Insights from SAP S/4HANA Pioneers

SAP S/4HANA was introduced in February 2015 and is the fast-growing product in SAP history. This tremendous growth demonstrates that SAP customers — both new and old — are embracing a new digital core to help transform into a digital business.

This transformation is generally not simply an “upgrade” of outdated enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but customers truly rethinking business and adjusting their IT systems to accommodate new business processes, new business models, and new strategies to compete in a digital world.

To take a deeper look at the momentum of SAP S/4HANA, we engaged with IDC to survey more than 300 SAP customers in nine countries and conduct interviews with organizations live with SAP S/4HANA. The end result is a white paper, “Voice of the Customer: 10 Insights, Direct from SAP S/4HANA Pioneers,” sponsored by SAP, which provides valuable data about why customers are choosing SAP S/4HANA to refresh their ERP systems. Among the highlights:

  • 67% of customers surveyed are either live with SAP S/4HANA or have plans to be
  • Customers live with or planning to deploy SAP S/4HANA identified three key business drivers: real-time access to information, improved employee productivity, and reduced costs
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Beyond the business benefits, IDC interviews with deployed SAP S/4HANA customers revealed that, on the scale from heavy customization to no customization, they are leaning toward zero or near-zero customization. And SAP customers are using SAP S/4HANA throughout their business. Finally, while additional skills may be required, the need for training is minimized by the use of the SAP Fiori user experience, which leverages universally familiar, consumer-grade digital interactions.

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When insight, flexibility, and responsiveness are critical to success, companies cannot rely on yesterday’s technology. One of the first steps in many companies’ journey toward a new digital core is to understand how customers are deploying and using SAP S/4HANA.

Plan to join a webcast entitled: 10 key insights from live SAP S/4HANA customers for a successful deployment on October 5 at 11:00 a.m. ET to highlight the findings of the white paper and survey from IDC’s Henry Morris. The webcast also features SAP S/4HANA customer Grace Liu, chief information officer at Katerra.

Learn more about SAP S/4HANA here.

IDC is the foremost global market intelligence and advisory firm helping clients understand technology and ebusiness trends to develop sound, action-oriented business strategies. For additional information on IDC, please visit www.idc.com.

This story originally appeared on Business Trends on the SAP Community.