The Most Important SAP S/4HANA Trends That You Need to Know [Grow, RISE, AI, 2027 Deadline, etc.]

Written By: Eric Kimberling
Date: March 19, 2024

Author: Eric Kimberling

I'm Eric Kimberling, the CEO of Third Stage Consulting. Today, we're delving into the most important SAP S/4HANA trends that you need to know [Grow, RISE, AI, 2027 Deadline, etc.] If you’re considering embarking on an SAP S/4HANA implementation there’s a number of trends to be aware of in the SAP ecosystem, but what exactly are the trends you need to be aware of? That’s what I will be discussing today.

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Embarking on an SAP S/4HANA implementation journey is a significant endeavor, and there are several key trends in the SAP ecosystem that you need to be aware of to ensure success. With many of our clients considering SAP as a viable option for their implementations, we've identified several crucial trends in the SAP space that you should keep in mind as you plan your S/4HANA implementation.

Key Trends to Be Aware of:

  • Grow and Rise Initiatives:

SAP has introduced the Grow and Rise programs to facilitate the adoption of S/4HANA. Grow targets small and midsize companies with preconfigured technologies tailored to specific industries, while Rise is designed for existing SAP customers, providing incentives to migrate to S/4HANA, particularly to the cloud.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Innovation:

SAP is leading the charge in leveraging AI and driving innovation across its product suite. With vast amounts of data from its extensive customer base, SAP is well-positioned to capitalize on AI advancements, evident in the creation of a dedicated Chief AI Officer role.

  • Integration and Interoperability:

As SAP expands its offerings through acquisitions of third-party ERP and enterprise technology providers, customers must focus on integrating multiple systems effectively. The shift from in-house developed software to acquired solutions necessitates enhanced integration capabilities.

There's a growing demand for SAP consultants and S/4HANA experts, leading to a significant skills shortage in the market. With the complexity of S/4HANA and evolving skill requirements, organizations may face challenges in sourcing skilled resources.

  • System Integrator Landscape:

While large system integrators have traditionally dominated the SAP ecosystem, smaller to midsize integrators are gaining traction. Factors such as personalized service, AI-driven automation, and customer distrust may impact the market share of big players.

  • 2027 Deadline Challenges:

Many SAP customers may struggle to meet the 2027 deadline for migrating from ECC or R3 to S/4HANA. Factors such as resource constraints, implementation complexity, and the compressed timeline pose challenges for organizations.

As you navigate the SAP landscape and plan your S/4HANA implementation, it's essential to stay informed about these trends and their potential implications for your project's success. In conclusion, understanding and adapting to these trends are crucial steps in ensuring the success of your SAP implementation journey. By staying informed and proactive, you can navigate the evolving SAP ecosystem with confidence, maximizing the benefits of S/4HANA for your organization's digital transformation

Additionally, if you're seeking expert guidance and support in navigating your organization's digital transformation, our team at Third Stage Consulting is here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today to explore how our independent consulting services can help optimize your ERP implementation, maximize ROI, and achieve your strategic objectives. Click the link below:

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Eric Kimberling

Eric is known globally as a thought leader in the ERP consulting space. He has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their technology initiatives, including Nucor Steel, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Kodak, Coors, Boeing, and Duke Energy. He has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains across the world.

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Eric Kimberling
Eric is known globally as a thought leader in the ERP consulting space. He has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their technology initiatives, including Nucor Steel, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Kodak, Coors, Boeing, and Duke Energy. He has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains across the world.
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