Even though it has been several years since the release of SAP S/4HANA, there are still many application leaders who are tempted to ignore it “until it is mature.” However, this may be the wrong approach, because any additional investments that you plan to make in current SAP deployments will be impacted by future plans for S/4HANA.
Recently, Gartner released updated best practices to help organizations decide if, when and how they should plan to adopt S/4HANA. Recognizing that all existing SAP Business Suite users will need to analyze the impact of S/4HANA on their ERP strategies and investments, Gartner’s advice is do not wait and perform this analysis now.
Gartner’s research note is a great resource for application leaders responsible for future ERP strategies and SAP solutions. I highly recommend that you read the full Gartner research note, but here are a few excerpts that I’d like to share with you:
“SAP is still delivering enhancements for ECC 6.0 (as seen in the company’s current roadmaps), but it is Gartner’s opinion that major investments and innovations will be delivered through S/4HANA. Consequently, if your organization views SAP as a strategic partner, you need to plan to adopt S/4HANA before 2025.”
“Gartner predicts that there will be a tsunami of S/4HANA adoption between 2021 and 2023, which could drive up the implementation cost as skilled resources are scarce. SAP customers may be at risk if they recruit less-experienced talent, as this could result in unsuccessful implementation programs.”
“It is critical to understand that, even if your company decides not to adopt S/4HANA immediately, you still have to consider the changes imminent with S/4HANA – including for all your current work on your existing ECC landscape – in order to not add further technical debt. For example, continuing to add customizations to your current ECC landscape will further complicate your migration approach and certainly increase project costs.”
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Gartner, What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S/4HANA — 2018 Update, Duy Nguyen, John Van Decker, Denis Torii, 8 October 2018
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