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Build the foundation for SAP ERP modernization

By Preeth Kannoth Patinharayil posted Wed April 24, 2024 11:46 PM


Successful SAP ERP modernization programs begin with clear organizational alignment on the –

·      Why: The desired outcomes and expected business value

·      What: The end-to-end modernization scope

·      How: Roadmap for modernization

For enterprises running their core operations on SAP ECC for years, this alignment is critical to determine where to start their modernization initiatives and how to prioritize, organize and plan to see the value of this investment.

With hundreds of successful implementations of S/4HANA programs that involved both SAP ERP applications and infrastructure modernization, IBM has a very well-defined approach called Rapid Discovery to help determine the What, Why and How for SAP ERP modernization. This approach is infrastructure agnostic. Whether you’re currently running SAP ERP on AIX, IBM i, Linux or Windows, the approach remains the same.

There are six ingredients for success in IBM Rapid Discovery

  1. Enterprise Capability Model: Agreement on the business process hierarchy that both defines the scope of the ERP implementation. While also defining business requirements in the to-be business processes.
  2. Governance Model: Clear structure, framework, and operating model for program oversight and implementation including key roles, responsibilities, and decision authority
  3. Business Value: Financial case for change in transformation that quantifies tangible benefits of the program and compares them to the costs of implementation
  4. Implementation Roadmap: Clear articulation of key architectural decisions, scope of services, data strategy, and implementation roadmap for transformation.
  5. Executive Alignment: Alignment of executives across the business on the purpose, priorities, path forward, responsibilities, and business benefits of transformation
  6. Sustainability Framework: Alignment of sustainable goals into the overall ERP strategy to allow for single source of truth data access for regulatory requirements

As part of Rapid Discovery, we also help clients work through issues related to the following enablers.

  1. Modern Enterprise Architecture: Design the future state enterprise architecture including strategic direction for application rationalization and RISE/non-RISE cloud strategy
  2. Data and Analytics: Determine the current-state realities of data readiness and develop an optimized data and analytics strategy to support and exploit the move to SAP S/4HANA.
  3. Security and Controls: Define the security and controls architecture after reviewing the current maturity levels
  4. Change management: Uncover and understand the organizational change management opportunities and impacts related to ERP Transformation and develop a high-level approach to unlock user adoption and value realization.

This well-defined discovery process for SAP ERP modernization help assess your current SAP ERP landscape, define your to-be state and align on business case, operating model, and a modern enterprise architecture. If you would like to learn more, join us for the webinar “Build the foundation for SAP ERP modernization with rapid discovery assessment” where we will deep dive on –

  • Assess your as-is SAP landscape on AIX, IBM i and Linux environments
  • Define your to-be SAP landscape in IBM Cloud
  • Align on value-based business case, an optimized operating model, a modern enterprise architecture, innovative capabilities and enablers, supported by a streamlined roadmap