SAP S/4HANA Digital Supply Chain Edition for a modular conversion to Cloud

In this blog post, we will discuss transformation to the cloud as a core-competency for agile organizations and how SAP Digital Supply Chain Edition for SAP S/4HANA allows a modular conversion of your critical supply chain business processes to the cloud. We also discuss how the Rise with SAP offering from SAP helps customers transform using a well defined packaged set of software and service – the so called business transformation as-a-service.

One of the key characteristics of “Agile Organizations” is that they are always transforming. According to the report “The five trademarks of agile organizations” by McKinsey, the constant introduction of disruptive technology and accelerating digitization and democratization of information among other megatrends is causing organizations to transform from running-as-a-machine to running-as-a-living-organism.

Not unlike living organisms, agile organization are continuously evolving their technology architecture, system and tools and engaging in Next-generation technology development and delivery practices. There is a clear mind-set shift from seeing technology as a supporting capability to technology being embedded into the core of the organization across business functions and different lines of businesses. Business applications are no longer seen as discrete pieces of software that are acquired, implemented and deployed as assets. Instead, they are grown with the business and continuously deliver new functionality.

Although transformation to the cloud was already a steady trend, the COVID-19 pandemic further intensified it. Still, different organizations transform at their own pace and many are hindered by expectations of large, difficult to manage transformation programs for their monolithic technology stacks.

This is where methodologies and solutions that allow a modular conversion present their value. One of such solutions, SAP Digital Supply Chain Edition for SAP S/4HANA offers a modular approach to implement core supply chain innovations. It allows customers to take their core Supply Chain functions to the cloud (e.g. warehousing, transportation and production scheduling) while their enterprise processes continue to run on SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA on-premises for a gradual migration. This allows faster time-to-value and modernization of one of the most critical lines of business i.e. Supply Chain in today’s environment without undertaking a big-bang approach to transformation.

SAP recognizes the challenges of Business Transformation. From any starting point in the customer’s transformation to the cloud, RISE with SAP is a comprehensive offering that combines Cloud ERP, Business Process Intelligence, Business platform and Analytics, Business networks and out-come driven services and tools to help customers move to:

  • Cloud ERP for every business need
  • Industry next practices and extensibility
  • Analytics and business process intelligence
  • Outcome-driven services from SAP and partners

The future of enterprise solutions is here and the time to take the first step is now.

In conclusion, you have learned about offerings from SAP to help customers take a step-by-step approach to modernizing their landscapes to the cloud without causing major disruptions to their businesses.

Please comment on how your organization is transforming and what challenges you face.