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  1. SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance State of the Market 2022 Research

    SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance: State of the Market 2022 Research

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    In This Report: As the operating environment grows more complex, it becomes even more important to have a clear and well-defined strategy for finance and accounting innovation. Our research shows that finance and accounting teams are accelerating their embrace of innovation. We found implementation increased across all technologies that support finance and accounting strategy, relative…
  2. Data Management Strategies and SAP HANA Research Report

    Data Management Strategies and SAP HANA Research

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    In This Report: SAP customers must prepare for a major migration to SAP HANA as they move or plan their transition to SAP S/4HANA. Considering the decades of legacy data many likely have, this is not a trivial migration. In this scenario, SAP customers face some key questions: How do we prepare for the required…
  3. Process Automation

    Process Automation and SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Research

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    Process automation technologies have increasingly evolved into strategic solutions during the last few years. While the focus in the initial years of process automation adoption was primarily on achieving cost reduction, process visibility and employee productivity have increasingly become important objectives now for deploying process automation solutions. This highlights that process automation has evolved into…
  4. The CIO 2022 Agenda for SAP, SAP S/4HANA, the Cloud and Beyond Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: A new year has brought new challenges for technology executives, and with that, some priorities have grown in importance. Supply chains are less reliable than in the past, and employees are more willing to search for new, and pandemic variants influence commerce. These drivers are impacting the way executives prioritize their investments.…
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    Cybersecurity Threats to SAP Systems Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: The cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing for SAPinsiders. Over the last five years organizations have gone from being able to rely on any system on a specific network being trusted, to a complex and hybrid ecosystem of solutions where completely new approaches to cybersecurity must be followed. Ransomware and malware attacks are…
  6. Application-Strategy

    Application Strategy and Development for SAP S/4HANA and Cloud Research

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    In This Report: With digital transformation initiatives maturing and the market presenting an increasing range of new software solutions, IT departments are developing sophisticated application strategies and roadmaps to deliver quality applications rapidly without blowing up budgets.   For SAP customers, the critical challenge is how they can monetize their past SAP investments while rapidly deploying…
  7. Transformation in the Enterprise Benchmark Research

    Transformation in the Enterprise Benchmark Research

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    In This Report: Transformation is an integral part of organizational planning today. It has expanded beyond the goal of reducing legacy debt by replacing outdated hardware to cover everything from infrastructure changes to broader organizational structure and cultural changes. But what does transformation mean to the SAPinsider Community? How important is it to what they…
  8. Automation in Finance

    Automation in Finance Benchmark Research

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    In This Report: Organizations are investing in financial process automation with the goal of driving efficiency across end-to-end business processes to enable real-time insight. The growing availability of automation solutions from SAP and third-party vendors, provides a catalyst for SAPinsider organizations to align best practices with intelligent automation technologies, such as robotic process automation (RPA),…
  9. Analytics in the Cloud

    Analytics in the Cloud Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Business complexity has increased exponentially in the last decade and so have the associated risks of disruption. SAPinsiders have consistently indicated in multiple research reports that evolving their data and analytics portfolio can help them address and manage these complexities and resulting disruptions in a much better way while also helping them…...…
  10. Change Management and Testing for SAP

    Benchmark Report: Change Management and Testing for SAP

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    In This Report: SAP customers today face increasing business demand for high-quality and rapid software deployments and updates. SAP’s accelerating product roadmap demands a faster and more collaborative approach to development, change management, and testing. In addition, most SAP customers continue to add non-SAP applications that integrate with SAP. SAP teams, used to multi-year development…...…
  11. Enterprise Cloud Deployment 2021 Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Cloud has become a de-facto standard and technology that every organization must consider, but moving to the cloud carries unique technical considerations and skills requirements. This SAPinsider report revisits and updates our 2019 and 2020 reports on Cloud adoption in our Community and takes the pulse of the enterprise market to determine…
  12. Human Resources Technology State of the Market Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: For many organizations, HR is the last department to receive technology investment. Still, the trend to more remote work and changing employee expectations are putting the spotlight on HR. Cloud offerings have become the dominant force in HR technology. There are more and more options for outsourcing the management of everything in…...…
  13. The Future of Business Intelligence Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: We have entered the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Technology has taken a massive leap in the last decade and is expected to take another exponential leap in this coming decade, leading to rapid advances in the discipline of data science. Data science practices introduced the world of…...…
  14. RISE with SAP

