Fujitsu, the leading Japanese global information and communication technology company, is reportedly strengthening its coalition with SAP to migrate all its ERP systems to SAP S4/HANA within five years.
“Our goal with the initiative is to organise and integrate them all at once to standardise and streamline operations in a holistic manner,” stated Shunsuke Baba, the CDPO (Chief Data & Process Officer) at Fujitsu.
Named OneERP+, this plan is devised to deploy one single standardised ERP across its operations globally while enabling Fujitsu to transform digitally, at a repositioning cost of about $760 million, reported The Registered.
More Insights into the Move
OneERP+ is expected to recruit more than 1,500 staffers during the peak of the project deployment in addition to the company’s 124,200 existing employees.
As the brainchild of CEO Takahito Tokitaive, this five-year-long digital transformation project is being led by Fujitsu’s EVP and chief data and process officer Shunsuke Baba.
Rolled out in the second half of 2020, this multi-year DX project is aimed at building “a foundation to support purpose-driven and data-driven management.”
This Japanese computing veteran currently operates more than 4,000 systems to run its internal business, multiple instances of SAP-based systems, and in-house ERPs.
“The program was started in the second half of 2020 in order to build a foundation to support purpose-driven and data-driven management, which represents a core measure in this strategic shift,” stated Shunsuke Baba. “There are many different business processes and systems for each business and region. One of our key challenges is how to thoroughly standardise all business process data and simplify it as a basic system.”
Migrating to One SAP ERP
The OneERP+ program is launched as part of Fujitsu’s effort to efficiently oversee and streamline its key global business operations, such as accounting, sales, project management and procurement, and more.
With this move, the technology giant is committed to efficiently consolidating its existing ERP services onto the S/4HANA cloud platform hosted in Microsoft Azure.
The company’s SaaS-based front-end applications are planned to be running in Azure with other SAP systems hosted by AWS.
The first stage of the migration process is poised to be completed within the 2024 fiscal year.
Successful Transition to the S/4HANA Platform Needs Expert Support
Cloud-based system deployment is gaining momentum among SAP-centric companies looking to drive business agility.
In addition, with SAP ECC mainstream support ending by 2027, migrating to the S/4HANA system has become unavoidable for future-focused businesses. However, assimilating a new system is a complex task that is subject to hefty costs, heavy customisation, and large-scale data migration. As a result, the process may lead to bottom-up disruption unless executed by experts.
For businesses looking to drive down the migration cost while also ensuring minimum business disruption, investing in a high-quality SAP migration service like Protera is a sensible decision.
A high-end service can accelerate the S/4HANA transformation project efficiently and cost-effectively.
Shedding light on the intricacy of this five-year-long OneERP+ project, The EVP and CDPO officer at Fujitsu said, “This is a very challenging project, and although it is actually promoted with the inclusion of add-on development, it is not merely an ERP introduction project but is also promoted as a large-scale reform project at the management level on the premise of a large-scale transformation of business processes,” explained Baba. “The organisation consists of a team that designs business transformation from a business perspective and a team that implements it as an IT system.”
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