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SAP Lead Anand Nataraj Discusses S/4HANA Benefits with recently interviewed Senior Manager and SAP Lead Anand Nataraj on the business benefits for companies that move to S/4HANA. An excerpt of the article can be found below.

SAP customers are faced with some tough decisions. Among their options: Stay on ECC and hope that SAP pushes back its support sunset date beyond 2027, prepare to migrate to S/4HANA or scrap everything and move to an entirely different ERP system.

IT complexity within organizations often stalls S/4HANA migration projects. But for many companies, moving to S/4HANA makes sense. SAP reported over 17,500 subscribers to S/4HANA for the third quarter of 2021, up from 15,100 the same period the previous year, according to Statista.

Top business benefits

Experts say there are many SAP S/4HANA benefits for businesses, including flexibility, lower costs and faster analytics due to the HANA in-memory database. The system may also be easier to use than ECC and provide an easier transition to the cloud. Following are nine of SAP S/4HANA’s top business benefits.

1. Easier to update business models
SAP ECC was built for business models that haven’t been forced to change as rapidly as today’s models are changing to keep pace with multiple influences, including advanced technologies, customer expectations, supply chain disruptions and hybrid workforces. But with expanded opportunities to apply data and pivot to new business models, companies can make model changes more easily with SAP S/4HANA, said Anand Nataraj, senior program manager and SAP practice lead at Clarkston Consulting. SAP S/4HANA is built from the ground up and accounts for the way companies now do business. “If you want to make changes, acquire companies or [introduce] new sales channels,” Nataraj added, “this platform is easier and quicker to get into these new areas.”

2. Simpler to bring acquisitions into the ERP environment
In the world of consumer packaged goods, companies expand into new markets and add complementary products to their offerings by acquiring smaller brands. Before SAP S/4HANA, they would need to bring these acquisitions into their core ECC systems, which took much time and many resources. With S/4HANA, Nataraj explained, businesses don’t necessarily have to fold acquisitions into their core, but rather keep them on the SAP public cloud.

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