Hoshan Holding first to deploy SAP S4 HANA Public Cloud in KSA
Company to benefit from optimised business processes and reduced TCO
Hoshan Holding, one of the largest holding companies in the Middle East, has become the first Saudi company to implement SAP S4 HANA for Public Cloud.
The group will also integrate SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Cloud for Real Estate, with help from Seidor, a global system integrator that provides SAP Consulting services.
The latest ERP solution from SAP, SAP S4 HANA is its next-generation business suite with built-in artificial intelligence (AI), helping the company optimise business functions across the enterprise. SuccessFactors will enable coverage of the entire talent-acquisition lifecycle from onboarding to offboarding, while SAP Cloud for Real Estate will enhance the company’s asset management and insights.
“For many years, we ran our core ERP on SAP ECC,” said Khalid AlBabtain, board member, Hoshan Holding. “While the solution met all our business needs, we felt there was a need to move to a more simplified, standardised and agile environment with an enhanced UX and, at the same time, migrate to the cloud, which reduces our cost of ownership. SAP S4 HANA Public Cloud solution also requires less implementation time, delivers global standard processes, provides a more coherent roadmap for future solutions, demands less maintenance, and reduces other costs, such as hardware expenditure.”
Seidor has 35 years of experience in implementing SAP solutions around the world. Given SAP’s decision to stop support of SAP ECC, beginning in 2025, Seidor MENA, based in Dubai, UAE, is helping customers migrate to SAP S4 HANA.
“With SAP ECC soon reaching end of life, all roads lead to SAP S4 HANA. Organisations have several migration options available but unfortunately most businesses in the region are either not aware of all the options or are unsure of which strategy would be best suited for their business,” said Ignacio Ruiz de Equilaz, managing director, Seidor MENA. “In this respect Hoshan Holding serves as an excellent example of an organisation that has worked closely with Seidor and taken the step of migrating their core business systems to the SAP cloud, realszing unprecedented leaps in their agility and the speed at which they can innovate—vital capabilities in the new global digital economy.
Hoshan Group’s SAP implementation roadmap covers its KSA headquarters, as well as branches in the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Kenya and Morocco. Phase 1 of implementation was conducted in KSA and UAE simultaneously, involving five separate company codes and 28 plants. SAP S4 HANA Public Cloud modules deployed were Finance, Sales Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, and Inventory. SAP Cloud for Real Estate and SuccessFactors modules included Payroll and Employee Central. A further six locations―Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Kenya and Morocco—will follow in subsequent deployment phases.