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Hybrid approach:

The hybrid approach in the implementation of SAP S/4HANA is characterized by a detailed execution based on practical examples, setting it apart from other variants.

The hybrid approach combines elements of the greenfield and brownfield approaches. This allows for the implementation of specific business areas or subprocesses through a new greenfield approach, while other areas are adopted through system conversion.

Below are some practical examples that illustrate the hybrid approach:

  1. Example of the greenfield approach: Let’s say a company wants to optimize its financial processes while introducing S/4HANA. With the greenfield approach, the company can build a separate S/4HANA instance and redesign the financial processes from scratch. This enables the development of new configurations and processes that align with S/4HANA’s best practices, leading to more efficient utilization of the new features and improved process execution.
  2. Example of the brownfield approach: The same company already has established sales and distribution processes that are functioning well. To continue utilizing the existing configuration and data, the brownfield approach can be applied. In this case, the existing ERP system is migrated to S/4HANA, and the existing data and customizations are carried over. The existing processes are then adjusted to align with the new features and requirements of S/4HANA.
  3. Example of the hybrid approach: A company possesses an extensive SAP system landscape with various modules and processes. When introducing S/4HANA, the company opts for the hybrid approach. It is decided to implement the financial and controlling processes through a greenfield approach to fully leverage the benefits of S/4HANA. Simultaneously, other areas such as sales, procurement, and production are migrated through system conversion to reduce data migration efforts and ensure continuity in these areas.

The hybrid approach is characterized by its flexibility, allowing for both the redesign of specific areas and the migration of others. This enables a gradual introduction of S/4HANA functionalities and customization according to the individual needs of the company. The main difference from other variants is that the hybrid approach combines new implementations with migrations, allowing businesses to leverage the benefits of both approaches.

It is important to note that the choice of the optimal approach depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the system landscape, existing customizations, and the specific requirements of the company. Thorough analysis and planning in collaboration with an experienced SAP consulting partner are crucial to determine the right approach and ensure a successful implementation of S/4HANA.

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