Particularly important for large enterprise users will be the ability to implement and run S/4Hana in parallel with existing technologies, allowing them to make the transition at their own speed, Plattner said.
Financial services firm Swiss Re is an early adopter of the technology, said Markus Schmid, the company's CIO.
"We are in the middle of a finance transformation," he said. "We initially planned to run on the traditional SAP stack, but it seems like the major promises from S4 are real. Our next generation will be S4-based."
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