Public or private? Digital Discovery Assessment will tailor it to your needs!

Public or private? Digital Discovery Assessment will tailor it to your needs!
The Cloud has become an integral part of digital transformation. By 2025, cloud-based applications and software will account for two-thirds of all market offerings. It is no longer a question of “if”, but “when” ERP owners will move to the cloud. The only question remaining is – public or private? Learn about Digital Discovery Assessment and find your way to the cloud!

Today, we are at a tipping point where the movement of business to the cloud is accelerating. Technology companies already have hard data showing the superiority of the cloud over on-premises solutions. And these are not just theoretical assumptions. Reports, cost and ROI charts, practical ways of using modern solutions, and – above all – security convince even the biggest skeptics.

In building a path to the clouds, SAP has leveraged more than just its technological expertise. The business knowledge gained from implementations around the world enabled the creation of the RISE with SAP model. It is a collection of best practices and business processes designed to maximize the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Cloud. It is available in Public and Private versions.


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Public or private

The SAP public cloud operates in the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. This means that the service is handled entirely by data centers, and users only connect to the server from their computers. All data and software is stored there, and all analyses and calculations are performed there. Most importantly, it leverages existing infrastructure. This allows for significant cost reduction and great flexibility. The Client only pays for the resources actually used and does not have to worry about maintenance and depreciation.

Private cloud users receive their exclusive space. This means that no one else has access to the infrastructure on which the data is stored. This means greater speed, security, and data storage capabilities. It is also possible to modify the infrastructure, but it is up to the user to pay for its maintenance.

What is SAP Digital Discovery Assessment tool?

How to choose between public and private cloud? The process is based on Digital Discovery Assessment (DDA), which proposes a version tailored to the organization’s needs and capabilities.

DDA (Digital Discovery Assessment) is a tool provided by SAP that allows you to adjust your scope and focus on financial capabilities, infrastructure needs, and level of flexibility.

According to the SAP Activate methodology, the assessment takes place at the first stage of the process – Discover. This is the moment when Clients learn about the possibilities offered by SAP, and the implementation partner becomes familiar with the organization, its processes, dependencies, and how they can be reflected in the new system.

The process up close

Once the solutions to be assessed have been selected, decision-makers must decide which area of the business to focus on. Four options are available: Baseline, Finance Led ERP, Service Centric ERP, Product Centric ERP.

SAP’s global experience has allowed it to capture best business practices and translate them into universal processes that help companies in nearly every industry achieve digital transformation. Based on the information entered, DDA proposes schemes that best fit the environment in which the company operates. It takes into account not only industry-specific challenges, but also regulatory requirements in more than 40 countries. The third step allows the review of the opportunities available in your region.

In the fourth step, from 16 line of business schemes they select those that they believe best reflect the organization’s characteristics. There they can take a closer look at the solutions that will be included in the final project, best practices, and manually set priorities as needed.

After going through all the steps, there may be areas that require some development. With DDA, these can be addressed early in the project to ensure a smooth implementation.

The last element is a questionnaire taking into account the potential individual needs of the company. The completed assessment is then sent to SAP for verification.

After each assessment, the result is reviewed by a SAP architect who performs manual and "mental" calculations. Check whether it can offer the client a replacement for a certain process or whether another solution or tool is enabling entry into the public cloud.
Paweł Pawełkiewicz
Paweł Pawełkiewicz
SAP BASIS Expert and Hicron Consultant

The result is a detailed report that covers the scope of the project, the consolidated assumptions mentioned in the previous steps, and the proposed implementation model for the cloud version of the SAP system.

A well-prepared assessment and the use of verification tools ensure that all initial assumptions have been taken into account, the implementation is based on a solid foundation, and the system will remain operational for many years.

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