There’s a cloud roadmap that will make SAP rich: Full Use Equivalent (FUE) is a set of rules designed to show customers the way from on premises to the cloud. Unfortunately, it’s complex and might cost customers more than they bargained for.
FUE could become expensive, especially if customers don’t have a comprehensive overview of the number and types of licenses they use. Doing their consolidation homework leads to up to 20 percent less FUE costs.
It’s not just about hidden costs, however. FUE means relinquishing control. Through converting on-prem licenses to the cloud, customers become dependent on SAP. What happens if they need to revert back to on prem? FUE doesn’t offer any type of cloud exit strategy. So, if your company merges, splits or goes bankrupt, you’re out of luck – your data is gone.
FUE can only be circumvented by keeping one’s on-prem licenses while using cloud services. This way, ERP data remains accessible even if companies stopped paying cloud subscription fees to SAP a long time ago.