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How SAP S/4HANA Can Help SMBs

SAP News | May 23, 2016

 From reduced hardware costs to increased speeds, SAP S/4HANA offers businesses of all sizes a more efficient and powerful ERP solution.

At this year’s annual SAP user group meetings, the enterprise software giant discovered that many small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) lacked information when it came to evaluating the potential benefits of converting to an SAP S/4HANA ERP system at their workplace.

Because it can be more difficult for SMBs to find examples of or resources describing successful SAP implementations in companies of their size, many assume SAP’s ERP solutions are better left for larger companies and hesitate to even learn more.

However, this could not be further from the truth. SAP’s ERP applications offer businesses of all sizes lower operating costs, intuitive user interfaces, easy maintenance, and overall simplicity whenever possible. More specifically, here are three advantages SAP S/4HANA offers small businesses:

  • Low hardware costs: One of the most oft-cited, although incorrect, reservations SMBs have with SAP S/4HANA is that they believe the hardware costs too high for their more modest budgets. However, by running on Intel x86 and IBM POWER servers, the solution can actually reduce a company’s data footprint by a factor of 10. This turns a 10 terabyte ERP system into a 1TB system, which companies can backup and restore in just 10 percent of the time it took for their old system, which can reduce overall costs over the long term.
  • Simple database layout: SAP S/4HANA’s database layout is incredibly simple, allowing for faster data entry, more powerful reporting and the flexible use of external hierarchies when reporting. Not only does the faster system allow for entirely new processes, such as referencing data in real time and providing predictive analytics, but it presents them in a cleaner, easier to use interface.
  • Complete functionality: While SAP S/4HANA stands as an alternative to SAP’s existing Business Suite, it is able to offer the same wealth of functionality as the business suite. With financials, sales and logistics all available alongside industry-specific solutions, SAP S/4HANA is able to deliver as an in-memory platform without compromising functionality.

Businesses looking to get the most out of their ERP solution should consider working with an SAP consultant. With experience in not only enterprise data management but the complete lineup of SAP tools, consultants can help your company find and implement a solution that best matches its specific needs. To get started, contact GROM today.

article3SAP S/4HANA can help small companies reduce costs while still offering a complete suite of business tools.