In the wave of ‘Digitization is the future,’ a critical question arises: Why does modern software need a clean core? The answer is balance—striking the right chord between specific customization needs and an agile, efficient, scalable core system. 

Enterprise software systems have underlying functionality layers, but customers often wish to alter, skew, and customize them for specific use cases and deployment scenarios. As a result, in search of that “perfect fit,” software is constantly modified, extended, and developed to optimize software systems and services. This over-customization hinders scalability and efficiency. 

Scalability is a critical challenge for enterprises, necessitating streamlined systems that are less complex and more manageable. The concept of a ” core clean” emerges as the flexible solution that can help redesign business processes and models to future-proof your businesses. 

Why Is Keeping Core Clean Important for My Organization?

Why Is Keeping Core Clean Important for My Organization | Crave Infotech

Many companies find it challenging to adapt to change due to technological debt and outdated legacy systems. Despite claims of ‘ultra-flexibility,’ what’s truly needed are agile and adaptive software-centric enterprises to enhance customer satisfaction. And to ensure robust computing foundations, we need a “clean core” implementation from the outset.

The clean core  Strategy helps companies differentiate their core operations from unique innovations. Organizations can avoid data redundancy, integrity issues, and operational inefficiencies by standardizing the core and keeping customizations at the periphery. The ‘clean core’ movement creates a common playing field for Apps, Data, and Integration requirements. It advocates for a “Composable Enterprise” hybrid architecture to solve known Client business needs in an unpredictable world with modern flexibility, agility, innovation, and resiliency.

However, Determining your business’s ‘core’ and ‘differentiators’ is complex. All business functions must be assessed methodically. In this blog, we’ll discuss 3 Strategies integral to achieving and maintaining a clean core in your SAP environment.

1. Embrace Cloud-Based Solutions

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The dialogue around cloud adoption has shifted from ‘why’ to ‘how’ – specifically, how to maximize business value in a Cloud ERP environment. In his Insider’s Guide to Cloud Computing, industry analyst David Linthicum highlights three transformational values of the cloud: agility, speed, and creativity.

Agility is the bedrock of innovation, particularly with technologies like generative AI. Cloud environments help enterprises standardize processes and reduce the complexities.

To leverage cloud innovation, how you move to the cloud matters. Moving towards cloud-based solutions like SAP S/4HANA is a significant step in maintaining a clean core. The cloud environment promotes standardization and reduces complexity. This shift is crucial for organizations to stay agile and adaptable in a rapidly changing business environment​.

But while moving to SAP S/4HANA, one of the key challenges is managing legacy customizations. It requires maintaining a clean core to maximize efficiency and minimize customizations. 

SAP BTP allows customers to customize on the ABAP Cloud and write custom code outside S/4HANA, keeping the core clean. This strategy balances innovation with a stable and efficient core ERP system.

At Crave InfoTech, we recognize these challenges. that’s why we’ve established a delivery center focused on smoothing your migration journey from on-premise to cloud while keeping your core clean for continual growth & innovation. Our experts can help you with cloud migration and SAP BTP enablement.

2. Implement Side-by-Side Extensibility with SAP BTP

Implement Side by Side Extensibility with SAP BTP | Crave Infotech

A key aspect of keeping the core clean is the concept of side-by-side extensibility on SAP BTP. This approach involves building custom applications and extensions outside the core ERP system. It lets you innovate and add new features without complicating your core system. SAP BTP offers tools like SAP Business Application Studio for developing web and mobile apps and SAP HANA Cloud for advanced data management and analytics. These tools make integrating with other systems and exploring advanced areas like AI and IoT easier. Utilizing these tools effectively keeps your SAP system clean and efficient while letting you expand and improve your business processes. 

Another significant benefit of side-by-side extensibility is its ability to elevate user experiences. For instance, SAP BTP mobile services enable the creation of customized mobile applications that seamlessly interact with SAP S/4HANA. This integration offers enhanced user experiences with features like push notifications and offline functionality. Additionally, SAP BTP also facilitates efficient B2C and B2B integrations. These capabilities allow smoother interactions with external systems, streamlining processes and fostering better collaboration.

3. Optimize Custom Code and Utilize Modern Programming Practices

Optimize Custom Code and Utilize Modern Programming Practices for keeping core clean

Optimizing existing custom code is crucial in maintaining a clean core. Strategies like ‘Lift and Shift’ and ‘Improve and Move’ help migrate and refine existing custom code to align with core clean principles. These strategies not only simplify the existing codebase but also ensure that your customizations are more manageable and aligned with new system architectures.

Adopting modern programming practices is another crucial aspect. Utilizing Restful ABAP, for instance, allows for more efficient, streamlined coding processes. This more adaptable and scalable approach fits perfectly into the continuous improvement and innovation ethos.

Moreover, leveraging SAP BTP’s low-code and no-code platforms significantly reduces the technical barriers, enabling a broader range of team members to contribute to application development and customization. This democratization of development fosters a culture of innovation, allowing for faster response to market changes and customer needs.

The combination of optimizing custom code and embracing modern programming practices not only streamlines processes but also ensures your system is primed for future updates and integrations. This forward-thinking approach keeps your core system clean and efficient while also positioning your business for continuous improvement and growth in a fast-evolving digital landscape.

Final Thought

SAP’s Core Clean Strategy is a holistic approach, blending technological solutions with business strategy to prepare enterprises for sustainable growth and robust operations in an ever-changing world. It emphasizes distinguishing core functions from innovative elements, offering a comprehensive roadmap for a future-ready enterprise. This strategy is not a one-time initiative but a continuous journey requiring ongoing vigilance and upgrades. 

Crave InfoTech stands as a preferred partner in this journey, offering expertise and tailored solutions for effective Clean Core implementation. We offer expert guidance from planning to post-implementation, ensuring seamless integration and long-term support. Contact Crave InfoTech today to begin your journey towards a streamlined, future-ready enterprise.

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