SAP implementation is definitely a time-consuming, highly expensive, difficult and potentially risky endeavor. When companies need a change in their systems, it is normally adapted as an ERP system. However, there are several concerns that arise when implementing SAP in an enterprise, the foremost being, how costly and complex would it be? This article will highlight some of the key benefits related to SAP implementation and whether they would be beneficial to enterprises.
The benefits associated with SAP implementation can be divided into three categories: internal benefits, external benefits and business outcomes. Internal benefits include the improvement of processes and systems related to information systems and more specifically ERP applications. This improves overall efficiency within the company and provides increased value to employees by reducing redundancy, training opportunities and cost. This type of change project is considered one of the most complex ones, especially for smaller companies where all the employees know nothing about ERP applications. Nevertheless, the benefits of this change project are far-reaching and can bring significant changes for both employees and employers.
External benefits refer to any improvements made to the SAP or ERP end-users. For example, in case of SAP application implementations, users would get access to new modules and tools. These tools can be integrated with other applications which would give end-users improved functionality and features, as well as better technical support for the SAP application. In case of any problems regarding the implementation process, users would get technical support from the SAP vendor. This improves the quality of the end-user’s experience and helps them in getting answers to their questions.
Business outcomes refer to the benefits of adopting SAP as a solution. The implementation of an ERP solution has the potential to decrease costs, enhance customer service, enhance competitiveness, improve productivity and increase profitability. All these processes have proven over time that they are very useful for organizations. When an SAP implementation occurs, however, problems arise when companies fail to take advantage of the benefits of the software and its associated processes. One major drawback of implementing an ERP solution is that the business processes are not adapted to the new ERP system. The resulting solution, however, is a weaker version of what the organization originally had in mind.
There are many ways in which companies can realize their business benefits through the SAP implementation. One of the major benefits of adopting an Hana solution is that it can allow companies to use all the information and data they require for decision-making purposes. It also provides them with easy access to historical information and current real-time information, all of which can make a huge difference to their productivity. Another benefit is that Hana solutions provide businesses with more analytical power. Through Hana, they are able to draw on several data sources in order to arrive at the right business decision.