Extracting Strategic Value from SAP to Modernize Business Operations

Case Study

Extracting Strategic Value from SAP to Modernize Business Operations

Extracting Strategic Value from SAP to Modernize Business Operations

Converting from SAP ECC to S/4HANA – A Value Assessment

The company embarked on a strategic initiative to transform its operating model. As part of the initiative, the mining company wanted help in analyzing different IT solutions that would support the new operating model and business processes. Two key options included staying on the existing SAP solution or moving to S/4HANA. A comprehensive impact assessment from SoftwareONE SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services provided strategic insights to determine the best operating model.

The Project

  • Customer: Iron Ore Mining Company

  • Industry: Manufacturer

  • Services: SoftwareONE SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion

  • Services: SAP S/4HANA Pilot Program

About the Customer

A large iron ore mining company, one of the world's largest producers.

The Challenge

The company had embarked on a strategic initiative to transform its operating model. This included reviewing different IT solutions that would best support the new operating model and business processes. One key consideration was to stay on its existing SAP solution or move to S/4HANA.

The potential move to S/4HANA represented a significant investment. Also, there are different options available to make the S/4HANA move. These include a new greenfield implementation or conversion of the existing SAP ECC to S/4HANA. Costs of alternatives differ vastly, reaching an order of magnitude as much as 8-10 X.

More data was needed to support the decision-making process. Leveraging a demo or model company S/4HANA system did not meet the miner’s requirement as its evaluation required a S/4HANA system based on the current SAP solution.

The Solution

During a two-month engagement, SoftwareONE SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services planned and delivered a fully converted S/4HANA demo system to the customer’s project team based on the existing SAP ECC production system. SoftwareONE also supported the assessment of conversion impacts, including upgrades of functionality, custom code, interfaces, and more.

The Result

  • SoftwareONE SAP ECC to S/4HANA Conversion Services comprehensive impact assessment report provided the customer with an accurate understanding of variables impacting process, risk, cost, time to deploy, and more.
  • Assessment findings presented the customer with detailed strategic options around the potential conversion of the company’s SAP ECC system to S/4HANA.
  • Full report results detailed information that helped determine the Azure Cloud as the best IT platform solution to support the new operating model.

SAP S/4HANA Pilot Program

The SoftwareONE S/4HANA Pilot Program helps SAP ECC customers who want to convert to S/4HANA on Hyperscaler, leveraging either Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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