Deployment Approaches to SAP S/4HANA 2023

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⇨ Begin preparations now to ensure readiness for future ERP decisions

⇨ Evaluate and implement the infrastructure options that will be best for the long-term

⇨ Dedicate time to determining which SAP S/4HANA deployment model is most appropriate

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For the last three years, SAPinsider tracked how organizations planned for their SAP S/4HANA deployment. During that time, adoption of the solution grew steadily, although a significant proportion of respondents either still have no plans for SAP S/4HANA or are only at the point of evaluating the business case. The most likely deployment model for these organizations continues to be a system conversion or brownfield implementation with a new implementation being second. However, over the last two years a greater proportion of respondents indicated that a selective data transition is an option as existing SAP ERP users with complex implementations have started to move to SAP S/4HANA.

The survey asked the respondents to about whether they were running SAP S/4HANA, their time frame for switching, how they planned to deploy, the infrastructure they planned on using, and the factors most impacting their SAP S/4HANA deployment decisions. As has been the case the last three years, the proportion of respondents planning on using a selective data transition continues to grow just as more long-time SAP ERP customers move to the offering. But while a quarter (27%) of organizations have already switched to SAP S/4HANA, more than half the respondents to this survey (53%) indicated that they do not plan to switch before 2025. This has the potential to create a resource bottleneck for partners that are experienced with deploying SAP S/4HANA as the 2027 end of maintenance deadline approaches.

Chart showing SAP S/4HANA Deployment Types Planned

Download the benchmark report to read the full data analysis from 168 members of the SAPinsider community and receive recommendations for your own plans.

  • Explore the factors that are most impacting how organizations will deploy SAP S/4HANA
  • Learn about the types of deployments being used and what those trends mean
  • Understand the time line for when respondents planned to switch to SAP S/4HANA
  • See the infrastructure that organizations plan on using for their deployments


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