RISE with SAP: An Approach to the Digital Transformation

Rise with SAP
Rise with SAP

Earlier this year, SAP has announced launching a business transformation as a service with the name “RISE with SAP.” It is an initiative to simplify the process of moving the customer landscape to the cloud.
As always, everyone needs time to understand the new programs or transformations of SAP. So, in this article, we will focus on the central points that outline SAP RISE’s key functionalities and present you with a clear idea about the product.

What is RISE with SAP?

RISE with SAP is a new one-time subscription service that offers all the tools a company needs to accelerate cloud adoption. It helps the companies to reduce their TCO and allows them to move their data to the cloud in a more sustainable and value-driven way throughout their business journey.

Components included in RISE with SAP:

RISE with SAP is a comprehensive one-stop solution in the cloud at a single price. Its holistic approach bundles all the components needed for digital business transformation to build intelligent enterprises and make them stand out from their competitors. RISE with SAP is a single package of existing SAP solutions and its services. The five main components that come as a go-to-market motion includes:

● SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Editions
● Embedded Tools & Services for Technical Migration
● SAP Business Process Intelligence
● Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) for SAP Business Technology Platform
● SAP Business Network for starters

How does RISE with SAP benefit enterprises?

RISE with SAP offers companies in their timeline transformation to become an intelligent enterprise by eliminating complexity, simplifying the engagement, and providing continued support for a guided business transformation journey. The three main steps involved in business transformation include:
● Business Process Redesign
● Technical Migration
● Building an Intelligent Enterprise

Also, RISE with SAP is considered as a game-changer for multiple reasons, which are mentioned below:
Cost-effective: Customers can get a whole bundle of products and services of SAP like cloud editions, business networks, and technology platforms in just one subscription service. It reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by 20% compared to the license and maintenance costs of individual products and services.
Premier Value: Offers customers with higher business value by sharing access to many innovative technologies that come with SAP S/4 HANA and SAP Business Technology Platforms.
Business Network: RISE with SAP provides the flexibility to the customers to choose and connect with their suppliers, trading partners, hyperscalers, building blocks, and timeframes.
Simplified Journey: With one contact and a single contract for the entire business transformation, the process of procurement and managing vendors is simplified.
Eliminates limitations: Customers who have SAP enterprise support and cloud editions can access CALM (Cloud Application Lifecycle management from SAP) in the public cloud without additional costs for maintenance and operations. It also benefits the customers commercially who are using ECC.
Faster deployment: Businesses can experience a quicker deployment accelerated by two months or more in their business transformation journey towards the intelligent enterprise.
To conclude, RISE with SAP is a game-changer for customers who prefer to move to SAP modular Cloud ERP to optimize their business processes out of their company. In addition, it is also suitable for those who are planning to add RPA to their functions, along with integrating and exchanging their data between hybrid cloud environments.


How Being Agile and Being Innovative helped us during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Collaboration, innovation, agility, customer centricity and an unquenchable thirst to better ourselves are what define us here at Tachyon Technologies. Read on to know how we synergized these processes to become the organization that we are!

We live in an era where bad organizational handling of employees and customers says a lot about its culture. With “over 70% of individuals choosing not to associate with a bad-cultured or/ an ill-reputed organization,” it is evident that culture plays a vital role in an organization’s performance.

Some of the essential veins of brilliant organizational culture are:

  • Encouraging Collaboration
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Being Agile
  • Focused on Customer Experience
  • Continuous Learning

Which, we at Tachyon have proudly embraced as tenets of our company culture.

Read on to know more about how Tachyon symbolizes great company culture.

Encouraging Collaboration: Silos topple companies. Hence the need for collaboration. With the growing pace of a global and remote workforce, conventional communication methods are like the Nokia 1100s – reliable, but outdated. At Tachyon, our people come from various nationalities and cultures. By encouraging collaboration among them, we as a company achieved success.

Similarly, we approach our clients with a notion of collaborative transformation. This means our partnership is not just tactical, but long-standing. We strongly believe in creating real business benefits for our clients while working closely in their digital transformation journey.

Fostering Innovation: Unlocking full potential of our people. This was possible because we encouraged our teams to collaborate more. We noticed a steep surge in ideas and innovative solutions to challenges, which helped improve the service of a product. Simply by having a culture that fosters innovation, we were able to better serve our clients. We’ve made it point to recognize individuals for their innovative thinking.

