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S/4 Conversion Tools for Success

Ambitious SAP customers have already chosen to complement their ECC 6.0 system with SAP’s Enhancement Package 8 and are now evaluating the S/4 compatibility list to begin their conversion.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
12 October 2023
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

The truth about the SAP community

SAP has a vision they will quite likely see come to fruition by 2040. Public cloud could be the answer. At the moment, however, many SAP customers are still in the ECC era. Some have customized Enhancement Package 8 and are eagerly studying SAP's S/4 compatibility list. The current problems are not so much cloud computing as a technical release upgrade.

SAP legacy customers seek end-to-end business management solutions and protection for R/3 and ECC Abap modifications. Can the SAP Business Technology Platform with Steampunk, i.e. embedded Abap, be a possible solution? The fact is that many SAP customers are not yet ready to convert to S/4. SAP has lost touch with the community and has blindly rushed ahead, leaving its customers in the dust.

The transparent SAP user

SAP has numerous marketing databases; Data Scientist Nils Niehörster even developed a virtual X-ray machine for SAP that can answer almost all questions pertaining to their target market. Nevertheless, SAP cannot or will not recognize its customers’ true wants and needs.

ERP is not an end in itself. An ERP system is an IT tool, and as long as SAP Business Suite 7 fulfills its purpose, the release upgrade is only an option, not a necessity. Many years ago, the German-speaking SAP user association (DSAG) declared that companies can achieve a successful digital transformation even with Business Suite 7. The switch to Hana and S/4 is not necessary for digitization.

Despite data scientists and marketing databases, SAP does not truly see its customers and has lost sight of their needs. SAP CEO Christian Klein is probably right to have his public cloud vision, but the time is not yet ripe for it. The vast majority of challenges SAP users face cannot be solved by AI, bots, or the cloud.

Signavio and LeanIX

However, SAP may also have somehow recognized the community’s zeitgeist. With Process Mining from Signavio and Enterprise Architecture from LeanIX, SAP now has tools that act as preparatory classes for a successful S/4 conversion. With these two tools and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), customers now have a much higher chance of a successful S/4 conversion. These tools come late, very late, but nevertheless SAP has recognized the need for tutoring, education, and IT tools.

In this case, the axiom¬¬—the self-evident truth—is that nothing SAP does is necessarily wrong. But SAP’s coordination with its community has become unsynchronized in recent years. SAP has rushed ahead and never looked back, neglecting communication with users, partners, analysts, and journalists. SAP is self-sufficient and completely convinced of its own glory and brilliance. This hubris is currently causing SAP enormous problems, affecting customers’ trust and the company’s credibility, and leading people to challenge SAP's vision. Everyone must now use the tools available and learn as much as possible to ensure their S/4 conversion succeeds.

Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine

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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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.