Four Critical Factors to Consider When Making the SAP S/4HANA Decision for Your Business
SAP customers are being forced to make difficult SAP application strategy decisions. SAP customers are feeling the pressure to adopt, or at least license S/4HANA now due to the planned end-of-support date for ECC 6* and potential license audit threats. But many SAP customers plan to run their stable and proven SAP ERP releases until S/4HANA matures and the ROI emerges. Based on your roadmap, you can run your current SAP ECC release for a minimum of 15+ years, while you direct funds towards other strategic initiatives, including the eventual re-implementation onto S/4HANA in the future. You could also move to alternate SaaS solutions. This eBook provides four critical factors to help decide what makes most sense for your organization. *On February 4, 2020, SAP had announced mainstream support for SAP Business Suite 7 until 2027.
Oracle EBS Customers Prefer Current Proven ERP
In early 2017, Rimini Street conducted a survey of 175 Oracle® EBS licensees to understand Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) licensee perspectives and strategies. Among the key findings: 83% of respondents say EBS meets business needs and will continue to use robust EBS as their core ERP. 71% consider Oracle’s EBS support and maintenance costs to be too high. Find out what your peers are thinking as they uncover key EBS challenges and explore ERP cloud alternatives and hybrid IT adoption. This eBook also includes actionable recommendations to avoid Oracle EBS risk and drive innovation.
Accelerating the Retailer’s Business-Driven Roadmap with Third-Party Support
Retail is immensely competitive. And margins are tight. Those are givens. To gain an advantage, retailers must make digital transformation a priority. But with 80 to 90 percent of a typical IT budget committed to operating existing systems, where will the IT innovation funding come from? Retailers who are early adopters of third-party enterprise software support have unlocked innovation funding by freeing up their precious resources: avoiding unnecessary ERP vendor upgrades, and letting overpriced vendor maintenance contracts expire. These retailers also follow a Business-Driven Roadmap that aligns all IT spending with business priorities, not vendor priorities. Taking these strategic, fundamental savings steps unshackles valuable IT resources-both budget and staff-for more critical initiatives such as: improving loyalty programs and delivery systems, enhancing customer service through artificial intelligence, integrating mobile technologies into the shopping experience, and even trying out robots in the warehouse. Download this eBook for helpful insights on how third-party support and a Business-Driven IT Roadmap can help you regain your retail competitive advantage.
The Impact of Moving to Independent, Third-Party Software Support
When organizations consider the amount of their IT budget that is spent on yearly maintenance, many focus primarily on the annual maintenance fees as a large and already-budgeted expense that must be paid without question. But looking deeper at the total price of support, it can become apparent that millions of dollars are often unnecessarily wasted each year due to the outdated support model of software vendors. This executive summary is derived from a Rimini Street impact study that was validated by independent analyst firm Nucleus Research. It confirms the significant savings that a sample of 70 Oracle and SAP licensees have realized by replacing their software vendor support with Rimini Street support.
JD Edwards World Software SPC Code and Expiration Dates
If you are running JDE World A7.3 or A8.1, you may be locked out of your JDE system as the JDE security checks for valid SPC codes to run its modules. Read this tech brief to learn more for a quick technical how-to. What to know: this verification code was designed to work only through June 30, 2019, and if the appropriate actions to bypass the verification code are not taken, the JDE-licensed software could be license-locked (unable to run). Download the tech brief or, better yet, come to Rimini Street for support and we can help.
EnterpriseOne Client License Verification Disable (Prior to 8.98 Tool Release)
This new JDE Tech Brief is important if you are running EnterpriseOne Tool release prior to 8.98. It explains why and how to update your EnterpriseOne Client Machine (also known as Development client, Web development client, Fat client or Workstation) since the accompanying license verification code will expire by June 30, 2019. What to know: this verification code was designed to work only through June 30, 2019, and if the appropriate actions to bypass the verification code are not taken, the JDE-licensed software could be license-locked (unable to run). Download the tech brief or come to Rimini Street for support and we can help.
