Transitioning SAP to the cloud: More than a box ticking exercise

Sep 03, 2018
  • SAP

As a SAP ERP user, we’re sure you’re aware that you only have until 2027 to transition to S/4HANA before support is stopped for all other platforms. While this may seem like it is a long time off, for a project of this scale we believe it’s best to get started as early as possible. 

For many businesses, the process of migrating to S/4HANA has already begun. And if you haven’t started yet the question you should ask yourself is, “Can I afford to leave it and let my competitors get a head start on me?” The answer is, you can’t.

It won’t be easy, but it’s worth it

Moving mission-critical SAP assets that reach across your entire business to S/4HANA is a major project, and one you might be tempted to put off until other priorities calm down. But, as SAP impacts pretty much every aspect of your business, is that the right attitude to have? Take it from us, the experts, this is not a project you will want to procrastinate about and keep pushing back till the last minute.

Granted, it won’t be easy, and you may have to learn a few new things along the way, but that’s not a bad thing. Once everything is finished, you will be inspired by what you will be able to do next. Activities that used to take you weeks will be completed in as little as a few hours! Imagine all the great initiatives that free time will allow you to implement.

It needs to be more than just ticking boxes

This transition should not be seen as just a box-ticking exercise or something that you’re being forced to do. It should be seen as the perfect opportunity to take a good hard look at your current infrastructure to see where improvements can be made.

From our experience, the biggest enhancements are made–in terms of improving cost efficiencies, system flexibility, capacity scalability and infrastructure agility–by clients that take this opportunity to not only transition to S/4HANA but also to a public cloud platform. By utilising the powerful and easy to use infrastructure of a cloud platform, you will enable your business to really reap the benefits of SAP.

The delaware difference

As this is a project you cannot just breeze through with little forethought or knowledge, it’s best to find a partner that has the expertise to help you undertake, and get the most from, this transition.

Our experts completely understand the intricacies of SAP, so they know how to optimise your journey and ensure you can go beyond technology in order to really utilise SAP S/4HANA to its fullest potential.

If you would like to speak to one of our experts about building a roadmap that will smoothly take your SAP systems to SAP S/4HANA in a powerful cloud environment, please get in contact with us and your local delaware office will reach out to answer any questions you may have.