How two companies reinvented themselves with SAP S/4HANA and managed IBM Cloud

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Companies transform SAP S/4HANASAP data and applications are mission-critical assets that impact operations across an entire enterprise. With that in mind, leaders count on SAP architects and developers to discover new ways to derive value from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) environments as they migrate to S/4HANA.

At the SAP TechEd conference later this month, I’ll share in-depth examples of companies that have transformed business processes by deploying HANA with cloud managed services.

Here’s a short preview:

Footwear company reinvents its entire IT environment in less than two years

After some business changes, a footwear company had only two years to stand up an entirely new IT infrastructure before it could no longer use the platform of its former parent company. To achieve that goal, the company implemented the SAP Fashion Management solution to handle all of its manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations. The solution runs on an SAP HANA database deployed on managed IBM Cloud.

The managed cloud deployment hosts the SAP and non-SAP applications that compose the company’s complete enterprise landscape. Service-level agreements help ensure high application availability and disaster recovery while enabling the company to be agile enough to change as needed, whether that means scaling for capacity or rapid provisioning of IT resources for new initiatives.

Within a few weeks, the company was running its entire SAP system without any in-house technical support. With IBM managing the day-to-day maintenance of the private cloud infrastructure, the company could focus on designing and selling quality footwear.

Construction services company builds a better infrastructure

A construction services company wanted to improve its decision making in business operations. The key to unlocking this insight lay in analyzing data from sales, logistics and finance. That information was stored in multiple, independent systems which made cross-analysis slow, inefficient and prone to errors.

IBM worked with this company to create a new, more integrated IT environment, using SAP S/4HANA to consolidate finance, sales and logistics data into a single repository. The solution is deployed using IBM Cloud for SAP Applications, which frees the IT team from the burden of managing and maintaining a physical infrastructure.

With a unified way to manage inventory and financial data, the company can access enterprise information 50 percent faster and has reduced response times by 42 percent, driving faster service delivery and improved customer satisfaction scores. It has also reduced operational costs by around 15 percent while enjoying the benefits of a security-rich and highly accessible cloud environment.

Come to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas 25 – 29 September to learn how IBM helped build and implement these S/4HANA solutions. Be sure to register for speaking session CPL156 and visit IBM at booth 708. Visit the SAP TechEd website to register.

To learn more about how the right managed cloud services provider can maximize the value of your SAP deployment, read this analyst report from Frost & Sullivan.

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