SAP S/4HANA migration lacks clear path: survey

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A survey of more than 200 SAP managers at enterprises around the world has found that though the majority (51 per cent) have committed to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, most of them (69 per cent) have not yet even defined a business case for the move.

These are the startling findings of the survey by Panaya, an Infosys company and a leader in ERP change analytics and cloud-based testing.

As a result of their findings, in an effort to provide SAP customers with a clear, accelerated conversion path, Panaya has created the SAP S/4HANA Discovery Pack, enabling organisations to simulate various migration paths in order to choose the best path for them.

Part of the Panaya CloudQuality Suite, the Discovery Pack is designed to reduce delivery time, risk of data loss and cost overruns, based on experience gained from more than 80 HANA migrations and more than 9000 SAP migration projects. It includes an impact report and simulation tools to ensure that code will work quickly and optimally on the new HANA database.

The survey results revealed that 35 per cent of respondents who have committed to make the change have not yet decided on the best implementation approach.

Furthermore, 31 per cent of those who have decided on their approach, have chosen to go with system conversion or a brownfield approach over SAP’s recommended re-implementation. They say they are reluctant to step up to the high cost of new installations and to throw away decades of customisations embedded in existing systems.

“Many SAP customers are slow to move to S/4HANA as it is still considered uncharted territory and the associated costs and impact on existing systems are unknown,” said David Binny, vice president, product, Panaya.

“However, by using the Discovery Pack to simulate each path and assess the resource requirements and associated risks, organisations can build a stronger business case for S/4HANA with a better understanding of how to manage the transition effectively,” he said.

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