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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 22:08

LARGE BRAZILIAN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY MOVES FROM SAP ECC TO S/4HANA

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Infosys achieves successful conversion with smoothfunctioning from Day 1

Migration or conversion from SAP ECC

to S/4HANA is animplementation method that it´s gaining increasing interest among SAPcustomers. Up until this Brazilian pharmaceutical company's SAP S/4HANA wentlive in Brazil and 12 other countries, there were doubts about the feasibilityof such a change. SAP S/4HANA has mostly been implemented from scratch(greenfield), but rarely through a conversion process (brownfield). Despite ofthe complexity of this kind of project, Infosys and SAP together scripted ourclient's success story.

Of the few SAP S/4HANA conversion projects worldwide,none had been carried out in Brazil before. While pioneers always facechallenges, client and Infosys made a clear commitment to innovation. On thefirst day of system go-live, client carried out operations smoothly across 13countries. And today, after two months, everything still works perfectly. Theclient has already experienced performance benefits. A closing process thatused to stretch over 12 hours now takes only 2 hours.

Infosys has always believed that conversion of SAP ECCto SAP S/4HANA was possible. The client's project has proved that conversion isnot only feasible, but it is also an important transition scenario. Moreover,it could be a viable option for many enterprises. It can reduce cost andimplementation time, as well as the involvement of business areas and impact onoperations. With the expertise Infosys developed through this engagement, it ispossible to execute similar projects with significantly lower risk and effortfor clients.

SAP has alreadyannounced that the maintenance window for ECC will close by 2025 and this wasone of the decision drivers for the client. The S/4HANA conversion involved 1,500global users from the areas of finance, controlling, human resources,procurement, warehousing, production, maintenance, and quality. It requiredmigrating about 2,400 programs and more than 70,000 ECC tables to S/4HANA. Thechange enabled, among other things, the use of in-memory computing foranalytics, IoT for predictive maintenance, and AI/ML for fiscal compliance.

To know more aboutthis journey, please attend my session on May 7 at SAPPHIRE NOW and meet ourexperts at Infosys booth no. 632.
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