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SAP S/4HANA migration should be business-driven

As SAP customers contemplate an SAP S/4HANA migration, they have to work through big questions like what infrastructure it will run on and how to handle business processes. One of the keys to a successful S/4HANA migration will be which part of the organization sets the project parameters, IT or business.

SAP expert Ekrem Hatip, senior solution architect at Syntax Systems, advises that because an S/4HANA migration is a fundamentally different project than a normal system upgrade, such as from SAP R/3 to SAP ECC, organizations must approach it differently. In this Q&A, Hatip discusses some of the issues that organizations need to consider as they embark on an S/4HANA journey.

Syntax Systems is based in Montreal and provides managed services for SAP systems, including hosting SAP systems in Syntax Systems data centers and running SAP systems on public cloud provider infrastructures.

How are Syntax customers approaching a possible S/4HANA migration? Is it on their minds?

Ekrem Hatip, Syntax senior solution architectEkrem Hatip

Ekrem Hatip: Over the last few years we have brought up the S/4HANA topic even if the customer doesn’t show immediate interest in doing that. We discuss with them what S/4HANA is, what are the advantages, and what are the innovations that S/4HANA introduces. We look at the customers’ existing landscape and discuss the possible migration paths from their system to an S/4HANA system. We talk about the business requirements, because an S/4HANA conversion is not a technical upgrade — it’s not a technical conversion from one database to another. It touches every aspect of their business processes, and we want to make sure that customers are aware that it is a sizable project.

Are customers eager to move or are they holding back now?

Hatip: Most customers are happy with what they have right now — with their SAP implementation. It satisfies their current needs and they don’t see an immediate reason to go to S/4HANA other than the fact that SAP has put the 2025 date in front of them [when SAP will end support for SAP ECC]. We can help our customers to understand what is ahead of them.

So educating them on what to expect is the first step of an S/4HANA migration?

Hatip: Absolutely. Most people don’t know much about SAP HANA let alone S/4HANA. Their expectation is, just like when they upgraded from R/3 to ECC, they will go ahead and just upgrade their system over one weekend. Then come Monday morning, they will continue running as they used to run on a shiny new system. We have to make sure that they understand this is not the case. Most of their business processes will be touched and most of the business processes might need to be modified or dropped. I also tell customers — especially if they’re going with a greenfield implementation — to keep their customizations at minimum. Everything seems to be going into cloud and S/4HANA Cloud is out there. So, I tell them if they can limit their customizations, they’ll be able to go to S/4HANA Cloud for the true SaaS experience.

Are customers considering any other systems as an alternative to an S/4HANA migration?

Hatip: For many customers SAP is the core of their business operations, and I haven’t yet seen any customers who are considering going to other solutions than SAP for their core business. So, it’s more likely they’re considering if they want to remain on ECC for as long as they can before moving to S/4HANA. With that said, I have seen that some customers are now considering alternatives to some of the peripheral systems offered by SAP. For example, one customer who was using BOB-J [SAP BusinessObjects BI] for its reporting is now considering using Microsoft Power BI on Azure. Do I know whether this is driven by the fact that they need to go to S/4HANA or not? I don’t know, but my observation is that some customers are considering alternatives for the systems surrounding their core SAP environment.

What are the most critical issues to consider as you make the S/4HANA decision?

Hatip: Unlike the previous conversions or upgrades, an S/4HANA conversion is not an IT-driven decision. It should definitely be a business-driven decision. It should be coming from the top and presented to the IT department, as opposed to the IT department going back and saying, this operating system is going out of support or that database is going out of support, so we have to upgrade. It should definitely be coming from the business side. Therefore, not only should the CIO be convinced to go to S/4HANA, at the same time CEOs and COOs should also be in the decision-making process. An S/4HANA conversion is a lengthy and fairly complex project, but at the same time it allows customers to clean up their existing legacy systems. Customers can use the opportunity to clean up data and review hardware or server requirements, or they can definitely leverage the public cloud offerings when they decide to go to S/4HANA. Finally, CIOs and the IT department should try to keep their customizations at a minimum in order to future-proof their environment. 

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For Sale – 3 x BT Hubs. Free to a good home!

I have 3 BT hubs I’ve just cleared out of my loft, one is a Hub 5 and two are Hub 4’s. I think from memory they were working but I can’t be 100% positive, we were having problems with our broadband and they kept sending my routers but it turned out to be the connection that was the problem.

Anyway they are free to anybody that wants them, if you can cover the postage that would be great.

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HR vendors to watch in 2020

There are hundreds of HR vendors and most never get attention. They provide reliable payroll, benefits and core HR services. Their pricing is competitive, their support responsive, and their users are generally happy. But analysts do have firms they think are especially interesting or doing something new.

Here, analysts give their take on what HR software vendors to watch in 2020. The list is by no means inclusive but does provide some insight as to where HR vendors are headed.

Josh Bersin, an independent HR analyst, cited Pymetrics Inc., a New York-based assessment tools firm. Their assessment is based on neurological research and the “true attributes of your mind,” which includes strengths and weaknesses rather than skills, he said. The tool evaluates attributes such as risk-taking and pattern matching.

A strength of the Pymetrics system is that it’s unbiased, Bersin said. It doesn’t matter, in its evaluations, whether a job candidate went to college or has a doctorate from an Ivy League school. 

“Some companies are really starting to use it a lot for recruiting in roles where the college degree is a sort of a false signal,” Bersin said. Clients include Workday, Accenture, LinkedIn and the Boston Consulting Group.

College degree not needed

College degrees may be becoming less important, especially in a tight labor market. Glassdoor Inc., recently assembled a list of companies that don’t require a degree for top jobs, which included Google and Apple.

