Protera, an SAP and cloud migration expert, has released a new guide that walks SAP customers through executing an SAP upgrade.
The business offers SAP migration and SAP managed services as part of its portfolio, and has extensive experience in this area. In this comprehensive guide, Protera explains everything one needs to continually achieve the highest ROI from one’s SAP investment.
To start with, the company explains what an SAP upgrade is and why one needs to update to the latest version. While implementing SAP upgrades can be driven by the release of new product versions, they may also be needed for new, strategic approaches to new business functions, says Protera.
While the SAP Software Manager is a comprehensive tool, which will guide new users through the process, the company explains that in cases where the upgrade has a significant impact on the business’ functionality and strategy, it might be beneficial to get additional support from a third-party SAP partner.
In the guide, the company also outlines the three types of SAP upgrade approaches–technical, functional, and strategic. Which approach a client should choose is determined by their motivation for the upgrade and the ROI of the project.
As such, the company explains, a technical upgrade is fast, low-cost, and delivers a manageable impact while protecting investments.
Functional enhancements, on the other hand, can take time and generate value as one goes. In terms of value generated, the company states, strategic enhancements can be an organization’s best choice.
Elaborating further on the three approaches, Protera explains how a technical upgrade helps clients retain current functionality but updates the product or system version.
The guide lists the six steps involved in a technical upgrade. These are: system preparation, SPDD phase, upgrade, SPAU phase, testing, and Z-program adjustments.
Functional enhancements, according to the company, focus around SAP Enhancement packages. These are released to “enable continuous improvement and innovation around existing applications without requiring downtime and other disruptions associated with a larger upgrade.”
The strategic enhancements approach, on the other hand, combines elements from the technical and functional approaches to deliver better capabilities and performance to the business, explains the company.
Finally, the guide talks about any potential business impacts of SAP upgrades. It explains how, during the upgrade cycle, there might be changes to SAP application configurations and how to minimize this change-freeze time.
The guide concludes by explaining why working with a trusted, experienced partner might help make the SAP upgrade process more efficient. These partners could help with the technical management of SAP-related applications, support project and upgrade automation, and help the organization measure performance through data insights, says the company.
Organizations might also benefit from cloud migration and SAP modernization processes. The company also mentions how SAP experts could help organizations with SAP migration, SAP HANA upgrades, S/4 HANA transformations, or full data center modernization.
In addition to SAP upgrades, Protera offers services designed to solve business challenges, optimize cost, and mitigate risk. To view the full list of services, please visit https://www.protera.com/
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