How Accurate Was SAP on Run Simple?

Last Updated on June 14, 2021 by

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that Run Simple has greatly simplified SAP projects.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

Video Introduction: What SAP Said About Their Run Simple Marketing Program

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Similar to Netweaver, Run Simple was a deceptive marketing construct. Run Simple was created to contradict the perception that SAP was complicated software to implement. This is a type of counter marketing — which markets against the reality of SAP software being extremely complicated, difficult to use, and high in maintenance. The Run Simple campaign was endlessly repeated through SAP’s marketing, SAP’s consulting ecosystem, SAP conferences, and so on. You will learn the accuracy of SAP’s claims around Run Simple.

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What Really Happened with SAP’s Run Simple?

SAP introduced S/4HANA and HANA as simplifying SAP. Experiences coming in from all over the globe demonstrate that S/4HANA and HANA are more complex than the products they replaced (ECC in S/4HANA and Oracle, IBM, and MS databases in the case of HANA). We covered the topic of Run Simple in the article Is SAP’s Running Simple Real?

Run Simple was all the rage at SAP for roughly two years but mostly dropped from SAP marketing. It had become a punchline among SAP consultants and was not effective at being believable.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on Run Simple.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic that supports a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.