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Deloitte + SAP: The team approach for tomorrow’s digital enterprise

Business alliances have become indispensable for many large organizations today to maintain a competitive edge. Far more than just fleeting encounters, modern alliances offer a lot more than convenience.

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Michael Cravatte - Partner - Digital & Technology - Deloitte

Christophe Vallet - Director - Digital & Technology - Deloitte

Published on 18 March 2021

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Deloitte is harnessing its deep industry-specific experience and broad set of capabilities to deliver the Deloitte Reimagine Platform, which empowers clients with the new generation of SAP Technologies to launch the digital enterprise. The platform, which aligns tightly with Deloitte’s “Reimagine everything” vision, helps clients reimagine the enterprise and explore ways to generate value with data and cloud technologies across finance; supply chain management; HR and workforce; customer engagement; and sales and asset management.

However, re-platforming enterprise resource planning (ERP) and taking advantage of these innovations requires businesses to build the foundation first, followed by adopting protocols and best practices. This process can increase organizations’ expenses and slow the pace of planned transformations. The Deloitte Reimagine Platform—geared chiefly

toward finance, supply chain, HR and software-as-a-service (SaaS) innovation for the digital core—tackles this challenge by offering ready-made use cases and solutions to automate processes, improve insights for decision-making, and deliver innovation. The big benefit for clients? Exponential value at an accelerated pace.

Developed in close collaboration with SAP, the Deloitte Reimagine Platform brings together the power of the SAP Innovation Hub and Deloitte leading practices to empower clients to plan for tomorrow’s realities. The platform effectively shows SAP customers how far and how fast they can go when adopting next-generation capabilities.

Grounded in innovation

Through its time-honored partnership with SAP, Deloitte continues to support organizations globally to transform their enterprise operations. Recognizing Deloitte’s success in the marketplace—based on scale, track record, and industry achievements—SAP has presented Deloitte with numerous SAP Pinnacle Awards for achievements with SAP S/4HANA, digital core ERP, SAP Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors.

Deloitte and SAP are continuously developing industry-specific insights, accelerators, templates, preconfigured solutions, and a wealth of other resources to help clients respond quickly to today’s challenges and get ahead of tomorrow’s. Understanding where SAP solutions are going—and how SAP itself is transforming—has become central to Deloitte’s efforts. In tandem, the advent of the SAP digital innovation system is enabling companies to reimagine their business.

As an added value, we have trained our staff globally for the SAP cloud ERP solution so that when client are geared for adoption, we are ahead of the game

Abdi Goodarzi, principal and US SAP practice leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Acceleration, agility, added value

To help companies unlock the full potential of SAP technologies, Deloitte can deliver new use cases, integrated market solutions, and products specifically developed to accelerate the innovation cycle—while also helping clients strengthen their core business. Besides helping clients move fast with agile methodologies, preconfigured solutions, and proprietary accelerators in the digital core platform—SAP S/4HANA—Deloitte is also collaborating on innovative solutions to empower clients with SAP Leonardo.

To help clients navigate through a labyrinth of implementation challenges, Deloitte has been actively forging core capabilities in the SAP ecosystem. Deloitte and SAP have made significant investments in SAP S/4HANA, which includes co-development and co-innovation with SAP—testing and validating their new technology platforms and solutions. As an added value, Deloitte staff have been trained globally for the SAP cloud ERP solution so that when clients are geared for adoption, Deloitte is ahead of the game.

SAP values Deloitte’s contribution not only based on how the client can be helped, but also on clients’ satisfaction with having Deloitte as their SAP systems integrator. With a massive global network comprising more than 18,000 practitioners dedicated to SAP solutions, Deloitte is proud to have assisted more than 3,500 clients to efficiently implement SAP solutions and get the most from their SAP investments.

Packaged software is no longer enough. You need to leverage the entire architecture ecosystem, combined with functional and industry leading practices

Darwin Deano, principal and SAP Chief Technology Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Exponential value—accelerated

The pursuit of exponential value in an SAP-enabled environment starts with a digital innovation mindset. As the launch partner for SAP technologies, Deloitte understands that change management is a big challenge for long-time SAP customers. From both a business and an IT perspective, SAP technologies represented a significant shift from packaged software to platform-driven digital innovation.

However, packaged software is no longer enough—organizations need to leverage the entire architecture ecosystem, combined with functional and industry-leading practices. Speed to value is an integral part of the business case, as two to three years is a lifetime when it comes to the pace of technology innovation and business disruption. Technology can become obsolete before it reaches the production environment.

For foundational processes—general ledger entry, for example—Deloitte focuses on standardization and automation. For strategic processes such as integrated business planning, Deloitte focuses on the art of the possible through “design thinking” sessions. This “thoughtful categorization” approach allows Deloitte to work with clients to determine the most effective architecture ecosystem for their needs.

Mindful methodology

Deloitte’s unique consultative approach stems from its Enterprise Value Delivery (EVD) methodology. The Deloitte network of member firms brings together its collective technology, advisory, and consultative experience, helping customers leverage technology to boost their return on investment. Deloitte’s EVD approach for achieving agility is an empirical method that embraces change in the business environment and the technology landscape—with a sharp focus on delivering value to clients quickly and providing the discipline and transparency required to achieve goals. Operating in a fast-paced and ever-changing technology environment, one aspect that has been a constant for Deloitte is the art of delivering true value to customers and their stakeholders.

Conclusion

While the alliance between Deloitte and SAP comes with a long history, the partnership is ahead of its time and committed to helping clients address today’s biggest needs—leveraging the potential of cloud, the power of data, the strength of the digital core, and strategic innovation to get ahead of disruption. For many organizations wondering what it means to be digital today and what challenges tomorrow may bring, the search for answers may begin by teaming with Deloitte and SAP together.

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