Being Agile: Agility is all about being dynamic and collaborative. Being open to feedback and new thinking gave us the competitive growth advantage. For instance, during the Covid-19 global pandemic, companies with the right organizational structure thrive. A digitally sound organization definitely has its advantage, but it can sail through these uncertain times only with an agile business culture. A clear business continuity plan set forth by the leadership, willingness, and support from the organization are crucial. Allowing for discussions, flexibility and trust bring out more from each stakeholder. The benefits of being agile go much beyond the times of crisis.

Focus on Customer Experience: The customer is an equal stakeholder in any project. Organizations that are vigorously customer centric are often considered agile. Bringing in clientele with attractive discounts only lasts a short time; however, creating memorable moments, paying attention to customer’s needs, adding value, empathizing with their situations and building an emotional connection is what we do at Tachyon. For us, our customers are at the center of our universe.

Continuous Learning: As an organization Tachyon is obsessed with growth and learning. We seek the knowledge in everything. We strive to stay ahead in our business. For that purpose, we focus on upskilling our people. In this highly competitive world, individuals need to expand their knowledge base and stay upgraded on technological advances and other developments in their field of work. Continuous upgrading of knowledge, skills, and tools is a cornerstone of our company culture and philosophy. Like us, we encourage everyone to innovate and collaborate so that it adds value to themselves and their organizations.

Steve Jobs once famously said: “All I ask is that today you do the best work of your entire life.” This holds good to all of us at Tachyon. We believe that by innovating continuously, one can keep pace with the industry. Being agile allows the change to be smooth and quick while always keeping our eyes trained on the experience factor to make our interactions relevant and leading to growth for our partners.

More than a process, “Be Agile, Be Innovative” is a philosophy that turns around an entire ecosystem to be better. Thankfully, the metrics for a good company culture are measurable and show in the organization’s bottom-line.


Six Factors That CIOs Must Consider Before Embarking on Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Transformation requires planning and processes. Here’s a list of things that CIO’s who are the change makers for this initiative within their organization should consider before they start the transformation journey.

If you have been thinking about digital transformation, now is the time to go ahead. We are living in the most challenging economic conditions since the 2008 financial crisis and the present pandemic is far worse in every imaginable way. For companies to survive and thrive in the post-covid world, they need innovative thinking and processes.

The pandemic has hurt all businesses across the world and it may prompt businesses to pull back on new investment or even product development and that may not be a good idea. Uncertain times are always good for development and innovation. While we are not sure when the pandemic will end, one thing is for sure that companies will try to accelerate their digital transformation. Whatever be your digital transformation strategy, if you had planned it, now is the time to move ahead.

Growth Happens Through Innovation

Although every company talks about innovation, it is really difficult for companies to stay ahead of the curve. According to a recent study by McKinsey,  84% of executives it spoke to said innovation was crucial for growth and only 6% were happy with the performance of their company. Several others it interviewed said innovations in products and services did not bring any meaningful value to them. The reason behind this is that the executives had no clear idea about innovation and often confused innovation to creating a new product or service, which is not exactly right.

Changes in CIOs Role

In 2017, Gartner had surveyed more than 3000 CIOs across the world and over 95% of those surveyed said they expect their roles to be realigned or changed due to digitization and fast-changing technology.

As CIO, you will have to upgrade your knowledge and skills to stay relevant and redefine your skills in the fast-changing business and technology world and be able to take on challenges of the next few years.

Here are six important areas that a CIO must consider before embarking on a digital transformation journey.

Think from Business Point of View

To succeed in your role as a CIO you have to go beyond your domain expertise—you need to think from a business perspective like working on innovations, strategizing on business activities, and identifying opportunities to grow your business.

As you are in a position to decide your company’s digital initiative, that gives you the chance to focus on your company’s business strategy besides it being a major part of your company’s business. As a leader with the power to strategize, people in the C-level and peers look toward you as an important part of the business.

To succeed in your role as the digital business leader, you must show traits like:

  1. Leading from the front in upcoming and growing business functions and innovations.
  2. Investing in building a network of digital business capabilities that can nurture other divisions within and outside the company.
  3. Thinking ahead of what technologies to use when changes happen or are scheduled to happen.

Become Change Agents

When you lead the digital transformation process, you must also take over the role of a change agent. This means you need to convince the board or the leadership to invest in newer technologies, products, and services that will add value to the business, both in the short and long term.

While you are at it, you will also be expected to help your colleagues and others in the company through the digital transformation process. In all, starting from the top level to the mid-level, you will have to work with just about everyone that matters in the company.

To ensure the process of digital transformation is smooth, you must build a solid business relationship with the CEO as well as others around you. As a rule, most CIOs report directly to the CEO and this makes your job much easier as you don’t have to go through the hierarchy to get budgetary or other permissions.

