RISE with SAP: 5 Things to Know in 2022

RISE with SAP: 5 Things to Know in 2022

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By Brianna Shipley, Vice President of Editorial, SAPinsider

RISE with SAP, announced by SAP in early 2021, has generated significant interest from members of the SAP community.

RISE with SAP “initially combined SAP’s newly acquired business process intelligence solution with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, technical services to smooth the transition process, cloud infrastructure, and consumption credits for the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) in a single contract,” writes SAPinsider’s Robert Holland, Vice President of Research, in his November 2021 RISE Benchmark Report. Today, SAP has expanded the offering to include industry and line-of-business-specific extensions and RISE with SAP for Human Experience Management.

SAP describes RISE with SAP as a holistic Business-Transformation-as-a-Service (BTaaS) offering that goes beyond Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Software-as-a-Service to provide all the components needed to implement its intelligent enterprise in one bundle. And customers certainly expect business transformation as a result of their RISE with SAP deployment —according to more than half of respondents to our RISE Benchmark Report (54%), organizations expect that RISE with SAP will enable business transformation.

Despite elevated awareness and high hopes, there is still much to learn about RISE with SAP. Here are five things you should know as we enter the new year.

#1. Cost. We’ve found that a significant portion of SAPinsiders we’ve surveyed about RISE with SAP still have limited knowledge about some RISE with SAP components. While they claim to know most about SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the component that is most interesting to their organization is cost associated with the offering. Following close behind is SAP S/4HANA Cloud, BTaaS, a single contract, and industry-specific functionality.

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Holland points out that it’s no surprise cost is most interesting to organizations when it comes to RISE with SAP. His research has found that lowering costs is a primary focus for organizations as they move SAP workloads to the cloud, and it is extremely important to those deploying SAP S/4HANA.

Cost hasn’t diverted focus away from transformation, however. The top three roles that respondents see RISE with SAP playing within their broader SAP S/4HANA projects are transformative in nature — including process, data, and change transformation.

#2. Partners. Concerned about what support will look like for a mixed vendor landscape? You’re not alone — a majority of respondents to SAPinsider’s RISE Benchmark Report share this concern, and it makes sense. Our recent integration report reveals that 90% of respondents are supporting non-SAP-to-SAP integration scenarios.

A key decision associated with SAP’s BTaaS offering, says Holland, is selecting which partners you’ll work with, including for hosting, advisory, implementation, and application management. Holland advises specifying early on where the implementation will be hosted, and reminds SAPinsiders that the RISE with SAP deployment will be hosted in SAP’s environment with the provider you select — not your own.

“This means that connectivity will need to be configured if you want to use data from your RISE with SAP deployment in your other cloud-based or on-premise applications and environments,” he says.

#3. Security. RISE with SAP is designed to help SAP customers transition their processes to, and run them in, the cloud. During a RISE with SAP deployment, part of a company’s cybersecurity is handed off to its cloud partner and SAP — but some tasks remain with the customer. You must understand where these responsibilities and liabilities end.

 “In the classical on-premise world, everything was under the control and responsibility of the customer. Now, with the transformation approach, SAP customers are required to re-think roles, responsibilities, and liabilities,” write SAP authors Uemit Oezdurmus and Gunnar Kosche. SAP created the Secure Operations Map (SOM) to help customers address cybersecurity areas from a holistic perspective (see Overview of SAP Secure Operations Map below).

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Overview of SAP Secure Operations Map


The authors explain that although the SOM was designed based on SAP’s view of security topics, needs, and branches, it can also be mapped to other well-known cybersecurity frameworks such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework or the German Federal Cyber Security Authority’s IT-Grundschutz. “What is particular to the SOM is that it can be used globally for the SAP environment.”

Read this technical article, originally published in SAPinsider Magazine 2021, Issue 3, and understand the impacts of RISE with SAP on security and compliance.

#4. Contracts. Prior to the RISE with SAP offering, an organization moving to the cloud needed to sign software application licenses with multiple parties, identify a hyperscaler, and hire application providers for implementation and management services. This required that multiple commercial constructs, governance structures, service-level agreements (SLA), and support agreements be put in place. “With RISE with SAP, organizations arrange implementation and management services with the application provider and the rest is managed by SAP, reducing the number of SLA contracts, and other pain points,” writes Akash Kumar in his article, Demystifying Contracts and Licensing with RISE with SAP. He explains that RISE with SAP includes a cloud subscription (SAP S/4HANA Cloud), and then divides the licensing into four dimensions:

    1. Direct user access to digital core
    2. Digital access (aka, indirect use via APIs)
    3. Industry and line-of-business (LOB) solutions
    4. Infrastructure add-ons.

In conclusion, Kumar says: “RISE with SAP has simplified the contract process and accountability; however, the SAP S/4HANA license has become more complicated, including indirect access. Customers should invest some time in doing an analysis of their current licenses and then map them to the SAP S/4HANA licenses to avoid high cost and unused applications.”

Read the full article for a detailed breakdown of what to ask to optimize your RISE with SAP license, costs, and discounts.

#5. SAP S/4HANA. In addition to concerns about how support for a mixed vendor landscape and project transparency will work with the RISE with SAP offering, SAPinsiders are also concerned about how RISE with SAP will impact deployment models for SAP S/4HANA. Holland’s research explains that while many organizations have gone live with SAP S/4HANA (11,500 customers according to the SAP data cited in his report), “at least three times that many existing enterprise ERP customers have yet to make the move.” Choosing a partner with experience implementing SAP S/4HANA was rated by respondents as a top requirement for transformation and RISE with SAP.

 Holland warns: “Securing a partner that has the experience not only implementing SAP S/4HANA but also performing transformation and standardization is critical to a successful transformation. However, securing these partners may become more difficult as 2027 approaches, as more organizations are looking to make progress on their broader transformation and SAP S/4HANA initiatives.”

 To help customers understand the impacts of RISE with SAP on SAP S/4HANA projects and determine if SAP’s BTaaS offering is right for their digital journey, SAP’s Damien Johnson recently presented during an SAPinsider virtual session on what RISE with SAP means for SAP S/4HANA projects.

In 2022, where will RISE with SAP reside in your organization’s transformation strategy? Consider these five areas when evaluating a potential RISE with SAP deployment to support your operations.

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