How Accurate Was SAP on All of an SAP Prospect’s Existing Applications are Legacy?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has stated that all of a prospect’s existing applications were legacy.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

Video Introduction: What SAP Said About All of an SAP Prospect’s Existing Applications are Legacy

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In the 1980s, SAP used the logic that all the pre-existing systems at the prospect were legacy. This meant that 100% of the systems needed to be decommissioned, and 100% of the functionality mapped to what was available in SAP. This would be possible because, according to SAP, SAP had all of the functionality that the prospect would need, and SAP was entirely built upon best practices. This meant that anything the candidate was doing in their current systems would be inferior to the output of the functionality within SAP. You will learn how accurate SAP was in declaring all pre-existing applications as legacy.

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The Truth About All of an SAP Prospect’s Existing Applications are Legacy?

As covered in the article How SAP Used and Abused the Term Legacy, this did not come true. The most common outcome was for it to be learned during the SAP implementation that the software had significantly been oversold. The pre-existing or “legacy” systems that the customer had contained functionality that SAP did not have and nothing particularly best practice about SAP’s functionality. This leads to many “legacy” applications being integrated into SAP and or applications rewritten into SAP’s programming language.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating for its use of the term legacy to describe all systems that weren’t SAP.

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.