S/4HANA ERP & Finance.

SAP S/4HANA is more than just another new release. SAP’s new business suite brings about so many changes and new functionalities that have the power to transform your business. However, the complexity of the software could result in an unsuccessful transformation. Is it that hard? Through 25 years of guiding our clients in their SAP implementations, we have gained the experience and expertise to make your move to S/4HANA a success.

What S/4HANA is really about.

The major innovation of S/4HANA is the radical simplification of the data model it is based on. SAP’s new ERP system SAP S/4HANA is based on the in-memory database platform SAP HANA. Through its fast computing capabilities, it provides you with real time results and insights which are essential in today’s networked and speed driven economy. Besides that, it comes up with renewed applications, analytics and the modern user interface SAP Fiori. One major shift is that important SAP applications like TM and EWM are integrated parts of one single system.

Down payment – a fixed price package with easy and short-term deployment.

Selling high-value items to unknown customers bears a tangible risk of a shortfall in payments. Being able to request down payments ahead to minimize this risk, parking these payments in the financials and having a system-supported, predefined point of failure before the logistics process begins, is a value-adding measure that this package provides.
Description
  • Implementation of down payment package through the use of billing plans
  • Workaround for partial delivery scenario
  • Documentation
  • How-to guide
  • Handover to IT and Business
Highlights
  • Proactive measure to prevent shortfall in payments
  • Transparent process
  • Integration in existing processes
  • Know-how transfer documentation
  • Predefined process breach in case of no payment
  • Option of 24/7 AMS support
1
  • Order creation with decision for down payment item
  • Maintenance of billing plan with a percentage down payment and a final invoice using a billing plan template
  • Automatic set delivery block
2
  • Down payment request item is in the billing due list
  • Initiate billing process
  • Print the down payment request
  • Post the down payment request to a special general ledger account
  • Post incoming payment against the liability
3
  • Unlock the delivery block manually
  • Start the delivery process
  • Removal of the billing block in the billing plan
  • Billing of the order
  • Payments already made are automatically taken into account
4
  • Financial documents are generated
  • Automatic consideration of the down payments made
  • Post incoming payment
  • Payment of the financial documents

Would you like to know more about our approach? Contact us today and get a detailed overview.

Down payment – a fixed price package with easy and short-term deployment.​ Westernacher Consulting

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S/4HANA: You'll get there with us.

Your path to S/4HANA.

We see switching to SAP’s new business suite SAP S/4HANA not as an aspiration, but a necessity. It’s not a question of “if” but of “when” and “how” to do the migration. Success requires an organization to not only implement or migrate to a new platform, but to decide on the best-fit deployment option for their unique business. Whether it is an on-premise deployment, with altered infrastructure to handle exponential growth but still enabled for quick innovation cycles, whether it is a mature and flexible private cloud deployment with 2 innovation cycles per year or whether it is a next practice public cloud deployment with 4 innovation cycles a year or even be a mix of all 3 options.

1
New to SAP or ready
for a fresh start
Bring data from your old system to SAP S/4HANA with our integrated data management and quality tools.

If the design of your current SAP landscape is from the 90’s, it’s probably time to consider a fresh start.

Leverage a digital core, without modifications or work-arounds of the past.
2
Convert
your system
Complete conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA.


If your current SAP landscape has been highly maintained (ECC6 or later), you most likely can convert to S/4HANA in just a few steps.
3
Simplification for
faster business value
Ideal for large enterprise with many instances of SAP and non-SAP ERP systems.


Consolidation into one global SAP S/4HANA system or selective data migrations.


Rapidly delivering business value at a corporate-level, such as a soft-close anytime, budget simulations, inventory prediction.

S/4. We have 6 packages for you.

By 2027, SAP will end its mainstream maintenance of SAP ECC 6.0. Even so, many organizations hesitate to start the migration and struggle to make the business case work. This is understandable as the move to S/4 really touches the core of a company and many decision makers fear the consequences and the effort such a big change comes with.

As a leading consulting company with rich experience and dedicated expertise in implementing SAP software, we know both the requirements and implications of changing and optimizing business processes and the technology perspective. Therefore, we teamed up and developed an approach that helps companies save time, empower users and become proactive instead of reactive. When guiding companies and organizations on their transformation process to SAP S/4HANA we have a clear roadmap and a set of packages. Our 6 steps to S/4HANA help you structure and execute the migration so your company can move quickly and accelerate the desired value.

