Adopting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) alone is not enough for companies to flourish in today’s volatile business landscape. Holistic digital transformation, which involves faster adaptation to new business models and the adoption of more intelligent business processes, is the most direct path to address changing market needs.
Needless to say, business process transformation can present complexities and consume far more time and resources than expected. To make the shift to an all-digital landscape less stressful, SAP has introduced a new and unique solution — RISE with SAP.
What is RISE with SAP?
RISE with SAP is a new and highly innovative software and services solution offering “business transformation services”. According to SAP officials, RISE with SAP provides organizations new methods for redesigning processes for improved business outcomes, regardless of their phase of digital transformation.
Christian Klein, SAP CEO, has said that faster business adaptability is the key to survival today. And SAP, with the help of RISE with SAP, can empower companies to achieve that. RISE with SAP helps organizations unlock new paths of doing business in the cloud and is offered in a bundled format, including software, hosting and services.
RISE with SAP Empowers Organizations
With RISE with SAP, companies can progress their digital transformation at their own pace. SAP has designed RISE with SAP as a service, which they are calling business process as a service (BPaaS), in a way that enables companies to streamline their digital journey through three steps:
- Redesigning Business Processes
SAP’s business process intelligence (BPI) solutions utilize best practices to evaluate and assess the performance of existing business processes. The BPI tools enable companies to evolve, automate, standardize and benchmark their processes against industry standards, offer recommendations for adopting new business models, and more. Companies can integrate intelligence into all their business processes while on their digital transformation journey by using SAP’s automated workflows, robotic process automation (RPA), and other AI-enabled services.
2. Streamlining Technical Migrations
RISE with SAP is delivered with integrated technical services that help streamline and transform software migration, resulting in a modular, flexible and standardized landscape with a single and consistent data layer. It also includes some essential services that help identify and eliminate custom code and modifications and migrate the data layer into a single consistent source of information.
3. Building Intelligent Enterprises
With RISE with SAP, companies can more easily leverage cloud technology to evolve into intelligent enterprises. Utilizing cloud technology can provide opportunities to improve a company’s total cost of ownership (TCO) by moving software solutions offsite to third-party (SAP or hyperscalers) cloud providers. For RISE with SAP customers, SAP will remain the single point of contact, regardless of data centre provider or partner.
RISE with SAP bundles together the most crucial components of an intelligent enterprise, including:
- SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP), the foundational layer for intelligent businesses. SAP BTP is comprised of a single semantic model, analytics and AI layer, one authorization, an identity concept and application business services. This makes it easier for companies to align their innovations with SAP solutions and even extend them when necessary, using capabilities like no-code/low-code. This platform not only enables SAP to SAP integration but also SAP to non-SAP solution integration.
- SAP Business Network (BN), is a cloud-based collaboration solution that enables businesses to transform disparate supply chains into a single, connected network.
- SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the robust infrastructure layer for SAP S/4HANA applications that is available in several deployment models (on-premise, private, public).
And There’s More…
With RISE with SAP, SAP has kept its commercial offerings simple — one contract for license and SAP-provided services, along with SAP accountability for SLAs, operations, and issue resolution. Companies adopting RISE with SAP can integrate, customize, complement, or extend existing capabilities much more easily than in the past.
According to SAP, companies that adopt RISE with SAP can expect reduced license and maintenance costs and SAP S/4HANA applications can be hosted in the cloud instead of remaining on-premise. SAP’s primary target since the launch of RISE with SAP has been companies looking to migrate their on-premise capabilities to SAP’s cloud. But organizations that have been running S/4HANA on other cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or Amazon Web Services can also benefit from RISE with SAP.
RISE with SAP should be more suitable for enterprises that have already started their business transformation or have been postponing the migration of processes from ECC to S/4HANA.
While the RISE with SAP offer is designed to simplify operations through a move to the cloud, companies should develop a plan on how to revert to on-premise if the cloud offering does not meet expectations. Just as importantly, organizations should seek clarity on the commercial aspects of RISE with SAP so they can make an informed decision as to whether this new SAP offering meets their needs.
Originally published at https://www.applexus.com.