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Join this free open online course to learn about the concept of two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and how organizations can get set for their journey towards digital transformation. This course will highlight the need for two-tier ERP and show how SAP S/4HANA Cloud with its SaaS offering perfectly caters for the requirements and processes of different lines of business, which can be seamlessly integrated.

The course Two-Tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud has moved and is now available on the SAP Learning site. The openSAP platform will be discontinued at the end of July 2024.

Self-paced since November 8, 2018
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

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Course Summary

Globalization has fundamentally changed the mode in which businesses operate. Organizations need to scale up and expand to cater for the ever-increasing market demand. Businesses proliferate mainly inorganically, through mergers and acquisitions. The need is to onboard newly acquired subsidiaries, which may be in different geographical locations and with a different set of established business processes, into existing IT systems, or integrate the disparate IT systems of multiple entities.

Organic growth is achieved by diversifying lines of business (LoB), where existing IT systems need to be adapted for new LoB-related business processes. In addition to all this, businesses are feeling the need to integrate with the extended supply chain comprising vendors, sub-contractors, distributors, and so on, in different IT landscapes.

In a digital economy, two-tier ERP attempts to solve this paradox of seamlessly integrating multiple ERP landscapes. Two-tier ERP entails an organization’s IT landscape operating in two different tiers: tier 1, focusing on the stable and traditional areas of the business processes that require stability, and tier 2 for the innovative and disruptive aspects of the business need for agility. This course explains the concept of two-tier ERP and provides a detailed view of how organizations can get set for a journey towards digital transformation with two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

First, we’ll provide you with an overview of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, followed by the business case for two-tier ERP. We’ll then briefly explain how master data can be handled centrally, and you’ll learn which integration concepts are applicable in a two-tier ERP model.

After you’ve been introduced to the finance and sales processes, we’ll present manufacturing and procurement use cases that are available with the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

We’ll also have a special unit from one of our early SAP S/4HANA Cloud adopters, Topcon Positioning Systems, who will share their perspective and experience of how they successfully leveraged the concept of two-tier ERP with their on-premise ERP system and SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: October 10, 2018, 9 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 4 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: November 8, 2018, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Overview of SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Unit 2: Introduction to Two-Tier ERP, Master Data, and Integration Concepts
Unit 3: Financial Planning and Consolidation with SAP BPC
Unit 4: Financial Consolidation with Central Finance and Cloud Consolidation
Unit 5: Cash Visibility and Customer Payments
Unit 6: Sales Processes in Dependent Subsidiaries
Unit 7: Sales Processes in Independent Subsidiaries
Unit 8: Streamlined Procure-to-Pay
Unit 9: Plan-to-Produce
Unit 10: Customer Showcase - Topcon Positioning Systems

Target Audience

  • SAP customers and partners
  • Sales account executives
  • Presales
  • Consultants
  • Anyone interested in understanding the concept of two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Course Requirements

Basic knowledge of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud offering

Development Systems

You do not need access to an SAP S/4HANA Cloud system in this course.

Further Learning

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About Further Content Experts

Srivatsan Santhanam

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Srivatsan is a senior director in the SAP S4HANA Cloud Product Management and Co-Innovation team, APJ, leading the two-tier ERP topic globally. With over 15 years of industry experience, Srivatsan works closely with customers and partners to assess market requirements and interweave with SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud strategy and portfolio. His main focus is on the finance and technology streams of SAP S/4HANA. Srivatsan has four U.S. patents and is a regular thought leadership speaker at many technology events in the APJ region.

Anupama Chandrasekhar

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Anupama Chandrasekhar is a director in Product Management for SAP S/4HANA, APJ. Her focus areas are sales and distribution, integration, master data and content management.

Anupama has written several white papers, specifications, and ACDs. She has also contributed to training courses within the SAP NetWeaver area, and been a coach in Mobile partner projects.

Abhijit Bolakhe

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Abhijit Bolakhe is a senior product expert in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management and Co-Innovation team, APJ, focusing on business processes related to two-tier integration

Abhijit has 12 years of consulting experience in SAP and non-SAP integration and extensibility.

Hardeep Tulsi

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Hardeep Tulsi is a senior product manager in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management and Co-Innovation team. He is currently responsible for analytics functions in SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Hardeep has been involved extensively in analytics and co-innovation initiatives with customers, and in defining the use cases for two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. He is also part of the team that defines the functionalities that go into two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and is involved in customer implementation projects as a product expert for analytics in two-tier ERP.

