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CNT Management Consulting » RISE2S/4HANA

Why RISE with SAP?

Companies that can adapt their business processes quickly will thrive … This is what RISE with SAP is all about.

– Christian Klein, CEO SAP SE

SAP ECC – which preceded S/4HANA – still forms the core of all internal and external business processes for many companies. As the central ERP system of the SAP SE software manufacturer based in Walldorf, Germany, the name SAP ERP may be more familiar to you. Many SAP customers run their business processes on this basis. Other SAP customers still rely on on-premise or hyperscale systems and use a limited cloud strategy for their SAP environments.

And yet the trend is changing:

  1. Because SAP S/4HANA is the future digital core of your SAP environment.
  2. Because RISE with SAP and a cloud-first mindset is the operating model of the future.
  3. Because SAP SE announced its plan to discontinue maintenance for SAP ECC in 2027.
  4. Because SAP S/4HANA provides even better support for your business.
  5. Because RISE with SAP makes your business flexible and agile.

SAP is growing. Your industry is growing. So that your company can keep pace with these developments, you shouldswitch from SAP ECC to S/4HANA and RISE in a timely manner. The full-service RISE with SAP package from SAP SE significantly simplifies this migration. And we provide #rise2S4 to make RISE with SAP easier to use, thus removing obstacles from your path to S/4HANA on RISE.

SAP Qualified Conversion Service Package

RISE with SAP is a complete package from SAP. It contains:

  • S/4HANA Cloud ERP: the platform for all business processes
  • Business Process Intelligence starter package: analysis and monitoring of your processes for digital transformation
  • SAP Business Technology Platform: innovation, tailored to your company’s processes
  • Starter package for SAP Business Network: your digital marketplace with the Ariba Network Effect
  • Various integratedservices and tools

Our CNT #rise2S4 service package gives you an introduction to cloud-based enterprise resource planning. So that you do not have to deal with the complexity of ERP landscapes, we provide the following support:

  1. … a fixed structure for migrating from SAP ECC to S/4HANA on RISE in 2 well defined phases;
  2. … a precise schedule for converting your system;
  3. … as a company that has already successfully assisted with all SAP projects and can draw on best practices;
  4. … for profitable results, thanks to brownfield conversion.

What is CNT #rise2S4?

RISE with SAP is a full-service package from SAP SE that makes it easier for customers to transition from SAP ECC to the S/4HANA private cloud. The RISE package from SAP combines all cloud-based SAP services in one contract for the first time. However, individual steps must be planned carefully and a schedule drawn up even for RISE with SAP. This is precisely what our CNT #rise2S4 package provides, which helps you implement your SAP S/4HANA migration seamlessly and without delays, and to do this as easily, securely, and quickly as possible.

#rise2S4 is driving the market

Our CNT specialists are well respected SAP consultants who carry out business transformation projects, among other things, including introducing SAP cloud solutions. And they do this in collaboration with a wide range of industries. As a result, we have noticed that more and more companies are already migrating from SAP ECC to S/4HANA on RISE.

  • S/4HANA on RISE is becoming the standardized core and operating model for many companies, thanks to #riseS24
  • Comprehensive SAP packages for IaaS and PaaS are winning factors
  • The SAP standard hyperscaler is becoming increasingly more powerful and accurate
  • The SAP usage-based subscription model is an optimal alternative to the conventional subscription model
  • For many ECC customers, RISE with SAP Private Edition is the right step in the direction of a pure SaaS model

With #rise2S4, we make sure that your transformation goes quickly, and you see real results.

Why switch to SAP S/4HANA now?

In 2019, SAP SE announced that it would discontinue its maintenance program for the SAP ECC ERP system. The deadline is 2027, which is still a few years away, but the complexity of migrating to S/4HANA should not be underestimated. Moreover, the earlier you begin the conversion, the sooner you can press ahead with your innovations, optimize your business processes, and simplify internal communication between the teams involved. Benefit from the in-memory platform now and make your company future-proof. This will help you save internal resources, since the platform keeps your electronic data and exchanges always current by providing automatic, quarterly updates.

rise2S4 – package components for migrating to S/4HANA

The CNT #rise2S4 package takes you through all functional and technical steps for converting from SAP ECC to the latest version of SAP S/4HANA, Private Cloud Edition. Thanks to a brownfield conversion process, you are fully up and running on day 1 after the migration. Our #rise2S4 package guides you through two fixed phases.

  1. riseAssessment: analysis of your actual state
  2. riseConversion: faster and secure end-to-end conversion and migration

The scope and price of our #rise2S4 package are clearly defined. The steps you must follow are described below.

Phase 1


In the first step, we cover the potential of RISE with SAP and S/4HANA. We determine and document the current status quo and define priorities. Before the conversion can take place, we draw up a precise roadmap for the project. We then derive the complexity from this roadmap step by step within a period of 4 weeks.

