This decision gives companies more time to prepare. Many saw it as an enormous burden to go through the conversion of their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to the new SAP platform S/4HANA within a relatively short time. After all, the introduction of a new system is costly and complex and an ERP is a central system that affects virtually every area of a company.
Introducing a new ERP platform is not simply an IT project but is also of strategic importance. That’s why SAP decided to extend the deadlines: introducing S/4HANA can bring added value, particularly when companies revise their processes and/or introduce new business models during implementation.
It is to be welcomed that SAP is giving companies more time to get the ERP transformation right, i.e. to take advantage of the opportunity to streamline historically grown organizational structures, standardize processes and consolidate systems as part of the migration to S/4HANA. This reduces structural costs, accelerates processes and improves governance.