SAP is trying to make the link-up with international AI developments – the experts met up in Berlin in early September. [shutterstock: 396578755, enzozo]

SAP is trying to make the link-up with international AI developments – the experts met up in Berlin in early September. [shutterstock: 396578755, enzozo]

Artificial Intelligence helps dull-witted ERP

As SAP sees it, the company is part of international AI research and development. SAP sponsors AI conferences and holds keynote speeches. But AI is being mixed up with intelligent systems. Complex mathematical and statistical formulas from Hana PAL do not amount to AI.

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SAP Enhancement Packages S/4 Fiance and Logistics with SAP Hana [shutterstock: 325958465, PureSolution]

SAP Enhancement Packages S/4 Fiance and Logistics with SAP Hana [shutterstock: 325958465, PureSolution]

S/4 – EhP Prototype

That can’t be all that there is to it! Idea, vision and concept are all excellent - and yet the design and implementation are inadequate. S/4 is a sustainable vision but is not an operationally-usable ERP.

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S/4 Finance and S/4 Logistics are SoH add-ons, a better EhP – so what now? [shutterstock: 321502508, iQoncept]

S/4 Finance and S/4 Logistics are SoH add-ons, a better EhP – so what now? [shutterstock: 321502508, iQoncept]

EhP Finance & Logistics for Suite on Hana

Forget all the marketing and all the fine words in Sapphire keynotes: S/4 Finance and S/4 Logistics are add-ons – similar to the familiar Enhance­ment Packages (EhP) – for SAP Business Suite 7 on Hana (SoH). You can get started with them quickly but canꞌt get by with them on a lasting basis.

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Hand with marker writing communication concept [shutterstock: 356597360, stoatphoto]

Hand with marker writing communication concept [shutterstock: 356597360, stoatphoto]

Digital transformation is communication

Digital is not new. Transformation is change management and business-process redesign or reengineering. There’s no reason for concern, or is there in fact something new?

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