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From a cumbersome ERP monolith to a flexible ecosystem in the cloud

Modernization of the application architecture as an instrument of holistic transformation.
Dr. Christoph Kümmel-Schulte, Arvato Systems
May 18, 2022
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Above a certain size, hardly any company can do without SAP. As an omnipresent backbone, the ERP system ensures smooth business operations in many places. Accordingly, SAP must map the individual processes of each company in the best possible way. However, because there were no SAP components or applications on the market that were generally suitable for all of them, individually developed, monolithic SAP landscapes have emerged over time that are very costly to manage and further develop due to their complexity.

More individuality thanks to standardization

The establishment of a modern application landscape goes hand in hand with a paradigm shift: away from individual on-premises systems to SAP S/4HANA as a standardized SAP system including flexible operation in the cloud and access to innovative, cloud-native services. Modernizing your SAP system in this way is an effective transformation tool - as long as the migration is in line with your business strategy.

SAP S/4HANA forms the technological basis for user-friendly ecosystems, which are created by integrating subsystems and cloud-native third-party solutions as needed. Such a platform economy is the answer to current business requirements: Companies adapt old processes and at the same time precisely map new processes - in a dynamic and speed that is unparalleled. In this way, companies not only reduce their costs for operation and maintenance, they also shorten their time-to-market. Meaningful additional services are available in the shortest possible time - thanks to the architecture of a flexible ecosystem and through a service provider that supports companies holistically in their transformation.

Dr. Christoph Kümmel-Schulte, Arvato Systems

Manager SAP on Cloud & Architecture at Arvato Systems

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SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
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Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

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Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
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28 and 29 February 2024


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