In brief

In brief

  • To perform in a digital world, organizations know the move to SAP S/4HANA is essential. There’s much to be gained from starting the journey now.
  • That migration doesn’t have to be accomplished in one go. And there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy.
  • Accenture’s Smart()field approach focuses on business needs first and gives organizations more options to combine the best of brownfield and greenfield.
  • Smart()field minimizes downtime and helps companies switch seamlessly to SAP S/4HANA in a way that suits them best.


Smart()field: Unleashing business value every step of the way

In today’s fast-changing business environment, enterprises must act at speed to tackle disruption, capture opportunities and develop and deliver innovative products and services. They’re under pressure to be faster, smarter, more agile and connected: to become an intelligent enterprise.

How can intelligent enterprises meet these new demands? By using a powerful platform like SAP S/4HANA that’s been designed with their needs in mind. Offerings such as RISE with SAP help to simplify and accelerate the move to cloud and will support continuous innovation throughout the journey to become an intelligent enterprise.

While organizations will move to SAP S/4HANA sooner or later, there’s much to be gained by starting the journey now. Those that do will be able to take advantage of applications designed for the digital age, and benefit from new functionality as it becomes available.

No one-size-fits-all strategy

Starting early doesn’t have to mean taking the full leap and migrating the entire SAP environment to SAP S/4HANA in one go. Other options are available. After all, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for moving to SAP S/4HANA. Accenture’s approach recognizes that each organization has its own requirements and its own priorities. We help clients define the best course of action for their specific business.

Up to now businesses have had to choose between either brownfield or greenfield conversions. Brownfield doesn’t let organizations choose what to upgrade or migrate, or when to do it. It carries over the full current system – including old business processes, customizations or unused components that should be retired.

Greenfield takes the opposite approach. It starts from scratch with a brand-new implementation, complete with new business processes and configurations. The catch? Organizations can’t carry over configurations or historical data if, as is often the case, business processes need to be redesigned, including data required for compliance purposes.

"Every organization is unique. We take into account each company’s existing systems, architecture and technology to help them choose the best option for their business and mitigate risk."

– CARSTEN ACKERMAN, Managing Director, Accenture Global lead – SAP S/4HANA Conversion

Another way forward

Both greenfield and brownfield are “all or nothing” approaches. They limit what to migrate and what to upgrade. Now there’s another way.

Companies can benefit from our Smart()field approach to SAP S/4HANA conversion. This keeps all options open, giving clients the best of greenfield and brownfield approaches. It enables clients to choose which data and configurations they carry over.

This gives them a golden opportunity to reassess the data, business processes and customizations they’ve been accumulating for years, and decide which to bring forward and which to retire. This means organizations are free to innovate, while preserving investments and improving what needs to be improved.

Focus on business needs

Our Smart()field approach starts by looking at the client’s current and future business strategy. Remember, most SAP ECC applications were implemented 10-15 years ago. A lot has changed since then. We help clients understand their current business needs, and how their industry and business is likely to evolve in the future.

Our Smart()field approach enables companies to easily migrate the processes that aren’t likely to change much, and transform business processes that are likely to undergo radical shifts in the future.

10 good reasons to move to SAP S/4HANA with our Smart()field approach

At Accenture, we have helped many clients with their conversions to S/4HANA, using our proven smart approach for conversion.

Putting business value first

Our Smart()field approach focuses on delivering both business and IT value from a SAP S/4HANA conversion. The business stands to accelerate time-to-market for new products and services, unlock process efficiencies, and foster innovation.

Meanwhile, we help CIOs keep their systems stable during the transition, define the right architecture for their infrastructure and applications, minimize delivery time and deliver cost savings.

Smart()field focuses on value delivery

To help clients achieve these benefits for both IT and the business, our approach focuses on three dimensions:

1. Business value

First, we determine the potential business value that SAP S/4HANA can deliver

2. Delivering the technology

Next, we define the best approach for delivering the technology

3. Infrastructure

Finally, we help select the right infrastructure to best suit specific business needs

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SOAR with Accenture

Our Smart()field approach is part of SOAR with Accenture ­– our collection of assets and services that can enable business transformation across specific industries and functions to support RISE with SAP deployments.

Accenture myConcerto underpins SOAR with Accenture to power enterprise transformation and SAP S/4HANA conversion – from business case to roadmap to delivery, helping companies make the right investments, navigate complexity and realize value quickly. It is a patented insight-driven, digitally integrated platform that orchestrates the power of new SAP solutions and technologies, and Accenture’s industry and functional expertise – methods, tools, solutions, capabilities – to create exponential business outcomes.

Carsten Ackerman

Managing Director, Accenture Global lead – SAP S/4HANA Conversion

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