- June 27, 2022, Ratingen, Germany -

More and more companies are switching to SAP S/4HANA to optimize processes and advance digital transformation. German media title, Computerwoche, conducted a study into SAP S/4HANA 2022, in which United VARs member, All for One, was involved.

Digital transformation demands a degree of agility and efficiency from companies in order to quickly adapt existing processes to market changes and implement new data-based business models that can only be achieved with a modern IT landscape. As a rule, the heart of the system should be integrated ERP software of the latest generation. In the SAP environment, the ERP suite SAP S/4HANA, which works with in-memory technology, assumes this role. Companies want to modernize their IT or SAP landscape by implementing this ERP suite.

35 percent of German companies are already using SAP S/4HANA, and 37 percent are planning to implement it. This is the central result of the current study on "SAP S/4HANA". CIO, CSO and COMPUTERWOCHE together with partners Scheer, SNP Schneider-Neueither & Partner, All for One Group, Celonis, Lufthansa Industry Solutions (LHIND) and SPIRIT/21; 340 C-level business and IT decision-makers, IT managers and department heads from companies in a wide variety of industries, sizes and turnover classes in Germany took part in the study.

Why switch?

One of the reasons for switching to the latest ERP suite from SAP is to replace the existing ERP system, because maintenance and /or support is ending.

On the way to SAP S/4HANA, a third of those surveyed prefer a mix of greenfield and brownfield approaches, the so-called "color field" approach, which combines the advantages of both methods. 31 percent opt for a technical system conversion (brownfield approach), 22 percent for a completely new implementation (greenfield approach). The latter is suitable for companies that have not yet used SAP software or for SAP user companies with a multi-ERP environment. It is striking that companies that are smaller in terms of size (up to 499 employees) and sales (up to 99 million euros) are introducing SAP S/4HANA using the greenfield approach. This suggests that no SAP software was used there before.

RISE with SAP is becoming the new normal

Particularly interesting: The "RISE with SAP" program, which is intended to "animate" companies to switch to or enter the SAP S/4HANA world in the cloud, is gaining more and more followers. You can choose between a SaaS solution in the public cloud and a private cloud edition. While 29 percent of those surveyed are currently using this Business Transformation-as-a-Service program, 42 percent plan to do so in the future, especially small and medium-sized companies in terms of size and revenue class.

The RISE with SAP offer seems to be particularly attractive for these companies. This may be due to the fact that it promises faster implementation than classic methods (colorfield, brownfield, greenfield) and the individual components are bundled into a single package (one offer) and contract (one contract). This is supported by the fact that companies that already use RISE with SAP particularly appreciate the price-performance ratio (46 percent) and the simpler SAP S/4HANA changeover or entry (43 percent).

An important building block for the success of a SAP S/4HANA migration or implementation is good preparation. More than nine out of ten respondents (91 percent) carry out process and workflow analyses in advance, a third of them even "fundamentally" examine processes and workflows. It is striking that the proportion of smaller companies (up to 499 employees) that "fundamentally" analyze processes and workflows is 37 percent, significantly higher than in large companies (1000 and more employees; 28 percent) and medium-sized companies (500 to 999 employees; 26 percent).

The role of SAP BTP - today and in the future

The study also highlights the role of the SAP Business Transformation Platform (SAP BTP) .

  • Currently, the SAP BTP is primarily used to integrate standardized business services (43 percent).
  • 35 percent of those surveyed develop new cloud solutions based on this platform that expand the ERP core, or use the provided data warehouse and analysis tools ( SAP Analytics Cloud , SAP Data Warehouse Cloud , SAP HANA Cloud ).
  • 32 percent use SAP BTP tools and services for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), robotic process automation (RPA) or the Internet of Things ( IoT)
  • 28 percent use their integration services to integrate third-party software.
  • Only six percent of those surveyed are currently not planning to use SAP BTP.

About All for One Group

All for One Group SE is number one in the German-speaking SAP market and a Microsoft Gold Partner with over 2500 customers. It stands for integrating the leading business IT systems.

United VARs

United VARs is a global alliance of SAP solution providers mainly for the midmarket. With over 70 members in 100 countries, the alliance serves all types of SAP rollouts and integrations across the world.

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