SAP S/4HANA Cloud EDI: Macro-Trends Shaping SAP Migration Events

by | Apr 3, 2020 | Automation, Business Growth, Data Management, Solutions

In February of this year, SAP broadly announced to the SAP community that there would be critical changes in its maintenance policy for SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) beyond 2025; however, this appears to be a fluid deadline. Current users have been “voluntarily told” to move from ECC to S/4HANA Cloud EDI by 2025.

VARs and SI’s will be leaned on heavily to help meet this update goal. The rate of implementations needed to hit this deadline is ambitious, to say the least, as it would require near one completed implementation per day.

The SAP partner community is rising to meet the challenge, and certain partners will get the pick of the litter and a steady stream of desirable projects –– assuming they move quickly and position themselves the right way.

They’ll need to actively forge partnerships with industry leaders who can add value to the sales cycle and implementation process –– whether it’s a more basic migration or a full digital transformation.

A golden opportunity for retailers and suppliers with SAP Cloud Platform EDI

This migration presents an opportunity for retailers and suppliers alike to consider this timeline as an opening for assessing their current ERP environment and consider the benefits of an SAP cloud integration to EDI as a way to automate their shared business processes.

They should be demanding that partners bring best-of-breed cloud partnerships and integrations to the table, whether it’s CRM, marketplaces, e-commerce, carrier networks, or EDI.

Three SAP S/4HANA Cloud EDI macro-trends validating thinking beyond the ERP

1. Alignment and Agility

Moving to SAP S/4HANA means embracing the good that’s going to come with digital transformation, highlighted by the enablement of next-century technology. Leveraging 3rd party cloud providers results in alignment with an overall cloud strategy while providing increased supply chain agility.

2. Competition for Resources

As traditional on-premise technology reaches end-of-life, EDI specialists are retiring along with it. Also, most VARs and SIs have no interest in running EDI projects. They often encompass managing retailer requirement changes and building out old-school point-to-point maps that are notoriously difficult to maintain.

3. Risk Reduction

Relying on partners also mitigates risk and decreases failure points across the organization, assuming that you have the right partners. Larger organizations are drawn to more established, mature partners for the simple reason that they can’t afford to have an implementation fail due to untested technology and novice customer success departments.

These are some of the variables influencing how migration to S/4Hana will take shape. VARs and SIs are wise to bring valued partnerships to the table to properly position themselves to handle what could be an incredible workload. It may make sense for you to consider a potential SAP cloud platform integration to EDI that supports one connection point directly into S/4HANA.

Utilizing the support of a full-service EDI provider that can facilitate the integration, implementation, and become your EDI department moving forward is one option to consider as it allows you to focus on what’s most important –– SAP.

SPS Commerce is one of many third-party partners within the SAP community that can help you to facilitate your cloud migration goals. Our pre-built EDI solutions easily integrate with your existing SAP systems to automate processes.

Learn more about SPS Commerce Fulfillment EDI for SAP or get in touch with us if you’re ready to speak with an SAP specialist.

Matt Rogers