Business Acceleration With SAP S/4HANA for Manufacturers: A Webinar Recap

We talk a lot about the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and how manufacturers meet the pandemic's difficulties. But what if we zoomed in on those difficulties through another prism and see what concrete and effective measures technology offers to go through challenging times with flying colors?

In Scalefocus' last webinar from the Topics of Scale series called "Business Acceleration with SAP S/4HANA: A Winning Strategy for Manufacturers in Challenging Times", we offered a peek into just these effective measures.

Led by Pavlin Dyankov, Chief Business Development Officer at Scalefocus, who was joined by experts from SAP, Microsoft, and Ariete, on the 31st of March, the webinar provided insights into how the adoption of SAP S/4HANA helps manufacturers adapt and accelerate business growth in turbulent times. You can read the highlights of the talk or go directly to the video of the webinar below.

SAP S/4HANA And The Challenges

First, the stage took Pavlin Dyankov, who spoke about the fundamental challenges manufacturing businesses face during this time and the expertise of Scalefocus as an SAP Gold Partner for the last six years. "Over 78% of manufacturing businesses report a negative financial impact, more than 53% a change in operations and more than 35% supply chain disruptions", shares Pavlin. The disrupted supply chain, closed borders, and lockdowns are just part of many industries' issues in the last year. But even during those trying times, the opportunities for manufacturers are there. SAP S/4HANA comes not only as an optimization tool but also as a huge chance to expand, improve supplier diversification, and a lot more.

So who are the big winners after such an event? The simple answer is those who adapt. Using tools and software like SAP S/4HANA to automate processes, find new terms of action, and innovate in terms of business modules and productivity. "SAP S/4HANA gives the platform to implement such changes and adapt", says Pavlin. "As a business strategy, it supports the business-driven transformation and gives a framework for organizational change and optimization."

Key Impact Points by SAP

The expert speaker from SAP on the webinar was Dmitry Kokarev, а Senior Consultant who spoke about the S4/HANA solution аs the intelligent ERP tool that "enables companies to capture every opportunity in today's digital world." Dmitry elaborated on the main functions S4/HANA has for the manufacturing line of business and its primary functions.

"SAP S4/HANA is the first intelligent ERP that enables companies to capture every opportunity in today's digital world, whatever your company size, business complexity, industry need", shares Dmitry. "It's the ERP of the 21st century." He also spoke about moving from the traditional ERP to intelligent business automation to provide immediate business insights at any time and level. For the companies using SAP S/4HANA: "The key values are reduction days of inventory, reduced manufacturing total cycle time, and revenue reduction due to stock-outs."

"SAP S4/HANA has brilliant performance in each scenario because of its complexity. It deals with production execution - the key idea is to release and monitor production and process efficiently, to confirm production process, and trigger production finalization tasks. It's tightly connected with production control, and it's intended to coordinate, to manage better procurement, production operations, stock transfers, and deliveries."

Dmitry also spoke at length about the key functions of each company's journey by implementing this solution - you can check out his part of the talk HERE.

Ariete and an SAP S/4 HANA Success Story

Bogdan Kabasanov is the Logistics Manager at Ariete Logistics who took part in the webinar to share the true success story of implementing SAP S/4 HANA with the help of Scalefocus. He shared the pain points that were solved and how the company moved ahead in a turbulent year with the help of exactly this solution.

Ariete, a company created to provide advanced and customized warehousing, logistics, and production solutions, is in a partnership with Scalefocus since 2018. Bogdan shares: "Managing the inventories is quite impossible without a solution SAP S4/HANA. It's hard to imagine that you ever run business processes without SAP S4/HANA. We did the first implementation in Smolyan in January 2020 and the second successful implementation in Pazardzhik. In August 2020 was the third successful implementation of SAP S4/HANA."

Bogdan also spoke about the Covid-19 impact and the turbulent times the company went through, going into detail about how SAP S4/HANA was a big part of solving the issues. As a result - Ariete has expanded its customer portfolio, been more flexible, optimized its supply chain, and kept its core team. You can hear Bogdan's part of the talk HERE.

SAP S4/HANA Adoption with Azure

In the next part of the webinar, Ondrej Sedlacek, a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, spoke about accelerating the SAP S4/HANA adoption with Azure and its benefits.

"When we think about running SAP S4/HANA on Azure, we sort of break it down into four different pillars: the cloud platform itself (the infrastructure), the second is how to enrich that infrastructure with additional value (security or compliance), the third one is immediate insights and innovation, extending it even further, add data services in Azure to extend the value of the SAP landscape, and the fourth is the partnership with SAP.", says Ondrej.

According to him, the usage of Azure is growing rapidly, and the adoption is "because of the customers seeing the value of the cloud. "Customers have minimized their cost and use SAP on Azure predominantly because they find our rapid changes in their downtime, the lower costs". Ondrej went into detail about the Azure management for SAP - the built-in options, the on-premise resources, the security, and management without force. He also spoke about how much easier disaster recovery is with Azure setup and why. Ondrej's part of the talk can be accessed HERE.

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