SAP said it will commit to supporting ECC until 2027 under a standard support contract, but you could be hitting a brick wall if you wait until then to commence with your move to SAP S/4HANA®.

Moving to SAP S/4HANA empowers your business to benefit from next-generation operations on a proven technology platform that will support business growth, giving you a foundation to take advantage of emerging technologies such as embedded AI, an in-memory HANA database, real-time advanced analytics, and a FIORI interface to name a few. Be a visionary, stay ahead of your competition, and transform legacy data into actionable insights by reaping the benefits of moving to S/4HANA sooner rather than later

  1. Realise the potential of SAP S/4HANA for your business

Upgrading to a new software solution may be strenuous, however, the value it can provide to your business justifies the move. SAP S/4HANA empowers companies to take advantage of innovations such as embedded real-time analytics, the latest user experience across all devices with SAP Fiori, as well as faster response times and better performance. Moving to SAP S/4HANA enables businesses to access hundreds of new features and functionality, ranging from real-time supply chain, machine learning applications, finance, and predictive MRP through to state-of-the-art warehousing systems.

  1. Invest in your growth strategy

If your business is expanding either by entering into new markets or increasing production facilities then you need a software solution that can adapt and grow with you. Knowing that your current ERP solution has a shelf life where it might be more costly to catch up with the latest trends and developments, investing in an intelligent ERP system, such as SAP S/4HANA, will support and complement your growth strategy and reduce time-to-market.

  1. Future-proof your IT investment

The longer you invest in your legacy ERP, adding more integrations, making more customisations and developments, the more complex the move to SAP S/4HANA will be as the 2027 deadline approaches. SAP S/4HANA system is built for the SAP HANA in-memory database that enables a dramatically simplified data model and incredible speed. It also provides an exceptional user experience with SAP Fiori that provides a consistent look and feel across the entire ERP system that improves both employee satisfaction and productivity. All future R&D investment from SAP will be in S/4HANA, which makes it the ideal solution for your IT investment as you will always be exposed to the latest technologies and solution offerings.

  1. Gain a competitive advantage

Get a head start on your competitors by implementing SAP S/4HANA incorporating a wealth of new features and applications making its core even more intelligent. Bridge the gap between your present and your future before you risk falling behind now.

  1. Last minute changes are never fun

What this year has taught us is that time is relative and although a lot can happen in a few years, 2027 is just around the corner. By starting your conversion journey now there is still time to prepare and execute your move by 2027 without taking any shortcuts or putting your business at risk). As an SAP Value Added Reseller our focus will be to support your conversion to ensure you achieve your goals as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

  1. Take advantage of excess resources

Certified SAP S/4HANA consultants are key to ensure your move to SAP S/4HANA is seamless. Currently, there is an abundance of skilled consultants to help with your move. However, as more companies start to plan and execute their S/4MOVE, being able to pick expert resources will become more difficult.

  1. Avoid the double buy

You should keep in mind that not only does your legacy ERP system have a shelf life, but the hardware, other software and hosting solutions you use within your business also has a life expectancy. To avoid double upgrades, system incompatibilities, and additional hardware expenses, plan your S/4HANA move to accommodate or eliminate these costs. Having a state of the art ERP system will be a pity if it is not supported by fit-for-purpose assets.

Whether you are considering an initial proof-of-concept, de-risking an existing HANA deployment, or simply need some advice on how to evolve your strategic decision-making with powerful data visualisation and predictive analytics, please get in touch.