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ASUG Research announced the results of its third-annual member survey on the burgeoning portfolio of SAP HANA technologies and ASUG member adoption.
For the 2016 survey, we examined two specific HANA technologies which are growing in importance to increasing numbers of ASUG members: SAP’s S/4HANA business suite and the vendor’s platform-as-a-service HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). What resulted is a survey report on each topic, and both are available to all ASUG members via the Research Services Discussions page on ASUG.com. ASUG members may also catch the webcast How ASUG Members Look at SAP S/4HANA and HCP in 2016, where we will summarize the findings and answer questions from attendees.
What ASUG Members Told Us
Key insights from the SAP S/4HANA survey (“How ASUG Members Look at SAP S/4HANA in 2016”) include data on current and expected customer adoption, deployment preferences, migration scenarios, business drivers and more.
Respondents to the SAP HCP survey (“How ASUG Members Look at SAP HANA Cloud Platform in 2016”) told us about their understanding of HCP and its uses, the most interesting HCP application areas, and what they need from SAP to increase HCP interest and use today.
“The results from both surveys provide a unique, customer-first view on two critical SAP technologies,” says ASUG CEO Geoff Scott. “As we have consistently done with our research, we will use the data points and insights as fuel for more educational and influence opportunities on behalf of SAP customers worldwide.”
ASUG ran the 2016 HANA adoption survey during an eight-week period between mid-September and mid-November 2016. The survey drew 749 respondents, most of whom are ASUG members occupying a mix of roles and coming from a broad range of company and industry backgrounds (readers can see the Appendix section in each of the reports for a full description of our survey methodology and demographics).
SAP S/4HANA Results
Available in a variety of deployment options—on-premise, managed cloud and public cloud—SAP S/4HANA is the replacement for SAP’s on-premise Business Suite, being rearchitected to take full advantage of HANA. So, for all ECC 6.0 customers and those on earlier versions of SAP’s ERP, S/4HANA is their future destination.
Here are some of the report’s key S/4HANA-related findings based on the survey results:
- 33 percent of respondents have already purchased S/4HANA and a further 28 percent expect to buy the suite at some point before the end of 2018.
- 8 percent of respondents are live on S/4HANA, while 19 percent are not currently considering an S/4HANA purchase, and 20 percent don’t know or aren’t sure about their organizations’ plans.
- On-premise is the dominant deployment choice for S/4HANA, chosen by 33 percent of respondents; but a further 33 percent don’t know or aren’t sure of their deployment option.
- While finance is the primary area where respondents rolled out or plan to deploy S/4HANA (33 percent), the second largest group (22 percent) are set to implement the suite companywide.
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Results
SAP is positioning HCP as the extension and integration platform common to all SAP solutions, whether on-premise or cloud. SAP HCP is the foundation for much of SAP’s new product offerings—from microservices to full-blown software such as BusinessObjects Cloud. Again, HCP is a technology that many ASUG members will be using, whether knowingly as a developer or a business user, or unknowingly as an SAP software end-user.
Here are some of the report’s key HCP-related findings based on the survey results:
- One-third of respondents are fully clear about what HCP is and its benefits for their organization. Another 33 percent seek more information on HCP, and a further 29 percent have no idea what HCP is and why their company might use the PaaS.
- Respondents looking at developing software on HCP are most interested in creating apps which take advantage of the HANA database (31 percent), fill in functionality gaps in existing apps (27 percent), or are brand-new types of apps for internal use (18 percent).
- More specifically for those wanting to build applications, respondents were interested in application portability and containerization (26 percent), building native mobile apps (19 percent), and creating apps by use of a combination of pre-built microservices and APIs (16 percent).