LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rimini Street, Inc., een mondiale provider van zakelijke softwareservices en de belangrijkste onafhankelijke verlener van ondersteunende diensten voor Oracle- en SAP-producten, heeft vandaag de conclusies van een recente internationale enquête onder SAP-licentiehouders gepresenteerd. Met dit onderzoek wilde het bedrijf meer inzicht vergaren in hun SAP-strategieën en toekomstplannen. Een belangrijke bevinding was dat de dominante strategie onder SAP-licentiehouders – gekozen door 89 procent van de respondenten – bestaat uit het blijvend gebruik van bewezen versies SAP ERP, omdat de huidige versies voldoen aan hun criteria en ook de basis vormen van hun voorkeursmodel voor hybride IT. Daarnaast heeft 65 procent geen plannen voor een migratie naar S/4HANA, of heeft zich nog niet toegelegd op een dergelijke migratie. De belangrijkste reden om zich niet te committeren aan S/4HANA is de “zwakke businesscase en onduidelijkheid over de baten van deze investering”. Het rapport, “Rimini Street Survey: 2017 SAP Applications Strategy Findings”, is gebaseerd op antwoorden van CIO’s, CTO’s, IT-VP’s, directeuren en leidinggevenden van bedrijven van iedere omvang, uit verschillende sectoren in Noord-Amerika, Europa, Latijns-Amerika en Oost-Azië.
Survey Finds Majority of SAP Licensees Plan to Continue Running Their Proven ERP Release and Are Not Committed to Moving to S/4HANA
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Rimini Street, Inc., a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading independent support provider for Oracle and SAP products, today revealed the findings from a recent global survey of SAP licensees conducted by Rimini Street to better understand their SAP application strategies and future plans. A key finding in the report is that the dominant strategy for SAP licensees, selected by 89% of respondents, is to continue running their current proven SAP ERP releases 1, given that the rich functionality of their current releases meet business needs and also forms the foundation of a preferred hybrid IT model. Additionally, 65% of survey respondents have no plans to, or are currently not committed to, migrate to S/4HANA 2, with the number one reason for not committing to S/4HANA cited as “no strong business case and unclear ROI.” The report, “Rimini Street Survey: 2017 SAP Applications Strategy Findings,” is based on responses from CIOs, CTOs, IT VPs, directors and managers from a broad range of industries and company sizes across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
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Survey finds Majority of SAP Licensees Plan to Continue Running Their Proven ERP Release and Are Not Committed to Moving to S/4HANA (Photo: Business Wire)
Hybrid IT Strategy Optimizes the Value of SAP ERP
Of the survey respondents that plan to stay on their current SAP Business Suite application, 30% are already adopting a hybrid IT strategy to maximize the value of their core SAP system as a system of record, while also freeing up funds and resources that can be used to more quickly and flexibly drive innovation through systems of engagement. A hybrid IT strategy offers the best of both worlds – it provides the ability to reliably run the business on a robust core ERP application, and at the same time enables an organization to more quickly adopt new innovative applications and services, including cloud, mobile and analytics. Organizations have the flexibility to deploy systems of engagement from any technology provider, including SAP, which enables faster time to innovation and overall competitive advantage. In addition, an increasing number of companies are running their SAP ERP implementations in their private cloud or hosted environment, realizing many benefits of the cloud model without a costly, risky reimplementation. By shifting IT funds from expensive, disruptive upgrades to innovation, a hybrid strategy can accelerate the achievement of business objectives.
“When I speak with SAP customers, one of the most common strategies they enlist to maintain their core ERP while still having the ability to innovate, is to take a hybrid IT approach,” said Vinnie Mirchandani, CEO of Deal Architect and author of SAP Nation. “The SAP Business Suite is remarkably robust and feature rich, but SAP’s ability to successfully innovate outside core ERP has not kept up, so a two-speed approach makes sense. Stick with the proven core, but continue to innovate around the edges with many modern solutions that are available from some very nimble companies in the market today.”
High Cost and Risk of S/4HANA with Low ROI
In addition to citing “no strong business case and unclear ROI,” for the low commitment to S/4HANA, another top reason by survey participants for the low commitment to S/4HANA is the “high migration and reimplementation costs.” Of those respondents who have committed to S/4HANA, 56% estimated the total cost of reimplementation for a move to S/4HANA to be between $10 and $100 million, an expensive undertaking which makes it difficult to build a positive business case for the move and is financially untenable for many organizations.
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“This survey highlights that CIOs and IT decision makers prefer to maximize the value of their current robust SAP ERP system that more than meets their business requirements, rather than advancing to a new platform that is still in development with no current business case to support a full reimplementation. It also illustrates how they are pursuing innovation strategies, such as hybrid IT, to help their business gain competitive advantage now, without having to wait indefinitely for meaningful new innovations and capabilities from SAP,” saidSeth Ravin, Rimini Street CEO. “Today, Rimini Street supports nearly 1,300 clients running IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP software, providing them with our premium-level enterprise software support and reducing their total maintenance costs by up to 90% – costs which can be redeployed to fund strategic initiatives for their business.”
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Rimini Street is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading independent support provider for Oracle and SAP products. The company has redefined enterprise support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total support costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Nearly 1,300 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, independent support provider. To learn more, please visithttp://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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1, 2 Rimini Street Report, “Rimini Street Survey: 2017 SAP Applications Strategy Findings,” May 2017
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