SAP has been a major player in the ERP market for years. With the SAP ECC Business Suite, SAP developers have the option to add custom software to standard configured business processes.
However, SAP will stop supporting the ECC Business Suite in 2025. In the new S/4HANA environment, which replaces the ECC-Business Suite, customisation should no longer be required; the vendor assumes that you implement standard solutions for standard business processes. With “Mendix on top of SAP”, Appronto offers smart custom applications to replace existing custom work or to meet new needs.
Mendix is an SAP Solution Extension partner, which means that SAP has completely taken over the Mendix platform as their platform for expanding SAP solutions, such as SAP Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA, SuccessFactors and more. The product name that SAP uses for Mendix is SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix.
The SAP Solution Extension partnership means that you can not only buy Mendix directly from SAP, but you can also integrate Mendix with SAP in various ways, build Mendix apps on top of SAP and have a single point of contact for support.
With S/4HANA, SAP prefers configuring to programming. They call this “Fit to Standard”. Therefore, S/4HANA offers many more standard solutions based on best practices than the ECC Business Suite. However, it is quite possible that not all existing customisations can be replaced by these standard solutions. That is why SAP advises that you develop existing and future custom solutions in Mendix.
If you are going to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, you have two options: Run and manage an S/4HANA instance under your own care or switch to the cloud. In the multitenant cloud, you can most certainly save considerably on the cost of customisation. This cloud solution offers a standard SAP system with pre-programmed processes for your industry. It is therefore recommended that you make an inventory beforehand of the custom software components you currently have that are still in use and how many of these custom components can be implemented using the best practices that SAP offers in its multi-tenant cloud.
If you need customised solutions in the ERP system for the transition to S/4HANA, “Mendix on top of SAP” is a good solution. Thanks to the low-code programming language and RAD (rapid application development), you can develop custom applications quickly and cost-effectively while also adding them to your standard SAP environment. These custom applications communicate with the core modules of SAP via APIs. This keeps the core of the ERP system clean from customisation.
You can, for example, introduce custom applications because your specific circumstances are too complex for standard SAP solutions or because you want to respond quickly to new developments or technologies. Thanks to “Mendix on top of SAP”, you can keep “your” S/4HANA unaffected and use Mendix for innovation and differentiation.
This setup is not only cheaper because it can be done faster than traditional SAP customisation, but it can also ensure the continuity of your company.
Are you currently working with the ECC Business Suite and need customisation? Then it is recommended that you address this using Mendix. If you decide to switch to S/4HANA in the future, then you can migrate these components without changing them.