Now that you’ve explored the resources in the SAP S/4HANA Adoption pathway, we have compiled a final checklist to summarize the business case approval module.

RISE with SAP: The advantages of using RISE with SAP should outweigh any disadvantages for most organizations. RISE with SAP has to be an important consideration in your business case.

Budget: RISE with SAP and moving to the cloud make it easier than ever to understand costs, but budgets can and will be challenged by unexpected problems. Your business case should include some built-in budget flexibility.

Project scope: Scope creep is a challenge in all projects, so creating an accurate scope is vital. This means paying close attention to customizations, integration challenges, data migration, and change management.

Customizations and integration: Take the time to use your business case to map out expectations and goals for customizations and integration issues. Try to be as thorough as possible. It’s better to be realistic now than fatally wrong when you’re in the middle of the project.

Business stakeholder engagement: If your business stakeholders are unsure of the benefits of your SAP S/4HANA project, they won’t use it. This could result in end-users and other stakeholders using outdated processes or tools. Be sure to include stakeholder input when building the business case so that their needs are being met. This allows your entire organization to get the most value from your project.

Change management: An SAP S/4HANA implementation will result in a lot of change and your stakeholders will need support in evolving with that change. Users will need training throughout the entire project, so be sure to factor that into your business case along with the technical changes.

Data migration strategy: Your data migration strategy needs to be as exhaustive as possible to ensure a strong start to your project. Make sure your stakeholders understand what can and cannot be migrated and include that in your business case.

Working with a partner: The right systems integrator can make a good business plan great. That means finding the right partner(s) for the job is a key aspect of your business case. Make sure your business case lays out the milestones partners have to reach.

Peer interactions and recommendations: Be sure to connect with other ASUG members about your project and get their input. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do it all by yourself—there’s a wealth of knowledge in the community that you can access.

Sponsorship: Make sure that the right level of executive sponsorship is in place. Ensure that the project has support across the company before you present your business case.