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A Quick Guide to SAP S/4HANA: Greenfield Implementation  

With only three years until the deadline, the decision to embark on a Greenfield transformation to SAP S/4HANA is a pivotal one.  

It is arguably the biggest transformation journey to go on, but can set you up for success from day one if your business is in the right position for an S/4HANA Greenfield implementation. In this blog post, we’ll provide a short guide to best practice, facilitating a fast, affordable, and safe migration journey.  

If you would prefer to take a deep dive into this subject, read our latest eBook. 

What is a ‘Greenfield’ implementation?  

The Greenfield approach to SAP S/4HANA involves building a new system from scratch and leaving behind any existing customizations. This poses its own challenges but the potential rewards in innovation and agility are substantial.  

Through a Greenfield approach, enterprises can address deep-rooted problems and adopt new best practices, setting the stage for a truly transformative journey.  

When this implementation is right for your Business

There are some clear circumstances in which an S/4HANA Greenfield implementation is the best option for your organization. Most notably, those are:  

  • You’re a net new SAP customer transferring over from another platform  
  • You have chosen to leave behind old custom development and technical debt 
  • You have an ECC system with certain add-ons (like an industry solution) that are not compatible with SAP S/4HANA, making a Brownfield transformation impossible  
  • You’re planning to use SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Edition  

S/4HANA Greenfield Implementation challenges  

There’s a whole new set of challenges with Greenfield, compared to the likes of SAP Brownfield and Hybrid SAP transformations.

Firstly, you have to deal with new forms of data migration. Unlike Brownfield, you have to extract data form the existing system, transform it, and then upload into SAP S/4HANA.  

Secondly, there’s the potential need to upskill developers since all custom code in your old system will be left behind; teams need to redesign code to make it compatible for the new system. 

Finally, enterprises need to handle all inflight transports while the new landscape is being built. If you’re migrating in waves, this is exacerbated; each move will result in a change in both systems that must be managed appropriately.  

What your Business can expect from the implementation 

According to our own research, the biggest business benefit post-SAP S/4HANA migration is simplified business processes (73%), which is a significant driver of Greenfield migrations.  

The SAP leaders we polled also achieved:  

  • Improved compliance (62%)  
  • New functionality offering a competitive advantage (49%)  
  • Simplified landscape architecture and operational costs (49%)  
  • Real-time reporting and analytics powering business decisions (49%)  
  • Avoidance of tech obsolescence (38%)  

Unlocking the full potential of a Greenfield transformationfor your Business 

Change is inevitable. Basis Technologies offers automation solutions and processes to accelerate and de-risk the SAP S/4HANA transition. Organizations utilizing Basis Technologies’ automation report significant reductions in the cost of delivering changes, error-prone manual efforts, and production system downtime.  

Navigating the SAP S/4HANA Greenfield implementation requires careful consideration of challenges and adoption of best practices. Basis Technologies, with its automation technology and expertise, stands ready to support organizations at every stage of their SAP S/4HANA Greenfield journey.  

For a more detailed brief on a Greenfield implementation, read this eBook.  

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