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By now, most of us have heard SAP’s bullet points in their S/4HANA Cloud pitch: “It provides best-in-class ERP functionality by harnessing the power of S/4HANA.” Its real attraction, however, lies in two universal questions when it comes to making a business purchase: Will it ultimately allow me to lower my spend AND will it drive innovation to my company? In the case of S/4HANA Cloud, both of these questions are answered by an undeniable, “Yes.”
Let’s begin with overall spend because that’s where most business decisions find their origin. With S/4HANA Cloud, the importance of eliminating the need for software ownership cannot be overstated. S/4HANA Cloud not only reduces your total cost of ownership but also allows you to simplify your overall IT footprint. It’s obvious that once you move to a cloud based ERP you remove all the hardware. However, what might not be immediately clear is that anytime you buy or build software, you’re incurring the technical debt the day it’s released. This technical debt comes in the form of having to update the infrastructure it’s built on, updating the database, and maintaining the application over time as your business changes. Most (if not all) of those costs go away when you move to a cloud based solution. Using a solution such as S/4HANA Cloud also means that you no longer have to run and maintain a data center, deal with disaster recovery, high availability, nightly backups etc. It’s difficult to put a price on that level of peace of mind.
Perhaps more important than the lowered cost of ownership is the driven innovation provided by SAP itself. Whereas, S/4HANA customers will be given updates on an annual basis, those customers on S/4HANA Cloud will receive such innovations on a quarterly basis. These solutions come courtesy of 2000+ SAP developers that are based not only on decades of SAP best practices but also through the utilization of “Co-Innovation.” Technologically staying ahead of the curve cannot be accomplished in a vacuum. It’s an organic process in which dialogue needs to be shared between developer and customer so that the latter’s issues are addressed and the developer is made aware of his/her task at hand.
In discussing Cloud Co-Innovation, VP of SAP S/4HANA Product Management, Bert Schulze noted, “Co-Innovation translates customer and partner demand into product capabilities. We can only deliver functionality in the right way if we engage with customers and partners on a frequent basis and understand their demand and, also more importantly, understand the business acumen behind the demand.”
That being said, SAP is relying on, among other things, an open forum with its customers to essentially produce and drive their quarterly updates. And SAP makes it a priority to keep customers fully abreast of each and every update:
In addition to the comprehensive documentation, all the quarterly updates are available via YouTube videos that cover the highlights with, “The S/4HANA Cloud Update Plan.”
By lowering TCO and providing a cadence of updates based on Co-Innovation and best practices, SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud now offers companies a cost effective option that enables them to not only stay competitive through digital transformation but also to thrive with it.
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Host Michael Pytel discusses tangible use cases that have successfully leveraged the SAP Cloud Platform with ERP and S/4HANA.
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In the premiere episode, host Michael Pytel takes listeners through all the best practices and insight gained though successful S/4HANA migrations.
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Don’t miss out on this great webinar ed by Solution Manager Guru Jereme Swoboda. In this informative webinar Jereme will detail the upgrade process from Solution manager 7.1 to 7.2. Click the link below and watch the webinar.
In today’s world of ever changing technology, how does a large organization stay competitive without spending all their time planning and executing upgrades to their enterprise applications? SAP’s answer to that question is to centralize the lifecycle management of an organization’s application landscape. SAP’s Solution Manager 7.2 is the ultimate solution for managing every aspect of an organization’s enterprise application landscape. From designing and mapping out their business processes to monitoring the day-to-day use of those same business processes, SolMan 7.2 also allows for optimization of an organization’s compliance utilizing ITIL certified tools. This leads to the controlling of costs on upgrades and application management, supporting business innovation, and shortening the time it takes to bring real value to an organization’s business.
From there most people say, “I already have Solution Manager 7.1. What will I gain if I put the time and effort into upgrading to Solution Manager 7.2?” SAP has made a significant effort to execute a transformation of Solution Manager that is truly stunning. Solution Manager began as a basic support tool with Solution Manager 7.0. With version 7.2, Solution Manager has been transformed into a digital business platform that will become a central tool for all businesses to utilize. SAP has also made the effort to reach out to the functional side of the ALM wheel by providing tools to the business that are clear and simple for anyone in the organization to use. This eliminates the requirement to engage the technical team for assistance by allowing the utilization of the new user interface enhancements that are integrated into Solution Manager 7.2. Among a variety of tools, a few of them stand out above the rest. SAP has significantly improved Solution Documentation, utilizing a web based portal for creating all of your business process documents as well as a graphical modeling tool for designing and mapping out any business process. This acts to support business process that require multi-level hierarchies. To simplify the process of mapping business processes, SAP has introduced the ability to use a library of reusable objects that can be manually and automatically generated. This greatly reduces the effort required to create and maintain business processes in Solman. This library also eliminates the need to create the same object multiple times across different business processes. To make the process even more valuable, SAP has enabled Solution Manager 7.2 to continuously validate and optimize the processes based on real usage.
The most impressive enhancement comes with the integration of Solution Documentation with the rest of the ITIL certified tools. This allows for tools like Change control management, Requirements Management, Process Management, Custom Code Management and Test Management to fully utilize the business processes mapped out. In turn, it enables any SAP customer the ability to better manage and streamline projects therefore minimizing the cost and time required to any project performed on both SAP and NON-SAP enterprise applications. In the Monitoring space, SAP has also tightly integrated solution documentation and Business process monitoring allowing the basis administrators a critical view of how each area of an enterprise application is utilized by the business. This ensures they have the necessary tools to keep the business running at peak performance and efficiency.
Another answer is to why you should upgrade is the fact that SAP support of Solution Manager 7.1 will expire on December 31st 2017. To retain continued support from SAP, you must upgrade to Solution Manager 7.2. Another clear advantage of upgrading to Solution Manager 7.2 is to reduce your database licensing costs by utilizing the ability to run Solution Manager on SAP HANA. SAP HANA is now included in the standard licensing costs of SAP, allowing you to drop the current database and database licensing costs. This fact alone further increases the cost efficiency of utilizing Solution Manager 7.2.
The User Interface in Solution Manager 7.2 has also been significantly enhanced. SAP Fiori and SAPUI5 have been fully integrated into Solution Manager allowing for the streamlining and simplification of all the standard Solution Manager dashboards. This leads to an increased ease of use for all administrators and end users alike increasing user satisfaction and easer adoption of SAP tools that in the past were rejected due to complexity of use.
Over the years many people have formed an opinion that Solution Manager requires more maintenance than it is worth. Clients have tended to only maintain it for its very basic uses. With Solution Manager 7.1 this has been slowly changing over the past 6 years. As SAP has introduced new features and enhancements, organizations have begun to understand how important Solution Manager is to their enterprise applications. With Solution Manager 7.2, the change will be even more rapid and now the business will begin to fully appreciate what Solution Manager brings to the table. Making it the single source of truth for all SAP customers, Solution Manager 7.2 has now truly become indispensable to any business that runs on SAP.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a free demo of Solution Manager 7.2, please contact Jereme at Jereme.email@example.com.
By Jereme Swoboda,
One of our most popular webinars this year! Join HANA expert Michael Pytel in this enlightening 40 minute webinar about the lessons learned from implementing S/4HANA. Many comparisons and hands on case studies will be explored and explained. Don’t miss out on this one!