On January 27, 2021, SAP introduced a new offering. With "RISE with SAP", SAP is pushing the way to the cloud and to redesigned business processes based on best practices.

What is RISE with SAP?

With RISE with SAP, SAP wants to make it easier for companies to move to SAP S/4HANA and the cloud - and thus pave the way to the "intelligent enterprise".

RISE with SAP is a subscription package based on a service level agreement (SLA). Accordingly, SAP bundles various components into a single package at a uniform price. SAP is responsible for operating the solution and managing problems.

With RISE with SAP, SAP - according to its own information - offers "Business Transformation as a Service", i.e. a comprehensive transformation as a service offering. At the heart of the offering is the move to the SAP S/4HANA cloud.

The new offering is designed to help companies become more resilient and flexible, implement innovations faster and move core ERP processes to the cloud with the help of SAP best practices.

According to SAP, RISE with SAP can reduce total cost of ownership - compared to an on-premise implementation of SAP S/4HANA - by up to 20 percent, including one-time migration costs.

The offer goes far beyond the pure technical migration to SAP S/4HANA. Instead, the Walldorf-based software group wants to enable companies to achieve continuous and digital transformation - with suitable solutions, services and tools and a focus on the cloud.

To this end, the new, holistic offering consists of three steps. The steps are "redesigned business processes", "technical migration" and "building the intelligent enterprise".

However, the new offer is independent of the starting point and equally independent of the complexity in companies.

The individual starting point does not necessarily have to be step 1. Companies that are already in the midst of migrating to S/4HANA, or even just moving to the cloud, can also take advantage of RISE with SAP.

SAP also announced at the event that Microsoft Teams will be natively integrated into the SAP portfolio by mid-2021. SAP's more intensive collaboration with Microsoft began back in 2017.

What are the steps involved in RISE with SAP?

RISE with SAP consists of three steps. The first step involves analyzing and redesigning enterprise business processes. SAP provides tools to be able to achieve optimization and streamlining of processes.

The basis for the redesign is SAP Best Practices - and thus the decades of experience of a large number of companies that have gone into the development of SAP solutions.

To help companies better understand, optimize and transform their business processes, SAP - coinciding with the RISE with SAP strategy event - announced the acquisition of Signavio on January 27. Signavio is a leader in business process intelligence and process management.

The second step is the technical migration. Among other things, SAP provides automated services for this purpose in order to make it easier for companies to switch to modular and standardized architectures in the cloud.

The third step describes the establishment of the intelligent enterprise. The basis for this is a cloud infrastructure (SAP host or hyperscaler approach) and the SAP S/4HANA Cloud - including AI solutions, RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and state-of-the-art analytics.

Another key component of Step 3 is the integrated Business Technology Platform, the foundation of the intelligent enterprise.

The Business Technology Platform enables rapid innovation and is based on a unified data model. Solutions from SAP, partners or third-party providers can be easily connected. On-premise or non-SAP applications can be integrated via APIs.

In addition, RISE with SAP also provides access to the SAP Business Network. This network enables companies to have an end-to-end data management system and collaboration. It integrates data from internal and external sources.