructure
On the technical level, many decision-makers want to harness the advantages of automation and process digitization. Also, the aim for a return to the SAP standard with the S/4HANA transformation, as the accompanying reduction of developments promises a faster time-to-market for new functions. A study should take these requirements into account. It is also essential to take a look at new tech trends and possibilities (especially when it comes to the cloud strategy), which can lead to a consolidation of the IT landscape. Possible deployment strategies for SAP S/4HANA should also not be missing.
Pre-Study for the S/4HANA roadmap
The CAMELOT S/4HANA Pre-Study covers both perspectives to the same extent. There are several differently sized options available that build on each other: The Readiness Quick Scan as the smallest option already provides recommendations for action and estimates the cost framework. The Pre-Study light drafts initial process target images and formulates a benefit case. The comprehensive Pre-Study also delivers a business case, concrete recommendations for action and process templates.
Our free whitepaper summarizes more about the possible results of the CAMELOT S/4HANA Pre-Study and the processes during the Pre-Study: CAMELOT S/4HANA Pre-Study.