Target Results or Outcomes

Digital transformation is not an overnight process. It is also not a very straightforward process. Not all digital transformation processes are an instant success, however, the ones that do succeed are always directed by results or outcomes. You need to give the freedom to people that are involved in the process to judge and decide when, where, and how to prioritize resource distribution and remove any thorns that are coming in the way.

To achieve better results, you need to give the team the freedom to respond to a technical crisis within a shorter time span and without delay. Also, have the hierarchy in place so that confusion can be avoided at all stages in terms of decision making and escalation matrix.

Commence with Existing IT Infrastructure

As the CIO, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you analyze and check if the existing infrastructure is enough for digital transformation. This is to ensure that your expenses are minimal and you get the best from whatever infrastructure you have.

Technology has made it easy to blend legacy infrastructure with new, however in some cases that’s not possible, in that case, it’s always better to talk to your vendor and get this sorted.

CIOs Must Bank on BI, AI, and Analytics

Business intelligence and analytics provide companies with rich data that they can use in many ways to grow their business. Today business intelligence and analytics have become an important part of digital transformation initiatives worldwide. You will have to tune yourself to think about and use data at all times to improve business and make accurate business judgments.

Take a Collaborative Approach

Collaboration is at the heart of every successful initiative— whether technical or non-technical. Any digital transformation project needs collaboration of every department as it has wider ramifications. As CIO you need to sit with department heads and bring them on board so that the initiative is successful.

Businesses are set to change once digital transformation is actioned within your organization. As the CIO, your role would be the key in how organizations adapt to changes, and to excel in this initiative, you must become an enabler.

You will also have to look at AI and Data to back your transformation plan as they will help you with business intelligence, cybersecurity, and analytics as these are key to your plan.

Lastly, you have to get into the right communication mode to get backing for your initiative and overcome any resistance.


9 Things to Consider Before Choosing an ERP

Implementing an ERP system in an organization requires a planning, time, effort and experts. However, readiness before the actual implementation ensures the process is handled smoothly.

Big or small, organizations need Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems because they help streamline operations — from customer data acquisition and storage, financials, HR function, sales, inventory and everything in between.

With an ERP solution at your disposal, you can accelerate customer on-boarding, eliminate redundant back-office processes, deal with data efficiently and improve business performance along with team communications.

ERP systems are a great addition to the company’s tech stack to simplify overall business operations. They help you consolidate your organization’s information in single source and manage several tasks without depending on multiple tools and teams.

Is your organization thinking of implementing an ERP system?

We have curated a 9-point checklist to consider before you embark on an ERP journey and lead your company towards digital transformation.

Be Clear About Intent: At the heart of any ERP implementation is intent. Right from the beginning, you must have a well-defined objective when embarking on the implementation journey. Your reasons may include any one of these or a combination including process improvement, production quality, employee productivity, business expansion, transparency, financial & asset control, compliance, and many more.

The justifications can be as diverse as the processes in your organization. However, if you cannot communicate the intentions and benefits of an ERP implementation clearly, then it would be challenging for your leadership to agree to such a large investment.

Define Your Organization’s Best Practices: More than using technology to support and optimize business processes, ERPs help in defining best practices.

Once you have decided to implement an ERP and have on-boarded stakeholders, it is important to define the best practices for the organization spanning all processes and people. However, the challenge lays in achieving a common understanding without making too many changes to the processes or people.

To fast track your ERP implementation, it is imperative you select the right implementation partner who can guide you in global best practices that suit organization and benefit your organization.

Have Clarity: An ERP has a wide array of uses. You may choose to use it for one process or for multiple – across the organization, depending on where and how you want it to work for you.

Organizations that want an ERP across multiple entities or locations (regions, countries, functions, divisions) can choose from one of the several ERP landscape strategies available to them: from a single ERP instance to function or entity specific implementation.

Follow Industry Trends: What’s trending today may not be feasible for your organization in a few years. Similarly, an ERP that is comparatively smaller can explode into an industry leader in a few years.

If you have decided to purchase an ERP solution, then you need to also look at how your industry is developing too. This will help you not only keep up with your competition but stay ahead of them.

SAP’s ERP is designed to enable organizations become Intelligent Enterprises. SAP S/4 HANA is powered by AI and is an integrated, intelligent next-generation platform that improves large organizations’ ability to process transactions and analyze informational databases in real-time. Report generation happens in real-time, insights are powered by AI and ML.

