SAP S/4HANA, the next-generation business suite for the digital economy, redefines how enterprise software creates business value with a digital core delivered in the cloud and on premise. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd, being held October 19-23 in Las Vegas.
“Exceeding 1,300 customers in only eight months validates that SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s biggest innovation since SAP R/3. Customers and partners have clearly understood the benefit of our new suite to reimagine business in today’s world,” said Robert Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and president of Global Customer Operations, SAP. “The digital transformation is now a reality across all industries and requires organizations to rethink business models, processes and IT landscapes by putting simplicity at the heart of everything they do. This is the value SAP S/4HANA as our digital core brings to help customers disrupt their industry and win in the digital economy.”
SAP S/4HANA, a Digital Core Designed for the Digital Economy
SAP S/4HANA represents the digital business foundation of the 21st century and interconnects all aspects of the digital value chain in real time to completely reimagine business. Built on the SAP HANA platform and designed with the modern SAP Fiori user experience, the new suite delivers massive simplification and innovation for instant business insight across industries, business functions and roles. Enterprises can now go beyond traditional transactions and drive end-to-end digitized processes based on a single source of information from planning, execution and prediction to simulation and analysis all in real time with one system.
“Accenture is pleased to recognize this major milestone, which highlights how SAP S/4HANA is fast becoming the digital core for our clients in their digital transformation agenda,” said Christophe Mouille, global managing director of SAP business, Accenture. “As the leading SAP services provider, Accenture brings market leading skills and capabilities in SAP S/4HANA and digital road maps by industry to our clients to help them embark on their journey to become high-velocity enterprises.”
Enterprises Across Regions Reimagine Business with SAP S/4HANA
ArcelorMittal S.A., the world’s leading steel and mining company with a presence in 60 countries and 232,000 employees, selected SAP S/4HANA to streamline its core business processes, increase overall productivity and drive significant cost savings. ArcelorMittal wants to secure its leading position by serving an increasingly strong innovation agenda across the globe, delivering better customer service and creating more shareholder value.
Associated British Ports (ABP), the United Kingdom’s largest ports group, selected SAP S/4HANA for a major business transformation program.
“We recognize the opportunity presented by working with SAP to transform the core of our organization,” said Matthew Preston, head of Business Transformation, ABP. “By embracing a new era of innovation, we are looking to simplify processes across the whole business, driving efficiency, increasing productivity and, ultimately, reducing costs.”
Dabi Atlante is the largest dental equipment manufacturer in Brazil with almost seven decades of history based on pioneering research and development in the dentistry sector. The company chose SAP S/4HANA in order to accelerate the modernization of its IT landscape and support its growth agenda through effective governance of its acquisitions and mergers. Dabi is working to reduce the total cost of ownership by 20 percent each year, decrease the time of closing accounting processes by 50 percent and reduce manufacturing costs by 15 percent.
“We’re proud to count ourselves among the first of SAP’s 1,300 customers for SAP S/4HANA,” said Jan Waals, global SAP leader, Deloitte. “Our own experience as a customer, building around SAP HANA, the cloud and a digital core, has been instrumental in helping guide our work for clients across industries, around the world — and now that we’re implementing SAP S/4HANA for ourselves and for our clients, we’re excited about what’s next.”
“Our business has grown into the world’s largest cane sugar refiner, which means we are managing complex operations amidst the volatile commodities market and ever changing cost structures,” said Don Whittington, CIO of Florida Crystals and its affiliated companies of ASR Group. “SAP Simple Finance enables our financial management to run simple, with instant insight and ease of use, helping us to stay competitive and retain our industry leadership position.”
Koelnmesse GmbH, an international trade fair organizer located in Cologne, Germany, hosts around 75 trade fairs and more than 2,000 conferences annually. Koelnmesse is looking to energize business with SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition.
“With SAP S/4HANA, our team can effortlessly analyze contact data, create target groups and trigger campaigns,” said Achim Stolzki, vice president, IT, Koelnmesse GmbH. “This will allow us to run marketing with speed and agility, deliver contextually relevant offers and gain real-time insights, resulting in higher revenue and growth.”
Zhejiang Greenco is a Chinese manufacturer of air fluid equipment, specializing in compressors and vacuum pumps. With SAP S/4HANA, the company will standardize production processes and data, achieve system integration and establish comprehensive automation to help decrease costs significantly while accelerating the supply chain. The SAP hybris Commerce solution will help Zhejiang Greenco better target and engage with customers wherever they are, delivering the best possible customer experience across every channel. SAP will also help Zhejiang Greenco accelerate financial close processes, working to reduce month-end close cycles to just one day while using just half the staff. The estimated increase in efficiency of inventory calculation and analysis is 1000x.
SAP Activate, Direct Route to SAP S/4HANA
The SAP Activate innovation adoption framework announced in July 2015 provides a path to help simplify the move to SAP S/4HANA for customers by offering ready-to-run digitized business processes optimized for SAP S/4HANA. This implementation methodology is a unique combination of best practices, methodology and guided configuration promoted by SAP to help customers and partners get quick time to value with SAP S/4HANA, with both on-premise and cloud editions.
A Partner Ecosystem Ready to Help Customers
SAP partners currently manage more than 80 percent of all projects focused on SAP S/4HANA and continue to play a major role in selling the software and helping customers plan, run and optimize implementation and digital transformation projects. With more than 1,000 reseller firms selling SAP S/4HANA — and those numbers are increasing — SAP partners play a strategic role and are fully enabled to engage customers, ranging from the small and midsize business markets to large enterprises and net-new customers, across all regions.
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