SAP explained: ‘Speed up data-intensive process’

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Cat Mules

– What does SAP/S4HANA really mean for Enterprise Resource Planning? To get a clear picture, I spoke with one of Australasia’s Microsoft SAP partners, Realtech.

SAP might not be a term used in everyday vocabulary, but for 40+ years SAP has been delivering enterprise solutions to some of the world’s leading companies, with real-time, tangible business results.

SAP S/4HANA is the latest iteration of ERP from SAP.

Here is the main idea of trying SAP/S4HANA: it can process on a much larger scale and provide better performance as it does.

SAP is about business empowerment, but it starts below the hood of operations. It encompasses every aspect of business, including (but no limited to) supply chain, relationship and product lifecycle management; material production, inventory management, procurement/purchasing and human resource management.

What can it do?

SAP S/4HANA is a suite of Enterprise Resource Planning solutions used by businesses all around the world.

S/4HANA was developed by SAP, who have been offering specialised ERP solutions for 40+ years.  S/4HANA is the latest ERP version, which takes advantage of the latest in-memory technology to allow companies to process data faster and in much larger volumes. This, in turn, provides real-time business insights and the delivery of faster business outcomes.

S/4HANA enables business with a joined-up business platform to run all aspects of their business, to improve and automate processes, increase efficiency, and drive operational cost down.

It encompasses in-memory capabilities, cloud strategies, business insights through analytics, and easy-to-understand visual displays.

It makes operation intuitive and drives strategic insight to accelerate business.

The best practice of SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA is future-ready – it is a built-in intelligent system.

The recommended approach is wherever possible to use and deploy the recommended in built best practices and keep the unique configurations or bespoke developments to a minimum.

There are a huge range of well-proven best practices SAP offers for service lines and industries – use these best practices.  This strategy maintains the performance, avoids complicated future support and therefore keeps support costs lower.

SAP is best used in combination within the broader cloud-ecosystem. Realtech’s Managing Director, Andrew Spicer, explains, “having worked with SAP for over 20 years, we believe the combination of SAP and Microsoft Azure will give any organisation the best outcome from an ERP solution”.

This article is part of Umbrellar Connect’s How it Works series, to demystify impactful technology solutions. Check back with our specialists Realtech for more insights into SAP/S4HANA.


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At Realtech, we provide guidance and services for SAP landscapes. Our consultants are experts in SAP Technology, S4/HANA, Microsoft Azure, Applications, Migrations, Databases and Operating Systems. We understand the critical nature of SAP in your business; so we work with our clients as partners to plan, architect, deliver and manage to ensure the optimal performance of your SAP environments.

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