Fujitsu Begins Sales of SAP S/4HANA Environment Provision Service, Accelerates Migration to Next-Generation ERP
Fujitsu has started sales of SAP S/4HANA Environment Provision Service, which enables companies to undertake a proof-of-concept migration to SAP’s next-generation ERP S/4HANA, without the need to purchase SAP software licenses.
Aimed at customers considering migrating from an existing SAP ERP 6.0 system to SAP S/4HANA, this service offers a complete suite, including an IaaS environment, SAP software licenses, and an operations service, for a monthly fee(1). In addition, because this service allows customers to use the SAP Cloud Platform, the cloud service SAP is promoting as an application development platform for SAP S/4HANA, customers can check the operation of their applications in the new environment.
This service enables a trial migration without purchasing an SAP S/4HANA software license, allowing customers to observe how the system will respond to actual tasks. They can evaluate their decision in implementing the system by checking the practicality of a migration and getting a rough estimate of the required investment. Fujitsu is launching this service initially in Japan(2), and will be expanding it around the world going forward.
Fujitsu will continue to offer a variety of services supporting the deployment of and migration to SAP S/4HANA, which provides next-generation ERP supporting digital business for customers.
In order to achieve digital transformation, a variety of elements are necessary for mission-critical systems that make up systems of record (SoR), such as an interface that can flexibly connect with systems of engagement (SoE), high speed data processing, an integrated user interface, and a platform for rapid application development. Utilizing SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform, which combine all of these elements, has become one of the most effective methods of achieving digital transformation quickly.
Reportedly, there are currently about 2,000 systems in Japan operating SAP ERP 6.0, for which maintenance support is expected to end in 2025. In order to migrate from an existing SAP ERP 6.0 system to SAP S/4HANA, it is necessary to test whether assets, including independently developed add-on functionality, can be migrated. Until now, customers also needed to purchase SAP S/4HANA software licenses, even when they were conducting temporary migration trials.
Now, as the first part of a comprehensive collaboration in the cloud business with SAP SE, announced on June 5, 2017, Fujitsu has signed a Partner Managed Cloud license agreement with SAP Japan, SAP SE’s Japanese subsidiary, to offer the world’s first SAP S/4HANA Environment Provision Service, providing a trial environment that includes SAP S/4HANA software licenses.
Features of the Service
The SAP S/4HANA Environment Provision Service includes a dedicated IaaS environment and enables trial migrations to SAP S/4HANA(3) without purchasing software licenses. This service can be purchased monthly from three months up to six months, and questions regarding SAP software can be answered by Fujitsu’s SAP-certified consultant.
By combining this service with Fujitsu’s existing SAP S/4HANA Migration Support Service, Fujitsu now offers support for everything from pre-migration consultation to appropriate migration of customer assets, including business data and business scenarios, as well as post-trial evaluation of migration practicality and the approximate investment required.
Going forward, Fujitsu will continue to offer services meeting the various needs of customers, providing total support for everything from smooth migration to SAP S/4HANA to post migration operations.
Takeshi Oga, Vice President, Chief Customer Officer and Head of Digital Ecosystems, SAP Japan Co., Ltd.
We welcome Fujitsu’s launch of this service offering a trial migration environment for SAP S/4HANA. We expect that, by using this service, customers will be able to quickly accomplish digital transformations.
Sales Target: Deals with 30 companies by October 2020.
(1) Offers a complete suite, including an IaaS environment, SAP software licenses, and an operations service, for a monthly fee.
This service may only be used migration evaluation purposes, aimed at the deployment of and migration to an SAP S/4HANA system. It cannot be used as a production environment, and cannot be converted to a production environment using SAP licenses.
(2) Launching this service initially in Japan
The service is available to customers whose headquarters is in Japan, or to qualified consolidated subsidiaries (for which they control over 50% of the voting rights).
(3) Service includes a dedicated IaaS environment and enables trial migrations to SAP S/4HANA
This cannot be used for trials relating to aspects other than functionality (such as performance, operations, or reliability).
About Fujitsu Ltd
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.