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Practical Example from the Metal Industry

XEPTUM Strategy Consulting:
Suitable Roadmap to S/4HANA

Every successful SAP S/4HANA transformation project requires clever tactical planning. That is why a customer from the metal industry chose XEPTUM Strategy Consulting to develop a customized S/4HANA roadmap and strategy paper that would optimally align the customer's strategy with SAP concepts.

Sooner or later, all companies using SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) will come under pressure to move to S/4HANA, SAP's next-generation intelligent business suite, as SAP has already announced that it will cease maintenance for SAP ECC in 2027. Therefore, to ensure a smooth system changeover, companies using SAP ECC must lay solid foundations during a structured preparation phase.

Why Did the Customer Choose XEPTUM Strategy Consulting? 

This customer from the metal industry chose XEPTUM Strategy Consulting as a holistic solution approach for its SAP S/4HANA transformation project. The approach followed the established XEPTUM consulting methodology and resulted in the creation of a final roadmap to SAP S/4HANA.

What Were the Phases of the S/4HANA Strategy Project? 

The metal company was introduced to XEPTUM Strategy Consulting in a kick-off workshop to outline which tools and methods would be used in the process. A detailed description of this consulting approach was provided in our last newsletter "Strategy Consulting". The approach is based on the XEPTUM Layer Model, which describes all relevant layers of XEPTUM Strategy Consulting together with the focus topics that need consideration.

The XEPTUM Consulting portfolio won the workshop attendees over thanks to its comprehensive view of all relevant subareas for an S/4HANA roadmap.

A further meeting with the customer's managers focused on an optimized process model for analyzing the current situation (scan phase) and evaluating potential transformation scenarios (focus phase).

The efficient, comprehensible results obtained in both phases, together with a positive evaluation of the entire XEPTUM consulting methodology, resulted in XEPTUM being awarded the project contract by the customer.       

The central project module "Discover SAP S/4HANA and Decide" was accompanied by a series of workshops. From a consultant perspective, the goal of these workshops was to identify core processes, customer-specific KPIs, and the existing system landscape.

From a customer perspective, fundamental information about S/4HANA technology, data model simplification, and process innovations was provided. Based on a common understanding reached during this process, the consultants at XEPTUM were able to identify the customer's specific requirements and encapsulate them in a strategy paper.  

In the X'Accelerate phase, the system state and starting point for the planned S/4HANA transformation project were developed and documented on the basis of the overall strategy devised in the X'Check phase. SAP standard tools and XEPTUM templates were used for this purpose.

The goal here was to evaluate potential migration scenarios and develop a final roadmap to S/4HANA. All of the results were summarized in a management summary document and presented in a joint workshop.

How Did the Customer Benefit from XEPTUM Strategy Consulting?

Both sides agree that the combination of experienced XEPTUM consultants and technical XEPTUM experts with an in-depth knowledge of SAP, together with a highly committed customer project team, was the ideal basis for preparing and implementing the strategy project for migration to SAP S/4HANA. XEPTUM Strategy Consulting, which already has a proven track record, quickly and reliably provided the metal company with comprehensible results as the basis for a successful S/4HANA transformation.

Would You Like to Learn More About Our S/4HANA Consulting Portfolio?

Is your company planning an SAP S/4HANA migration project or would you like to implement SAP's real-time ERP Business Suite from scratch? Contact XEPTUM Strategy Consulting today! Based on the proven XEPTUM Layer Model, we will develop a made-to-measure S/4HANA transformation strategy for you – from selecting the operating model through to digitizing your business processes.