    RISE with SAP Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: SAP announced their RISE with SAP solution in January 2021, transforming their cloud-based approach and offerings. Since January, SAP has extended the offering to include HXM and procurement features, as well as announcing industry specific versions. But while many customers expressed an initial interest in learning more about the solution, it is…...…
  15. Optimizing Financial Close and Record-to-Report Process

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    In This Report: Over the last two years, SAPinsider research has shown that the financial close and record to-report process represent significant pain points for most organizations. Over-reliance on manual processes and poorly integrated systems have left many companies struggling with inefficiency. Read this report to: Discover where SAPinsiders are when it comes to improving…...…
  16. The CIO’s Transformation Report Card

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    In This Report: Digital transformation and innovation remains a top priority for CIOS and other tech leaders. But how are these projects going and are they delivering tangible benefit to both business and IT? Read this executive research report study to examine data and input from a variety of tech leaders across many of the…...…
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    Trends in Tax Benchmark Report

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    Today's tax compliance landscape has never been more challenging. As global e-commerce transactions continue to grow and organizations integrate digital business activities with their existing operations and ERP systems, the indirect tax compliance lifecycle is becoming more complex and costly to manage. Gain your steps to success in the Trends in Tax benchmark report. This…
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    Data Management and Data Warehousing in the Cloud Benchmark Report

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    In today’s world of exponentially exploding data, merely using data to analyze and report on business performance is table stakes. We have entered an era where data itself is now a valuable raw material that can be mined to deliver innovation, drive user experience, and provide competitive advantage. Gain your steps to success in the…
  19. Enterprise Cloud Deployment 2021 Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Cloud has become a de-facto standard and technology that every organization must consider, but moving to the cloud carries unique technical considerations and skills requirements. This SAPinsider report revisits and updates our 2019 and 2020 reports on Cloud adoption in our Community and takes the pulse of the enterprise market to determine…...…
  20. SAP Integration Landscape Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: The enterprise landscape for SAP customers continues to become more complex. Accelerated adoption of cloud-based solutions since the start of the global pandemic has only added to this complexity. In SAPinsider’s 2020 research we found that a majority of respondents were integrating an average of seven business solutions with their ERP system,…...…
  21. User Access and Identity Management for SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Access management often comes about through necessity rather than planning. Organizations today use a portfolio of systems that not all employees are authorized to use, so proper access management is critical. With cloud systems and remote work on the rise and increasing threats that seek to steal employee access, a more comprehensive…...…
  22. Modernizing Logistics and Inventory Tracking Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Supply chain visibility has been a pain point for companies across industries for many years. But the magnitude of repercussions from lack of visibility has increased exponentially in recent years, and the primary reason is evolving customer behavior and demand. Organizations today serve customers who are much more demanding and expect an…...…
  23. Securing the SAP Landscape Against Cyber Threats Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Over the past several years SAP systems have increasingly been targeted for cybersecurity attacks as they contain some of the most critical data within the organization. Part of the reason for this is the fact that those SAP systems are increasingly becoming more connected with each other, with applications like SAP SuccessFactors…...…
  24. Process Automation and SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Organizations today operate in a business ecosystem that is becoming more and more dynamic. Two key challenges organizations face are revenue stream pressure from increased competition and the imperative to streamline product delivery for enhanced customer satisfaction. To address these challenges, SAPinsiders within finance and supply chain are paying specific attention to…
  25. Deployment Approaches for SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: For organizations moving to SAP S/4HANA there are two primary decisions that must be made — where and how they will perform that deployment. Our earlier research into this topic found that nearly half the respondents (47%) favored a system conversion as their deployment model, and just over two thirds (67%) were…
  26. The State of Human Experience in the Workplace

