Understand the value of moving to SAP S/4HANA with SAP Process Discovery.

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Published on February 7, 2022 – Johannes Strasser, Solutions Consultant SAP S/4HANA Finance & Business Process Intelligence at Westernacher

Why move from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA? Which new functionalities are most relevant for each line of business? How does SAP S/4HANA support our business goals? How can we automate our processes? These are common questions business leaders are posing when it comes to the migration to SAP S/4HANA. In this context, we introduce SAP Process Discovery. This free-of-charge analysis tool helps to assess current business process performance and to support the identification of new functionalities related to SAP S/4HANA to strengthen your business goals. The intention of this post is to showcase what you can expect from SAP Process Discovery, how your organization can benefit from this tool as well as how to get started with it.

What is SAP Process Discovery?

SAP Process Discovery represents the evolution of SAP Business Scenario Recommendations on Spotlight and is becoming a strategic component of the intelligence enterprise. It helps to get started with Business Process Intelligence (BPI) as well as RISE with SAP, and is your point of departure when it comes to your SAP S/4HANA migration.

SAP Process Discovery is delivered as a summary report as well as an intuitive cloud-based solution and is completely free of charge for customers on SAP maintenance.

The Process Discovery Summary covers an interactive PDF executive summary which is easy to share, including direct links to the Process Discovery Solution. This Process Discovery Solution, the online application, further provides a deep dive into process performance and efficiency. It delivers a tool-based support to identify standardization opportunities, areas for improvement and automation potential.

Both come with tailored enhancement recommendations for the following lines of business (LOBs):

  • Sourcing and Procurement
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain
  • Asset Management
  • Sales

SAP Process Discovery covers the following end-to-end business processes:

  • Record-to-Report
  • Order-to-Cash
  • Procure-to-Pay
  • Complaints-and-Return Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Plan-to-Produce
  • Operate-to-Maintain

SAP Process Discovery emphasizes the following 12 optimization goals and value drivers: reduce finance costs, reduce procurement function costs, reduce complaints and return costs, reduce total manufacturing costs, reduce asset data management costs, reduce G/L efforts and financial closing time, reduce days sales outstanding, reduce days in inventory, reduce unplanned downtime or outage, improve on-time delivery performance, accelerate manufacturing cycle time as well as increase sales force efficiency.

What are the benefits of SAP Process Discovery?

SAP Process Discovery helps to understand how to achieve your business goals with SAP innovations. The tool delivers unique insights into your current operational business process performance and functional usage, based on data from your SAP ERP. It benchmarks to compare your operational business performance and usage to your industry peers.

You receive specific recommendations including SAP S/4HANA functionalities, automation, intelligent technologies, and SAP Fiori apps, applicable for the six LOBs and seven end-to-end processes mentioned above. SAP Process Discovery consequently allows you to build your case for SAP S/4HANA and secure buy-in from your stakeholders. All free of charge.

How to get started with SAP Process Discovery?

Running SAP Process Discovery and requesting your own reports involves very little effort. Please reach out to our team, we are happy to engage with you. As SAP Gold Partner and thought leader in the digitalization area, we will listen to your plans, challenges and strategy and build an individual roadmap together with you.

The elements of SAP Process Discovery combined with Westernacher Consulting’s expertise will fully leverage the benefits of your digital transformation. Benefit from a tailored offer according to your individual needs that supports unleashing the full potential of your business transformation, enhances your process excellence and maximizes returns throughout your business areas.

We passionately advise you on how to use SAP Process Discovery and how to effectively yield added value for your business.


SAP Process Discovery is the go-to solution when it comes to starting with BPI, RISE with SAP and receiving tailored insights to build your case for SAP S/4HANA. It helps you transform and automate your processes across your business areas – for free. SAP Process Discovery is organized in intuitive reports for various roles, considering seven end-to-end business processes and six LOBs. We help you to get the maximum out of this solution.

In our next post, we will focus on a demo illustrating first-hand the capabilities of SAP Process Discovery. Stay tuned.

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