Change takes more than a telephone booth


By Dr. Chris Nøkkentved

I used to be amazed at how easy it was to become the “man of steel.” Run into a telephone booth, take off glasses and clothes to reveal cape and Superman outfit … and off you go to save the world. The mild mannered reporter instantly gains powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

I used to think that in the real world, major changes were not so easy. And then, along came an approach called SHAPE that allows any enterprise to change from old school to a new digital enterprise quickly and easily … with or without a telephone booth.

Changing gears
SHAPE stand for “SAP and HPE Accelerate Platform Engagement.” The approach is based on the following six differentiating accelerators that have been proven to deliver results:

  1. Engineered, Accelerated Simplification – SHAPE bundles a tools-driven solution assessment approach that exposes complexity and obsolescence in custom code, data and business logic. This helps the business simplify and streamline business processes and underlying SAP and non-SAP integrated solutions prior to migrations to SAP S/4 HANA and Managed Cloud.
  2. Industry-aligned, Focused Value Impact – SHAPE’s value estimators quantifying the value impact of the combined transformation provided by SAP S/4 HANA and Managed Cloud will enable business to focus the business case on capabilities that will affect TCO as well as business velocity, flexibility and decision accuracy.
  3. Context-aligned Model Business Prototyping – SHAPE provides a SAP S/4 HANA on Managed Cloud prototyping environment for experimenting and preparing the organization for the comparative assessment during realization.
  4. Combined Landscape and Application transformation Roadmap –Migration of applications, databases and middleware leverages a number of accelerators from SAP and HPE, which helps to estimate the actual timing and adaptation to the customer’s own release schedule. By taking the constraints of the organization in the release planning, enables the creation of a more pragmatic roadmap of deployment and eases organizational change and stakeholder alignment.
  5. Agile Realization Methodology – SHAPE minimizes the risk of failure by taking an end-to-end view of the transformation with detailed transformation accelerators for migration of application business logic, user-interfaces, data integration and replication as well as analytics repatriation to the SAP S/4 HANA core. As an added benefit, the Activate enhanced methodology will be then institutionalized in the company, enabling both waterfall and agile development approaches depending on the context of the applications.
  6. Optimized Application and Platform Operations –As part of SHAPE’s deliverables, HPE and SAP have established an aligned “Run SAP as a Factory” tools-enabled and workflow-driven approach to operations. This enables a nextgen IT Operating Model that optimizes some of the key value streams in operations and projects like Detect to Correct, Request to Fulfill and Requirements to Deploy. Further optimization can be directly activated in this ITOM platform that provides the right focus for continuous business model improvement.

Find out how to shift your IT shape at HPE Discover
Come find out more about SHAPE by attending the session titled “Innovating DevOps for SAP S/4 HANA on a Hybrid IT Digital Platform” this week at HPE Discover in Las Vegas. It’s session DF (Discussion Forum) 8359 scheduled for today - Tuesday, June 7 - from 05:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. in Discussion Forum 6. You’ll come away ready to give your enterprise the super powers it needs to be in to thrive in the idea economy.

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