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SAP Rise:

Why You Shouldn’t Do It Alone

SAP Rise: Why You Shouldn’t Do It Alone

Introduced by SAP in early 2021, RISE with SAP is a re-bundling of traditional SAP assets and functionalities intended to help customers adopt SAP’s cloud ERP solutions while simplifying and unifying licensing. SAP describes it as business transformation-as-a-service.

The problem is that it can be difficult to understand the advantages of RISE with SAP and whether you should transition your company to this new model.

“Should I stay with SAP on-premises or move to the public cloud using RISE with SAP?”

We have done the research and have the required expertise to help answer the question and decide if RISE with SAP is the right solution for you.

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The marketing and industry hype might lead you to think that RISE with SAP is the one-size-fits-all solution for any enterprise. You might also think that the transition from on-premises to public cloud platforms is a simple, turnkey proposition. We have learned that adopting RISE is a complex process, requiring significant expertise and support. You will need a robust technical team or a skilled partner to implement all changes effectively.

Even computing giant Microsoft, as it begins its RISE with SAP implementation, has engaged with industry partners to help manage this mammoth task.

Peter Sayer, a senior editor of, acknowledged the scope of Microsoft’s undertaking and warned that it is “highly dependent on SAP’s network of software partners, resellers, consultants, and system integrators” on

Native SAP

What we call native cloud refers to running SAP as it has been run over the last 20 years, with one difference: instead of having a private cloud or your own data center infrastructure, you run SAP software in a public cloud, like Microsoft Azure.

Apart from the fact that the infrastructure is in the cloud, and it is IaaS (infrastructure as a service), the rest is essentially the same. The customer has bought a license from SAP and engages service providers to manage the environment, including the ERP elements and all the other SAP and non-SAP elements.


As RISE is a bundling of functionality, at a high level it may appear simpler, more easily managed, and, therefore, less costly. Depending on the nature of your operation, the scope of your SAP application, and your reasons for going with RISE, this is not always the case.

Like any major change in the SAP space, RISE is a transformation journey.  Following the implementation of RISE with SAP, you would require ongoing managed technical services. Naturally, SAP provides additional and optional services which are not included in the bundled RISE subscription offering. Starting with education and support as you make the decision to undertake migration and adoption, we can help you experience a rapid, well-understood, and risk-averse journey.

We also emphasize that the customer still has responsibilities and accountabilities that they must be prepared for. They should not rely on SAP alone to manage these additional services as SAP might lack the required bandwidth. It is important for the customer to understand the RACI SAP ERP, Private Cloud Edition Roles & Responsibilities before embarking on this journey.


Through the SoftwareONE Advisory service, we help customers decide whether to go with SAP on Microsoft Azure or any other native cloud, or RISE with SAP. It happens in two stages.

Stage One – RISE Assessment: Selecting RISE or Native Cloud on Microsoft Azure or on any other native cloud

  • Clarify the scope and compare RISE with running SAP S/4HANA in Microsoft Azure or any other native cloud
  • Compare RISE and Microsoft Azure or any other native cloud options against the customer’s cloud strategy and assess suitability for their business
  • Complete a comprehensive TCO (total cost of ownership) analysis to compare up-front and long-term costs of both options

Stage Two – Road to RISE: Optimizing the RISE contract

  • Review the customer’s SAP contracts to recommend an optimal negotiating position
  • Review the existing cloud architecture to ensure it aligns with the company’s business requirements and expansion objectives
  • Define the target operating model for service delivery
  • Build a comprehensive TCO model to enable planning for costs over the life of the RISE contract

Whether you’ve done your own assessment or SAP has made you an attractive offer and you’ve already decided which way to go, give yourself peace of mind by offloading the effort to a trusted partner with expertise in managing this kind of transition.

SoftwareONE can assist you in optimizing the initial construct in terms of:

  • Architecture
  • Licensing
  • Service model

We can also support you in your negotiations with SAP to help you optimize your contract and ensure that you have the right setup before beginning your RISE with SAP implementation.

Then, we can help you with the actual migration.

Next steps

Whether you’ve made your decision or you’re still trying to determine whether RISE with SAP is right for you, simplify the process by connecting with SoftwareONE to learn how we can help.

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