Running on SAP has clear benefits, whether driving digital transformation or supporting better work processes across core business units, including: finance, service, procurement, supply chain, R&D and human resources.
And SAP continues to advance its priorities to offer more for its customers to benefit from: looking to the future, this means cloud. In fact, the company recently reported that its cloud subscription surged 28 percent in its third quarter and the vendor's next-generation S/4 HANA line of business applications is continuing to attract new customers.
For old and new customers, alike, across data management, ERP capabilities and cloud services, SAP has something for everyone. What does it take to update systems and keep them running simple?
Just like learning to ride a bike, your SAP journey would be better with someone by your side – whether your enterprise is just starting out or giving your trusted SAP systems a much-needed facelift. Outsourced experts know the real potential of big data as well as what their client’s current systems are equipped to handle. If you’re just starting the search, you may still be struggling to answer the following questions: What talent is needed? What investment is realistic? What exactly will it take to get to a point where running on SAP seems truly as simple as the tagline implies?
To answer these questions, having a firm grasp on SAP best practices will help you get there.
Let’s break it down with the following four essentials along this journey:
Step 1: SAP Basis
An expertly architected foundation is critical for unlocking the full potential of your SAP environment. Sticking to key architectural guidelines and best practices helps to ensure that all the technical details are running smoothly so that you can focus attention on the more strategic and profitable aspects of running SAP.
Step 2: SAP Data Management
Whether providing functional or technical support, it’s an art form to be able to navigate today’s ERP systems to keep data clean and systems running smoothly. It’s no easy feat, especially for in-house employees, but just remember that what can be automated now saves time and energy later, and creates continuity to build a strong foundation for data management.
Step 3: SAP HANA
By 2025, users will need to run all SAP programs on the HANA database: an invitation to update and to experience the power of all SAP parts working together in harmony. If you run any SAP software, the question is not if but when you’ll make the shift to this database.
Step 4: Security with SAP
Though SAP software offers the right tools to stay compliant and ensure data is protected, your system is only as secure as the processes set up to oversee best practices day in and day out. Security cannot be an issue that IT struggles to execute today, which is why it is advised to seek out third parties with tools to automate a formal SAP security plan.
While SAP continues to grow, companies may still be unsure of how best to execute SAP systems in a simple and secure way. Every journey begins with a step forward: whether cleansing data or moving to the public cloud, both require an understanding of what the SAP journey entails and what it will take to get your systems where they need to be.
There’s much more to cover on the road to SAP excellence, and we’ve got the map to guide your journey. Learn more by downloading our latest eBook: Building a Digital Tomorrow Today: An SAP Journey.