1
System health
check
We analyze your SAP system, identify cost drivers and thus create the prerequisites for preparing your ECC systems in reasonable time and planning the next steps. Together, we will check the necessary prerequisites to be able to optimally and strategically plan your conversion to S/4HANA.
2
Business process
check
By making sure your existing business processes are optimized, we will see to it that your business is well positioned for its digital journey. In this phase we will provide you with the right set of business process optimization recommendations.
3
Conversion
services
Together with your business and IT, we fully support your successful SAP S/4HANA conversion project from planning to preparatory steps in ECC, custom code conversion, the introduction of new processes and transactions and the data conversion across all application areas.
4
Innovation
redesign
Implementation of key simplifications and innovations of S/4HANA, redesign and automate processes and applications – enabling users to run new, faster processes. Based on this, we adapt your systems and technology base.
5
Hosting & cloud
services
Westernacher Cloud Services provides organizations with a fully integrated, proven SAP software solution to manage business processes in a cloud-based offering. A single monthly or quarterly subscription fee per user includes software, hardware, service and support – all provided by Westernacher and our trusted hosting partners.
6
Embedded Analytics
mobile solution
Powerful, integrated operational real-time reporting. Reduction of data redundancies and system architecture. Benefit from faster decisions based on real-time operational reporting.

Would you like to know more about our approach for a structured, smart and efficient migration to SAP S/4HANA? Download our “The 6 steps to S/4HANA” pdf here.

SAP S/4HANA - the next generation business suite - brochure

The future is here to stay. Is your ERP system ready for it?

SAP Fiori. It’s more than just a slick design.

SAP Fiori is more than just a slick new design. It is a user interface that can redefine the way enterprise users work and provides a consistent end-to-end experience. It is simple, role-based and responsive. SAP Fiori is part of SAP S/4HANA and other SAP products such as EWM and TM. Westernacher is a true pioneer when it comes to adapting SAP Fiori for the benefit of its customers. With a dedicated Fiori developer team, we can support you in shaping and adapting S/4 functionalities tailored to the specific needs of your company.

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The Westernacher tool MDI GDS offers master data management for SAP ECC and S/4HANA. It features automatic importation of GS1 data and maintenance of master data in the usual SAP environment enabling you to work faster and safer. MDI GDS offers the fastest and most convenient way to integrate GS1 into your SAP system.

One of our S/4HANA tools. MDI GDS.

It all starts with a workshop.

We run SAP S/4HANA on our own systems, which are regularly updated with the latest SAP upgrades. We are frontrunners in implementing and hosting S/4HANA solutions, providing the important benefits of real-time decision support and increasing user productivity. Benefit from our experience and expertise and get answers to your specific questions depending on where you are on your individual roadmap.

How can you improve business performance, innovate and speed up processes, increase usability, data quality and flexibility with S/4HANA, Analytics and Fiori Mobile Solutions? What is the advantage and the right time to implement S/4HANA or convert a proven ECC system to S/4HANA? We have four different workshops – adjusted to your individual level of experience. Get to know more by booking a first inspiration day with us:

This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to get a first basic overview of fundamental innovations, functions and technology of SAP S/4HANA.

This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to prepare for a system change from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA.

This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to analyze how S/4HANA innovations affect their current system landscape and applications.

This workshop is designed for responsible project members from business and IT who plan a system conversion or new implementation of S/4HANA.

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SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Basic workshop.

Reinvent yourself. See what is possible with S/4HANA.
This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to get a first basic overview of fundamental innovations, functions and technology of SAP S/4HANA.
SAP S/4HANA is currently intensely under discussion, there are lots of sometimes confusing information about S/4HANA. It is difficult to find out what S/4HANA really means for current and future SAP customers. Find the right answer for your company in our individual expert discussions and get the information you need to define your companies IT-strategy.

Goals. Expectations. Lessons.

Your individual workshop program.
  • What is S/4HANA?
  • What does it mean for your company?
  • What innovations does S/4HANA really have, what significance do they have for your company, processes and IT?
  • What is the best way to implement S/4HANA
  • On Premise or Cloud – which model fits your strategy?
  • How are S/4HANA projects planned and implemented successfully?

Your workshop details.

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Date

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Place

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Time

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SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

General changes.

