THE LEADERSHIP IN THE NEW CLOUD ERP

 

ICM.S is a leader in the new business suite SAP S/4 HANA CLOUD

As reported by the main ICT analysts, Cloud technologies and applications are in the priority list of IT investments of the companies and related adoption is quickly growing.

The transition from On-Premise to Cloud already involved in the past enterprise services like email and dematerialization, functional applications like Client management and Human capital management, backoffice applications like storage. Now is the time of ERP.

In front of the increasing requirements of performance for the systems, legacy software more and more inadequate and at the end of its life cycle, maintenance contracts close to expire, CIO’s and IT managers have two options: they can upgrade old applications in servers and software programs which will quickly become obsolete, or they can decide to adopt new ERP Cloud applications, which are more advanced in technology and with many advantages over classic applications, like a better governance and compliance, TCO reduction, higher scalability and a potential increase of employees productivity.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite is one of the leader ERP in the magic quadrant of Gartner for SAAS (Software As A Service), both in terms of functionalities and of coverage of business processes, and in terms of strategic vision.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the new “public” version of SAP business suite in Cloud, an “Intelligent ERP” implementing all main business processes, like Idea to Design, Procure to Pay, Plan to Production, Order to Cash, Offer to Project and Core Finance, all of it enriched by the most advanced technologies of Machine Learning and of User Interface.

Compared to the classic software architecture, SAP S/4HANA Cloud offers:

  • The simplification and standardization of the business processes by a flexible adoption of universal “best practices”
  • A scalable and flexible licensing model, fitting the enterprise evolution
  • The reduction of fixed costs related to the infrastructure by the adoption of a “pay per use”, model, with a resulting decrease of the Total Cost of Ownership
  • The software upgrade and the release of new functionalities guaranteed by the Software Vendor via “Continous Update”
  • The access to new advanced technologies and applications in Planning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics etc. available in Cloud and not sustainable On-Premise

The technology infrastructure of SAP S/4HANA Cloud – totally managed by SAP experts in their data centers – is based on the in-memory database SAP HANA, where the structure by colomns removes redundancy of transactional data which are typical in enterprise applications and in business analytics, enabling real time historical and predictive analysis which can support strategic and operation decisions of the users.

ETHICA Group followed since the beginning the SAP Cloud strategy, taking first a committment in SAP ByDesign and then being the first partner in Italy in the “SAP Lighthouse program” for the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, a program reserved to key partners requiring a strong investment in training but also the adoption of the new product as the new internal information system for Professional Services management. It was really a big change: to be the first company to implement and to run SAP S/4HANA Cloud in Italy.

At the end of 2017, completed the SAP Learning Journeys, the team of ICM.S S.r.l. consultants assigned to the new suite and to the pilot project got the official certifications for the product and for SAP Activate project metodology and in April 2018, just12 weeks after the kick-off, the companies of our Group succesfully moved to SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Since then, besides standard applications, ETHICA users have being using also specific Apps for Activity Scheduling and Travel Management which were developed on SAP Cloud Platform in our internal Labs and were integrated with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

The experience gained on this product and on SCP puts Ethica Consulting ahead in the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, in its integration with legacy systems and external applications through OData, SOAP and RFC protocols, and in the adoption of the newest UI technologies.

Thanks to this experience and to the transformation of internal competences and services towards SAAS, ETHICA Group is now the leader in the implementation of the new SAP suite and has been engaged in the main SAP S/4HANA Cloud projects in Italy.