Journey to SAP S/4HANA®
Accenture implements SAP S/4HANA® and SAP Business Warehouse on HANA to enable Accenture to operate at scale and at speed
Accenture historically ran its core financial processing on a single global instance of SAP Business Suite on Microsoft SQL in an on-premise data center. As Accenture has grown organically and inorganically by acquisitions, it needs to operate with more insight, agility, efficiency, and compliance across multiple, diverse business units. This means that both the business processes and IT capabilities must contend with a faster pace of change and growth—all driving the need to evolve Accenture’s ERP to be ready for the future.
Accenture viewed a migration to SAP Business Suite on HANA as a key step on its digital road
map—an opportunity to deliver value to the business and to ultimately enable a strong foundation for long-term performance and new capabilities via SAP S/4HANA. For these reasons, Accenture undertook a multi-phased program to implement SAP S/4HANA—an SAP S/4HANA 1610 brownfield conversion at scale and implementation of SAP Business Warehouse on HANA for analytics capabilities. Accenture has since upgraded to version 1809.
In determining the implementation approach to SAP S/4HANA, there were two key options—“migrate” or “greenfield.” Accenture chose to migrate considering its highly optimized existing platform and standardized business processes.
A program team with Accenture’s internal IT and Finance professionals teamed with Accenture’s SAP Business Group and SAP to drive the transformation program. They embarked on the journey along two parallel tracks: rotating Accenture’s finance capability and enhancing digital financial reporting and analytics.
The SAP S/4HANA cutover to version 1610 executed to a 99.95 percent precision rate, with good performance and without impacting Accenture’s business. Since then, the SAP S/4HANA upgrade to version 1809 positions Accenture to continue to get the most from its IT investments.
Accenture is experiencing as well as anticipating numerous benefits to develop over time:
Enhanced ability to support evolving, diverse businesses
Intelligent, real-time finance reporting and analytics
Ability to leverage future leading-edge SAP capabilities
More flexible and agile platform