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Analyst Research

Gartner Research | SAP S/4HANA is Not a “Migration” Project – What IT Leaders Need to Know

Analyst Research

“Migration” vastly underestimates the level and scope of transformation involved in adopting SAP S/4HANA. 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 minimizing delays and business risks.

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To help you get started, we’ve collected two important resources in this newsletter:

  • [Gartner] What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S/4HANA
  • [Tricentis] Why Modernizing Software Testing is Critical for S/4HANA Success