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Main driver for using RISE with SAP is accelerating the move to S/4 HANA according to UK & Ireland SAP User Group survey

Research from the UK & Ireland SAP User Group (UKISUG), the independent not-for-profit organisation representing all users of SAP software, has today revealed one in ten (11%) organisations plan to use RISE with SAP. Of those organisations, the most commonly cited reasons for using RISE were accelerating their move to S/4HANA (25%), simplifying and accelerating their cloud journey (19%), reducing the number of contracts/providers they have to deal with (19%) and improving change management (17%).

The survey of 106 SAP user organisations revealed that 44% are either extremely or somewhat familiar with RISE, with 30% stating they had never heard of the service. When respondents were asked about why they aren’t planning to use RISE, not understanding the benefits (18%), haven’t seen enough customer case studies (15%), not moving to the cloud (12%) and avoiding vendor lock-in (12%) were the most frequent responses.

“Our findings are very similar to recent research from both ASUG and DSAG in that it shows many organisations still aren’t overly familiar with RISE with SAP, what is covered by the single contract and how it could help them,” said Paul Cooper, Chairman, UK & Ireland SAP User Group. “Whether RISE can help customers build a strong case to move to S/4HANA is still to be seen. Every customer situation is different, but many need a much clearer understanding of the commercial impact and how it effects existing cloud investments before they can make an informed decision. We will be hosting a dedicated RISE with SAP stream at our conference later this month, which we hope will provide attendees with greater clarity.”

Michiel Verhoeven, Managing Director, SAP UK & Ireland, said: “RISE with SAP is designed to help organisations smoothly transition from on-premise legacy ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, through simplifying, focusing and supporting transformation to a truly Intelligent Enterprise. This message is clearly resonating with the market and we’ve already seen major UK brands in the form of Asda Stores, EG Group, Inchcape and Briggs of Burton capitalise on RISE to embrace their transformation journey with us.”

UKISUG is hosting its annual CONNECT conference 28-30 November 2021. The dedicated RISE with SAP stream will feature presentations from SAP, NTT Data Business Solutions, Edenhouse and Inchcape aimed at providing delegates with a deep dive into the scope and potential benefits of the service.