For years, SAP has been a safe bet in enterprise resource planning systems. Today, SAP’s roadmap isn’t as straightforward. The potential risks of moving to SAP S/4HANA too quickly or shifting your ERP into SAP’s cloud products come with a price tag and risk that most CIOs may not be ready for.

SAP is pushing S/4HANA hard with high-pressure tactics that include declaring an end of support for SAP ECC6*, the current mainstream implementation. This leaves customers with three options:

1) Stay put and wait for S/4HANA – continue paying a seemingly high yearly maintenance cost that may not deliver much in the way of enhancements, while trying to save up for an eventual move to S/4HANA

2) Commit to S/4HANA now – start your move right away, despite what many customers see as a huge cost of implementation and risk of disrupting business operations for little or no proven return on investment

3) The smarter strategy – move your maintenance to Rimini Street, reduce your annual maintenance costs by up to 90% and put that money towards your roadmap, regardless of your ultimate destination in.

Join Pat Phelan, former Gartner Vice President of Research and now VP of Market Research for Rimini Street as she examines the pros and cons of each of these options. If your organization is currently using SAP’s Business Suite, you won’t want to miss this webinar.

*On Feb. 4, 2020, SAP had announced mainstream support for SAP Business Suite 7 until 2027.


Pat Phelan
Pat Phelan
Vice President, Market Research
Rimini Street

Pat Phelan recently joined Rimini Street as a VP of Market Research. She is developing a product marketing research agenda that provides an ecosystem perspective and informs business decisions across critical topics – including enterprise software, third-party support, IT optimization, and application strategies.

Pat has 37 years of packaged application experience in various industries, both public and private, including commercial manufacturers, service firms, federal/state/local government and education. Prior to joining Rimini Street, she was at Gartner for 18 years providing CIOs and IT leaders with research and advice on methods and strategies for managing the ERP/business application life cycle, with a special focus on restructuring support as applications are moved to the cloud.

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