Deadlines can be challenging. At times working toward a deadline can be stressful, but as much as we might dislike them, they are good. They promote action, force prioritization, drive accountability, and ultimately can have a very positive impact on a project. I’ve worked on many projects, and without proper deadlines, many would have likely failed or dragged on without proper closure. The 2027 deadline for SAP customers to move to S/4HANA has been a topic of many conversations recently. Despite the recent announcement about an extension of mainstream maintenance of SAP Business Suite 7, organizations will need to migrate at some point. Recently, the Evaluator group published a paper that talks about the impact of migration to S/4HANA, including the potential benefits and some other considerations. SAP’s move to S/4HANA has been remarkable. The next-generation intelligent suite is paving the way to cloud and hybrid architectures for its customers. SAP says nearly 14,000 customers have already chosen SAP S/4HANA, and “thousands are actively deploying the solution to reshape their businesses and become intelligent enterprises.” In addition, about 50 percent of those customers plan to migrate within the next three years, and the remainder have active plans for future migration.
At NetApp, Rob has global responsibility for all outbound marketing strategy (awareness, demand generation, and enablement) for enterprise applications. His main focus is to show how NetApp customers benefit from and the business value of running their enterprise applications on NetApp solutions. His previous experience includes driving high-visibility flagship products and programs at multibillion dollar high-technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Quantum. Rob lives in San Carlos in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, three kids, and dog, and when not working is mostly driving his family to various sporting events.