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SAP Life Sciences


SAP S/4HANA is the fourth generation of SAP ERP and helps companies implement their digitalisation strategy. It includes the complete feature set from ECC 6.0 from SAP ERP. The familiar ECC modules SD, PP, MM, etc. from R/3 and the Business Suite have been modernised, and some functionality that was only available in the industry solutions has now been integrated into standard SAP.

SAP S/4HANA can be operated both on-premise as well as in the cloud.

As part of SAP’s Simplification Initiative, S/4HANA has been given a new, role-based user interface (SAP Fiori), as well as a simplified data model. In combination with the in-memory technology from the SAP HANA database, this means business processes can be executed significantly faster and more efficiently; furthermore, entirely new products and services are now possible by using intelligent analyses.



Business Case
The focus here is on determining the return on investment as well as the key aspects for an investment decision. We work with you to determine the target figures to use for decision-making, and to identify potential for improvement, opportunities and risks. We also work with you to select appropriate cost/benefit criteria. The end result is a business readiness statement with derived recommendations for action.

Our SAP S/4HANA Jumpstart workshop is part of the SAP Activate ‘Discover’ phase and provides you with an overview of SAP S/4HANA, with more details being provided by a demo. We also explain the key benefits that S/4HANA offers your industry and sketch out some potential transformation paths.
For the SAP Activate ‘Prepare’ phase we offer the workshops Value Discovery, Technical Readiness and Compliance Check:
The Value Discovery workshop is focused on the potential that S/4HANA can offer your company and the challenges that need to be met during the transformation. We work with you to draw up recommendations for action for the next steps to take.

As part of the Technical Readiness workshop, we analyse your existing SAP installation and make a set of recommendations for potential architecture scenarios. We have developed our specialised Compliance Check workshop for our customers in pharmaceuticals and medical technology. This workshop focuses particularly on the new S/4HANA features that need to be borne in mind for validation.

Proof of concept (PoC)
Systems that are as complex and extensive as ERP systems tend to make decision-making more difficult for digital transformations. In our proof of concept, we consider specific issues that were raised in the preceding workshops in the specific S/4HANA context. We then use the results to develop our Transformation Concept, which encompasses the transformation strategy, architecture and design for the S/4HANA rollout, and is therefore part of the SAP Activate ‘Plan’ phase.


For companies who currently deploy SAP ERP, the move to SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management should at least be part of medium-term planning, since a migration to SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management will become necessary in the foreseeable future.

In the SAP Activate ‘Realise’ phase, a distinction is made between the following migration scenarios:

  • New/re-implementation
  • System conversion

Once you have chosen DHC as your implementation partner, we work with you to create the blueprint on the basis of your customer requirements specification and our best practice process models.

If you do business in a regulated sector, we ensure that the necessary validation activities are already considered as part of project planning. At DHC, we do not view implementation and validation as two separate projects during rollout but complete them instead hand-in-hand: this cuts costs and improves coordination – so that you can reap the benefits.

Our customers in the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries face a choice in terms of their system’s operating model – cloud or on-premise – since they not only have to maintain the model deployed but must also ensure its validation. With an on-premise rollout (i.e. a local install), S/4HANA Enterprise Management undergoes ‘conventional’ validation. If you opt for the cloud variant, a number of specifics must then be taken into account when validating cloud computing systems – particularly in the life sciences. While the company delegates its responsibility for operating the system to the cloud provider, the responsibility for quality is always borne by the cloud service client.

Services and Support

Even after your SAP S/4HANA system goes live, we can provide second- and third-level support services as required, and regardless of whether you need remote service provision or direct, on-site support. Our wealth of experience means we are familiar with the key questions asked by your users and can guarantee prompt support into the long term.


Since 1996, DHC has successfully completed many different SAP ERP projects, and is now a domain specialist for the life sciences sector, and for the pharmaceuticals and medical technology industries in particular. We’re also happy to offer you our consulting skills as a partner for SAP S/4HANA. In this area, we have developed an S/4HANA roadmap that provides you with targeted support for decision-making and strategy development for your implementation/re-implementation (greenfield approach) or system conversion (brownfield approach).


Use our experience as specialists for SAP Life Sciences

  • Outstanding sector-specific know-how in pharmaceuticals and medical technology (SAP Life Sciences)
  • DHC method and content plus integration of SAP Activate and SAP Solution Manager
  • Successful execution of SAP S/4HANA system conversion
  • Superior process expertise
  • In-depth knowledge of industry-specific regulatory frameworks (GAMP 5, ISO 13485, etc.)



Matthias Bothe

Managing Director & Industry Unit Manager
Life Sciences, Chemie and Medical Engineering
phone: +49 681 93 666 0

Matthias Bothe, DHC GmbH
Carsten Buri

Director Sales & Marketing
phone: +41 44 500 888 7

Carsten Buri, DHC AG
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Webinars and events

06. November
Webinar (in German)

UDI: Implementing global requirements with the right strategy and software

10. November
Life Online Training

SAP: Validation and GMP Compliance (Concept Heidelberg Seminar)

Online training with speakers from DHC GmbH, organised by Concept Heidelberg on behalf of the ECA Academy, Steigenberger Hotel Berlin

20. November
Webinar (in German)

SAP Best Practice Implementation with the SAP Model Company for Pharmaceuticals

Presentation of the scope of the Model Company for the pharmaceutical industry and ways of digital transformation


Our webinars are provided as a free service for DHC customers and potential customers.