“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” (Georg C. Lichtenberg)
The following might be especially valid for the Asian market, but referring to discussions with my colleagues it seems to be the same elsewhere: Lots of clients bought SAP S/4HANA licenses but haven’t migrated yet. But why?
During the meetings I’ve had recently with several S/4 customers we talked about many issues related to the ECC upgrade. Upgrading to SAP S/4HANA comes along with new requirements for the hardware and additional investments. This leads to questions about the right system size and future data growth. When it turns out that the system to be migrated is quite big (brown field), we recommend to the customers to run housekeeping beforehand (means delete old logs, temporary data etc.) and / or migrate only selected data to the new system. This can be done in two ways:
- Just migrate / transfer the necessary data to the new S/4 (green field), or
- move all data to the new system but offload the rarely used data or even closed documents to a cheaper database, but still have access to it through the same system (landscape transformation).
The next hot topic is Big Data and how to leverage it in the SAP landscape.
Recently we finished our webinar series “Next Asia’s Top ERP” for APJ (recording available here) where we also shared our views on how Big Data will be integrated into the ERP landscape and the other way around.
We’ve received great feedback for this vision and it also lead to interesting conversations with the attendees. And now we are here again for answering open questions, facing fears and doubts, exchanging experiences, and finally finding a way together with SAP.