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The Thing About Modernity

E-3 Magazine asked how modern S/4 and Hana really are. The question wasn’t meant as blasphemy; it should rather be seen as an important aspect of any S/4 conversion.

It’s no secret that not all SAP customers have migrated from ERP/ECC 6.0 to S/4 Hana yet. Maybe some of them will tackle this Herculean task this year, some might take a few more years to prepare. Most of SAP’s customers will barely make the deadline in 2027, and some might even cut it close with extended support until 2030. After everything’s said and done, the question of how modern S/4 and Hana really are will be more pressing than ever.

Of course, ERP software is under continuous development by SAP. However, it would be nice to know what SAP’s plans are beyond 2030. Not in the sense of what will happen to S/4 and Hana – SAP will continue to support them at least until 2040. However, in 2030, Hana will be 20 years old, and S/4 will celebrate its 15th birthday – an eternity in the fast-paced world of IT.

Think about it: Would you use a phone that’s 15 years old? Maybe if you were already used to it and it was still working reliably, but you wouldn’t buy a phone from 15 years ago now, would you? Of course, ERP systems are different than consumer electronics, but almost two decades will do a number on them, too.

With forty years of ERP know-how under its belt, SAP’s business processes are still the de facto standard when it comes to backoffice functionalities. Everything else, though, is up for debate.

E-3 Magazine February 2022 (German)

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Peter M. Färbinger, Editor-in-Chief

Peter M. Färbinger is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at E-3 Magazine, AG, Munich, Germany. He can be reached at

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