How to Decide if You Should Migrate to S/4HANA

by Debra Garls

As we enter a new decade, the deadline to move to SAP S/4HANA by 2025 to maintain support from SAP is quickly approaching. Read the below to learn more about S/4HANA – and how to decide if you should jump on the migration in 2020.

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SAP HANA Versus S/4HANA: What’s the Difference?


SAP HANA was introduced by SAP in 2010. This in-memory and relational database is best known for its ability to provide real-time insights in business data, perform transactions, and for its high-speed performance.


SAP S/4HANA is the next evolution by providing easier administration while also handling a larger amount of data than its predecessors. It can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment. This enterprise system is also built on the SAP HANA database, simplified business suite, and seamlessly utilizing a Fiori user interface.

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Is Migrating to S/4HANA Mandatory?

Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. Implementing S/4HANA is not required to keep SAP up and running. However, SAP’s plan is to phase out its other software suites in favor of S/4HANA. Therefore, the migration is looking more and more like an inevitability.

>> Read more: Upgrading to S/4HANA

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How Are Other Companies Handling the Migration?

Many companies are currently taking the migration path. For example, out of the SAP users surveyed February last year, 41% are still evaluating a potential move to S/4HANA. So, if you are part of the 41% that have not migrated over to S/4HANA, you are not alone.

If you are thinking about migrating to SAP S/4HANA, try running SAP’s Readiness Check to analyze the impact of the changeover.

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Why Should You Start Your Migration Sooner than Later?

By migrating to S/4HANA sooner rather than later will not only give you access to more migration resources, but the migration can also help you improve your performance. SAP 4/HANA cloud deployment also makes you more innovative, competitive, and agile.

Top 5 Reasons to Move to SAP S/4HANA

Below are the top five reasons that you can benefit from S/4HANA:

  1. Simplicity – S/4HANA cuts down the processing time considerably
  2. Ease of Use – SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) applications can now run in a modern and web-based format with S/4HANA
  3. Modernization – The S/4HANA applications enhance the ECC functionality with speed, context, and data accessibility
  4. Preparing for Future Innovation – SAP’s new innovations will be S/4HANA applications
  5. Need for Speed – S/4HANA provides a new-age digital interface that seamlessly integrates into your enterprise

>> Read more: News from S/4HANA and SEAL Systems

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What About SEAL Systems and S/4HANA?

SEAL Systems has developed an SAP S/4HANA connector to help make this transition as seamless as possible for our customers, both new and current. We are also officially certified on the S/4HANA platform, and we have already worked with several customers to upgrade to the platform.

>> Read more: S/4HANA & SEAL Systems Solutions

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