On February 4th 2020 SAP announced a maintenance commitment for SAP S/4HANA until the end of 2040. As part of that announcement SAP committed to the provision of mainstream maintenance for core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 software* until the end of 2027 followed by optional extended maintenance until the end of 2030.
*Core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 software include SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Customer Relationship Management 7.0, SAP Supply Chain Management 7.0, and SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0 applications and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP S/4HANA.
The big question is how will this impact on your S/4 HANA Strategy? This announcement is a big change in tack from the previous withdrawal of support in 2025. This came in light of the launch of S/4 HANA and the drive for early adoption. Despite the positive messages distributed by SAP, HANA adoption has not been as expected and this is most certainly reflected in the announcement. SAP’s FY19 results indicate there are now 13,800 S/4 HANA customers of which 40% were net new meaning only 8,200 existing customers having adopted the platform.
So, what are the 6 things SAP customers should think about?
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If you are thinking of investing in SAP S/4 HANA this year speak to VOQUZ Labs Advisory practice about our S/4 HANA Licensing advisory service. We use our samQ technology solution to measure your current use of SAP. We then apply a number of S/4 HANA licensing templates to convert your existing licenses into the licenses you will need for S/4 HANA. By optimizing your SAP licenses, we are able to optimize and validate your shelfware allowing us to help you derive
even more value from your S/4 HANA negotiations. Our cost modelling of different licensing and purchasing scenarios helps you establish quantified target negotiations outcomes which ultimately helps you negotiate a better value S/4HANA agreements with SAP.
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Jan Cook has been Practice Director for VOQUZ Labs inthe UK since 2019. Jan is responsible for sales and delivery operations within the UK market and also operates as Senior Consultant for VOQUZ labs advisory serving customers across EMEA and globally.
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