Leveraging SAP Process Mining by Celonis to ensure a successful S/4HANA Migration

John Santic

SAP S/4HANAis crucial to run simple. In fact, a recent CIO Insight survey says that a majority of IT pros recognize complexity as a major problem. In response, nearly 90% of respondentsโ€™ companies are implementing IT simplification projects.

SAP S/4HANA is the next-generation business suite designed to run simple in the digital economy. It was designed to break the limitations of the past by simplifying IT with in-memory innovation. It is built on the most advanced real-time data processing platform today, SAP HANA. SAP S/4HANA is built to drive instant value across lines of business and industries.

On the journey to S/4 HANA, process renewal is critical. Business processes are the lifeblood of an organization and companies need to ensure they are agile and running cost effectively to support ever changing business models in the digital age. Optimal processes are achieved through process insights, primarily through the new discipline of process mining and process monitoring. At SAP, we offer an end to end process improvement platform the covers the spectrum from analysis to process redesign and real-time monitoring, all on the SAP HANA platform. Process renewal begins with SAP Process Mining by Celonis.

The first step is to take inventory of all your existing processes and diagnose problem areas. You should ensure you understand not only how the processes are designed, but also how they execute in reality from day-to-day. Before moving to S/4HANA, it makes sense to validate process efficiency and remove ongoing issues. Some examples of issues that hinder process agility are:

  • Technical debt as a result of patches that have been added over the years to support variances in processes.
  • Manual steps in processes that cause longer cycle times, compliance issues, and add to overall process cost.
  • Process deviations across company divisions that lack uniformity.

SAP Process Mining by Celonis will help you to simplify and automate all of your core processes, while saving you time and money.

To help illustrate, when a family moves houses, they are wise to consider de-cluttering. There is no reason to move a bunch of junk or old unneeded items to the new house, especially if the family has outgrown them. Instead that family usually starts by taking inventory of what they have and what they need for the new place, and then they get rid of the rest. This gives them a fresh start in a new house without all of the clutter and legacy from their old house. In this sense, moving day is only one day, but preparation is required for the move and also for planning the way they will inhabit their new surroundings. To take the analogy a step further, a busy family in a new house will benefit from ongoing and frequent cleaning/de-cluttering to ensure they are maximizing their new environment.

Process Mining allows you to visualize all of your processes as they happen in real life. It not only allows you to see all variances of your processes, it allows you to identify the impact and the root cause of process deviations. By utilizing process mining, you have the ability to find the best process design for your new S/4HANA implementation.


However, SAP Process Mining by Celonis can do much more than just help you prepare for an S/4HANA migration. After you complete your migration, Celonis provides you 100% transparency into how your processes are operating within the new system. It will quickly allow you to identify issues and take corrective action. It also helps you better understand all of the dynamics across your teams and make any correction in these interactions and hand-offs. This enables continuous improvement.

Celonis is in one sense like an insurance policy to ensure a successful transition to S/4HANA and long term continuous improvement in your processes. The return on investment is quick as process costs and migration time to S/4HANA can be dramatically reduced.

To learn more:

  • Join one of our webinars to see SAP Process Mining by Celonis in action.
  • Download our free white paper which takes you deeper into the value of Process Mining
  • Contact your SAP Rep

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