SAP Customers Plan to Run their Current Proven SAP ERP Releases 1


Only 7 years until maintenance is expected to end for SAP ECC 62


$35M – average cost of S/4HANA migration and ongoing costs over 7 years3

SAP Customers Feel the Pressure to Make a Decision Now

Many SAP customers feel the pressure to adopt, or at least license S/4HANA now due to the planned end of support date for ECC 6 in 20252 and potential license audit threats. The vast majority of SAP customers – 89% from a recent survey1 – plan to run their stable and proven SAP ERP releases while waiting for S/4HANA to mature, for the cost and risk to decrease and an ROI to emerge. This has created a decision point for CIOs as they determine their SAP roadmap and strategy for the next decade and beyond.

Many SAP customers believe they have to choose NOW between two options:

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Option 1:

"Rip and Replace" to SAP S/4HANA

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Option 2:

"Stay and Pay" with SAP

Both options have their challenges and trade-offs, and SAP customers need to carefully assess the risks and benefits. Most SAP customers will choose to defer making a “Rip and Replace” to S/4HANA decision after evaluating its high cost, low maturity and hard to find ROI, but the high cost of maintenance and lack of innovation of “Stay and Pay” with SAP are real concerns as well.

Rimini Street enables customers that aren’t ready to make an S/4HANA decision today by helping defer the move until the product matures and the ROI is real. In the meantime, SAP customers can continue to run their stable and mature ECC platform beyond 2025 while enjoying premium support and investing significant savings to fund innovation and drive competitive advantage today.

A Risky and Financially Untenable "Rip and Replace" to SAP S/4HANA

The costs and risk of a "Rip and Replace" to SAP S/4HANA strategy now is too great for most SAP customers. S/4HANA is still an early-stage product today and lacks a business case for most customers.

“We looked at S/4HANA, and concluded that it's not mature enough - almost no value, particularly compared to the cost to implement and support.”

CIO, Kitchenware Manufacturer and Distributor

Lost Opportunities with a "Stay and Pay" Strategy with SAP

Most customers don't recognize the likely costs and risks of the "Stay and Pay" SAP strategy including the high cost of maintenance, no support for 65% of issues, minimal investment in current applications and lack of innovation.

“We had a very large support contract that also included annual increases. It climbed up to over $350,000 annually, and we felt like we weren't getting anything out of the support - the upgrades and enhancement packs weren't meaningful to us, we certainly weren't getting any applicable new functionality. We were doing it just to stay on a supported version of the product.”

CIO, Superior Uniform Group

"Save and Innovate Now" with Rimini Street

Rimini Street supports SAP customers no matter which path they choose whether it’s continuing to run their stable and mature ECC applications or begin a re-implementation to S/4HANA. In fact we already support S/4HANA customers as well as ECC Business Suite customers, but we believe the majority of SAP customers will want to avoid the “Pay and Stay” with SAP and “Rip and Replace” to S/4HANA scenarios and chose to “Save and Innovate Now” with Rimini Street while keeping future roadmap options open.

In 10 to 15 years almost all SAP customers will be facing some “Rip and Replace” implementation. Who knows who the software winners will be then? SAP? Oracle? Microsoft? IBM? Salesforce? You will have many choices so why would you commit to an early-stage product like S/4HANA right now, when you could spend your precious IT funds on strategic projects that move the needle for your business today?

Join hundreds of SAP customers who are taking Rimini Street to the future, which may include S/4HANA or potentially an even better system for their unique needs.

Whether your ultimate destination is S/4HANA, an alternative modern application, or you haven’t settled on a future platform, Rimini Street is your smart path forward. Rimini Street supports customers running SAP on all major releases, including S/4HANA, as well as customers planning an eventual reimplementation onto S/4HANA in the future after a smooth transition back to SAP.

“We're now able to take on things like implementing Concur for travel and expense management, reviewing and implementing SAP's Warehouse Management at one of our sites, and customer-centric solutions like implementing Salesforce and integrating that to SAP. Certainly we wouldn't have been able to take on Salesforce without the savings - and we wouldn't have been able to do it with the resources we had under the old support methodology.”

Director of Global Applications, Goss International

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– Bob Leek CIO
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– Jon Cohen Manager, IT Enterprise Solutions
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In the long run, this has allowed us to prioritise our technology investments to drive an easier and more engaging customer experience.”

– Michael Howard Chief Operating Officer

3, 4, 14 Rimini Street S/4HANA Calculator (Validated by Vinnie Mirchandani, Author: SAP Nation, Leading Industry Analyst Inputs)
5 Rimini Street, Rimini Street’s ROI Calculator for SAP, assuming $1M current SAP annual maintenance fees

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