Every now and then we pour through SAP’s press releases to make sure we know what’s going on. Let’s share some of the headlines we noted recently:
We all want to know the latest about the push for SAP S/4HANA. We heard in SAP’s 2017 financial results that 7,900 customers had purchased SAP S/4HANA licences/subscriptions and that there 1,500 companies had implemented S/4HANA – with a significant uptake predicted through this year. The 2018 half year results were enthusiastic, saying “very fast growth in the cloud and a strong adoption of our core solution SAP S/4 HANA shows that we are consistently expanding our reach. This is reflected in the raise of our 2018 outlook and 2020 ambition”. “600 S/4HANA Customers added in Q2, S/4HANA customer count close to 9,000”. So it looks like it is happening – the slow start is now picking up. But we wonder how much real experience there is on the supply side and how quickly Clients will want to move until there’s more support available?
No doubt we’ll hear more from Bill McDermott, CEO, as their third quarter financial figures get released on Thursday October 18.
Value from S4/HANA?
SAP S/4HANA named a “leader” in the 2018 ERP Value Matrix by Nucleus Research. Nucleus evaluated ERP market vendors based on their product usability and functionality and the value that customers gain from the capabilities. It’s intended to help inform consumers about how effectively vendors are delivering value to customers and what to expect, based on the investments vendors are making.
“By bringing intelligence to its applications, SAP is targeting use cases where customers can realize value quickly and make it simple for the user to take advantage of the technology,” said Nucleus. “With each update of its solution, SAP combines and prepackages more of the technologies enabled by SAP Leonardo, such as machine learning, conversational AI and predictive analytics, with the 25 industry verticals serviced by the SAP ERP application. As SAP expands the number of scenarios in which it is applying intelligence, it will continue to increase customer efficiency and the value SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers.”
Sounds impressive – and the mix of vertical market focus and SAP Leonardo AI capabilities is looking to position SAP well as more and more start to leverage AI within their ERP vision.