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    In This Report: Employee experience has been a growing topic for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified its importance. With many employees forced to move to partial or fully remote working arrangements, employers needed to find new ways to engage with both existing workers and potential recruits. This has become even more vital on…...…
  27. Securing the SAP Landscape Against Cyber Threats Benchmark Report

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    Over the past several years SAP systems have increasingly been targeted for cybersecurity attacks as they contain some of the most critical data within the organization. Part of the reason for this is the fact that those SAP systems are increasingly becoming more connected with each other, with applications like SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Ariba…...…
  28. SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance: State of the Market 2021 Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Finance and accounting teams are prioritizing visibility, simplicity, and automation as they solidify their strategies and investments for 2021. While system complexity and data siloes have stifled efficiency and the ability to derive insights for many years, business and IT leaders realize that they can no longer operate competitively and efficiently within…...…
  29. Governance Risk and Compliance: State of the Market 2021 Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) systems and professionals are increasingly important as regulations around data become stricter and corporate systems become a more frequent target of cybersecurity attacks. These risks and compliance challenges are compounded by the fact that many SAP organizations are in the process of transitioning to new technology —…...…
  30. Securing the SAP Landscape Against Cyber Threats Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: Over the past several years SAP systems have increasingly been targeted for cybersecurity attacks as they contain some of the most critical data within the organization. Part of the reason for this is the fact that those SAP systems are increasingly becoming more connected with each other, with applications like SAP SuccessFactors…...…
  31. Enterprise Data and Analytics State of the Market Benchmark Report

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    Organizations in today’s digital age face a set of challenges that they have never experienced before. As commoditization of technology continuously lowers barriers to entry across industries, incumbents are being disrupted by players that are smaller, nimble, and agile. New business models, products and services are being launched on a daily basis by new entrants,…...…
  32. 2021 CIO Perspectives: Strategic Business Priorities and the SAP Agenda

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    Enterprise CIOs are leading their companies through pandemic-era business disruptions on multiple fronts today. New technology initiatives are being accelerated by urgent business needs for greater IT resiliency and flexibility to respond swiftly to supply chain challenges, emerging customer demands, and a volatile market. This SAPinsider Executive Research report takes the pulse of CIOs and…...…
  33. State of the Market Benchmark Report

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    This comprehensive benchmark report examines the top priorities, investments and projects SAPinsider companies are undertaking in 2021. Learn where SAP customers are when it comes to SAP S/4HANA and Cloud Adoption. Find out how the recent economic disruption is impacting future SAP projects. Learn which skills customers are investing in and their SAP support organizations…...…
  34. Preparing Infrastructure for SAP S/4HANA Benchmark Report

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    Planning for the transition to SAP S/4HANA continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing enterprise ERP customers today. And although SAP’s extension of mainstream maintenance to 2027 has provided a longer runway for companies to complete that move, the business challenges of the past year have caused many organizations to either delay or…...…
  35. Enterprise Cloud Deployment: State of the Market Benchmark Report

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    Digital transformation and the deployment of applications in the cloud has been a key topic of discussion within the enterprise software market for several years but that conversation has been accelerated by the global events of 2020. Organizations whose workforces had been entirely on-site have had to quickly convert to a remote work environment. Many…...…
  36. Central Finance and Improving the Financial Close Benchmark Report

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    Financial close management increases in complexity as organizations increase in size along with the number and variety of ERP instances. To centralize or consolidate the financial information from multiple ERP instances, SAPinsider community members can manually report and reconcile the information, centralize information on a non-SAP system, deploy SAP S/4HANA for central finance foundation (also…...…
  37. Integration Tools and Strategies for SAP S/4HANA

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    As organizations continue their transition to SAP S/4HANA, more are focusing on making it a single source of integrated business and financial data. SAPinsider has observed this trend in multiple reports in 2020 starting in April as a strategy being pursued by 42% of respondents in our SAP S/4HANA Finance: State of the Market report,…
  38. Modernizing Supply Chain Planning and Operations

