SAP Insights: January 2020

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SAP Insights: January 2020

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Central Finance: Exciting Improvements to the Latest Release - 1909

Central Finance (CFIN) powered by SAP S/4HANA 1909 provides businesses with the ability to drive transformation beyond just a centralized reporting system. Central Finance is evolving from financial harmonization and consolidation to add additional tangible benefits for business including central payments, centralized receivable management, centralized procurement with Ariba and group reporting.

In this blog post, Protiviti AD, Arun Karthik, will discuss the improvements and changes in Central Finance 1909.

ASUG Webinars

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- Data Warehouse Cloud
- Introduction to Planning in SAC
- SAP S/4HANA Migration Influence Council
- SAP Road Map: SAP BOBJ BI 4.3 Hybrid Analytics
- SAP S/4HANA Finance
-SAP Road Map: SAP Analytics Cloud BI
-Enterprise I​nformation Think Tank
-Security Patch Day
- And More!



Redesigning Roles and Analyzing Custom Transactions to Prepare for SAP S/4HANA Migration

Naturally, companies that have been in business for decades have decades worth of user roles amassed in their systems landscape. When preparing for the upgrade to SAP S/4HANA, not every company will need to remediate all of their security roles, however this is the approach that one SAP and Protiviti customer decided to take as part of their roadmap to meet the 2025 deadline.
At SAPinsider's 2020 Conference, Deborah Rogers, Cybersecurity at NNS, will explain to attendees how the business redesigned roles for least privilege access, rebuilt security data, incorporated SAP Fiori interfaces, and addressed items from SAP's simplification list for SAP S/4HANA 1909.

What ERP Strategies are Leaders Implementing to Achieve High Performance?

For the last several years SAP has been pushing to become the largest enterprise software cloud company. With maintenance on SAP's current ERP systems scheduled to end in 2025, this direction is important for SAP customers to be aware of. 

When deploying SAP S/4HANA, customers have four basic choices for where they will implement, but one particular group of SAP customers has found a way forward that allows them to deliver exceptional performance in their ERP systems.

Read this blog post to find out if the customers are running an on-premise, cloud or hybrid deployment.


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Enhance SAP BPC: Discover How to Take Financial Planning to the Next Level

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Finance in today's economy should not be reporting on data that is irrelevant, but rather it should act as a steward for the organization — steering from the front of the boat — predicting the future and guiding the business lines it supports.
The previous edition of SAPinsider magazine published an article on this very topic called “It’s Time for Finance to Captain the Boat: Guide Your Organization with Real-Time Planning and Analysis Using SAP S/4HANA Finance Combined with SAP Analytics Cloud,” which dove into the topic of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and shared findings from a recent SAPinsider benchmark report, “SAP S/4HANA Finance: State of the Market.” While this report and the article were focused on strategies involving the move to SAP S/4HANA Finance, they both describe a trend that is relatable for all SAP customers, and especially those focused on FP&A functions.
The research uncovered that the SAP customers surveyed listed “budgeting and financial planning” as their top financial concern, with 53% of respondents citing it as their current pain point concerning ERP finance. Continue to read to find out more of what was uncovered in the research.


SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud

SAP has stated that the only ERP product that it will support after 2025 is SAP S/4HANA. This has presented customers with an opportunity to decide how they will move forward, and if they will leverage the opportunity to move to new technology and infrastructure, particularly with cloud and hybrid landscapes.

Recently SAPinsider conducted a report to: 

- Discover what approaches have been taken by leaders.
- Learn what is driving the choices in these areas.
- See what capabilities leaders used to enable their success.
- Gain insight on what a successful SAP S/4HANA requires.