Kickstart your S/4 HANA journey: discover our FAST approach

Mar 22, 2021
  • finance
  • SAP

Work faster and smarter: that is, no doubt, one of your main objectives as a CFO. SAP has been helping enterprises do just that since 1972. For many years, however, SAP has been struggling to debunk the persistent myth that their solutions are built for big companies. Did you know that 80% of SAP customers are SMEs? To help companies of all sizes rapidly reap the benefits of SAP S/4HANA, delaware has centralised all of its SAP and industry know-how and experience into its FAST solutions.

Finance workflows like invoice processing, legal declaration, forecasting, reporting, etc. are quite similar across industries. Other processes are sector-specific, like product and safety compliance in chemicals, traceability and shelf life management in food or asset and project follow-up in utilities. Thanks to over 15 years of experience with SAP implementations, delaware deeply understands the business processes and industry challenges, as well as all the ins and outs of SAP technology. All of this experience is bundled into our SAP-certified FAST templates and methodologies, some of which are industry-specific.

Lowering the threshold to SAP S/4HANA

“Our FAST templates fuse the power of SAP S/4 HANA with best practices,” explains Tibo Rotsaert, Senior Consultant SAP Finance and Controlling. In addition, they include a proven, pragmatic project methodology and extensive documentation. That makes them true kick-starters for SAP implementations: they help our customers get S/4HANA up and running quickly, at good value for money. To ensure in-house know-how and smooth user adoption, we train key users in every department. They then train their colleagues, offer first-line support and act as true SAP Ambassadors during and long after the implementation.”

The result? FAST solutions lower the threshold to SAP S/4HANA. In addition to accelerating and streamlining implementations for multinationals, they also offer mid-sized businesses easy access to SAP’s leading software platform – enabling businesses of all shapes and sizes to boost business results and keep pace with today’s rapidly changing landscape.

FAST templates are true kick-starters for SAP implementations: they help us get S/4HANA up and running quickly and at a feasible price

A solid, reliable backbone

Our FAST approach aligns with today’s trend of increasingly standardising ERP solutions and building an enterprise infrastructure around a core, as explained in our blog post on Enterprise architecture. Tibo: “Via our proven methodology, we implement an SAP system that serves as the backbone of the business; a digital core that brings value to organisations in multiple ways. For example, S/4HANA provides CFOs with one common, real-time overview of financial data, which enables smooth data processing and helps them optimise and automate a number of processes.”

Plug in extra applications or services

Once the digital core is up and running, users can easily cherry pick and plug in the extra applications or services they need, like cash management or even AI-based reporting or forecasting. “Our FAST solutions include, as standard, embedded analytics, which already offer a series of very interesting features for CFOs. And thanks to smooth integration, it is also easy to extend the existing system with more sophisticated AI or machine-learning capabilities,” says Tibo.

To ensure that the backbone is always up to date, SAP provides cloud users with regular updates and new features to the system. For CFOs, that means that changes for example in legislation, like Brexit, are available in the digital core.

Prepare for change

“The Covid-19-pandemic proves, more than ever, that markets are volatile and can change in no time. So do businesses. By selecting an agile ERP system like SAP, companies gain real-time insights, as well as the flexibility to adapt whenever needed. Our FAST solutions are a solid starting point for any company seeking to scale up their SAP systems in order to future-proof their businesses,” Tibo concludes.

Our FAST solutions provide businesses of all sizes with a solid starting point from which to scale up their SAP system in order to future-proof their businesses

Interested in kick-starting your journey to SAP S/4HANA?