5 Points to consider when moving to SAP S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud

IT decision-makers are on the clock in the SAP world. By the time SAP stops supporting SAP Business Suite in 2027, all customers must switch to S/4HANA. Furthermore, SAP anticipates that the majority of its clients will utilize its next-generation platform on hybrid or public cloud models.

While the 2027 deadline provides IT teams with a clear timeframe, most businesses have very little reason to put off starting their move to S/4HANA. Moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud is a significant decision for any organization. However, it requires careful planning and consideration to ensure a smooth transition and maximize the benefits of the new system.

In this blog, we will discuss five points to consider when moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud;

1. Business Objectives

The first point to consider when moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud is business objectives. It is essential to understand the reasons for the move and how it aligns with the organization’s goals. The move to S/4 HANA should be driven by the need to improve business processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. The organization should have a clear understanding of the benefits of the new system and how it will help achieve its objectives.

2. Data Migration

Moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud requires migrating data from the existing system to the new one. It is essential to ensure that the data is accurate, complete, and consistent. The organization should have a plan for data migration that includes data cleansing, data mapping, and data validation. The data migration plan should also consider the downtime required for the migration and the impact on business operations.

3. Infrastructure

Moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud requires a robust infrastructure that can support the requirements of the new system. In the next step, the organization should ensure the infrastructure is scalable, secure, and reliable. It also needs to consider the infrastructure cost and the impact on the organization’s budget.

4. Training

The organization should ensure that its employees are well-trained on the new system’s features and functionalities. The training should be comprehensive and cover all aspects of the new system. It should also consider the impact on the employees’ productivity during the training period.

5. Support

The last point to consider is support. Moving to S/4 HANA on IBM Cloud requires ongoing support to ensure the smooth operation of the system. The organization should ensure that it has access to support services that can address any issues that arise. The support services should be available 24/7 and provide timely and effective solutions.

If SAP is one of your company’s mission-critical systems, then you need to think of moving to the cloud. Additionally, it is essential due to the enormous benefit this change can bring to your company and its efforts to undergo digital transformation, not just because there is a deadline approaching. By considering these points, your organization can ensure a successful transition to the new system and achieve its objectives.

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