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ITL Recap: Learnings from Sapphire & the Road to S/4HANA

Last Thursday, we had a great discussion on the Learnings from Sapphire & the Road to S/4HANA. A huge thank you to Brian Kirchhoff – Director of Technology, SAP Platform at Target, Lori Salberg – Principal Engineer, SAP at Target and Bill Trubeck – VP of IT Services & Portfolio Management at Abbott for leading this engaging conversation. Also, a warm thank you to Abbott for hosting our group. 

The Sapphire Now ASUG Annual Conference took place in the beginning of May. As many individuals attended this conference, we thought it would be great to share our learnings as different organizations are considering implementing SAP S/4HANA if they haven’t started already. 

SAP S/4HANA, known as the next generation of ERP software. It is “An intelligent ERP solution that enables companies to capture every opportunity in today’s digital world, SAP S/4HANA removes common obstacles associated with legacy ERP applications, such as batch latency, complex landscapes, and manually-driven processes.”  

Sounds great, right? With each generation of new software, there are always challenges that come with it. We had the opportunity to sit down and take a look at what companies around the Twin Cities are using SAP S/4HANA for, why they’re using it, and their struggles with implementing new software.  

The first misconception when thinking of SAP S/4HANA is that when you want to implement S4 you have to completely build from the bottom up, however, that’s not always the case. Mowhawk Industries upgraded to S4 in four months. One organization shared how they are looking at this as a business transformation and not just a technology upgrade.  

Thank you to all the companies represented in this meeting and sharing their thoughts. We are looking forward to hosting another session on this topic, as there is always something new and exciting to speak of. Please be on the lookout for upcoming Think IT Meetings surround S4/HANA. If you are interested in learning more about Abbott and Target’s takeaways from Sapphire, please check out the slide deck, here.