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T/5 with AI

Artificial intelligence could be the key to an evolutionary ERP as a successor to R/3 and S/4. AI language models open semantic and syntactic options for a T/5 Hana to be used beyond 2040.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
April 6, 2023
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SAP T/5 by Aleph Alpha

Heidelberg-based Aleph Alpha shows that it will also be possible to create language models for semantic tasks in limited subject areas with less effort. An AI language model could create an ERP ontology for the R/3 and S/4 successor T/5 and possibly also program it out with Abap.

S/4 Successor

SAP persistently refuses to discuss an S/4 successor, which is very clumsy. In the ERP world, planning security is the most important commodity. An S/4 until 2040 is a sufficiently good insurance policy. But for principled ERP planning, SAP's existing customer needs parameters that extend into the middle of the century. No one will commit SAP to bits and bytes in this regard. But similar to other industries, ERP users need a possible roadmap. SAP's refusal to think about the ERP future and outline visions seems petty and fearful.

ERP Glass Sphere

Forecasts are difficult. No existing customer will ask SAP for an ERP blueprint for 2050. But there is no discourse about future ERP architectures. SAP's wish that all existing customers hand over their licenses and move to the cloud is too little. Neither users nor providers nor analysts and journalists possess an ERP glass ball. In the field of computer science and mathematics, there is a lot of experimentation going on at universities and in laboratories. An ERP discourse should develop from these findings.

ERP Language Model

The results of OpenAI and Aleph Alpha are not yet answers, but they open up perspectives on how future IT systems might work. A business language model could perhaps take the ERP world to a higher level. A possible takeover of the Heidelberg-based company Aleph Alpha by SAP would not only be interesting in this regard, but would probably be strategically very wise. This would put SAP at the center of a discourse about the future of business management IT and avoid a rather unpleasant discussion about infrastructure such as private and public cloud.

B2B Informatics

It's all in the mix: SAP has interesting technologies with BTP, Fiori, Datasphere and Steampunk, which in combination with AI/AI and ML (machine learning) could lead to a new ERP quality. An AI Language Model from Aleph Alpha should soon be able to present a new ERP ontology to SAP's existing customers. SAP itself should seize the opportunity and open the discourse.

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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