back to article Amid pandemic and economic uncertainty, enterprises find they've lost the will to migrate to SAP's S4/HANA

A third of SAP users have hit the brakes on migrations to S/4HANA, the German vendor's in-memory database-powered ERP system, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic disruption. The data on stalled upgrades, from the early findings of the UK and Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG) member survey, will be bad news …

  1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

    Not Surprised

    Many companies will be delaying projects just to survive amid the lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Some will not survive even after reigning in expenses.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not Surprised

      It will be even more when the see their subscription bills. You know the new model that is heaps more profit for SAP... Do the corporate bean couinters not realise that getting some money from a lot of customers is better than getting a little more from a lot less customers?

      Oh silly me. What SAP is doing it what is taught on many MBA (More Bloody Assholes) courses.

      That might be fine for normal times but these are not normal times.

      Besides, SAP is shite just like Oracle.

      1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

        Re: Not Surprised

        I thought MBA stood for moronic idiotic assholes.

  2. cd

    Does no one offer an escape kit for SAP or Oracle users? Seems like it would be especially viable right now.

    Some kind of quantum entanglement database...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Good Idea

      But I'm sure that the scumbags at Oracle and SAP will find ways to keep you paying for a long time to come.

      You know... You wouldn't have any DB backups saved somewhere now would you? Yes? That'll cost you.

    2. Youngone Silver badge

      The massive corporation I work for is escaping from Oracle as I type this.

      They are escaping to SAP though. Due to the lockdowns the dozen support people who were going to fly in and support the users through go-live are attempting to do that remotely.

      Ask me if it is going well.

      It is not.

      1. RM Myers

        Ask me if it is going well. It is not.

        Isn't that pretty much SOP for ERP project?

      2. CPU

        As someone who has worked extensively with both, you are just jumping out of the fire into the frying pan. My guess is that you are moving from Oracle due to costs? You will not be happy.

  3. Missing Semicolon Silver badge

    Do *that* all over again?

    Presumably, like all ERP integrations, making their existing stuff work properly took years more than expected and cost much money and pain.

    Now it's stable enough to just get on with their lives.

    And SAP want companies to upgrade because "new shiny!" - and because SAP needs the money?

    I can see that not aligning with many business plans!

    I wonder if there is a legal route to force SAP to maintain the functionality of the product that companies bought. Otherwise, said customers may well be better looking elsewhere.

  4. CPU

    It will cost six figures to upgrade, and then you spend 12-18 months debugging to make it do what it did before the upgrade- who needs that kind of trouble now?

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