Are you worried about SAP ending the support of your current SAP BPC application? Do you know for which versions SAP is going to extend the End of Maintenance (EOM) dates? Are you considering the possibility of migrating to a newer version soon? Do you want to know your options? Then, this article might be interesting for you!
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New End of Maintenance Date for SAP BPC MS
SAP has announced that that End of Maintenance date for SAP BPC MS has been extended to 30 June 2026.
How do the new EoM dates for SAP BPC impact your organization? Your first thought might be that this gives you some extra time if you’re still on the MS version. This may seem tempting, however, we advise you not to enjoy this extra time too much. After all, SAP doesn’t feature MS in its strategic roadmaps.
Our advice? Take the additional time given by the postponement to properly prepare your next steps. For example, start strategic explorations of your management information needs. Think about integration with ESG (Environment, Social and Governance – a hot topic in sustainability reporting due to upcoming legislation).
If you haven’t started the process of replacing your SAP BCP MS; you have a bit more time to do so. But keep in mind that it will have to happen.
SAP Maintenance Strategy
First of all, to fully comprehend what SAP’s ‘End Of Maintenance’ dates really mean, we need to understand SAP’s Maintenance Strategy, which defines the extent and conditions of maintenance for SAP software releases.
There are three different maintenance phases defined in SAP’s Maintenance Strategy:
Mainstream maintenance: Is the first maintenance phase for any SAP release, starting from the Release To Customer date (RTC) until the End Of Maintenance date (EOM). During the mainstream maintenance phase, companies receive support according to their support agreement with SAP.
End of Maintenance
BPC 2021 version for BW/4HANA 2021
SAP BPC 11.1 version for BW/4HANA 2.0
SAP BPC 11.0 version for BW/4HANA 1.0
SAP BPC 10.1 Optimized version for S/4HANA
SAP BPC 10.1 version for Microsoft
SAP BPC 10.1 version for Netweaver
SAP BPC 10.0 version for Microsoft
SAP BPC 10.0 version for Netweaver
The date for SAP BPC 10.1 version for Microsoft has been recently updated.
Beyond the end of mainstream maintenance
One of the many uncertainties that companies deal with when the end of mainstream maintenance is coming is ‘what happens now?’. Essentially, organizations have the following options:
Migrating:Moving to a newer BPC version before reaching the end of the mainstream maintenance is the general advice given by SAP. The delivery of new releases of the licensed software, as well as upgrade tools, are covered by the SAP support contract.
Extended maintenance:In general, SAP used to offer extended maintenance for their different BPC versions. However, according to a statement in their website, at present, SAP does not offer extended maintenance for any release.
Customer-specific maintenance:When a company does not go for the extended maintenance (or if it is not offered to them), or the extended maintenance contract expires, then, SAP automatically places them in a customer-specific maintenance phase. During this phase, the following restrictions apply to the scope of SAP:
No guarantee for technological updates.
The solution of customer-specific issues, which means that only the problems that are already recognized by SAP are covered in the yearly maintenance fee.
The service level agreements for initial response times and corrective measures are no longer delivered.
Remote support for support during the evaluation of the latest Enhancement Package is no longer provided for Enhancement Packages that are based on releases in customer-specific maintenance.
SAP EPM Future Roadmap
Let's have a look at SAP’s EPM roadmap:
SAP EPM Product Strategy
We can observe how SAP has divided its strategy into two parts: planning and consolidation.
In terms of planning,SAP Analytics Cloudis SAP’s core strategic solution moving forward. Whereas BPC Optimized is excellent for real-time planning on S/4HANA on-premise.
Group Reportingis SAP strategic consolidation solution moving forward for customers implementing S/4HANA either on the cloud or on-premise.
Webinar SAP EPM
Do you want to know more about Support & Life Cycle Management of your SAP EPM application? Pleasewatch ourwebinar.
In our opinion, the new end of maintenance date for SAP BPC MS makes it less urgent to migrate or update to a newer version. However, as it will need to happen in the near future, we advise you to take action if you're still on this version.You don't have to change your complete roadmap, but take a step-by-step approach. For example, by migrating your planning processes to SAC.
Do you want to know more?
If you want to learn more about the transition options and Swap’s offerings to efficiently support SAP EPM and the upgrade, do not hesitate tocontact us.