Not your Grandfather’s  ERP Deployment

SAP S/4HANA Cloud has changed the way both Cloud ERP is being consumed and also implemented. Delivering on the promises of Cloud requires shortened implementation schedules and an accelerated time to value, which can only be achieved with a fundamentally different implementation approach.

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Implementations in the OP world have traditionally been design-based and requirements-driven, producing highly customized and costly solutions by leveraging a more time-consuming waterfall project methodology.

The approach was driven by a ‘Can I take your order’ and “development, not configuration” mindset, where in cloud we’re taking a much more prescriptive, transformative approach.

However, in the Cloud, implementations follow a “Let us guide you’ mindset that is anchored the SAP Activate for S/4HANA Cloud Implementation Framework and our agile Fit-2-Standard Approach

Not just the business sponsors, but the Project-Team also takes a  business-outcome oriented consulting approach, leading with the S/4HANA Cloud Best Practices and out of the box functionalities and processes.   

The accelerated innovation and release cycles also shift efforts to Change and Release Management to ensure continuous Solution Adoption.


What brought you here won’t bring you there

Embarking on your first SAP S/4HANA Cloud deployment, you, your team and your trusted implementation partner have to recognize that “What brought you here, won’t bring you there” especially when it comes to the expertise and knowledge build in years of on-premise deployments.

So what is this Cloud Mindset?

A Cloud Mindset is all about adopting an ‘Agile way of life’, which is key to work quickly and effectively in a changing, dynamic environment. It’s all about putting the Business-Outcome at the center of the team’s efforts to ensure the standard solution and processes are adhered to. Attempting to recreate the as-is will lead to failure. A traditional, siloed/functional-oriented engagement model has to be challenged in favor of a collaborative, process-oriented setup.

The accelerated innovation and release cycles of cloud demand a forward looking, continuous learning strategy. To stay on top this requires you to know where to learn the quarterly changes. As a SAP S/4HANA Cloud customer, you have full access to a wealth of enablement and knowledge resources provided to you as part of your contract and solution license supporting your long-term success. It is imperative, that the customer organization taker advantage if these offerings.

Deploying Cloud not only requires implementation teams to be prepared for the quarterly updates, innovations and changes in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Solution, but also to be aligned with and take full advantage of the frequent updates of our SAP Activate Methodology available through Roadmap Viewer. 

Join us in the second part of this blog series to learn how Knowledge fuels your Cloud Deployment.

To learn more about other Success Drivers please check out our Top 10 Tips and Tricks for successful SAP S/4HANA Cloud Implementations in our Customer Community.