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Author: Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazin

Peter M. Färbinger, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief E3 Magazine DE, US and ES (, AG, Freilassing (DE), E-Mail: and Tel. +49(0)8654/77130-21
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SAP CEO Christian Klein gave an interview to the German magazine Computerwoche and promised improvements in ERP conversion and maintenance in five years with the help of AI. The journey seems to be the goal. But is it worth the wait? SAP is meandering through IT.
In a week's time, the E3 editorial team will be publishing a report on SAP licenses in our German May 2024 issue, with the recommendation that companies should perhaps select a larger cloud license package than is currently necessary in certain situations. Why is that?
SAP customer Schaeffler achieves rapid software provision across the entire value chain with low-code. 30 widely used applications with more than 4000 users are in use.
S/4 is only the successor to ECC 6.0, but the SAP Business Technology Platform brings new perspectives, expanding horizons. SAP, however, is losing its unique selling point, and customers are gaining new freedoms.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for SAP customers to obtain relevant information about the capabilities of the ERP software they are using. The SAP list of prices and conditions seems to be the only remaining source of information.
SAP-based purchasing reaches its limits when it comes to seamless collaboration with construction service providers. EVH, a municipal energy service provider in Halle (Saale), closes unpleasant process breaks with innovative 2bits tools.
What is SAP's value proposition? There are few studies on this, but SAP is most probably not a technology company like Microsoft, Apple, Meta, or Google, or a bookseller like Amazon.
On the trading floor, SAP CEO Christian Klein is taking off at breakneck speed. His reputation in the SAP community, however, is in tatters. Even the well-intentioned call for a reset by the German magazine Manager Magazin has not moved him to improve the situation.
In an era characterized by rapid technological progress and a constantly changing economic landscape, the ability of companies to adapt to new circumstances is more crucial than ever.
The new central star in the SAP universe is supposed to be the BTP (Business Technology Platform). However, analyst Joachim Hackmann of PAC has found that only 24 percent of SAP customers are consciously using the BTP.
The S/4 conversion is the biggest challenge for existing SAP customers since the changeover from R/3 Enterprise to SAP Business Suite 7. An S/4 architecture means the release change to the Hana database, the decision about private cloud or public cloud and the adaptation of the license model.

Working on the SAP basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. 

This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
At the exhibition center 2,
A-5020 Salzburg

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

Regular ticket:

€ 590 excl. VAT


Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
Kurfürstenanlage 1,
69115 Heidelberg

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024


Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house AG. The presentations will be accompanied by an exhibition of selected SAP partners. The ticket price includes the attendance of all lectures of the Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024, the visit of the exhibition area, the participation in the evening event as well as the catering during the official program. The lecture program and the list of exhibitors and sponsors (SAP partners) will be published on this website in due time.