SAP ERP & SAP S/4HANA
SAP ERP CLINICS AND HEALTH CHECKS
Business/ Value Case
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Manufacturers were some of the original adopters of ERP. As early as the 1910s, ERP concepts have helped manufacturers to optimise materials and production schedules. In a modern age, ERPs enable manufacturers to monitor output, assess weaknesses and correct them. Monitor changes in consumer demand and adapt to them. ERPs also invite the introduction of new technologies, such as machine learning and AI, which can be utilised to handle customer queries and optimise the running of machinery.
In modern manufacturing, cutting costs where possible is crucial. Cloud ERPs reduce on-site IT costs and also provide the analytics and reporting to find and cut costs throughout the manufacturing operations- From analysing vendor costs to sweating assets for maximum productivity.
Utility companies need to keep track of consumption accurately and in real-time. Not only to ensure they can meet demand as it happens but crucially to forecast for future consumption based on consumer needs. Without this capability, consumers could literally be left in the dark or utility companies could burn through resources and funds quicker than necessary. ERPs provide the streamlining monitoring and analytics of usage and cost, automating a balance between meeting consumer demands with minimal waste.
Furthermore, emerging technologies with ERP integration, such as IoT enable utility companies to monitor their physical assets- like pipes or machinery. Being able to monitor temperature or pressure in real time enables utility companies to sweat their assets or even predict breakdowns for maintenance and pre-ordering of spare parts.
There’s a variety of service companies, including accounting, tax, engineering, IT and Legal that require formidable, live ERP technologies- sometimes with mobility. ERP technology can be utilised to balance service delivery with the financial health of the organisation. ERPs offer the ability to maintain an optimised schedule and efficiently project manage for profitability. This includes resource utilisation, revenue recognition recurring revenue objectives and even growth opportunities.
Cloud ERP add-ons, such as HR apps can also take the load on HR and administrative duties, keeping recruitment focused on skilled workers relating to the service the company provides, rather than worrying about departmental staffing shortages.
With a decline in the high street and a rise in e-commerce, sales channels have been switching in retail. This has led to a rise in warehouse operations and logistical challenges- perfect environments for ERPs. Defined business processes, with total compliance, are regular features of ERPs. This helps simplify the supply chain process from end to end. Modern ERPs also enable retailers to improve customer issues, like reducing cart abandonments and boosting average order value. Emerging technologies like conversational IRPA (chatbots ) can also be utilised to handle customer issues on an e-commerce site. This means customers can be satisfied or reassured 24hrs a day, without the reliance on outsourcing support teams. Everything is in-house and in control of the brand.
Automotive and Aerospace
Automotive and Aerospace companies all rely on innovation and R&D to keep moving forward. ERPs aid this by providing a constant flow of data, with quality compliance built in. This means Innovations are not hindered by storage or loss of focus from an overflow of data. Data is neatly and effectively processed into meaningful analytics, which can be interpreted to a high-skill level or configured for operational staff. This ensures maximum effectiveness with data collected from R&D.
Furthermore, with the introduction of IoT technology, sensors, machinery and equipment can be used with greater efficiency and accuracy, increasing the potential of R&D possible. ERPs unlock the ability to experiment further and get to successful innovations faster.
Modern ERPs are designed to integrate with the majority of business systems. This creates comprehensive, synchronised business processes across organisations. This brings together financial, operational, sales and other business data into one unified database. With the better connection comes greater visibility around organisation strengths and weaknesses, which creates the foundations for strategic decision-making. This is arguably the biggest business benefit of ERPs.
Modern businesses are only increasing the amount of data they are processing. This is creating greater complexities, which makes manual processing impractical and inefficient. ERPs aid the automation of business processes. Repetitive business operations like payroll, orders, invoicing and analytical reporting can all be automated, leaving more time for strategic activities. This lets employees have a bigger impact in an organisation, which in itself is hugely motivating. Furthermore, human error associated with monotonous, repetitive activities decreases with business process automation.
One of the original uses of the ERP system was accounting. From input to tracking & storage to analytical reporting. Financial data can be processed faster, handled with greater compliance and governance, and converted into measurable analytics to create fast action for when businesses need it. ERPs are capable of advanced features, like managing tax, asset management and multi-currency reconciliation- which is useful for companies operating in more than one global market. It’s a great way to reduce processing time and inaccuracy and take control of business finances.
