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Why SAP S/4HANA is not a “Migration” Project

“Migration” vastly underestimates the level and scope of transformation involved in adopting SAP S/4HANA. This is not a straightforward movement of your existing data and processes from one location to another. It’s more like you’re trying to relocate from the house you’ve lived in for the past 20 years to a more modern city apartment. In the transition, you’ll certainly need to rationalize some of your belongings, streamline your daily tasks to suit your new environment, and maybe even decide to move some of your assets to “public storage.”

With SAP’s 2025 S/4HANA ultimatum looming, now is the time to start anticipating what’s really going to be required to:

  • Advance the digital transformation initiatives driving the project as a whole
  • Rationalize and optimize business processes for the new platform
  • Leverage the cloud as a central component of your architecture
  • Adopt an Agile release cadence as well as a culture that embraces frequent change

SAP estimates that an S/4HANA migration could take 12-18 months. Yet, enterprises who have already initiated the project report that any one of the above transformations (cloud, agile, etc.) could easily take 12-18 months on its own.

Preparation is key for achieving the desired business value while making the process as painless as possible for IT. To help you get started, we’ve collected two important resources in a new SAP research package:

What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S/4HANA: This Gartner report helps IT leaders decide if, when, and how they should plan to adopt S/4HANA.

Why Modernizing Software Testing is Critical for S/4HANA Success: This Tricentis report explains why traditional software doesn’t work for S/4HANA migration projects—and what’s needed instead to ensure the speed and success of your transformation.

[Download the new SAP research]