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Migrating to SAP S/4 HANA: Ensuring a successful outcome with Workato and iSteer

Strategies for integration, process continuity, and governance challenges. Migration to SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. S/4HANA migration is critical for business continuity, compliance, and gaining advanced features.

SAP is to discontinue support for the SAP R3 suite in 2027, by which time companies will need to have completed their migration to the in-memory platform SAP S/4HANA.

  • Why is integration a major challenge in the migration to SAP S/4HANA?
  • How can the continuity of business processes be assured during the migration?
  • What are the advantages of opting for an agnostic strategy independent of SAP?

Opportunity to Integrate Data, Maximize ROI, and Minimize Risk

S/4HANA signifies a seismic shift in how organizations manage their business processes and data. It offers the potential for streamlined operations, enhanced user experiences, and real-time insights.

Connecting S/4HANA with the entire organizational ecosystem is essential for achieving operational excellence, fostering innovation, and staying competitive.

Integration is the best tool for retaining control over the migration strategy. Migrating to SAP S/4HANA creates new challenges around connectivity with new applications and systems and requires a different integration approach.

  • The migration provides an opportunity to re-examine the company’s processes and work methods, and to re-organize.
  • How can the processes be consolidated and unified?
  • What strategies need to be adopted vis-à-vis the organization’s existing processes, driven by the legacy ERPs?

Data Integration Success Criteria

Data Integration and SAP S/4HANA Transformation

Data integration plays a pivotal role in the success of an S/4HANA transformation. Workato provides robust data integration capabilities that can help organizations move and process large volumes of data efficiently and securely. Workato offers connectivity, integration, experience, combined they enable true enterprise automation at scale.

Here are some you should know about:

  • Data migration: Leveraging Workato’s advanced data migration capabilities, organizations can seamlessly extract data from a variety of systems, transform it to fit the SAP S/4HANA environment, and ensure high levels of data quality and consistency.
  • Data synchronization: Workato facilitates both real-time and batch data synchronization between SAP S/4HANA and disparate systems. This critical feature ensures ongoing data accuracy and supports seamless, integrated workflows with third-party applications, enhancing operational efficiency and data coherence.
  • Cloud integration: Workato is a cloud platform, connecting on-premises systems, S/4HANA, and other cloud-based applications and services, offering scalability, flexibility, and centralized control.
  • Data security and compliance: Workato prioritizes data security and compliance by offering industry standard encryption, access controls, and audit trails to ensure the data is encrypted both at rest and in transit.
  • Enterprise Automation: Workato’s enterprise automation extends beyond simple integration, providing end-to-end value realization. From streamlining complex workflows to automating business processes, Workato enhances operational efficiency and drives digital transformation, enabling organizations to thrive in the digital age.
  • Collaboration: Workato stands out for its exceptional automation and collaboration features, particularly through integration with Microsoft Teams. This enables organizations to not only streamline their SAP S/4HANA transformation but also enhance team collaboration and productivity.

SAP Integration with Workato

Workato offers the right cloud infrastructure to support a scalable integration architecture, providing ease and the tools that businesses seek for simplifying SAP integration with other systems across the enterprise. For SAP integration use cases, Workato provides pre-built connectors and the ability to leverage SAP OData services for comprehensive connectivity with SAP Systems including Concur, SuccessFactors, D4C, and RFC. Through its versatile platform, Workato enables seamless and efficient integration solutions tailored to the unique needs of businesses migrating to or operating within the SAP ecosystem.

Workato is simpler to learn with one platform, combining APIs, integrations, and monitoring; capacity for error handling, ability to incorporate bots, and intuitive UI make it not just an effective choice, but a choice that just about anyone can learn to use, from seasoned engineers to people with little to no coding experience. This reduces training, staffing, and other development costs and increases the speed at which the organization can deliver applications that capitalize on changing business needs.

Workato also has a large ecosystem of non-SAP connectors, and ready-to-use templates, accelerating work with intelligent automation.

iSteer in joint with Workato simplifies the migration process, ensuring that data flows smoothly and securely, leading to a smoother and more successful transformation. Workato enables organizations to achieve ongoing operational excellence in their SAP S/4HANA environment, setting the stage for continuous success in the digital era.

Success Story

A leading shipping company has leveraged Workato for the SAP S/4 Hana migration. Workato solution allowed the customer to achieve a very high level of productivity for the exchange of data between systems.

Solution Benefits:

  • Real time event based integration with SAP S/4 HANA & other applications
  • Seamless connection with SAP, Coupa, BMC via connectors
  • Reduces integration complexity by supporting multiple data access methods
  • Optimized canonical data models
  • Better scalability, performance and throughput
  • Enables full function 24/7 business operations
  • Protects the system of records from excessive workloads

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