SAP modernisation has become one of the first priorities for organizations in the upcoming times. It is driven by a combination of factors, notably the 2027 support deadline announced by SAP and the need for organizations to become more data-driven, resilient and responsive to changing demand.
SAP has announced that it will provide mainstream maintenance for its core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 until the end of 2027, extending the previously set S/4HANA transformation-deadline of 2025 by two years. It’s important to highlight that the maintenance has only been extended and that the S/4HANA implementation still lies ahead of all organizations that have not yet migrated to the new generation of SAP Business Suite. If organizations that run SAP are not on S/4HANA by 2028, they need to pay extra fees for the mainstream maintenance from then onwards. Implementing S/4HANA cannot be done in a day. It takes a lot of planning and involves numerous of different departments, as it concerns big topics such as licenses and the organization’s cloud strategy. Such a migration is complex and takes time – so you should start now.
In considering the core modernisation of systems and migration to S4/HANA, organisations need to build a solid business cases and see the full landscape ahead. The business value of core modernisation is inevitably the most critical factor on deciding to move when and how to realise the potential. This is all more relevant with the unseen circumstances that the Pandemic brought to our lives. The ambiguity of future demand organisations to operate with a much more flexible, resilient and responsive to change attitude and structure. Dealing with real time data and bringing in much more insight and intelligence to decision making processes is becoming the core competitive success criteria, regardless of the business line organisations are in. Starting from ERP, applications and overextending processes need to be much more self-aware and intelligent.
With everyday tasks of patching and getting back to standard, core modernisation seems to be very far out on the horizon. Organisations are concerned that it would be too complex, too expensive or would not make financial sense. SAP migration and modernization is not a small undertaking and customers face variety of choices when choosing where and how to run their SAP estates. Within the possible delivery models that can be chosen, the top factors that are affecting the decision process are security, innovation, maintaining control and increased flexibility.
Like a growing number of UK and EMEA organisations have experienced first-hand, the hyper scalability, cloud native services, performance, security, cost effectiveness and efficiency that you can realize on Amazon Web Services (AWS) & Microsoft Azure will prove to be invaluable for your organisation.
The proven track record of Aws & azure on security, accompanied with 3rd party validation and compliance frameworks ensures that your environment is not compromised.
With multiple cloud native services, on top of AI, ML, IoT functionalities and PaaS to PaaS integration, you can transform your ways of conducting business with state-of-art tools of innovation, which is the ultimate goal. You will have full authority on your environment with purpose-built infrastructure, with scalability to the widest sense and lots of tools to ensure you have full control on yours costs and achieve savings.
Shorter time-to-value will provide you to have much more flexibility on your decision making and on possible migration scenarios.
Whether it is new implementation, landscape transformation or core system conversion, hyper scalable cloud environments are the go-to places for the needs of the total modernisation, starting with core systems. The total modernisation not only means that you have an island of extremely efficient but detached core system, but to have an integrated and automated environment which has the capabilities of using machine learning and advanced analytics that is working on liberated – not locked in- and curated large datasets, that empowers your organisation in achieving intelligent and predictive decision-making processes.
Processing the data landscape in the entire organisation will enable you to forecast, track, learn, route, analyse, predict, report and manage resources and business processes. This is only achievable via a seamless flow of data across front-office systems and ERP and employing an “innovation first” mindset with the cloud native services at your disposal. Automating processes with diminishing turnaround times is vital for organisations to create time for innovation-based value-added activities.
Having an organisation wide business continuity and resiliency response to modern day problems, while achieving cost reduction and optimisation and increasing your Roi is only available with constructing innovative, resilient, scalable and intelligent systems underlying the corresponding business processes.
Application modernisation will both allow and require you to re-think your migration view and strategy and shall not be understood only with the terms of re-hosting or lift & shift. There is a plethora of possible routes that you can follow; re-factoring partially, re-architecting the landscape and re-placing some environment components with SaaS.
The core system can be intellectualised by the means of seamless integration with the surrounding ecosystem components and liberating data for full cycles of insights producing to evaluating feedback data. The surrounding systems will be dominated by digital services and apps developed on cloud native services in the very near future. Mobile applications, content delivery networks, IoT applications, AR/VR, bots and SaaS services will be the mainstream externally facing services of the modern organisation, most of them bearing industry specific functionalities. For these reasons, smooth PaaS to PaaS integration will be the backbone of the modern architecture. In this sense, lift & shift does not necessarily deliver the full benefits of platform modernisation. It shall be the first step to a continuous journey towards innovation via integration and automation.
The challenge of transition for your mission-critical systems and SAP installations can seem daunting. A qualified partner will ensure a smooth and cost-effective migration, and well-equipped Managed Services Provider afterwards.
Runibex holds AWS SAP Competency Partner designation, which is awarded to partners who has demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in SAP implementation, migration, and innovation. No matter what SAP system you run or strategy you’d like to adopt, Runibex, as an AWS SAP Competency Partner, have the experience, tooling, methods, and best practices to streamline your migration or transformation.