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    Now more than ever, in a year marked by the need to adjust to massive changes in business, restricted shipping capabilities, and limited providers, supply chain managers need modern planning tools to adapt to the volatility of the market as well as the ability to share and execute their plans. These tools include demand, supply,…
  39. Partner Tools and Services for SAP S/4HANA Migrations Benchmark Report

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    In February of 2020, SAPinsider published its annual update to the “SAP S/4HANA Migration Benchmark Report,” in which we benchmarked the progress the SAPinsider Community has made in migrating to SAP S/4HANA and the use of mostly free SAP tools that SAP customers can use as part of their maintenance contracts to prepare for the…...…
  40. GRC for SAP S/4HANA and Cloud Applications Research Report

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    Access the latest insights GRC strategies, as well as the required actions for organizations using, or planning to use, SAP S/4HANA or any cloud-based applications. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access
  41. SAP S/4HANA Finance: State of the Market Benchmark Report

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    Finance departments today face increasing demands to deliver real-time reporting and analysis from a broader array of sources on top of fulfilling their historical responsibilities. Whether this involves integrating data from multiple systems into one centralized platform in order to conduct that reporting, or streamlining operations to free up resources to perform these new tasks,…...…
  42. State of the Market: Payroll and Its Impact on Cloud HR

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    This SAPinsider benchmark study looks at customer payroll strategies and practices – including the solution landscapes and technologies they use – to understand the top issues facing payroll organizations and executives. The report also examines where customers are seeing business value in their payroll processes and the ways in which payroll technology may be impacting…...…
  43. Impact of Cloud and SAP HANA on Enterprise Security Strategy Benchmark Report

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    SAP's transition to an enterprise cloud company has changed the way SAP customers consider and implement their enterprise security strategy. The inclusion of SAP HANA-based systems adds further complexity to these considerations, particularly when these systems are running in hybrid or cloud-based environments. Organizations now need to find a way forward that doesn't rely on…
  44. One-Third of SAP Customers in the Software and Technology Sector Already Run SAP S/4HANA

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    Industrial Sector Customers More Focused on Centralizing Financial Reporting on a Global Scale by Pierce Owen, Vice President of Research & Publishing, SAPinsider SAPinsider recently published its 2020 “SAP S/4HANA Migration Benchmark Report,” which explains how and why SAP S/4HANA adoption has progressed globally over the course of the past year. The report analyzes the…
  45. North America to Pull Ahead of EMEA with SAP S/4HANA Adoption in 2020

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    by Pierce Owen, Vice President of Research, SAPinsider SAPinsider recently conducted a survey of its audience for the its “SAP S/4HANA Migration Benchmark Report,” which explains how and why SAP S/4HANA adoption has progressed globally over the course of the past year. Based on the findings of the survey, this research brief examines the differences…...…
  46. SAP S/4HANA Migration Benchmark Report

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    SAP recently announced that it would extend mainstream maintenance and support for SAP customers on SAP ERP 6 and Business Suite 7 until 2027, giving SAP customers two more years to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. This migration represents the biggest project of the decade for members of most IT departments, who must work with almost…...…
  47. Over One-Third of SAP Customers Do Not Have the Infrastructure They Need to Execute SAP S/4HANA Plans

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    by Pierce Owen, Vice President, Research & Publishing SAPinsider published several research reports in 2019 including “SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud,” “Deploying SAP S/4HANA,” and “SAP S/4HANA: State of the Market,” all of which explored different aspects of SAP S/4HANA infrastructure and adoption. This research brief examines data trends from all three research projects to…...…
  48. Europeans Are Under Pressure to Centralize, While North Americans Are Demanding Agility in Their ERP Cloud Strategy

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    By Robert Holland, VP Research and Publishing, SAPinsider In SAPinsider’s recently published research report on “SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud,” we explored the ERP cloud strategy of members of the SAPinsider community to gain insights into what they were doing. We were particularly interested in determining what was driving their strategy towards the cloud, how…...…
  49. Intelligent PLM Benchmark Report

