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Achieve Business Value with SAP S/4HANA … and Business Process Intelligence as part of Rise with SAP

Written by Sven Denecken
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Perhaps one of the most frequent questions I hear from customers is “How do I build a business case?” when planning to migrate to SAP S/4HANA.

In my previous value blog posts, I have explained how customers can potentially increase their business value with SAP Innovation Technologies (Increase Business Value with SAP Innovation Technologies) and I have elaborated on how customers can utilize the SAP Benchmarking Survey to help them get started with their value journey by providing insights to how their business compares in relation to best-in-class industry peers (Achieve Business Value with SAP S/4HANA…and Rise with SAP). However, in this blog post, I would like to highlight another self-service tool that can help customers build a business case for their migration from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA.


Customers of all sizes are keen to find the answer to the one common question asked by their key stakeholders: “Why?”.

They can be asked this “Why?” in the form of: “Why should we spend the time and resources?”, “Why should we migrate to SAP S/4HANA?”, “What value will it add to our organization?”, “Why now?”, etc. Key stakeholders from the Business side and IT side, alike, are on a search to discover and understand the “Why?”, and often their quest ends up taking the form of a business case.

Like any quest or journey, though, customers have a challenging time figuring out where to start. It can be hard for someone to understand in which direction they should go, or where to start, if they do not understand where they currently stand. To help customers overcome this “Where to start?” challenge, SAP offers a free of charge report as part of the RISE with SAP program called the Process Discovery report (formerly also known as Business Scenario Recommendations, SAP Pathfinder, or Spotlight).

This Process Discovery report is an extensive report that can help customers build a business case for migrating to SAP S/4HANA by providing answers to some of the key questions that are asked when building a business case.

In the sections below, I will highlight some of the key questions customers ask when building out their business case for migrating to SAP S/4HANA:

  1. What is the current state of my business processes?
  2. Which of my business processes do I need to focus on and how do we compare to the peers in our industry?
  3. What are the business processes
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