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Selective S/4HANA Transition


With maximum added value and high speed to the new SAP standard

Transitioning to SAP S/4HANA is a must. But no company can afford a spiraling, costly megaproject that takes five to six years. Time is the critical factor. So the key question is: How can the project be accelerated? Many companies currently face the major challenge of determining their optimal journey to SAP S/4HANA. SAP offers two options as standard: a new greenfield implementation or an upgrade/conversion of the existing system (brownfield). There are disadvantages to both: A completely new implementation is too complex and runs the risk of becoming an unwieldy project that takes between five and ten years and is ultimately doomed to failure. A pure upgrade is expensive, without offering efficiency gains or added value.

Why Selective S/4HANA Transition?

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Time to value

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Support Digitization

Digitization is a Must-win battle for all companies. However, the flavors of digitization are manifold. Thinking about ERP systems on its own, the leverage for digitization is limited. Typically, ERP processes are already quite integrated, automated, Software supported etc. From our perception it is more about how to streamline the boundaries of ERP in order to generate seamless end-to-end processes across the whole landscape; so why spending a lot of time perfecting ERP processes if there is more potential to be found elsewhere[/dhsv_vc_icon_block]

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Strategic focus

We believe that focus is a crucial success factor for projects. Therefore, we recommend a rather focused project to reach the next level instead of trying to reach the perfect state which needs involvement and activation of all areas, functions, levels etc. It is the best way to get a good result out of the existing organization – which is typically not a perfect one.[/dhsv_vc_icon_block]

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Another way of looking at it is from an agile perspective:
The result of the selective option can be seen as the minimum viable product for the S/4HANA transition. It is reachable, has a quick feedback cycle and is still ambitious
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We experience that cost is an important factor for decision making. Even more important is the cost / benefit ratio. Compared to other options we see a better cost efficiency and a better result which leads to an enormous increase of the cost / benefit ratio for the Selective approach[/dhsv_vc_icon_block]

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Market experience 

SELECTIVE has already proven itself in practice in large-scale S/4HANA transformation projects, such as those of our customer VIESSMANN. As a result, we have helped the only industrial company in the world to a global go-live on S/4HANA. Classic approaches have not yet proven this.

What adds value within a reasonable time?

cbs offers an alternative route that we have already established in the market. The aim is to add value at process level; not across the board, as with a greenfield approach, but selectively.

The tailored approach of an SAP S/4HANA SELECTIVE transition combines selective process redesign and selective data transformation, cutting project implementation time by up to 50 percent. Businesses enjoy swifter access to innovation and also see an early return on investment due to rapid project implementation. This is SAP’s recommended migration approach for the top 2,000 SAP customers worldwide.

For international enterprises and large corporations that rely on SAP installations for a significant part of their business, there is really no alternative to a selective transition to SAP S/4HANA. This is the only way to make sure the transformation is economically viable and delivers innovations in an acceptable time.

Rainer Wittwen

Member of the Executive Board at cbs

cbs ET Is the Transformation Driver

To implement the revolutionary SELECTIVE approach, you require special software such as cbs ET Enterprise Transformer. cbs ET not only drives the transformation, but also helps ensure its success. To date, it is the first standard software in the world to have proven its worth in a global transformation. During the seamless Viessmann go-live, a total of 28 production units in 34 countries were migrated to SAP S/4HANA as well as 78 sales organizations worldwide. 30 billion data records were successfully transferred in the big-bang go-live. There are no technical restrictions with cbs ET. The end-to-end solution enables data to be migrated directly to SAP S/4HANA from different SAP ERP source releases without restrictions. In addition, system downtime can be minimized, allowing operations to continue as normal and avoiding multi-million revenue losses.

SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement

cbs is a founding member of SAP’s SAP S/4HANA® Selective Data Transition Engagement community. This expert community is working with SAP to create global standards and migration routines for processing transformations. This pooling of expertise assures a high level of methodical and technical quality, thus delivering a successful transition to SAP S/4HANA.The main objective of the strategic partnership is to support corporations with the complex migration to the new world of SAP.


For a detailed consultation we are of course also happy to assist you personally. Just contact us directly:

Johannes Semel

Vice President SLT Practice

cbs Corporate Business Solutions America

Phone: +1 267 872 2711

Email: Johannes.Semel@cbs-stag.de

Phone: +1 267 872 2711

Email: usa-office@cbs-stag.de