Many SAP customers are still running SAP’s last enterprise resource planning (ERP) product, known as SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC).
Since it’s scheduled to go out of standard maintenance by the end of 2027, Paul Saunders, a thought leader in ERP with extensive experience advising clients on upgrade issues, advises SAP ECC customers on their future options. In particular, Saunders maps out how the capabilities of SAP’s state-of-the-art ERP solution, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, coincide with changes in their company’s strategy to determine the optimal time frame for an upgrade. In his words: “You should never dictate your business strategy based upon what a vendor is doing.” Instead, Saunders helps customers understand their own schedule and when the right moment for them is. Furthermore, he explains how products and services like RISE with SAP and SAP Signavio solutions reduce the technology and process burden of an upgrade so companies can focus on the most important aspect for project success: the people.