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How ABAP Customizations Affect Costs in SAP

According to Computer Business Review Online, SAP has decided to extend its maintenance commitment for SAP S/4HANA until 2027. Despite SAP’s goal to push customers to fully migrate to S/4HANA much sooner than that, it seems that there may be some major hesitancy from SAP customers.

ABAP customizations are at the top of the list of pre-migratory considerations for many companies as they wonder how thousands of customizations within their existing systems can be easily and accurately migrated to a new system like S/4HANA. Many SAP ERP customers are also overwhelmed by not only the amount of customizations within their system due to years of customization builds, but also the heavy cost to maintain them before even considering migration to S/4HANA.

But, 2027 is pretty far away, so who needs to worry about migrating - right?

Massive amounts of unnecessary ABAP customizations within existing SAP systems can actually result in unnecessarily high levels of costs to own and maintain. During times of crisis, such as that which many industries are experiencing due to the impact of COVID-19, it is now more important than ever to ensure that the TCO of SAP systems are kept in check and actions are taken to lower SAP costs.

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So, how do ABAP customizations affect costs within SAP systems – whether companies have already migrated to S/4HANA or have an older version of SAP?

There are a few questions to ask before you can confidently answer this question as each business system and case is different.

Consider the following:

  • How many custom ABAP customizations have been created, and for what amount of time have they existed?
  • Do you really need the ABAP customizations you presently have?
  • Are your existing and present customizations being maintained and created with the inevitable migration to S/4HANA in mind?

Questions like these tend to be difficult for customization and conversion teams to answer - but they don't have to be.

Understand how ABAP customizations are affecting your SAP system and how you can easily eliminate unnecessary technical debt within SAP and lower SAP costs now- not later. Rapid application development platforms, such as EdgeReady Cloud, help to automate and streamline the modernization process while increasing speed to market. NANCI, the #1 ABAP cost analysis application, is also a beneficial solution to help you identify ABAP customizations and TCO.

 Contact our team directly to have NANCI installed, today.

Tyler Young

Tyler Young

Tyler is an SAP technical lead with Pillir. Tyler holds a bachelor of computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She resides in Arizona with her partner and a cute puppy.