Nucleus Research Found “9 of 10 SAP customers expressed no interest in moving to S/4HANA”
In yet another of a number of recent studies highlighting the lack of adoption of S/4HANA, a new independent study by Nucleus Research finds that 9 out of 10 existing SAP ERP customers expressed no interest in moving to S/4HANA. This correlates with recent research from the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) and German SAP User Group (DSAG)1,2. In fact, 86% of the users DSAG surveyed said they’re making little or no investment in S/4 HANA3. According to the Nucleus Research study, most customers do not find SAP’s roadmap compelling enough to consider a future investment and customers fear a complex and painful transition away from their existing SAP ERP implementations. Rather than undergo a disruptive and risky migration, we find many SAP customers prefer a smarter “Innovation around the Edges” strategy. As stated in the Nucleus study, companies choose best of breed solutions that offer a higher degree of functionality or usability from other vendors. For example, of the last 80 CRM deals Nucleus has reviewed, only two companies considered SAP as a contender. Given the disconnect between SAP’s marketing messages and customer reality, read this report to understand why SAP’s strategy to migrate their existing ERP customers to S/4HANA may not be so simple after all. 1 http://diginomica.com/2015/10/02/dsag-users-want-a-new-deal-with-sap-uses-s4-hana-survey-to-telegraph-intent/ 2 http://diginomica.com/2016/06/02/two-major-sap-user-groups-take-landmark-position-on-digital-transformation-an-inside-look/ 3 https://www.dsag.de/sites/default/files/dsag-investment_survey_priorities.png
Nucleus Report: A Business-Driven IT Roadmap with Rimini Street
Many organizations follow an ERP vendor-dictated IT roadmap — implementing patches, upgrades, and transitions to the cloud as their vendors recommend — usually at a significant cost and sometimes with no business benefits at all. It’s a problem; fortunately there’s a solution. Nucleus Research, an independent IT research firm specializing in investigative research and ROI investment analysis, has authored this paper on embracing a Business-Driven IT Roadmap, citing Rimini Street as an enabler of a best-in-class, agile, transformative route. Switching from a vendor-dictated roadmap to a Business-Driven IT roadmap — where all IT spending and activities support the business goals of the organization — will enable you to: regain control of your IT strategy reduce vendor dependency and support costs maximize the value and extend the life of existing hardware and systems future-proof your application strategy increase staff productivity and retention free up funding for business-critical IT initiatives free up funding for innovation Discover the 5 key benefits of a Business-Driven Roadmap and how it can enable you to maintain control of your company’s IT direction — and drive IT success.
Deep-Dive on Third-Party Support for SAP – How it Works
According to Gartner1, “…an array of on-premises customers will move to third-party support as a safe haven while evaluating their long-term plans.” Over 500 SAP customers have already moved to Rimini Street and have received award-winning support, cut their total support costs for their SAP platforms by up to 90%, and redirected significant budget and bandwidth to high-impact projects. Many SAP customers have questions around how third-party support for SAP software works, key differences between SAP support and how third-party support will help them meet their technical, functional and service level objectives to keep their mission-critical SAP systems running smoothly and in compliance. Request this OnDemand webinar to hear Jennifer Perry, VP, Global SAP Service Delivery, Rimini Street, share answers to key questions including: What are the main differences between SAP support and Rimini Street support? What is the scope of Rimini Street support services and software covered? What does the onboarding process and experience look like? How does the Rimini Street model and expertise provide responsive, tailored support globally? How can third-party support ensure ongoing compliance with respect to tax, legal and regulatory updates? Most SAP customers must notify SAP by September 30, 2020 in order to switch support provider. Get the answers you need to make an informed decision before you get locked-in for another year. Watch the OnDemand webinar! 1Gartner, Predicts 2020: Negotiate Software and Cloud Contracts to Manage Marketplace Growth and Reduce Legacy Costs, 18 December 2019