SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition

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Alexander Hartwig

Alexander Hartwig
Partner, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Leader at PwC Germany
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S/4HANA Cloud: You can’t decide yet?

In the digital age, companies need to analyze an increasing amount of data, act flexibly and rapidly on the market, and have the capacity to precisely analyze their own business situation.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is the basis for a multidimensional, flexible, and transparent reporting in Finance and Controlling that enables companies and management to keep up in today's digital age. 

With a wide range of industry and company-specific solutions, the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is not only suitable for small and medium-sized businesses. Thanks to the comprehensive features of the real-time ERP suite, companies do not have to worry about issues such as hardware, maintenance and operation, which makes the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition also attractive for large corporations. The successful implementation with the help of our expert team has already been proven in various examples.

“We support you right from the start with our dynamic, interdisciplinary team of business and technical experts. In doing so, you and your needs are at the forefront of our minds. Our PwC experts advise you holistically - from strategy to execution.”

Alexander Hartwig, PwC Partner, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Leader

Implementation phases

We start in the Discover phase with our PwC Deployment Assessment to obtain an initial indication of whether the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is a suitable operating solution for you. Here, we build on the SAP Activate Methodology and support you with the many years of experience and expertise of the PwC network.

SAP S4/HANA - Implementation phases

Our SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Portfolio

PwC S/4HANA Deployment Assessment

Common challenges of our clients

  • Lack of internal SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition expert knowledge 
  • Complex processes and systems complicate the validation of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition solution's feasibility
  • Uncertainty due to a standardized, simplified and dynamically changing feature set (e.g., through regular updates) and new cloud technology

Our service

  • PwC S/4HANA Deployment Assessment
  • Guided workshop with central questions on the organization, processes and functions
  • Presentation of an initial indication of the suitability of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition for our customer
  • List of potential restrictions and necessary changes, which should be considered in detail by the customer in follow-up activities

Benefits for our clients

  • Familiarization with the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition mindset and potential opportunities and restrictions
  • First high-level indication of the extent to which SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is applicable to the organization
  • Early identification of potential restrictions and necessary organizational and process-related changes as a basis for follow-up activities 

S/4HANA Cloud Pre-Study, Roadmap Development

Common challenges of our clients

  • Lack of internal SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition expert knowledge 
  • Uncertainty in identifying the appropriate S/4HANA solution, taking into account specific requirements
  • Complex IT system landscape that needs to be adapted as part of the transformation project
  • Consideration of all relevant tasks and dependencies in the creation of a complete roadmap

Our service

  • S/4HANA Cloud Pre-Study, Roadmap Development 
  • Analysis of the existing process and system landscape
  • Recommendation of a suitable S/4HANA solution (e.g. cloud, on premise)
  • Development of the target IT architecture (incl. interfaces)
  • If necessary, support in the creation of the business case
  • Development and coordination of a roadmap
  • Scoping of necessary SAP best practice processes based on the existing process landscape and business-specific requirements

Benefits for our clients

  • Viable and robust S/4HANA Cloud public edition roadmap for the transformation project
  • Establishment and clarification of key SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition design issues
  • Consideration of potential stumbling blocks in the introduction of the new system environment and use of findings
  • Creation of efficiency gains and utilization of success factors in the transformation project

Implementation (SAP Activate)

Common challenges of our clients

  • Complex transformation project regarding the conversion of the previous (non-) SAP system
  • Insufficient SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition project experience and expert knowledge 
  • Large number of accounting and system-related risks that need to be taken into account as part of the transformation project
  • Historically grown, heterogeneous and complex process and IT landscape

Our service as value integrator – Implementation (SAP Activate)

  • Contribution of best practices as well as lessons learned from similar projects
  • Support in project set-up, ongoing project assurance and change management
  • Consulting throughout all phases of the implementation project in all functional and technical areas 
  • Support in the definition of the control model (incl. chart of accounts)
  • Ensuring proper system implementation

Benefits for our clients

  • Minimizing risks by leveraging experience from similar SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Transformation projects
  • Sparring partner in matters of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition transformation
  • Expert support for business and technical issues
  • Early involvement of all necessary stakeholders (e.g., departments, works council) to increase project acceptance