S/4HANA Conversion Assessment

  • Identify SAP S/4HANA potentials and benefits
  • Identify status quo of current setup
  • Identify activities prior to conversion

RISE with SAP Assessment

  • Identify RISE with SAP potentials & benefits
  • Identify status quo of current ERP operation
  • Identify activities prior to migration

Conversion Roadmap

  • Documented conversion roadmap
  • Confirm scope, timeline, and resource

Phase 2


Converting and migrating from SAP ERP to S/4HANA involves 4 steps:

  1. Prepare a transformation and migration process and start a general trial
  2. QAS and DEV conversion: All interfaces are tested in the test environment
  3. We go live: PRD conversion and final checkups
  4. Your company is now all set to discover new process cycles and innovations

The 2-phased approach with assessment and conversion adds structures to the project

Fast migration from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA on RISE

We have supported customers in more than 300 SAP ECC and more than 60 S/4HANA projects, and these figures are growing. Nevertheless, many companies remain reluctant, due to the complexity of the ERP system. Are you also still hesitant to make this move, or will you take an innovative step forward today? RISE with SAP is the solution for migrating to SAP S/4HANA quickly and easily. You will automate and optimize all your business processes, from the (new) partnership between companies and suppliers with SAP Ariba Business Network to final order processing.

Easy system conversion from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA on RISE

With #rise2S4, we convert your system rapidly in just two steps, based on an existing SAP ECC system. In short, this means that the transformation is a migration according to the brownfield conversion and not a complete reinstallation of all SAP modules according to the greenfield transformation. Existing configurations are taken over, and in the end you work with a familiar board. With support from us, not only do you complete the conversion quickly, but you alsocontinue to use your accustomed settings when working with the new SAP ERP system.

Operating models for SAP S/4HANA on RISE Private Edition

The new core is the cloud-based S/4HANA platform, which your company hosts itself or hires a hosting partner for this purpose. As standard practice, our CNT #rise2S4 package uses RISE with SAP to create an SAP private cloud. It remains on SAP systems as a single-tenant edition and offers an individual self-contained area in the cloud. The operating and customizing options found here are the same as those in SAP on Premise or SAP on HyperScaler with maximum security and control.

SAP offers SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud (to be known in the future as “SAP S/4HANA Cloud“), which is a purely software-based service model.

#rise2S4 T-Shirt Sizes and Scope

CNT offers T-Shirt sizes for the conversion following specific parameters as shown in the table below. The package can be customized to meet additional requirements.

CNT is a global consulting firm headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with offices worldwide. We delivered 60+ S/4HANA projects to date and 300+ SAP ECC projects in various industries. CNT prides itself on an uncompromising focus on quality in SAP and a “customer-first” philosophy. 


Why CNT?

We combine technical know-how, methodical competence, and expertise with our holistic consulting approach for your industry.Thanks to our extensive experience in your industry, we are also the right partner for your innovation projects with SAP S/4HANA.We will be happy to explain the requirements and framework conditions in a personal meeting.

Your benefits?

With our #rise2S4 packages, you follow a secure path for converting to SAP S/4HANA on RISE with SAPWe take out complexity and make the conversion transparent, plannable, fast, and cost-effective for you. Defined scope, defined time, and defined price. This is the starting point for using innovative functions and a further step towards the Intelligent Enterprise.

Frequently asked questions about our CNT #rise2S4 conversion package

With our #rise2S4 SAP Qualified Partner Packaged Solution, we take over the complex process of converting and transforming your SAP ERP system. We help your company derive maximum benefit from all applications. To do this, let us answer final questions frequently asked by our customers.

What are the key differences between SAP ECC and S/4HANA?

Although it is highly configurable, SAP ECC is slowly reaching its limits. Like its predecessor, SAP R/3, the SAP ERP system has long been a fixture in many companies. It

  • stores,
  • retrieves,
  • analyzes, and
  • processes

all data records. But just as SAP ECC replaced SAP R/3 in 2004, it is now high time that S/4HANA did the same for SAP ECC. The main difference lies in the in-memory database. The ERP system uses the computer’s own memory for data storage and enables the data records to be up to date and ready for access at all times. The S/4HANA user interface is therefore much more user-friendly than those of R/3 and ECC, thanks mainly to SAP FIORI. Individual applications have been revised and outdated ones removed. Since the solutions are available as on-premise and cloud variants, S/4HANA makes you future-proof.

What is a brownfield conversion?

In our explanations, we have mentioned the brownfield conversion from time to time. But what does this term mean? With the brownfield conversion of our #rise2S4 package, we use your existing ERP system configurations and transfer them to the new system directly after RISE. As a result, we can migrate your well-organized business processes. Unlike in the greenfield transformation, this does not involve a complete reimplementation. We can migrate your system directly to S/4HANA without any jarring intermediate steps.


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