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Software-driven transformations – vision and reality

Large SAP customers are running a variety of process and system landscapes with numerous ERP systems. Critical for success in today’s world, transformation and innovation projects are focused on digitisation, new business models and platforms, future IT landscape and SAP applications.

Transformations don’t usually fail due to someone’s lack of vision. The reality is that these types of transformations are complex and can often be unpredictable, risky, and seemingly endless. Setting concrete, achievable goals is indeed complicated. When projects such as this fail, it is most often due to a lack of technical feasibility, functional detail, and the overall lengthy path required to achieve global implementation. From a business perspective, projects may also struggle when the project’s effort, cost, and duration seem to outweigh the overall benefits.

Transformation scenarios

Certain types of transformation are business as usual – occur in high frequency and on several levels: organisations, business processes, structures, IT systems and data. For SAP customers, S/4HANA is on the horizon, and cbs help them navigate these scenarios with that in mind. On-premise or in the cloud, the benefits of combining elements from the scenarios below to the S/4HANA journey are undeniable.

Merger & Acquisition

Consolidating process and system landscapes, merging SAP / ERP systems, fast

Carve-out/ Split (Disinvestment)

Separating enterprise units, business-compliant and on schedule


Reorganising with continuity in ongoing operations, with more than SAP resources


Unifying accounts and company codes, controlling areas, master data and platforms

Data migration

Migrating and converting data from heterogeneous systems, rapid and secure


Transforming to S/4HANA by migration, conversion or by ‘selective data transition’ as the silver bullet


“Through digital innovation at a high pace, we are advancing the vision of the ideal transformation – software-driven for maximum value after shortest possible time, minimal-invasive with near-zero downtime.”

Holger Bock, Managing Director, cbs Asia Pacific

s.m.a.r.t. Enterprise Transformation – Digital innovation at high pace

Transformations are not just technical projects. Successful transformations close the gap between strategic goals, operational business solutions, along with IT and cbs, provides world-class delivery and ingenious minds with a passion for customer-centric, global solutions. We are building on approved best practices from hidden champions tailored to large enterprises.

With our innovative software, a consistent cost-benefit ratio, reliable methods and verifiable results, we turn transformations into success. Combining software, consulting, and best practice solutions convert data migrations into smart transformations at a high pace. Software-driven transformation solutions are the silver bullet to digitisation, with efficiency and quality.

ET Enterprise Transformer®

The transformation engine

‘Selective process and data transition’ with the innovative software cbs ET Enterprise Transformer® has no technical limits. Heterogeneous source systems, historical data and SAP processes/ applications can be consolidated, converted and migrated in a routine and flexible manner.

The innovative software is essential for cbs transformation-as-a-service and digital migration factory. Minimal-invasive interventions keep the business untainted, relieve the corporate functions and avoid revenue losses. ET can be implemented as a service, as a license or within a partnering model.

End-to-end business solutions – value add in transformation projects

We analyse processes, structures, systems, data and technologies for a 360° target picture and an individual roadmap. We guide large SAP customers through the complete transformation lifecycle, and industrialised project execution accelerates digitisation in large corporations. We support during all project and operational phases and are familiar with all system and process landscapes – be it on-premise or in the cloud.

Consulting Services


Process-oriented and data-driven,
selective S/4HANA transition

Test and simulation, implementation
and continuous improvement

Business Application Management

Project methodology M-cbs

Best Practices


ONE Finance / New GL

Data Lifecycle Solutions

M&A / Carve-out

Business Partner Transformation

Digital Migration Factory

Customer Stories

Multi-Migrations at Roche Diagnostics

As part of the global efforts to bring about process harmonization and system consolidation at Roche Diagnostics, the aim is to standardize the business processes of the sales and service affiliates in the EMEA zone. In the first step of the Sales Affiliate Migration (SAM) cbs helped the pharmaceuticals and medical technology group to transfer its UK and Dutch sales and service organizations to the new shared SAP system for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

Metsä Board Streamlines and Harmonizes its Global SAP System

In the course of a strategic reorientation, Finnish fiber paperboard producer Metsä Board (headquarters in Espoo near Helsinki) has implemented a clean-up and harmonization of its business processes and data. With cbs’ support, the company completed a 12-month cLeanERP project with the aim of establishing ONE Landscape; a consistent, globally uniform system landscape.

ZF Friedrichshafen Gets a Clear Picture of its S/4HANA Transition

The transition to SAP S/4HANA and the development of a global template represents a major challenge for renowned technology company ZF Friedrichshafen and its heterogeneous ERP landscape.

Global Data Migration at Schaeffler

cbs is helping Schaeffler Group to implement a uniform SAP standard throughout its international locations as part of a global SAP rollout program over several years.

ArcelorMittal South Africa merges five clients in three SAP systems during normal operations

Steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa successfully achieved the largest harmonization and consolidation it has ever undertaken in its history of using SAP. The challenge: To merge no fewer than five clients in three systems into a single client. This enormous data migration project saw financial controlling standardized, structures in accounting and reporting aligned, and master data and system customizing harmonized.

Kemira Integrates AkzoNobel Division into the SAP World

The Finnish group Kemira is pursuing the goal of implementing strategic growth plans at global level to affirm its presence in selected markets around the world. The group took an important step in this direction when Kemira’s Pulp & Paper segment, Kemira Oyj, acquired the Paper Chemicals business of the Dutch company AkzoNobel.


The strategic partnership with Capgemini complements the collaboration with SAP for new markets and industries. The innovative transformation software enables large SAP customers worldwide to quickly and securely migrate to S/4HANA technology.

As a founding member of the ‘S/4HANA® Selective Data Transition Engagement’ expert community, we are pioneering the ‘RISE with SAP’ and S/4HANA Movement programme as a premium partner for large-scale process and system migration.

Your contact

For detailed advice, we are of course also happy to assist you personally. Simply contact us directly:

Holger Bock
Managing Director / cbs Asia-Pacific
cbs Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. cbs Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. cbs Japan