You've Saved the Company Millions... What's Next?

Posted by David Kuketz on May 27, 2020

How the CFO Uses Returns from Investments

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14 Major Differences Between SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on April 14, 2020

SAP S/4HANA is SAP's ERP for large enterprises. It is the successor of SAP R/3 and SAP ERP and is optimized for SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA. SAP S/4HANA represents a paradigm shift from transactional systems that simply record data, toward instead providing end-users active decision support in real-time based on data from both internal and external sources.

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Whitepaper:  Strategic Value Management - Valuing Data-Driven Business Outcomes

Posted by David Kuketz on April 6, 2020

Data is incredibly flexible, reusable, extendable, and when leveraged as an asset in your company with greater usage, higher frequency and velocity it becomes highly valuable. Utopia Strategic Value Management (SVM) helps to examine the value of data and chart a course to creating more economic value, improve agility and increase speed of business.

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SVM Blog #4: Disruptive Technologies - Creating Huge Value via Data Strategy, Data Quality, Data Migration and Data Governance

Posted by David Kuketz on March 3, 2020

SVM Blog #4_ Disruptive Technologies - Creating Huge Value via Data Strategy, Data Quality, Data Migration and Data Governance

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7 Best Practices for a Successful Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on July 15, 2019

There can be a lot of risk when migrating to a new platform like SAP S/4HANA. How do you ensure you're creating a smarter approach to managing the data up front?

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Kicking the Bad Habit of Bad Data

Posted by Utopia Marketing on June 25, 2019

It’s time to face the reality... no more kicking it down the road... your organization just might have a data problem. Maybe it started with a few processes that broke down over time. Maybe someone left and took with them the knowledge of their homegrown data archiving strategy. Maybe manual entry or data manipulation destroyed the integrity of your change management. Regardless of how it happened, it has likely led to some enterprise-wide bad data habits. 

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It's Time You Had the 'Data Talk'

Posted by Utopia Marketing on June 20, 2019

 A major step on the road to system modernization is the migration to a unified platform, in this case... SAP S/4HANA. While enterprises are prepared to invest in SAP S/4HANA, it’s critical to realize that you need to first invest in your data. You can have the nicest garbage can on the block, but the inside is still trash. 

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The People, Processes & Technology of an Effective Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on March 30, 2018

When you’re migrating from a non-SAP legacy system or from an SAP ERP system and implementing SAP S/4HANA, your master and transactional data must be migrated from the legacy system into a new environment – and with that comes a lot of things to consider, plan for and build processes around.

Data migration is one of the biggest risks to a new system implementation. 38% of data migrations fail due to a lack of understanding of the source and target systems and poor planning/execution by project teams. A failed data migration as a part of your SAP S/4HANA implementation means decreased value of the powerful business platform  because it’s only as good as the data enabling it.

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Best Practices for Data Migration to SAP® S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on March 8, 2018

SAP® S/4HANA enables organizations to lower their operating IT costs by simplifying their IT landscape. However, every organization has different needs. Implementing a data management strategy is imperative for organizations to accelerate their movement to SAP S/4HANA in a cost-effective manner.

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Things to Consider BEFORE Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on December 20, 2017

We’ve seen it before. A company makes a big investment in a new ERP system, and a BI system, then added Balanced Score Cards and very pretty dashboards. But the CEO still gets reports in an Excel spreadsheet.  Ever wonder why this happens?  There are many reasons, however a common one is that when the new system was implemented, no one cleaned the data from the old system(s)  BEFORE it was loaded into the new system.

As a result, all the reports that had wrong information before – still have wrong information. They just now have eye catching buttons and dials on them!

This happens time and time again because the data migration/conversion stream of the ERP system project did not receive the attention that it deserved.  It was left to another team, another stakeholder, another phase maybe– you know the old story. "Here is the file format we need – provide the data in this format and we’ll load it for you." But the responsibility for the quality of the data is with someone else.

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