SAPInsider Market Research

Market Research:
Application Strategy and Development for SAP S/4HANA and Cloud

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With digital transformation initiatives maturing and the market presenting an increasing range of new software solutions, IT departments are developing sophisticated application strategies and roadmaps to deliver quality applications rapidly without blowing up budgets.  

For SAP customers, the critical challenge is how they can monetize their past SAP investments while rapidly deploying applications that takes them to the future – with minimum business risk. With most customers either on or planning their journey to SAP S/4HANA as well as to the cloud, this challenge breaks down into several complex questions: 

  • How do we monetize our significant past investments in ABAP custom code and extensions? 
  • How can we build a “clean core” to be nimbler in the future and reduce technical debt?  
  • What platform can help us deliver modern applications such as analytics, bots/voice, and AI/ML effectively?  
  • Can low-code/no-code platforms be a viable option to accelerate migration and rollouts? 

Juxtaposed with the above questions are the significant challenges of integration, expertise, and budgets. 

SAPinsider surveyed 141 IT professionals on their application strategy, goals, and challenges. We also explored the application platforms being used, developed, or planned. We found that while many companies have an enterprise-wide application strategy to meet their goals of business process support and rapid application deployment, nearly half are not satisfied with its impact. 

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Deepa Salem
Vice President of Research SAPInsider

Deepa Salem is a Vice President of Research at SAPinsider. She focuses on the application platform, data management and operations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the SAP space through a range of roles from value selling, product marketing to research, in which she has been learning, writing, and speaking on how companies use technology to drive business impact. She was a management consultant and CRM and e-business consultant in the earlier years of her career.


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Expert Panel: Strategies for SAP business application development

A panel discussion hosted by the renowned Paul Kurchina with the industry experts: Jelena Perfiljeva SAP Mentor and avid ABAPer, Deepa Salem Industry Analyst, and Vaidya Aiyer with Pillir.

The panelists will provide insight and review the newly released market research regarding strategies in rapid application development for ECC and SAP S/4HANA environment

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Bill Farrell, Director of SAP Technology and Governance, Dole Packaged Food

“We were in need of a mobile solution for our SAP systems that could be deployed easily and quickly. The solutions from Pillir were deployed in weeks. We were also able to provide better master data governance and reduce the master data processing time significantly due to efficiencies gained. This is thanks to Pillir’s comprehensive capabilities coupled with their speed of deployment.” 


Aparna Mathur, IT vice president, Nabors

Nabors was actively looking to digitalize many field processes that were historically web-based or paper-based due to connectivity challenges. We didn’t want one or two application projects; many in low and intermittent connectivity landscapes with multiple unique device requirements.   The architecture and ease of development has enabled us to rapidly transform field operations digitally. 


Mike Woods, CIO, NPC

Using Pillir gives us the speed and flexibility needed to rapidly drive our business outcomes with a lean IT staff. NPC was able to increase up-time on our retail location’s equipment significantly, while decreasing the cost to maintain that same equipment by digitizing our approval workflow process with Pillir. They built our first application, but now our team has the skill set to create more and are quickly leveraging the power of the EdgeReady Cloud to extend our SAP ERP business system and maximize its value