Moving you closer to business success.
Business
partner
User
interface
Activate
implementation methodology

Business partner

A major change in S/4HANA, which can be anticipated in ECC, is the Business Partner Concept, known already from SAP CRM. All customer and vendor master data have to be migrated as Business Partner. SAP aligns the concept of Business Partner as other Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications like Advanced Planning & Optimization (APO), Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) or Transportation Management (TM) will be integrated to the Digital Core of S/4HANA.

User interface

Fiori is a new User Experience based on web technology. With Fiori you can have good, modern and intuitive user interfaces to operate with your SAP systems. There are plenty of apps available and ready to use. And there are tools and technology to modify existing apps or even create new apps tailored to your needs. The Fiori ecosystem is growing rapidly and offers many options for various use cases and scenarios.

Activate implementation methodology

There is no concept of blueprinting in S/4HANA implementation. S/4HANA has introduced the new ‘Activate’ methodology. SAP offers a prebuilt demo system with SAP’s best practices for specific business processes. Business users can now test a demo system to see whether it meets their business requirements or not. Fit-gap analysis can be done after the initial trial period.

SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Finance.

Your accounting, simplified.

Single source of truth

New General
Ledger

Integration of Finance and
Controlling

Profibility Analysis

Credit
management

Revenue recognition

Single source of truth

S/4HANA simplifies the data structures of Finance and Controlling (Finance FI, Asset Accounting AA, Controlling CO, Profitability Analysis CO-PA and Material Ledger) into the Universal Journal with its centerpiece, the single line item table ACDOCA. This reduces aggregate and index tables and therefore reduces the data volume drastically and speeds up transactions and reporting.

Integration of Finance and Controlling

In S/4HANA, only one field of Universal Journal is used to store both General Ledger account and cost element posting. Reconciliation as in ECC is not needed anymore. Period-end closing and reporting will be several times faster.

Revenue recognition

Revenue Recognition is being replaced by SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) due to the new accounting standard jointly released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and meeting the requirements of parallel accounting and cost recognition.

Profitability analysis

Account-based Profitability Analysis CO-PA is now the default option, and costing-based CO-PA is optional. Both options can be run simultaneously.

New general ledger

S/4HANA is based on the New General Ledger (GL) of ECC, and the migration is done automatically when converting from ECC with Old General Ledger to S/4HANA. Customers do not need to use the features of New General Ledger as Document Split or Parallel Ledger, but can implement during conversion or at a later stage. The New General Ledger’s functionality is a prerequisite for the new Asset accounting.

Credit management

Credit Management of ECC (FI-AR-CR ) is replaced by that of Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM-CR), which is based on a distributed architecture and allows interfaces with external credit rating agencies. Traditional FI-AR-CR credit control setting requires a high degree of manual work. FSCM-CR has advanced features such as:
  • Credit rule engine for automatic risk scoring & credit limit calculations
  • Automatic update to master data on approval of credit limit
  • Workflow for credit events

SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Supply chain.

Giving you control over your products.
aATP

Warehouse
Management

Foreign
trade

Material
ledger

Material
requirements planning
Material
number

Transportation
Management

aATP

The new advanced ATP check (aATP) is optimized for the HANA database. The logic to read the planning elements has been fully redesigned to improve the performance and is benefiting from the newly introduced inventory data model.

New confirmation strategy in backorder processing.

  • Predefined confirmation strategies: Win, Gain, Redistribute, Fill and Lose

Product allocation process

  • Newly developed
  • Neither ECC process, nor APO process
  • Reduced customizing effort in Fiori Apps

Release for Delivery

  • New Fiori app to review shortage situations and the result
  • Easy control of assigning critical sales order requirements

The newly developed aATP is neither a replacement for gATP, nor delivering all features of gATP in the near future. gATP can be called from S/4HANA for very complex ATP scenarios. gATP on APO has unique features like rule-based ATP (for substitution of location plant or material), multi-level ATP check, advanced check for product allocation with ATP or advanced backorder processing.

Warehouse Management

Existing Warehouse Management modules will be replaced by SAP’s new application for Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). There will be two options:

  1. Native integration inbuilt in S/4HANA
  2. Sidecar approach for decentralized deployment

There are several advantages like complex warehouse processing through Process Oriented Storage Control (POSC), improved and easily customizable RF functionality, value-added services like kitting, enhanced wave & replenishment processes and labor management.

