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The Art & the Science of a Strong S/4HANA Business Case

Business CaseWriting an effective S/4HANA business case is both a science and an art. As a business and digital transformation specialist, this continues to be my most important takeaway.

The science part is easier to handle. SAP provides you with tools and you probably have your own that you devise and use such as metrics and KPIs which assist you determine the quantitative aspects of what you want out of S/4HANA.

Art is the more difficult aspect since no two customers are alike. You can't use a one size fits all approach. I approach each business case discussion with a minimum set of success factors or criteria. Here are a few of the key components:


 

  • Business drivers: Don't forget the word business in ‘business transformation’. You need to derive your business case for implementing/converting to S/4HANA from your enterprise corporate strategy & KPIs

  • Pain points: Most organizations hate this cliché but there's no escaping it. You can rephrase it to challenges or maybe improvements needed. This aspect is related to business drivers but whereas business drivers are strategic, pain points are tactical and emanate from the business user community

  • Key success factors (KSFs): Qualitative key factors such as better user experience, opportunities for innovation and real-time analytics

  • Stakeholder analysis: Even the most air-tight business case will not succeed if you do not have the right level of stakeholder engagement and support. So, it is important that you analyze and ensure that you maximize stakeholder buy-in

  • Organizational readiness: Some organizations do not consider an assessment of their organizational readiness before embarking on a business transformation journey. There needs to be an organic appetite for change

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Let's me move to the science aspect of an S/4HANA business case. SAP provides customers with many tools to help quantify their case for S/4HANA. Among the tools we employ are SAP Transformation Navigator and Business Scenario Recommendations (BSR). Some customers use their own tools, techniques snd calculations. Popular financial KPI's include Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). KPIs can be leveraged in every functional/business process area the business transformation is covers.

Building a powerful business case for your S/4HANA journey requires extensive planning and execution. If you would like to learn more on this important topic, please attend my session How to Build a Business Case for S/4HANA  during SAP Controlling Conference in San Diego, CA, October 7-10.

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SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA – Moving controlling and finance closer together - Part III

New users have traditionally struggled to understand the way SAP separates Financial Accounting and Management Accounting where most legacy systems see the two as one. While it’s easy enough to understand how a payroll account flows from the profit and loss statement into cost center accounting because the account information stays the same, the situation becomes more challenging as a revenue account flows into profitability analysis and is transformed into a value field, or a cost of goods sold account becomes multiple value fields depending on the cost components involved. In its latest product release, SAP is bringing the two worlds closer together.

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SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA – Moving controlling and finance closer together - Part II

New users have traditionally struggled to understand the way SAP separates Financial Accounting and Management Accounting where most legacy systems see the two as one. While it’s easy enough to understand how a payroll account flows from the profit and loss statement into cost center accounting because the account information stays the same, the situation becomes more challenging as a revenue account flows into profitability analysis and is transformed into a value field, or a cost of goods sold account becomes multiple value fields depending on the cost components involved. In its latest product release, SAP is bringing the two worlds closer together.

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Part I: SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA – Moving controlling and finance closer together - Part I

New users have traditionally struggled to understand the way SAP separates Financial Accounting and Management Accounting where most legacy systems see the two as one. While it’s easy enough to understand how a payroll account flows from the profit and loss statement into cost center accounting because the account information stays the same, the situation becomes more challenging as a revenue account flows into profitability analysis and is transformed into a value field, or a cost of goods sold account becomes multiple value fields depending on the cost components involved. In its latest product release, SAP is bringing the two worlds closer together.

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Have you heard the buzz around SAP Simple Finance?

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Did you hear the buzz around SAP Simple Finance at Sapphire? See what SAP Controlling experts have to say about the developments and learn more about SAP Simple Finance and SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA sessions at Controlling 2014.

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Updated approach to cost center, project and internal order planning in SAP – Video Blog Post

Get an updated approach to cost center, project and internal order planning in SAP in this video presentation with slides from Controlling 2013 presented by Janet Salmon, Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP.

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SAP HANA Sessions at Controlling 2013


The 2013 Controlling conference will feature exclusive access to content on SAP HANA. Here are a few highlights from the conference:

 

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SAP HANA and SAP Controlling – New Opportunities and New Challenges Webinar Now Available for Download

On July 11, 2013 Janet Salmon, Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP AG, delivered a webinar to the SAP Controlling Community on SAP HANA and SAP Controlling – New Opportunities and New Challenges.”

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Controlling 2012 Conference Recap : Networking – Part 4

The inaugural SAP Controlling conference took place September 23 – 25, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The conference brought together SAP Controlling and FI/CO professionals from across the United States and Europe for 2 ½ days of sessions and networking.

When we asked Controlling 2012 attendees what they liked most about the conference the resounding response was the networking! Conference participants had many opportunities over 2 ½ days to network directly with peers and collaborate on solutions to common challenges. Participants enjoyed the Controlling 2012 conference environment where informal networking was encouraged and built into the conference format. Here are a few networking highlights from Controlling 2012:

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SAP HANA and Controlling - Slides and Sneak Preview of Controlling 2012

{slideshare}[slideshare id=14179613&doc=con2012salmonimpactofsaphanarevolutionarychangesforsapcontrollingdata-120905124044-phpapp01]{/slideshare} The Controlling 2012 conference is quickly approaching and will take place September 24-25, 2012 in San Diego. As a preview of the excellent SAP training you will receive, we are releasing two sets of presentation slides in advance of the conference. The first, will be presented by Janet Salmon entitled “The impact of SAP® HANA: Revolutionary changes for your SAP Controlling data?”. Stop by tomorrow when we release the second one.

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SAP HANA Video Blog

Many SAP Controlling Community members have requested more information on SAP® HANA. This video blog featuring Vijay Vijayasankar courtesy of Jon Reed of JD-OD.com provides a real-world example of how SAP HANA is being used to provide real-time AR, AP, and inventory data.

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