Navigating the Transition to SAP S/4HANA: A Strategic Approach

April 2, 2024by Editor

Businesses are constantly seeking ways to enhance their operational efficiency and drive innovation. The transition to SAP S/4HANA represents a transformative leap for organisations looking to streamline their processes and harness the power of real-time data analytics. As experts in change management training, capability development, measurement, and optimisation, we understand the complexities involved in adopting new ERP solutions. This article explores the strategic approach to anticipating, preparing, and navigating the introduction of SAP S/4HANA, highlighting how organisations can support this critical process.

Anticipating the Shift

The move towards SAP S/4HANA is driven by the need for businesses to adapt to the changing dynamics of the digital economy. With SAP planning to cease maintenance for its Business Suite 7 by the end of 2027, the shift is not just an option but a necessity for future-proofing your operations. The enhanced functionality, user-friendly design, and improved system performance of S/4HANA offer compelling reasons for this transition.

Anticipating the shift requires a deep understanding of the benefits and the roadmap for migration. Whether it’s leveraging the in-memory computing of HANA for faster data processing or adopting the advanced analytics and AI capabilities, businesses need to recognise the strategic advantage that S/4HANA brings.

Preparing Your Organisation

Preparation is key to a successful transition. It involves not only technological readiness but also ensuring your team is equipped to handle the change. Change management and training becomes crucial here, focusing on aligning your organisation’s culture, processes, and people with the new system.

At Can!do, we emphasise the importance of a comprehensive Change Impact assessment and Training Needs Analysis in the Analysis phase to determine the extent of the change on various stakeholder groups, as well as the extent of the training and content development that will be required. In the Design phase we develop Change and Training plans for execution by the business, if they have the capacity to do it, or we manage the execution ourselves.

Navigating the Transition

The journey to S/4HANA is complex and requires a structured approach to manage the change effectively. This is where Can! do’s expertise in capability development and optimisation can come into play. Our approach focuses on three critical aspects:

  1. Capability Development: Training your workforce on the new functionalities and user interfaces of S/4HANA is essential. Our tailored training programs ensure your team is proficient and confident in leveraging the system to its full potential.
  2. Measurement: Tracking the progress and impact of the transition is vital for continuous improvement. We help you establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor the effectiveness of the new system and identify areas for optimisation.
  3. Optimisation: Post-implementation, the focus shifts to optimising the system for efficiency and productivity. Our continuous improvement strategies ensure that your S/4HANA environment evolves with your business needs, maximising ROI and enhancing user satisfaction.
Supporting the Process

While the anticipation, preparation, and navigation of the S/4HANA transition are complex, support from experienced partners like Can!do can make a significant difference. Ideally, you require a partner that offers solutions that are designed to facilitate a smooth transition, ensuring that your organisation reaps the benefits of S/4HANA without disrupting your operations.

Our support extends beyond just technical implementation. We focus on the human aspect of the transition, offering change management solutions that address the concerns and resistance that may arise during such transformative projects. Our goal is to empower your organisation to embrace change positively and confidently.


The transition to SAP S/4HANA is a strategic step for organisations aiming to thrive in the digital age. By anticipating the need for change, preparing your team and processes, and expertly navigating the transition, businesses can unlock new levels of efficiency, insight, and agility. At Can!do, we’re committed to supporting your journey every step of the way, ensuring that you not only achieve a successful implementation but also foster an environment of continuous improvement and innovation.


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