Tricentis recently surveyed 848 SAP project leaders to assess enterprises\u2019 top SAP transformation priorities and testing challenges for the next 2 years. We focused on 3 core questions:\n\nWhat are your organization\u2019s top 3 SAP initiatives?\nWhat do you think will be the top software testing challenges for SAP environments?\nWhat is your general prognosis for SAP test automation?\n\nKey findings from the responses include:\n\nSAP S\/4HANA\u00a0is the top SAP initiative, followed by agile\u00a0adoption for SAP projects and moving SAP workloads to the cloud. We believe the emphasis on these interrelated transformations is largely driven by organizations making SAP S\/4HANA the centerpiece of the \u201cintelligent enterprise.\u201d\nThe top 3 testing challenges are end-to-end testing\u00a0(SAP apps and beyond), S\/4HANA testing, and moving from manual to automated testing. Again, these top 3 concerns are closely related. As organizations move to S\/4HANA, they connect it to all the applications, devices, and users involved in transactions that promote digital transformation. This has distinct impact in terms of testing speed and scope.\nFor respondents who already migrated to S\/4HANA, end-to-end testing and automated testing remain the top 2 concerns, but migration from legacy testing tools\u00a0rises from #6 to #3. This suggests that once S\/4HANA becomes a reality, many organizations find their legacy testing tools aren\u2019t ideal for their new interconnected and rapidly-changing environment.\nA staggering 76% of respondents predicted that test automation would become increasingly important\u00a0for organizations using S\/4HANA. In addition, 88% of respondents believe that automation remains a priority or will become a greater priority in the next 2 years.\n\nPrioritizing SAP S\/4HANA Migration, SAP Agile, SAP Cloud, and SAP Fiori Initiatives\nTo examine what\u2019s driving investment in SAP, we asked \u201cWhat are your organization\u2019s top 3 SAP initiatives for the next 2 years?\u201c \u00a0The results were:\n Tricentis\nSAP S\/4HANA as the Top Priority SAP Initiative\nSAP S\/4HANA migration emerged as the top priority for the next 2 years. This was not unexpected, given SAP\u2019s decision to \u201csunset\u201d support for SAP ECC in 2025. However, we found that the move to S\/4HANA is being driven largely by increased C-level focus on digital transformation and the business committing to S\/4HANA as the centerpiece of the \u201cintelligent enterprise.\u201d\u00a0\nBased on respondents\u2019 comments, SAP SAPPHIRE NOW conversations, and prospect\/customer feedback, organizations moving to S\/4HANA are not doing so only to run the latest versions of their SAP applications. Rather, they see S\/4HANA as the platform for digital transformation. Their ultimate goal is to connect all the applications, devices, and users involved in their business processes.\nThe decision to use SAP as the platform for digital transformation has far-reaching consequences. In fact, there are really four distinct transformations involved in this move:\n\nDigital transformation:The selection of SAP S\/4HANA as the platform for enterprise digital transformation.\nAgile adoption\/scaling: Adopting agile processes to prepare for (and keep up with) the rapid, iterative changes demanded by the SAP platform and the maintenance of a digital enterprise.\nBusiness process rationalization:\u00a0Rationalizing existing business processes for the new platform. Most organizations have spent years customizing their SAP instances by modifying ABAP code. With S\/4HANA, the more customizations in place, the more difficult it will be to achieve the desired speed of change. This slows upgrades\u2014and ultimately digital transformation. Reworking these custom processes to more closely follow the standard SAP implementation is essential for speeding up the process.\nCloud migration:\u00a0When you move to S\/4HANA, your architecture becomes much better suited to support a cloud transformation. For example, the installation for an SAP ECC module like the SAP Finance app takes 593GB. Moving that application to a third-party cloud, where you\u2019re renting space, would be very costly. The equivalent module for SAP S\/4HANA is only 42GB. SAP has not only sped up its transactions, but also made core applications much more compact\u2014enabling you to move that workload to the cloud.\n\nS\/4HANA Migration Challenges-- Expectations vs. Reality\nWe also asked about the top challenges anticipated over the next 2 years. The top answer overall was end-to-end regression testing for SAP apps and beyond. When an organization decides that S\/4HANA will serve as the centerpiece for digital transformation, they connect it to all the applications, devices, and users involved in transactions that promote digital transformation. This has a distinct impact in terms of testing.\n Tricentis\nIt is interesting to note the different challenges faced by respondents who indicated they had already\u00a0migrated to S\/4HANA:\n Tricentis\nHere, Migration from legacy testing toolsrises from #6 to #3. This suggests that once S\/4HANA becomes a reality, many organizations discover that their legacy testing tools aren\u2019t ideal for this new interconnected and rapidly-changing environment.\nYou can find additional results and analysis in the complete SAP Trends to Watch: S\/4HANA, Agile, Cloud, and Testing Transformations\u00a0report.\nRelated Resources\n\nFor a deep dive into the latest trends on SAP S\/4HANA, Agile, cloud, and testing transformations, see the ASUG on-demand webinar SAP Test Automation: Why Now.\nA new Gartner report, What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S\/4HANA,helps IT leaders decide if, when, and how they should plan for the move to SAP S\/4HANA.\nIf you\u2019re exploring ways to accelerate and modernize your SAP testing process, Gartner\u2019s Magic Quadrant\u00a0and Critical Capabilities\u00a0reports provide analyst research, recommendations, and rankings.