S/4 HANA enables users to work on large datasets in one system, thereby significantly saving hardware, operational costs, along with total cost of ownership(TCO).

Get Your Business Strategies Right: While the going becomes easy for companies that have an ERP, it’s always in your interest to get your business strategy right. Being able to adapt to change globally and within the industry become defining factors.

You must also look at things that your organization will do differently once the ERP is in place.

An ERP will give you insights into several aspects of your industry and you will have to respond or translate them into some actionable and measurable insights. This will lead to change the way your business works.

Stay Updated: Being a thought leader in your organization, you would already know how things are shaping in your industry and business. However, there can be certain processes that might be out of your sight – given that today’s CIOs are handling multiple teams across geographies.

You may think that you know how your business operates, but until you start examining how people and processes work, you will not have the right knowledge to make improvements. Additionally, you must keep acquiring knowledge of the best practices and various innovations that’s impacting your industry.

Cost Analysis and Infrastructure Check: Getting an ERP solution is no easy task. It involves onboarding various stakeholders and convincing several others as ERP solutions can be costly, but the return on investment (ROI) is immense – much more than the investment on the ERP tool itself.

Additionally, there’s the question about spending on infrastructure. It’s true that most companies that are thinking about ERP solutions might run on legacy systems and new age ERP solutions may or may not be compatible with the legacy systems.

To ensure that there’s minimal expenditure on infrastructure, it’s always better to check with the ERP implementation partner about compatibility.

Think of the Past, Present & Future: Once you have decided to implement and ERP, an analysis of the past and expectation from the future will help chart an action plan or course correction plan based on the expectations and outcomes.

Standardization: Before implementing an ERP, you must ask yourself if you want standardization across the whole company or autonomy across different levels. Both standardization and autonomy are different and may take different time to be implemented. Your ERP partner should give you an idea of which is better – standardization across the company or autonomy within divisions.

Any organization that wants to implement an ERP solution should consider this checklist. Having a roadmap makes it easier for you to navigate and funnel down to the right processes and systems and maximize ROI.


At-Will Work from Office. Vogue or Pass.

Many among us have been working from home for over a year. We’ve experienced many things while working from home – like the joys of attending meetings while lazing in our beds, pretending to work while bingeing on our favorite shows, working while cooking. We’ve also had some lows too – like losing a loved one to the coronavirus, experiencing burn-out and zoom fatigue.

While half of Americans are fully vaccinated, the eagerness to come back to work is sporadic at best. Some organizations operating in specific industries in parts of the world have completely opened up and/or partially. However, one industry that hasn’t swung its doors wide open is IT.

As organizations contemplate having their workforce work from office, they are faced with two fundamental questions:

  1. What is best for the business?
  2. What do our employees want?

Simply put, the answer to both these questions is: flexibility.

Both, organizations and employees, need to be flexible in their approach to return to offices.

For organizations, empowering the workforce takes precedence. Giving employees the freedom to choose when, how and where they work is something both employees and organizations seem to agree on.

Coming back to work can be an emotional decision.

After working from home for over 15 months, returning to office can be an emotional decision. First – there is the concern for safety, as getting fully vaccinated is not the silver bullet we all thought it would be.

Employees are feeling anything from anticipation, excitement, happiness, hesitation to even fear while thinking about coming back to work.

One trend that has come to the fore is most employees are not interested in working in-office for five days a week, like we did before the pandemic.

Simultaneously, there are signs that few employees are charged up to return to work!

With emotions at play, it is imperative for organizations to give employees a voice in how, when and why they would like to come back to work.

A few reasons why giving employees a choice helps:

Forcing people back will force them out

According to the survey, job satisfaction is back to pre-pandemic heights, with 71% of those surveyed saying they were highly satisfied in their current position. However, over a third 36% say that they are very likely to quit their current job if forced to come back to office for five days a week as they used to.

Organizations and employees both need to be flexible.

A hybrid workforce is a happy workforce

The same survey sheds light on the fact that 72% of employees are willing to come back to work for 2-3 days in a week. An at-will hybrid model is currently the best opportunity for both organizations and employees to be productive and flexible.

A flexible workforce is productive

The flexibility of choosing when to work from office makes employees far more productive. Employees can prioritize work on the days they are at office, which leads to a healthier work-life balance. For organizations, offering a hybrid or flexible work options communicates trust in their workforce. Trust is the key ingredient “the secret” in a secret sauce recipe.

Covid-19 has proved that the human race can adapt, and we’ve evolved as a race in the past 18 months. Now going back to pre-pandemic days seems primitive.

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