Foreign trade

Foreign trade functionality has been replaced by Global Trade Services (SAP GTS). Advanced features are Sanctioned Party List Screening (SPL), automated embargo check, automatic and simplified license check and automatic import/export declaration.

Material ledger

Activation of Material Ledger (ML) is mandatory. ML valuates inventory in multiple currencies. Traditionally inventory is mainly valuated with a single currency in SAP ERP. ML allows valuation in two additional currencies. Today’s global organizations operating in different countries need to valuate inventory in multiple currencies. For example, a company in Norway dealing with oil needs to maintain their books in Norwegian currency (NOK); they would also like to evaluate their inventory in USD as oil is traded on the international market in USD.

Material requirements planning

Material Requirements Planning (MRP) in ECC is run through batch jobs during off-peak hours. As there is no need for batch jobs in S/4HANA, MRP can now be run in real-time. MRP can be run on plant and MRP area level, but not on storage location level. In ECC, Storage location can either be excluded from MRP or planned separately. SAP recommends using MRP area with MRP type (ND in case of exclusion or VB for re-order point planning) for those scenarios at storage location level. MRP with subcontracting has also been simplified.

Material number

The Material Number can now be 40 characters, as opposed to the existing 18. The impact of this extension on custom coding, interfaces and other SAP applications needs to be evaluated before switching to 40 characters.

Transportation Management

Since the release of S/4HANA 1709, S/4HANA Supply Chain for Transportation Management (TM) is finally fully embedded in the S/4HANA environment. Of course, LE-TRA can still be used in S/4, but it is part of the Compatibility Scope, which means that it can be used during migration phases, but it is not part of the target architecture. There are several possible scenarios to run TM in S/4HANA, which starts with basic shipping, and ends with the complete scope of the inbuilt TM solution. The functional scope of S/4HANA Supply Chain for TM is the baseline for full automation, Control Tower and Management by Exception scenarios.

SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Sales & Service.

Intelligent, quick, effective support.
Rebate
management
Backorder
processing
Lead &
opportunity
management
Service
contracts
Pricing

Rebate management

The Settlement Management Solution is the functional equivalent of SD Rebate processing on S/4HANA. The Condition Contract Settlement Solution allows you to set up different rebate scenarios and settlement processes to fulfill the business requirements.

Key features:

  • Flexible data sources
  • Business selection criteria
  • Settlement calendar
  • Streamlined contract entry and contract processing

Backorder processing

The new Backorder Processing (BOP) introduced with S/4HANA is a new approach to rescheduling and redistributing order quantities depending on the Advanced Available-to-Promise (aATP) confirmation strategies: “Win, Gain, Redistribute, Fill, Lose”.

The backorder rules follow a custom segmentation of ATP requirements. To fulfill your company’s strategy of backorder processing, you can trigger rescheduling and redistribution based on specific selection criteria and prioritization.

Key features:

  • Maintain and reuse existing BOP variants
  • Assign confirmation strategies
  • Define new requirement categories
  • Define global filters
  • Simulate and schedule backorder processing runs in one step

Lead & opportunity management

With the introduction of S/4HANA for Customer Management, the Lead and Opportunity Management of SAP Business Suite CRM is available on S/4HANA. It is now possible to plan the sales pipeline without the need for an additional CRM server, which has a positive impact on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This feature is accompanied by the Activity and Task Manager.

Service contracts

With the introduction of S/4HANA for Customer Management, the Service Contract Management of SAP Business Suite CRM is available on S/4HANA. Service contracts represent long-term service agreements with customers in relation to the content and scope of services guaranteed within a predefined timeframe.

In general, the “S/4HANA for Customer Management – Service Core Option” is the successor solution for the Customer Service (CS) solution that is currently running in “compatibility mode” on S/4HANA. Support for this ends in 2027.

Pricing

The Pricing Data Model has been optimized for the SAP HANA database.
Some database tables and structures have been replaced and data elements have been changed in their length. As an example, the number of customer condition tables has doubled and the number of access steps in an access sequence has increased to 999. Migration reports are rolled out to update the existing condition records.

SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Advanced workshop.

Your roadmap to S/4HANA.

This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to prepare for a system change from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA.
As SAP announced, the maintenance of the classic SAP ECC system will end probably in 2025. Even if that seems to be a long way off, there is a lot to consider and to prepare to move from ECC to S/4HANA. It’s not only a technical system upgrade, as a change to S/4HANA offers the possibility to renew and improve business processes, close functional gaps and, if necessary, replace proprietary developments. Find out more about the process and functional innovations as for example one or more of the following topics.

