S/4HANA: A Strategic Journey from ECC

Organisations running all or parts of their business on SAP ECC are today confronted by a single burning question: What does SAP S/4HANA mean to my company?

SAP ECC has been the world’s most successful ERP solution, supporting Finance, Operations, Supply Chains, Manufacturing and Human Resource processes at a global scale. Technology has progressed however – and so has SAP – and it is now moving the ECC solution out of support in 2025. SAP now offer a more modern enterprise platform: SAP S/4HANA. The new ERP solution brings huge advantages over the old and depending on what functional and geographic scope of SAP ECC that you currently use, the impact to your organisation could be huge – both in benefits to be realised as well as in cost and disruption.

S/4HANA offers the opportunity for business process optimisation, Cloud strategy delivery, IT process modernisation, machine learning usage, and TCO reduction. But how do you get there and when do you make the leap?  What is the reality of SAP’s Cloud offerings and how do they fit in to the world of AWS, GCP & Azure? Should you perform a systems migration from ECC to S/4HANA and try to minimise change or should you start again from scratch, using S/4HANA best practices to modernise your business? How can you minimise cost and business disruption?

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Intelligent navigation through the options is a huge and important challenge and you need experts who not only understand SAP but also understand the modern technology landscape to help you through the maze.

This is where Keytree come in

As a business-value focused consultancy and recognised leaders in SAP S/4HANA, SAP ECC, SAP Cloud, AWS and Azure technologies, Keytree’s team has the right mix of experts to help crystallise your Strategic Journey from ECC to S/4HANA. Our Discovery & Analysis team will help produce the strategy; our Delivery teams help execute the reality.

Conversion or migration management

Once the strategy is agreed, you will know whether you are ‘migrating’ to a new environment or ‘converting’ ECC to S/4HANA. Simplified, migration provides the opportunity to build something new and refreshed and much technical work is about data migration; conversion can deliver something quicker and allow you to keep historic data, but potentially will not give as much opportunity for new value creation or cost control. Either way, these elements need to be delivered as rapidly and as risk free as possible.

SAP provides tools for both migration and conversion options including code analysers, sizing and performance analysis, upload cockpits, data management, conversion programs and more. Keytree supplement these tools with our own data delivery toolkits, well-proven S/4HANA data conversion and migration methods, delivery methodology and highly experienced S/4HANA experts. We know the challenges, see the opportunities in S/4HANA for organisations running SAP ECC and are offering initial consultancy packages to share our experiences and skills to help shape your strategic journey.

Contact us at s4journeyteam@keytree.co.uk today and our team of SAP S/4HANA Delivery Architects will be delighted to discuss where we can assist.

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