CBR Online – Is SAP’s 2025 Deadline Real?

Our CEO, Mark Smith, writes in CBR Online about SAP’s 2025 deadline and what it means for organisations.

If you use SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and you’re not using SAP S/4HANA, you’re on a deadline. A deadline that was recently extended to 2025, but still, the clock is ticking. SAP will continue to offer support for its ERP software until this clock runs out. But then support stops, and those businesses that want support from SAP will need to migrate to SAP’s flagship ERP software, S/4HANA.

But is this deadline for real – or is it another marketing tactic?

“2025 is a real deadline—but only for SAP, not its customers. Any business that’s unsure of their next steps shouldn’t panic, but they should consider what they need to do to remain supported after the deadline”

So, must businesses really act now?

The other alternative is… to do nothing.

It’s not quite that simple, but businesses that feel that they are being pressured into giving up their existing ERP system and moving on to another, just because the vendor can use this to grow its business. They’re right—S/4HANA may offer advantages to its users, but it should be the customer’s choice whether to move, after balancing those advantages against the disruption.

SAP has said that until December 31, 2025, it will continue to offer support to its customers on legacy software. After that, it will no longer support it. But what does this really mean?

At the end of support, customers will no longer receive any updates, security or otherwise. Customers will no longer be able to access official support to resolve technical queries. Everything else will remain the same. So, all a business has to do is replace this, and it can carry on just as before.

Third party support vendors can help here, by providing both specialist support and virtual patching to protect SAP installations from attacks. Businesses should also think about what their plans are between now and 2025—with SAP so focused on S/4HANA, they’re unlikely to get much from their investment in legacy software.

Full article originally published in CBR Online on 15 May 2018.