Goals. Expectations. Lessons.

Your individual workshop program.
  • Long-term corporate strategy from ECC to S/4HANA
  • Modules, functions, industry solutions, innovations and GAPs
  • Process analysis based on existing scenarios
  • Simplification List: relevance for current processes and applications
  • Process innovations – opportunities and potential
  • System Conversion or Green Field Approach: first recommendations
  • Preparatory steps in the ECC system
  • Migration of external systems
  • S/4HANA Analytics
  • Mobile solutions with SAP Fiori
  • The SAP S/4HANA Product Roadmap, License Models
  • Your questions, wishes and ideas

Your workshop details.

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Date

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Place

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Price

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SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Delta workshop.

Fitting S/4HANA into your current landscape.
This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to analyze how S/4HANA innovations affect their current system landscape and applications.
S/4HANA is not just a new data base and new user interface. In all applications there are major changes in business transactions and enhanced functionality. What is really new in S/4HANA? What does the S/4HANA simplification list means for the business processes of your company?
Get a deeper insight into the deltas between your current ECC system and a future S/4HANA system. Learn more about one or more of the following topics depending on your individual landscape and focus:

Goals. Expectations. Lessons.

Your individual workshop program.
  • Which new business processes are introduced with S/4HANA?
    • Order To Cash (OTC)
    • Procurement To Pay (PTP)
    • Plan To Manufacture (PTM)
    • Logistics
    • Marketing & Sales
    • Claims, Returns & Services
  • What are the major delta changes available in the latest SAP S/4HANA version compared to a SAP ECC system
  • Where to look for delta changes?
  • What are the major changes?
    • Finance and Controlling (FI/CO)
    • Sales and Distribution (SD)
    • Customer Service (CS)
    • Material Management (MM)
    • Production Planning (PP)
    • Available-to-Promis (ATP)
    • Project Systems (PS)
    • Plant Maintenance (PM)
    • Enterprise Warehouse Management (EWM)
    • Transportation Management (TM)
  • Industry Solutions
  • Modern ABAP
  • Table structure
  • Master Data
  • Analytics
  • User Interface SAP Fiori

Goals. Expectations. Lessons.

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Conversion workshop.

Your path to S/4HANA. System Conversion, Green Field implementation or Landscape Transformation.
This workshop is designed for responsible project members from business and IT who plan a system conversion or new implementation of S/4HANA.
There are basically three different ways how you can move your ERP system to SAP S/4HANA, first you can build up S/4HANA from scratch on a green field, second you can convert an existing ECC to S/4HANA or third you can convert an existing SAP landscape to one S/4HANA. Find out more details and advantages of each of the three scenarios.

1. Green Field implementation

This is a new implementation of SAP S/4HANA (greenfield):
Customers who are migrating from a non-SAP legacy system or from an SAP ERP system and implementing a fresh system that requires an initial data load. In this scenario, the SAP S/4HANA system is implemented and master and transactional data are migrated from the legacy system, thus standard data migration tools and content has to be used.
  • New installation of the SAP S/4 HANA system and migration of existing master and movement data.
  • Changeover without having to take into consideration the growing structures, organizational conditions and partially obsolete own developments.
  • Back to Standard: Greenfield is also a sensible approach to a system without modifications and without taking over burdening workarounds from the past.

2. System Conversion

This is a complete conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA (lift & shift):
Customers who want to change their current SAP ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. This scenario is technically based on Software Update Manager (SUM) with Database Migration Option (DMO) in case the customer is not yet on SAP HANA as the underlying database.
  • Conversion of an existing ERP system in one step to SAP S/4HANA
  • Planning the project schedule, roadmap, team
  • Preparation in ECC
  • System Conversion with Software Update Manager
  • Rework after Conversion
  • Migration of external Systems

3. Landscape Transformation

This is a transformation of an existing SAP system landscape to S/4HANA:
Customers who want to consolidate their landscape or carve out selected entities (such as a company code) or processes.
  • Solution for larger companies with a wide range of SAP systems and possibly also third party systems (non-SAP)
  • Consolidation into a global SAP S/4HANA system or, as the case may be, selective data migration
  • Consolidation of current regional SAP systems into one global SAP S/4HANA system or a split out of different parts of a system

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