Hardeep has written functional and technical specifications for SAP S/4HANA two-tier ERP Analytics scenarios – SAP S/4HANA Cloud deployment approaches, as well as a number of blog posts on analytics.

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Course End
Nov 08, 2018
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Sven Denecken

Sven Denecken holds the role of COO for SAP S/4HANA and also heads the P&I SAP S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Content team. In this role, Sven ensures the SAP S/4HANA product portfolio is aligned with market and customer requirements and drives thought leadership. ​

Sven’s many years of experience working with customers and partners together with an extensive network that includes the SAP field organization and industry analysts, enable the SAP S/4HANA development teams to respond quickly to changing markets to ultimately provide a solution that helps customers gain a competitive advantage.​

​In co-innovation projects with customers, Sven and his team discover key trends and next practices in the use of new technologies to assure the evolution of both the product and content. ​

As a member of SAP’s executive leadership, cooperating closely with the respective teams, Sven supports the strategy of SAP’s solutions and its alignment with customers, SAP’s field organization, and the ecosystem.

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Sanjai K

Sanjai K has been with SAP for more than 20 years in a variety of roles, spanning consulting, delivery management, solution management and product management. Sanjai is a member of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management Leadership team, and drives co-innovation with customers and partners for SAP S/4HANA Cloud across the APJ region. Prior to his current role, he was the regional head of the SAP Solution Delivery Centre (SDC) for the APJ region with responsibility for offshore service delivery.

In his role, Sanjai works closely with customers and partners in the APJ region to strengthen the product and ensure that the voice of customers and partners influences the product strategy and roadmap. He also leads the team that is responsible for the topic of two-tier ERP within SAP S/4HANA Product Management.

Sanjai is a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd and other events.

Summan Chakraborty

Summan Chakraborty is a product expert in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management and Co-Innovation team. He is currently responsible for Sales and Asset Management in SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Summan has been involved in extensive co-innovation initiatives with customers, defining the use cases for two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. He is also part of the team that defines the functionalities that go into two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and is involved in customer implementation projects as a product expert for two-tier ERP.

Summan has authored a white paper on two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud deployment approaches, and written numerous blog posts on the same topic.​

Ranjani Guruprasad

Ranjani Guruprasad is a director in Product Management for SAP S/4HANA, focusing on sourcing and procurement.

She is an SAP-certified ABAP developer as well as a trainer/coach for agile methodology, mentoring and enabling budding product managers in SAP.

Ranjani has written functional specifications for SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement and SAP SRM.

Bindhu Simry T

Bindhu Simry T is a product expert in the Product Management team for SAP S/4HANA, focusing on financials. She has over a decade of experience in SAP cloud products, having started as a developer.

Prior to joining the Product Management team, Bindhu was the product owner for Financials in SAP Business ByDesign.

Prakash K M

Prakash Karkihallimath is a senior product expert in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management and Co-Innovation team, APJ, focusing on the design of two-tier business processes related to the Sales LoB. He also has very broad consulting experience spanning across different LoBs.

Prakash has written a blog and white paper and published a video on the two-tier approach.

Manish Saraswat

Manish Saraswat is a director in the SAP S/4HANA Product Management & Co-Innovation team, APJ, responsible for end-to-end logistics and related financial topics in two-tier business processes and machine learning. He also enables Sales and Presales, and supports customers on SAP S/4HANA in the APJ region.

Manish has over 15 years of consulting experience in business process consulting and SAP implementation experience, and has been involved in the majority of strategic SAP implementation projects in the region.

Kris Cowles

Kris Cowles joined Topcon in 2014 and is VP, Global Application IT for the Positioning Systems (TPS) division. TPS designs, manufactures, and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management, and mobile control markets.

Kris is responsible for the full portfolio of business systems, driving IT strategy across the global footprint of both traditional Topcon business units as well as new businesses. Prior to Topcon, she spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems in a variety of roles in both the U.S. and Europe. Her background encompasses not just IT, but multiple business disciplines: global channel operations, supply chain, eCommerce, strategic partnerships, enterprise architecture, and operational roles in research and development.  

Robert Schmitz

Robert Schmitz is a project manager for IT business solutions for Topcon. His department implements and maintains the business systems for the Topcon Positioning branch.

Robert managed the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Topcon offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. His current focus is on two-tier ERP between ERP and SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and the S/4HANA Cloud implementation in Italy, Ireland, and Great Britain.

Previous projects he has worked on include SAP ERP for Topcon’s European distribution center, CRM implementations, and a Microsoft Dynamics rollout.