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  • Unlocking potential with SAP S/4HANA

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  • SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) is a next-generation enterprise system built to drive value across lines of business and industries with the ambition to simplify. SAP S/4HANA is built on the SAP HANA in-memory platform and offers cloud, on-premise and hybrid deployment options to provide maximum choice to customers.

    With SAP S/4HANA, SAP implements a vision of simplifying business models, business decisions, business processes, the user experience and the IT landscape through a roadmap of cloud-first enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supplier relationship management (SRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) innovations.

    Accenture can help organizations relying on any of these components to run their business, and serious about winning in the digital economy, to assess the value of S/4HANA.

    For businesses looking to take advantage of an always-on, digitally-connected and Big Data-driven world, Accenture has developed a high velocity enterprise approach that uses disruptive technologies like in-memory and digital accelerators like social, mobile, analytics and cloud to build on the ERP solution already in place.

    Our high velocity enterprise approach and our industry digital roadmaps provide a framework for organizations ready to embark on their digital transformation journey. SAP S/4HANA provides the platform.

    Our broad understanding of digital and the SAP solutions landscape, combined with our industry expertise and global delivery capabilities, equip Accenture to help organizations use SAP S/4HANA to create differentiated capabilities for their businesses and engage with their customers in new and more meaningful ways.

    What is SAP S/4HANA?

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  • Features

    Using SAP S/4HANA, Accenture helps organizations to adopt new ways to architect, implement, deliver, deploy and manage their SAP solution. The potential of S/4HANA can be unlocked in a number of ways:

    Operational efficiency SAP S/4HANA increases the efficiency of enterprise processes by embedding analytics in the transactional context and by removing visibility blackouts caused by batch processing.

    Hybrid cloud All SAP S/4HANA components can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud, allowing a truly hybrid cloud delivery approach.

    Interoperability Hybrid cloud enables a different integration approach with the definition of better and deeper API layers that let SAP solution components work better with each other and with solutions from the ecosystem.

    Platform SAP S/4HANA is fully integrated with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, allowing organizations to build business applications faster and more cost effectively.

    Openness Opening up the platform enables more ways to connect and leverage data generated from business transactions and client interactions, regardless of the system that executes them.

    Flexibility More options for architecting and developing integrated solutions help organizations keep pace with the digital economy.

    As a leading SAP services provider with more than four decades of experience with SAP solutions and a strong track record of co-innovation with SAP, Accenture is well positioned to help clients unlock the potential of SAP S/4HANA by:

    Advising on roadmaps and navigating risk

    Providing new industry and functional solutions that use SAP S/4HANA and improve business performance

    Optimizing business processes with new technologies and digital capabilities such as cloud, SAP HANA and analytics.

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  • Our deep and longstanding relationship with SAP that spans over 40 years results in unique collaboration and co-innovation initiatives.

    The Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group (ASBSG) allows us to set up blended teams, manage intellectual property, and offer industry digital roadmaps and solutions that support our joint clients transformation to a digital business. Our industry digital roadmaps help organizations design a digital strategy, architecture and implementation plan that is anchored in business value, SAP technologies and co-developed solutions. The ASBSG solutions are apps and SAP S/4HANA extensions built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform that leverage disruptive technologies in Internet-of-Things (IoT), cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, and mobile.

    Building on the success of the ASBSG, Accenture and SAP are now collaborating at an unprecedented level to accelerate development of SAP S/4HANA as well as industry and line-of-business solutions, with a view to simplifying and fast-tracking customers journeys to digital businesses. This is the first time that SAP has joined forces with an alliance partner to accelerate development of its core product, as well as build new industry cloud solutions, providing Accenture with unique input, insight and development opportunities with SAP S/4HANA. This collaboration results in differentiated solutions with flexible delivery options for bundled industry cloud deployment..

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  • Unlocking the potential of SAP S/4HANA

    Who should adopt? Organizations that have professional services, finance or logistics at their core can benefit from SAP S/4HANA. Organizations wanting to advance beyond the real-time reporting provided by SAP HANA Live and looking to become faster, smarter, more agile and connected can also benefit.

    When to adopt? The SAP S/4HANA innovations are being ramped up module-by-module, and will be bundled in Enhancement Pack 8 towards the end of 2015. This allows flexibility in how and when organizations adopt.

    For organizations that want to stay on the leading edge of new technologies, now is the time to start a technical replatforming to SAP HANA or SAP

    S4/HANA and to optimize reporting between SAP S4/HANA and SAP Business Warehouse. At the same time, they can begin to plan their digital roadmap, incorporating future SAP S/4HANA innovations. Getting started now means that transformation can be implemented within a single cycle, allowing the organization to reap immediate business benefits.

    Organizations that prefer to wait before adopting new technologies can also start moving to SAP HANA or SAP Suite on HANA now and assess the maturity of each SAP S/4HANA innovation before adoption. This will start the journey and allow organizations to move forward at their own pace.

    Act now

    Regardless of an organizations attitude towards innovation adoption, there are steps that can be taken now to prepare for the innovations that SAP S/4 HANA brings. All of the coming innovations require SAP HANA, so the earlier organizations migrate, the better.

    Start the migration now and gain access to:

    Better functionality in SAP HANA-specific transaction codes

    SAP innovations exclusive to SAP HANA such as Fiori apps

    Upgrades to SAP S/4HANA Finance or Enterprise Management.

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    The journey to SAP S/4HANA has begun Early adopters are developing and enabling new capabilities as well as laying the foundation for business transformation as new innovations become available. The longer an organization waits to begin the journey, the more they miss out on capabilities exclusive to SAP S/4HANA and the harder it will be to catch up.

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