In the age of the horse, how would you imagine a car?

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What is a Demonstrator and how can it be used in your preferred methodology? Read this blog to find out.

SAP S/4HANA is different – the user interface, the immediate reporting, the richer functionality. But how to understand this? How to discuss this with the business? And how to frame the design options so that the richer capabilities that come as standard are considered, instead of just re-implementing today’s working practices? Also, how to accelerate and de-risk the design and build process?

For some of our clients, Capgemini has built a working model of the future, as a platform to discuss how the solution could, and should work. There are no misunderstandings; design options are demonstrable, not theoretical. Design decisions are shown directly in the model and are not open to interpretation. And the design discussions are focused on how the best practices embedded within the solution operate – pushing the discussion to the adoption of these best practices, rather than custom developing solutions. This working model is called the ‘Demonstrator’.

Depending on the customer’s requirements, the Demonstrator can be built using a Capgemini Path solution. These are Capgemini’s SAP-certified industry-specific pre-configured solutions, built on SAP S/4HANA as the digital core, with selected extended processes supported by SAP solutions such as SAP IBP, Ariba or SAP C/4HANA.  Please click here for further information.  Capgemini is partnering with SAP to leverage SAP’s Model Company in our Path solutions – please click here for further information.

The Demonstrator can be used within your preferred methodology. Within the waterfall, it provides a platform for the high-level and detailed design phases. For hybrid-waterfall it supports the high-level design phase, and it is the starting point for the design-build sprints. Similarly, for Agile it underpins the high-level design and is the start-point for the sprints.

The Demonstrator directly addresses the archetypal risks of major projects and programs: an incomplete articulation of business requirements, the business, and the solution-developer having a different understanding of these requirements, and not explaining the extent of the business change. Also, the Demonstrator biases the design discussions towards the best practices already within the standard solution, reducing the development and testing effort, and overall reducing the TCO.

So, the Demonstrator is a powerful approach to communicate and understand the business value of SAP S/4HANA, in other words, describing a car in the age of the horse.

This is the third in a series of blogs on SAP S/4HANA.  Earlier blogs are:

Please contact me to start the conversation on how to leverage SAP S/4HANA as part of your digital core and engage in an exciting digital journey to the intelligent enterprise. I am also very keen to hear your thoughts on future blogging topics.

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