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Successful S/4 Hana Migration with SAP Process Mining by Celonis

By Christoph Grossbaier
3 min read

A recent CIO Insight survey says most IT professionals 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 past limitations by simplifying IT with in-memory innovation. Built on the most advanced real-time data processing platform today, SAP S/4HANA is built to drive instant value across lines of business and industries.

Why use process mining for S/4HANA migration

Business processes are the lifeblood of your organization and you need to ensure they are agile and cost effective. Optimal process performance can be achieved with comprehensive process insight, which comes from using process mining.

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

Infographic S/4 Hana How your S/4 Hana Migration can benefit from process mining.

How SAP Process Mining by Celonis gives you the edge

The first step is to inventory your existing processes and diagnose problem areas. You need to understand not only how the processes are designed, but also how they execute day to day. Before moving to S/4HANA, it makes sense to validate process efficiency and remove ongoing issues such as:

  • Technical debt due to patches added over the years to support process variances.
  • Manual steps resulting in longer cycle times, compliance issues, and increased costs.
  • Process deviations across company divisions that lack uniformity.

To help illustrate, when a family moves houses, they are wise to de-clutter rather than bring useless or unwanted items with them. Following an inventory, they can decide what they need for the new place and get rid of the rest to ensure a fresh start. In this sense, moving day is only one day, but they need to prepare for the move and for how they will inhabit their new surroundings. To take the analogy a step further, that busy family will benefit from periodic de-cluttering to ensure they are maximizing their new environment.

Business process renewal begins with SAP Process Mining by Celonis. Yet SAP Process Mining by Celonis can do much more than help you prepare for an S/4HANA migration. SAP offers an end-to-end process improvement platform that covers the spectrum from analysis to process redesign and real-time monitoring.

After you complete your migration, Celonis provides 100% transparency into how your processes are operating within the new system. It quickly lets you identify any issues and take corrective action. It also helps you better understand the dynamics across teams and make any adjustments for continuous improvement.

Celonis is like an insurance policy for your successful transition to S/4HANA and long-term process improvement. SAP Process Mining by Celonis will help you simplify and automate your core processes, while saving you time and money. Best of all, the return on investment is quick, as process costs and S/4HANA migration time can be dramatically reduced.

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