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    Agile and Intelligent PLM is poised to take the use of data and intelligence across the product lifecycle to a whole new level. Discover what is driving adoption of Agile and Intelligent PLM, what sets Leaders apart, and what holds Laggards back. Gain the key requirements and steps to success. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can…...…
  50. SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud

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    With the release of SAP S/4HANA and the current 2025 deadline for migration, SAP has specified what ERP software it wants its customers to run, and when it wants them to be running it. This report takes an indepth look at the data collected from surveyed SAPinsiders, including the outcomes organizations have experienced and the…...…
  51. Transforming the Intelligent Supply Chain

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    Much like the Industry 4.0 movement has already started to reshape the manufacturing sector, a confluence of technologies has hit the supply chain management (SCM) market that demand action and deployment to stay competitive and relevant. These technologies transform supply chains by collecting appropriate data, delivering it to applications based on advanced analytics, and using…
  52. Centralization of ERP Systems Helps Retail and Distribution Organizations to Align Fragmented Data Marts

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    Inventory planners leverage core SAP ECC functionality to achieve lower inventory costs, close to 100% fulfillment and delivery accuracy, and fewer expedited orders. Register for this new SAPinsider Research Brief Insider Profile today! This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  53. Manufacturers Use Agile and Intelligent PLM to Reduce

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    Recent SAPinsider research explores the confluence of technologies that has hit the supply chain management (SCM) market and benchmarked the technologies leading companies are using to support their SCM strategies. Here, we examine the ways in which Europ This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In…
  54. Johns Hopkins Improves Inventory Management

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    Inventory planners leverage core SAP ECC functionality to achieve lower inventory costs, close to 100% fulfillment and delivery accuracy, and fewer expedited orders. Register for this new SAPinsider Research Brief Insider Profile today! This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  55. European SAP Customers Get Most out of S&OP

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    Recent SAPinsider research explores the confluence of technologies that has hit the supply chain management (SCM) market and benchmarked the technologies leading companies are using to support their SCM strategies. Here, we examine the ways in which Europ This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In…
  56. How to Maximize Financial Process Automation and Recognize Potential Benefits

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    Automated workflow solutions can increase insights, efficiency and cost savings for SAP customers. Register for this SAPinsider Research Brief to gain more insight into how to leverage financial process automation. This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  57. Streamlining Financial Processes In The Cloud Report

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    Finance departments now have many software tools and options at their disposal to automate and assist in budgeting, analysis, billing, accounting, purchasing, reporting, and more. Unfortunately, if these tools do not integrate and synchronize with the organization’s core ERP, deploying these solutions can result in more work and dedicated resources to exchange information between systems,…
  58. Assessing Intelligent Automation in Finance

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    Assessing Intelligent Automation in Finance survey generated findings that highlight how financial operations and processes can be greatly enhanced by solutions that feature Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and data-analytics. These technologies help achieve enterprise-wide goals by increasing the breadth and quality of data, while simultaneously augmenting the ability to for business-critical information…...…
  59. Benchmarking the Business Case for SAP S/4HANA

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    SAP S/4HANA offers enterprises tremendous potential to go beyond performance and simplicity and deliver significant business value as part of an enterprise-wide digital transformation, but this approach must be understood, considered and incorporated into This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a Member
  60. Enterprise Cloud Migration: State of the Market, July 2019

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  61. State of the Market: How the Cloud Is Transforming HR , August 2019

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    Cloud HR applications offer companies the opportunity to create better employee experiences as well as boost employee productivity, increase worker satisfaction, and reduce costs. Learn where SAP customers are on the cloud migration journey, and how the l This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In…
  62. Intelligent Supply Chain Management with SAP Cloud Platform

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    Learn how to optimize your supply chain management process using cloud services from SAP Cloud Platform. The scenario used in this article identifies the inconsistent data readings at run time and forecasts failures. It also describes how SAP Cloud Platform proactively generates a purchase order if required. With the help of SAP Cloud Platform, you…...…