Examining System Landscapes

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of being able to quickly adapt system landscapes

Adapting System Landscapes

ERP Challenges Today: Why Do We Need Clean Core?

In the first two lessons of the unit, we looked at business adaptation and technological innovation: two drivers of change that SAP S/4HANA Cloud and clean core principles can help mitigate. In our final lesson of the unit, we finish our exploration of customer challenges by examining landscape complexity. In today's ever-evolving business landscape, companies must have a simple and flexible infrastructure that allows them to quickly adapt their business models. For example, a business may need to rapidly adjust certain key applications to meet changing market demands and customer needs.

Landscape challenges:

  • Business model adaptations.
  • Key application adjustments.
  • Changing customer preferences.

Adapting Business Models

One of the key reasons why companies must prioritize simplicity and flexibility in their infrastructure is the need to respond swiftly to changing market demands. As mentioned in the first lesson discussing business change, disruptions in global supply chains, evolving customer preferences, and regulatory compliance are significant challenges facing businesses today. However, those challenges are not the only factors that a business may need to adapt to. In today's world, entire new markets can suddenly appear without warning, presenting incredible profit opportunities. Many times the "first mover" to these markets reaps most those profits. To remain competitive and seize opportunities companies must be able to pivot their business models and quickly and their technological landscape cannot be an impediment in doing so.

Rapid Adjustment of Key Applications

In addition to adapting business models, businesses must also be able to rapidly adjust key applications in response to changing market demands. Whether it's scaling up or down the capacity of their applications, integrating new technologies, or improving the user experience, the flexibility to quickly modify key applications is crucial. For example, a retail business may need to rapidly adjust their e-commerce platform to handle increased traffic during peak shopping seasons. Also, a financial services firm may need to update their mobile banking application to offer new features to meet customer demands.

Responding to Changing Customer Needs

Meeting the changing needs and preferences of customers is another area where a flexible technological infrastructure is essential. With the rise of social media, online reviews, and instant access to information, customers have become more capable and demanding. Businesses must be able to quickly respond to customer feedback and adapt their products and services accordingly. This response may involve changing user interfaces, adding new features, or integrating customer feedback mechanisms directly into their applications.

Cloud Computing and Agile Development

Cloud computing is a key enabler of a simple and flexible technological infrastructure. It allows businesses to rapidly scale their resources up or down based on demand, and provides access to the latest technologies without the need for large up-front investments. This is especially important for startups and small businesses that may not have the financial resources to invest in an extensive and elaborate on-premise infrastructure.

Agile development methodologies also play a critical role in enabling businesses to adapt their technological infrastructure to changing needs. By breaking down large projects into smaller, more manageable chunks, businesses can quickly iterate and respond to feedback, reducing the time to market for new applications and features. This agility allows businesses to stay ahead of the competition and deliver products and services that meet customer and market demands. Closely related to agile development methodologies is DevOps which optimizes the software development and operations lifecycle by means of processes and tools.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP BTP and Landscape Flexibility

As with business change and technological innovation SAP S/4HANA Cloud effectively tackles the challenge of landscape flexibility. Initially, it may seem that the flexibility options with a cloud-based solution are limited. However, SAP S/4HANA Cloud is extensible, and provides ready-to-go APIs with supporting tools and documentation so customers can easily integrate with their partners or build on top. Moreover, the continuous innovation that SAP S/4HANA Cloud provides does not compromise that flexibility. Customers have the best of both worlds. Along with SAP S/4HANA Cloud is SAP BTP a modern cloud native based platform as a service offering which for customers brings together artificial intelligence, machine learning, data, analytics, database, devops and more in a holistic architecture and a unified environment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a simple and flexible technological infrastructure is essential. It allows businesses to adapt their business models, adjust key applications, and meet the changing demands and needs of the market and customers. Through cloud computing, agile development, and a customer-focused approach, businesses can build the flexibility they require to thrive in today's fast-paced, global business environment. By investing in a flexible technological infrastructure, businesses can position themselves for long-term success and growth.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud through its extensibility and integration capabilities provides customers a solution to tackle landscape challenges.

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