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SAP Basis and Bipolar ERP Strategies

But while SAP is celebrating the digital transformation with S/4 at one pole, existing customers are trying to keep the IT infrastructure and ERP architecture running at the other pole.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
May 8, 2023
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

None of what SAP presents is bad or unusable 

SAP neglects the basis. Accordingly, there are two opposite poles in the SAP community. There is nothing wrong with this bipolar situation. It is just not very productive when the forces of the market pull and tug in different directions at the two poles. SAP should support IT managers at the base of existing customers because this is where the foundation for further sales is laid.

What SAP Basis needs for the challenges in the IT infrastructure and at the ERP architecture, the SAP existing customers can find out on June 1 and 2 in Salzburg at the Competence Center Summit experience. The follow-up event to the legendary CCC Forum brings all the answers for successful SAP operations. Register now and join the discussion in Salzburg!

SAP is currently placing high demands on the competence of existing customers. On the one hand, a technical release change from ECC to S/4 is to be completed in record time; on the other hand, innovations such as IIoT, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Process Mining and Cloud computing be adapted. The SAP product ALM, Application Lifecycle Management, is a good paradigm for this enormous span: At one pole is the innovative Signavio tool for business process reengineering, at the opposite pole is an IT tool for operational and automated testing. A responsible SAP customer has to face these bipolar challenges. The task is to organize the simultaneity of process mining and automated testing with SAP ALM.

One solution at the SAP base for managing the different flows is automation. Never before have so many SAP partners addressed this topic. The topic Automation and monitoring can not only guarantee secure SAP operation, but also cushion the current shortage of IT specialists. Significant savings of two-thirds or more in basic customizing can be achieved through automation. In operational terms, it makes a big difference whether the CCC manager has to plan for 15 or only 5 man-days.

SAP itself is currently dancing on many high tides. With ALM and Steampunk the ERP world market leader shows the entire bandwidth between the operational and innovative pole. The entire SAP community is working on this bipolar roadmap. With IT tools such as automated testing, monitoring and license measurement at one pole and innovative app development on the BTP, Business Technology Platform, with low-code/no-code and steampunk, the Embedded Abap, at the other pole, SAP, the partners and the existing customers are trying to do justice to the digital transformation.

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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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.