The first wave of digital transformation hit enterprise shores in 2016, and these 5 myths are written for the many companies looking to ride the bigger waves coming in 2017. The swell of acceptance of SAP S/4HANA is growing, the Oracle EBS users are looking to the clouds for the positive signs of a smooth ride. The digital transformation waves are getting big people, so grab your surfboards and consider your ERP system. If you are going to start this ERP ride towards digital transformation, you should read these myths and explore the accompanying content to remove any lingering doubts that might be preventing you from jumping in the water.
Issues To Consider During The Move To S/4HANA:
Myth #1: Moving to S/4 HANA is a difficult journey
FACT: Using a step by step guideline on how to reach SAP S/4HANA, combining SAP HANA expertise, tools, and the unique ability to simulate the changes based on specific system characteristics will help. For example, take the following steps and it can be a smoother journey: build a roadmap and state the business case for upper management, move to Unicode, enable new GL, ECC6 EHP7 upgrade, go to Business Suite on HANA, and then implement SFIN (S/4HANA). Not a piece of cake, but probably not as hard as you thought.
To hear real-world advice and review the steps to get to S/4 HANA, see the on-demand webinar with SAP expert Nathan Weaver of itelligence:
Myth #2: Security isn’t that big an issue with my ERP system
FACT: 95% of SAP systems are exposed to vulnerabilities. The proportion of proprietary developments in SAP systems averages over 30 percent in some industries. Statistics show one critical security defect per 1,000 lines of ABAP® code, and SAP system performance can be adversely affected. In fact, a typical SAP system contains 2,151 risks, and with 70% of enterprises regularly skipping security and compliance audits of their ABAP custom code, their SAP systems are exposed to major threats.
For a detailed state of SAP security with expert advice on how to ensure your systems stay safe, check out this on-demand webinar:
Moving Your Oracle EBS To The Cloud, One Step At A Time:
Myth #3: A complete Oracle Cloud EBS solution is still a long way off, so it doesn’t make sense to prepare for that day
FACT: Even though Oracle EBS is on-premises for now, there still are Oracle applications that are cloud-based. While we are transitioning from on-premises to cloud, a new hybrid world has emerged in which your current EBS environment will have to co-exist with cloud applications for many years. There are steps you can take and if followed, they will pretty much insure success by allowing EBS to co-exist within your enterprise as both a cloud and non-cloud set of components that work well together.
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Myth #4: Just a small amount of code is unused in the ERP system
FACT: On average 46% of custom code is unused, which makes having it around in the ERP system sluggish and expensive. It is common for IT to accidentally spend time fixing and testing unused objects. Employing a detailed code and usage mapping before an ERP upgrade project begins will reduce the project scope dramatically.
To learn more about the true impact of an Oracle EBS upgrade, the key areas affected and the objects that might be impacted, look at our infographic on this subject:
Simplify Your Business User Testing Cycles:
Myth #5: You should always expect glitches and collaboration issues during the UAT cycle
FACT: Companies that include a collaborative communications tool between test managers, business users and technical testers within their test management solution simplify and accelerate UAT cycles by 30%.
Implementing a solution that is cloud-based, allows for real-time reporting and seamless communication between both business users and technical users while addressing the distributed demographics common to UAT cycles. Also, full visibility and control over the entire test cycle allows you to track defects, workflows and activities so that “glitches” are found and managed immediately.
For useful tips and best practices on how to better plan and run your UAT cycle, read the eBook: