IBM Services leads the way in helping clients accelerate modernisation of enterprise systems, with more than 100 clients now live with SAP S/4HANA.
Moderisation via Enterprise Digital Transformation
IBM has completed more than 100 successful SAP S/4HANA implementations that are enabling companies to speed up their enterprise digital transformations. As companies look to simplify increasingly complex business processes and upgrade their technology infrastructure, SAP S/4HANA allows companies to enable new capabilities not available before, helping them lay the foundation for easier adoption of innovative technology such as AI and blockchain.
Smart & Final Stores, a value grocery retailer, recently turned to IBM Services as the company set out to reinvent their operational business processes, beginning with modernizing their financial processes and systems. By adopting SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Planning & Consolidation (BPC), Smart & Final has created a central digital platform which optimizes financial processes and data collection. These new capabilities will help the retailer gain a better understanding of their customers and deliver an improved retail experience. SAP S/4HANA helped ensure a continuous path to improved business performance, enhanced employee experience and operational efficiencies to support future growth.
“Smart & Final is realizing operational efficiency and business capabilities to sustain our growth with SAP’s S/4HANA digital core and IBM as our transformation partner,” said Edward Wong, SVP CIO, Smart & Final.
A Shift in Technology
Clients across various industries are opting for pre-configured industry solutions. IBM Services created pre-configured industry specific accelerators IBM Impact Industry Solutions designed to bring together and enhance existing IBM and SAP services to help accelerate SAP S/4HANA adoption. These solutions help companies increase quality and success in the change process.
“SAP S/4HANA can represent a significant shift in a company’s entire business model, allowing them to transform processes, integrate new technology and quickly turn their focus on new market opportunities. The way companies implement the platform is critical and has a significant impact on their business down the road,” said Mark Foster, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services. “All clients have different starting points and requirements to drive their digital transformations. Having advised hundreds of clients and completed 100 transformations, our consultants bring this deep insight and knowledge to streamline transformation journeys and unlock the benefits for clients as quickly as possible.”
IBM Services is guiding more than 200 leading global companies in their SAP S/4HANA implementations to help drive their digital transformation, including:
- Cleco, a regulated utility company, started their intelligent enterprise journey by leveraging SAP S/4HANA. IBM Services is helping Cleco to shift from multiple systems to one primary system on SAP S/4HANA. This transformation, while improving the company’s processes in nearly every area, is seeing real benefits in terms of speed of execution due to IBM’s industry specific approach.
- Toyota Indus Motor Company, a manufacturer, assembler, distributor and importer of Toyota vehicles, spare parts and accessories in Pakistan, needed to compete with the increase of foreign entrants in the auto market. By transforming operations with SAP S/4HANA on high-performance IBM POWER8 servers, Toyota was able to use real-time data-driven tools to boost manufacturing efficiency.
- Logoplaste, a leading plastics packaging manufacturer, needed to implement a global business management tool that would bring its data into a single automated data platform across procurement, production and planning so that the company could take advantage of an IoT approach. IBM Services upgraded Logoplaste from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA quickly. The new approach gave the company the ability to provide real-time information to its supply-chain partners.
“Successful digital transformations require a strong business value case, and a well-defined technical roadmap that is closely aligned with the company’s current and future strategy,” said Michael Kleinemeier, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Digital Business Services. “The many successful SAP S/4HANA projects delivered by SAP and IBM are the great proof points, that our investments into business value assets help our joint clients to make the intelligent enterprise a reality. Aligning the SAP Model Company and IBM Impact Solutions accelerators are good examples of how the partnership delivers in-depth industry functionality, and at the same time accelerates time to value.”
IBM Services and SAP are helping to accelerate customers’ digital transformations across many industries. The partners continue to enhance their intelligent enterprise platform to deliver new insights and capabilities that speed innovation. IBM introduced an accelerated Bluefield migration approach that automates the process and conversion to provide a fast and flexible path to SAP S/4HANA transformation. In addition, IBM Impact Industry solutions are now available on multiple cloud environments, including IBM Cloud Private, and IBM is working closely with SAP to develop Industry Cloud solutions on IBM Cloud Private that can enable clients to securely tap into powerful technologies such as AI, Blockchain and others.