The Why and How to Upgrading Your S/4HANA System
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SAP S/4HANA was first introduced to the market in 2015 as SAP’s strategic Digital Core, and many companies took the opportunity to transition their legacy ERP systems in order to reap the benefits of this new technology. However, as with any technology, early adopters are now facing the need to upgrade their existing SAP S/4HANA systems in order to stay current and leverage the latest innovations.
Importance of Keeping Your System Up to Date
Staying on mainstream maintenance for SAP S/4HANA® means upgrading at least once every five years, and the year 2020 marks the first year where one of the earliest releases will fall out of support.
Upgrading your S/4HANA system every five years may seem like a daunting task, especially if your organization lacks the technical and/or functional resources needed to complete upgrade work. Neglecting these upgrades can have an even worse effect on your long-term business success, and by remaining on your existing release, your business will be unable to leverage the latest SAP S/4HANA innovations or stay current with security measures and maintenance. That can result in higher costs and, ultimately, falling further behind.
What’s Included in an S/4HANA Upgrade
Since its release of S/4HANA in 2015, SAP has come out with a new release each year. Each of these releases has introduced significant additions and advances to the existing platform, helping businesses get closer and closer to an intelligent enterprise. Upgrades typically include landscape discovery, upgrade plan, and upgrade execution. Depending on requirements, the upgrade scope can include a technical upgrade, functional upgrade, functional testing, as well as enabling new functionalities.
With each release of S/4HANA, SAP will continue to introduce new functionalities and innovations. By taking advantage of periodic upgrades, your organization will see more advantages with new functionalities and product enhancements.
Introducing SAP S/4HANA Version Upgrade Packages
NTT DATA Business Solutions executes numerous SAP S/4HANA version upgrades each year, and has developed a factory approach for executing these upgrade projects. Our approach leverages the foundation of our conversion and testing factories to deliver the most complete service possible. The S/4HANA® Upgrade Packages were created based on an analysis of past upgrades, large and small, and the commonalities across them.
To learn more about our S/4HANA Upgrade options, download our solution brief.