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If the case for moving to cloud ERP wasn’t strong enough already, research firm IDC recently predicted that “By early 2025, organizations still on legacy systems will need to modernize their applications immediately to survive and adapt to the digital world already surpassing them."

Clearly, there are compelling reasons to move beyond on-premises solutions.

A modern ERP is a Cloud ERP

ERP systems have always delivered tremendous value to organizations, helping them boost productivity and gain insights. But digitalization has changed everything, and on-premises ERP systems simply can’t keep up.

Cloud ERP and its advanced features and flexibility make it an essential ingredient for success in the digital age, where customers expect faster delivery of products and services, nonstop product and service improvements, greater reliability, and lower costs.

Businesses often need to look beyond their walls to ensure the best value for customers. They work virtually with a wide array of partners—for production, product distribution, sales management, service, support, and even core business processes. As a result, they need software that helps them handle increasingly complex internal processes and manage business networks worldwide.

This isn't possible without cloud ERP.

Every company needs a cloud-first business strategy. Only in the cloud can you harness the potential of the latest innovations, including AI and sustainability solutions. Only in the cloud can you keep up with the pace of business and the changing demands and challenges you face. And only in the cloud can you predict and identify risks and opportunities and respond at the speed of business.

How can you get there?

SAP recently announced the RISE with SAP Migration and Modernization program to help companies build a cloud-first business strategy and address the two primary issues that companies face when moving to the cloud—driving tangible business outcomes and cost. The program gives leaders confidence to take even the most complex ERP systems to the cloud by helping to eliminate custom code, data silos, and process complexity.

Regardless of whether businesses today run on SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) or SAP S/4HANA, the new program offers customers a path through a four-phase methodology from preparation to go-live:

  • Discover and prepare by building your business case and identifying what success means.
  • Explore and plan to determine the scope, timelines and commitments needed to succeed.
  • Move and deploy your cloud ERP solution according to the timelines defined.
  • Run and innovate in a live environment, while keeping up with the latest rules, regulations, and business innovations.

To drive predictable timelines for projects, all implementations—both through SAP and our partner ecosystem—will follow the RISE with SAP Methodology, which will provide project progress transparency, with key milestone checks. It will be supported by SAP services and specialists who confirm the methodology is applied from discovery through go-live to get customers innovation ready. SAP is also training and validating partners to use the RISE with SAP Methodology and will collaborate closely with these partners to provide consistency and quality.

To help customers offset the cost of cloud transformation, the RISE with SAP Migration and Modernization program also includes incentives that may reduce the cost of migration up to 50% and shorten the time to value.

To learn more about the RISE with SAP Migration and Modernization program, please join me at the upcoming RISE into the Future event on February 28th, where we’ll discuss how to confidently migrate to cloud ERP.

Click here to start your journey with the RISE with SAP Migration and Modernization program.