Our research shows that employees want coaching and mentoring relationships more than straight learning content, but employers often struggle with how to implement this.
Ben EubanksPrincipal analyst, Lighthouse Research & Advisory

Another firm that has Bersin’s attention is Waggl Inc., an employee feedback platform based in Sausalito, Calif. He said the firm offers a “really innovative” employee tool that enables employers to quickly assemble a way to get employee opinions on topics. One of the things it does is allow for the crowdsourcing of reaction, so employees can vote on the response.

Ben Eubanks, principal analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory, cited Pilot Inc., an employee coaching platform based in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Pilot would be my clear pick here,” Eubanks said. “Our research shows that employees want coaching and mentoring relationships more than straight learning content, but employers often struggle with how to implement this.”

Eubanks said Pilot offers development coaching for employees to help them manage and improve their own performance.

Growing client list

Nucleus Research cited AllyO, an AI-powered virtual recruiting assistant startup in Palo Alto, Calif. Trevor White, an analyst at Nucleus, said some of its customers have “put some quantifiable numbers” around its deployments.

The firm was founded in 2015 and has assembled some “marquee customers,” including FedEx, The Cheesecake Factory and Randstad. Its quickly developing client list “is why we think they will be taking off in 2020,” White said. 

John Sumser, a principal analyst at HRExaminer, said his firm has assembled a list of a dozen companies in their 2020 watchlist. Among the “cream of the crop” is SwoopTalent in Oakland, Calif., a data-as-a-service product, which stores HR data in a private cloud that integrates with existing systems.

Another is Rotterdam, Netherlands-based KeenCorp B.V., which uses language analysis that can analyze employee emails and chats to measure engagement and “tension” in a workplace. It generates an index to tell how critical groups are doing.

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For Sale – Ubiquiti switch/ap

Hello,

For sale I have the follow items. They were bought to complete a new home project but my ac Pro is more than enough for now.

1 X UAP-AC-IW-PRO (condition used fully functional, boxed)
3×3 radio (3 X 2.4ghz : 3x5ghz)
Fully manageable with unifi controller
Price: £100 inc

1 X UAP-AC-IW (condition used, faulty rear input but still functional, boxed)
2×2 radio (2x 2.4ghz: 2x5ghz)
Fully manageable with unifi controller
Device needs to be power/connected by one of. The ports at the bottom, could use a flat network cable to keep this flush it the wall.
Price: £50 inc

1 X Edgeswitch 24 POE (used fully functional, not boxed)
Reset to factory defaults.
Fully manageable by unms
Price: £140 inc

Would consider a deal if purchasing all items.

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For Sale – 3.5″ & 2.5″ Internal Mechanical Drives

Hi all,

I’ve got a couple of used mechanical drives. They are both Seagate Barracuda, 1Tb and 3Tb. Both at 7200RPM.
Both are in excellent condition and were only used to store documents. They were not in a server, just a regular desktop.

  • 1Tb – £20+pp (2.5″)
  • 3Tb – £40+pp (3.5″)

If you want both, make me an offer.

Cheers!

Location
Salford
Price and currency
£60
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I have no preference
Advertised elsewhere?
Not advertised elsewhere
Payment method
PPG

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For Sale – Apple Network Gear A1521 (X4) BASESTATION & AIRPORT EXTREME

Seeing if any interest before they get listed elsewhere

My father used these in Canada for a few years, however has changed over to a synology system to go with his nas,

So i currently have for sale

1x brand new and sealed FC414LL/A Airport express base station A1392 £60 ( prob has a usa power cable)

4 x a1521 Used, Good condition, Few surface marks as expected )£50 each, ( can send you a power cable buts they will be usa ) Bundle deal for all 4

1 x airport extreme base station a1408 – £20 – unit only, some surface marks again,

will try get some pics up tomorrow, Please let me know of any questions/ interest,

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For Sale – Apple Network Gear A1521 (X4) BASESTATION & AIRPORT EXTREME

Seeing if any interest before they get listed elsewhere

My father used these in Canada for a few years, however has changed over to a synology system to go with his nas,

So i currently have for sale

1x brand new and sealed FC414LL/A Airport express base station A1392 £60 ( prob has a usa power cable)

4 x a1521 Used, Good condition, Few surface marks as expected )£50 each, ( can send you a power cable buts they will be usa ) Bundle deal for all 4

1 x airport extreme base station a1408 – £20 – unit only, some surface marks again,

will try get some pics up tomorrow, Please let me know of any questions/ interest,

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For Sale – 2 x Orbi AC2200 (Model no RBR40) routers – £30 each

For sale here are two Orbi AC2200 (Model no RBR40) routers. The package that they came in have been opened as I just needed the wall plug satellites. These are two brand new orbi routers and come with the box, ethernet cable and Orbi router power cable. I am looking for £30 each for these and I will post them through Collect Plus.

Location
Birmingham
Price and currency
£30 each
Delivery
Collect plus
Prefer goods collected?
I have no preference
Advertised elsewhere?
Advertised elsewhere
Payment method
PPG

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For Sale – 2 WD MyBook Duo Enclosures & 2 MyCloud EX2 Ultras

DUOS
Purchased these enclosures solely to take the drives out so don’t need them, they come with the original box and are the 20tb variant not that it matters

I have 2 of the wd my book duo enclosures in total

Brand new , never been powered on

£45 each

EX2’S
I also have 2 WD my cloud EX2s, brand new as well just opened to remove the drives.

£80 each

Price and currency: 45
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Glasgow
Advertised elsewhere?: advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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