New functionalities

Common challenges of our clients

  • Slow implementation of innovations
  • High costs due to low process automation
  • Intransparency of core business processes

New functionalities

  • The use of S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition supports the utilization of technical innovations and the intelligent enterprise 
  • Standardization and automations enable a more transparent design of business processes

Benefits for our clients

  • Immediate availability of new features
  • Automation and optimization of various processes through artificial intelligence
  • Deployment of dynamically customizable bots that collaborate and interact with SAP S/4HANA, Public Edition

Project Quality Assurance

Common challenges of our clients

  • Complex transformation project regarding the conversion of the previous (non-) SAP system
  • Insufficient SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition project experience and expert knowledge 
  • Numerous accounting and system-related risks to be considered within the scope of the transformation project
  • Historically grown, heterogeneous and complex process and IT landscape

Our service

  • Project Quality Assurance
  • Contribution of best practices as well as lessons learned from similar projects 
  • Deep dive assessment of project, risk, quality and integration management
  • Critical assessment of business and technical specifications and concepts (incl. test management, migration, user access management)
  • Appraisal of the cut-over plan
  • Ensuring the proper execution of the productive migration and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles

Benefits for our clients

  • Early identification and communication of potential risks in the ongoing transformation project
  • Sparring partner in matters of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition transformation
  • Expert support for technical and accounting-related issues
  • If necessary, report for the annual audit

Governance & ICS

Common challenges of our clients

  • Insufficiently documented internal control system (ICS) as well as risk management in the current process/system landscape makes it difficult to transfer the current governance & ICS concept to the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition environment with standardized processes
  • If applicable, no dedicated department established within the organization to centrally manage and sustainably support the topic of governance & ICS

Our service – Governance & ICS

  • If applicable, development and establishment of a central governance & ICS function within the company
  • Identification of potential risks within the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition system and process landscape
  • Derivation of adaptation requirements of the current governance & ICS concept taking into account the future process/system landscape (e.g. redesign of internal controls)
  • Technical preparation or review of the governance & ICS concept with regard to coverage of the identified risks 

Benefits for our clients

  • If applicable, established Governance & ICS function within the company
  • Governance & ICS concept adapted to the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition process and system landscape, taking into account proper accounting practices
  • Targeted identification and minimization of risks

Summary of key benefits

What are key benefits of moving to the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition?

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition includes technologies that can help bring intelligence into ERP applications, including machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and voice-enabled technology. Operating from the cloud enables/allows companies to access all of S/4HANA‘s functionality without committing resources to hardware or databases.

Business benefits

Single platform
Make decisions with greater transparency across different funcional areas, taking into account all relevant transactions.

Simplified business processes
Improve efficiency by using a standard set of proven best practices for operational business processes

Analytics
Gain instant insights using flexible reports based on the universal journal table and extend the significance through predictive functionalities

User experience
Reduce overall complexity with an intuitive and user-friendly user interface

Regular updates
Rapidly access new functionalities and leading processes with reduced business disruption through regular updates

IT benefits

Rapid implementation
Fast implementation compared to classic on-premise solutions thanks to configuration guides, accelerators and testing tools

Native integrations
Access to a broad array of cloud-based  APIs available for immediate integration

Fit-to-standard
Standardized processes reduce complexity and promote a best-practice oriented system approach without the need for expensive in-house developments

Dynamic extensibility
The ability to leverage extensions and APIs opens new channels of innovation and creates additional value

Lower total cost of ownership
Maintenance and ongoing support is provided by SAP, reducing the need for internal IT support teams

Successful SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Projects

Establishment and operation of a finance organization in an SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition environment

Leveraging the benefits of optimized SAP S/4HANA best practice processes in core processes while meeting the requirements of interfacing group systems and SSC processes

Implementation of an efficient and at the same time traceable data migration from the existing SAP S/4HANA legacy system

Process consulting for the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition

Fit-to-standard analysis using S/4HANA Cloud Systems to map SAP S/4HANA standard processes

Process consulting for the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition

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Alexander Hartwig, PwC Partner, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Leader
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