APAVE: Implementation of the SAP S/4 HANA on Azure (Cloud) solution

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Apave, a consulting company in technical, human and environmental risk management established in Tunisia since 1936, operates in the field of consulting in technical, human and environmental risk management. 

In collaboration with the teams at INSOMEA, a Microsoft partner, Aymax carried out the first SAP S/4HANA on Azure implementation in the region. An on-cloud installation for our client APAVE International. 

Complete cloud implementation across all environments: development, quality, production and Fiori.  

Performance, security and cost optimisation were the main reasons for choosing this device. 

The challenges of a new information system:

Since 2005, APAVE had an information system that was not adapted to the company’s technological developments and new challenges. A solution with outdated functionalities that was therefore not used enough. 

This system results in the use of tools external to the ERP through unrelated applications or Excel files. It has led to complexity of use by creating a massive reliance on tools external to the ERP via unrelated applications. 

This situation of non-adaptation requires a real need to migrate the entire IT system to a powerful and intelligent ERP system that responds perfectly to all business issues: This is the new generation of ERP: SAP S/4 HANA. 

In this project, we relied on on-cloud integration for all environments: development, quality, production and Fiori. This approach brings many challenges for the optimisation of business processes as well as for the rationalisation of tasks. 

The main issues: 

  • Implementing Apave International’s business model for inspection subscription management in S/4HANA under FIORI. 
  • Integrating the technical algorithm for calculating annual subscriber fees into the S/4HANA business process. 
  • Improving cost control of inspection visits through the deployment of service orders and the integration of the Travel Expense module. 
  • Digitalising construction technical control: a first for Apave International. 
  • Implementing a specific SD flow to cover the three types of customers managed by Apave International: 
  • A flow for subscribing customers 
  • A glow for non-subscribing customers 
  • CTC (Civil Engineering) client flow 
  • Implementing a specific workflow to manage incoming documents from the order desk on SAP4HANA 

A team with a wide range of skills

With the help of our multidisciplinary and mobile teams, we have succeeded in bringing together the business needs and their complexities around a single ERP system. The scope of the application is as follows: purchasing, sales, procurement, accounting, fixed asset accounting, authorisation management, logistics and human resources processes. 

A team of 20 consultants was mobilised within the offices of Aymax Tunisia (Tunis) over a period of 1 year in order to provide a complete response in terms of competence as well as immediate reactivity to the increased workload of operations.  

By adopting the SAP Activate agile methodology, our team was able to frame all the key steps defining everyone’s role and analysing all the opportunities for improvement and change in the way the company operates. 

Complete action spread over three major axes

We were able to take on this project in a comprehensive manner, thanks to our three areas of expertise: Functional, Technical and Basis 

A project carried out from start to finish with all our teams on the following services: 

  • Provide high-level technical, functional and business expertise 
  • Focus on the user experience 
  • Propose models and solutions that meet the need, 
  • Ensure functional integration across the target business processes, 
  • Meet deadlines and deliver with a high level of quality 
  • Functional design 
  • Main technical design and implementation: FIORI, ODATA, API, form, enhancement  
  • SCP Administration 
  • Functional testing 
  • Technical documentation 
  • Configuration of SOLMAN for incident management (ITSM) internally with the project team and externally with the SAP support team, for transport management (CHARM) and for system monitoring 
  • Support level 1, 2, 3 
  • Ensuring the Agile process (Sprint review, planning, deliverables) 
  • Aymax is committed to results through KPIs (milestones & quality of deliverables, skills matrix, etc.) measured monthly in the contract committee 
  • Improving user satisfaction 

What does the cloud bring to this type of implementation?

  • Reduce your time to market with environments ready in 3 to 4 days  
  • Flexibility and control over pricing: payment only for cloud services consumed  
  • High availability with an SLA of 99.95%  
  • Include a Disaster Recovery and Backup service  

This support enabled our client to rationalise its entire IT system within a complete and structured ERP.  

A solution providing all the power of S/4 HANA, adapted to the various business issues of the group, in order to meet their growth challenges. 



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