Order processing can be drastically streamlined by ERP systems. From reducing manual data entry to routing through to relevant departments like finance, or customer service. It creates a complete workflow through a value chain. This means orders can be completed faster, customers are happier, and the organisation is efficient.
Data as a Service
ERP systems convert business data and turn it into a strategic asset. From collection through to reporting, the date data gives a complete overview of business operations. The results are converted into configurable metrics, often in real-time. This gives managers an edge in forming strategies and decisions. Trends and patterns can be identified as they occur creating an extra layer of business agility.
Supply Chain Management
With recent supply chain difficulties being a key theme across many industries, but conversely, cashflow being conserved, supply chain management has proven to be one of the most valuable features of an ERP. Automation in supply chain management can handle purchase orders and many other types of orders in real time. This helps management to optimise inventory, logistics, distribution and manufacturing.
Each of the aforementioned features has its own gains for manufacturers. Material planning, acquiring supplies, monitoring productivity and customer forecasting are all examples of how an ERP can help. Emerging technologies like IoT can also help manufacturers monitor machinery health, resulting in more operational time, smarter sweating of assets and forecasting maintenance and repair costs.
Just as the cost of owning a car implies more costs than just buying the car, cost of purchasing an ERP system includes more than just the system itself. License fees, hosting, hardware, implementation, maintenance, training, support, upgrades and further consultancies may also impact the final figure. It’s important to budget for this to keep ROI high.
Size of Organisation
ERPs such as S/4 HANA work a lot better for large organisations. The size of the organisation does influence the type of system it needs. Most SAP ERPs are designed to handle high levels of complexities, which can make it inefficient for smaller organisations with simple processing needs. Generally, the bigger the organisation, the more complex the ERP is needed.
Needs of departments
Each department will have its own data processing needs and complexities. It’s important to voice all of these prior to deployment to decipher what would benefit each area the most.
Opportunity to automate
Many businesses have repeating tasks and operations which could all be automated with the use of ERP. The more processes that are automated, the more beneficial the ERP system is to ROI and employees.
As with any strategy, it’s important to define the goal it would like to accomplish. The functionalities of the ERP should be mapped around these goals as a means to an end- rather than being viewed as the goal itself.
The end users
As with any employee-facing software, employees must be capable of using it as well as satisfied by its capabilities. This means organisations must define how comfortable their users will be with an ERP and cross-reference functionalities needed with user-friendliness.
Attract the best talent
Recruiting top talent is not easy. However, guaranteeing a streamlined, satisfying UX which can help skilled employees get on with the job that matters makes it a much more attractive prospect.
Access emerging technologies
ERPs are being designed to integrate with some of the latest emerging technologies. AI, machine learning, IoT and IPRA all have their own benefits for business operations. ERPs provide the access, database and reporting capabilities to get the most from these investments.
Increase ROI on your existing ERP investments
If an organisation already uses an older ERP system, but is looking to catch up with modern advancements, this is possible. Migrating to newer ERP technologies like s/4hana provides access to newer technologies, faster ways to process data, efficiencies around storage and a chance to give the company data a spring clean before migrating.
Increase independence from third parties
ERPs create freedom from third parties and external vendors. The vast built-in functionalities reduce the reliance on 3rd party software and centralises the interplay between them. This creates a better-connected flow of data around the company which can stay up to date and accessed in real-time. This also has positive impacts on company expenditure and invoice processing time.
ERPs can be deployed on-premises. This is the original way to deploy ERP. The ERP lives on site and is ideal for larger companies with direct internal hardware control. It provides better control for companies that already have the existing infrastructure.
Cloud deployment is the most streamlined way to deploy ERP. Best for midmarket-size companies, Cloud comes with added automation intelligence- as well as a continuous stream of updates. For companies with no or limited on-site hardware, the cloud has vast cost-saving potential.
Hybrid ERP deployment bridges cloud and on-prem. It’s ideal for organisations that have a lot offices around the world but need to maintain security or control internally. This means data processing can be controlled in one location, making more space for manufacturing or production in others.
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