One of the major benefits of using SAP applications is the fact that you get a wide range of integrated apps to assist you in your day-to-day business operations. From handling human resources issues to powerful analytics tools, there are literally hundreds of SAP solutions to leverage as your company grows. That being said, the more you scale your business (and especially if you’re an enterprise) the harder it can be to manage such a vast variety of SAP applications and services.
Managing so many integrated apps is much simpler with SAP than it would be without such integrators; however, it still isn’t easy. Especially if you’re frequently using SAP applications to assist in understanding your supply chain, procurement, or handle annual reports, it can be helpful to know more about how to manage different service providers. Here are some tips for how to handle your SAP applications and builds.
Upgrade sooner than you need to.
Did you know that you’ll need to migrate SAP to SAP S 4hana by 2027? If you aren’t reading the latest press releases coming out of the SAP news center you may have missed it. Yes, especially in 2020—where time feels like it’s been crawling since March—that date can seem like the very distant future. However, when you consider how long it takes to migrate service providers, especially if you’re a large business with multiple global technology partners, it’s important to start strategizing sooner than later. After all, you’ll need money, time, and resources in order to make a migration happen, and that sort of buy-in often involves input from higher-ups.
It’s also worth noting that just because you aren’t being forced to switch from SAP to SAP S 4hana, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the switch sooner. SAP S 4hana has a lot of powerful new features and can help you manage different service providers in a far more streamlined manner. Especially if you have multiple teams of employees who’ll need to learn how to use a newer system after being more used to performing tasks with SAP SE or express edition, it may make sense to make the switch sooner, too, so they have more time to familiarize themselves with the new system.
Pick apps that help you focus on strategy.
One of the biggest benefits of using SAP in the first place is the way that it integrates with so many tasks you’d otherwise need to handle manually. Especially in areas that use SAP services a lot, like your marketing or IT teams, it’s important to select apps from the SAP store that help these teams focus on the bigger picture. Just like you might outsource your customer service work to a third-party, SAP can allow you to take some weight off of your staff by automating, streamlining, or integrating some tasks they may perform with different service providers. Keep this philosophy in mind as you’re selecting different SAP application demos or researching SAP partners and you’ll get the most from the apps you ultimately settle on from the SAP store.
Choose applications that benefit your business.
The SAP store has hundreds of applications and tools to offer your business solutions. SAP has integrators with dynamic sales tools, procurement controls, and an analytics hub. Beyond the applications at your fingertips using SAP, there are also dozens of SAP partners that fully integrate with the system as well. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many options available to you; however, it’s worth focusing on the applications that truly benefit your company when you upgrade SAP.
For example, if your business has someone else handle procurement for you, you might not need their advanced procurement tools that handle catalogs and interface with the Ariba Network. On the other hand, if you use the Ariba Network daily, you’ll definitely want these sorts of procurement tools.