The requirement to upgrade or migrate from SAP ECC to S/4HANA by 2027 is one of the hottest topics at SAP industry events and is widespread on blogs and webinars. However, the much-hyped and anticipated wave has been slow to materialize with more talk than action. Our experience at SNP is that this has now started to change, with the majority of SAP customers engaged in or kicking off assessments, roadmaps, proofs of concept and pilot projects, and a few underway with full transformation projects. But there is still slow progress at the very top: the percentage of the world’s top 500 SAP customers who have now completely transitioned to S/4HANA is close to zero.
I want to look at some of the reasons behind this and the impact of delayed adoption, investigate how the market is responding and what SAP’s reaction has been, and explore what this means for SAP customers and in particular how they can benefit from market innovation to accelerate the migration to S/4HANA.
Some of the reasons behind the delayed adoption of S/4HANA by major companies are obvious and immediate. Inertia, economic uncertainty, cost and competing priorities make it an easy option to do nothing. However, there is also compelling anecdotal evidence that ...
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