SAP's Accuracy

How Accurate Was SAP on S/4HANA Being Complete?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that S/4HANA was complete in terms of development.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

What SAP Said About S/4HANA Being Complete

SAP has repeatedly stated that S/4HANA would be complete in 2015. The following graphic is not shown very often anymore, but it was published at one time.

SAP has contradicted itself by stating that S/4HANA was “complete” but that each quarter that S/4HANA would become incrementally more complete — which seems to bring up the question of what SAP considers the word “complete” to mean.

The Truth About S/4HANA’s Completion Level

There is quite a history to this, and it is explained in the article The Evidence that S/4HANA Missed its Deadlines. But SAP severely missed the deadlines for the non-Finance portion of the suite. Furthermore, SAP concocted a storyline that was pushed through an SAP paid media entity and quoting a highly compliant consulting company that the fact S/4HANA was not yet complete was in “the eye of the beholder” as is covered in the article SAP’s Misleading Storyline for S/4HANA Being Incomplete. Which, of course, contradicts SAP’s previous position that S/4HANA is complete.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on S/4HANA being complete.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic, that support 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.