The days of SAP ECC are numbered. In 2026, SAP is ending its support for other databases, forcing businesses to make an SAP HANA migration or get left behind. Between now and then, you have a lot to do: finding a partner, deciding on Business Suite vs. S/4HANA and (in most cases) upgrading and modernizing your system — and that doesn’t even count migration and testing. Here are four signs that it’s time to make the move.
Signs It’s Time For an SAP HANA Migration
- Your Business is ConservativeThe preparation phase of an SAP HANA migration is often the most difficult and time intensive part. In addition to upgrading ECC to a recent version, you may need to undergo a Unicode conversion, clean up and standardize old data, or even revamp customized business processes, worked out over decades. Tools like SAP DMO can speed things up, but it’s still likely to be a complex process.
If you’re a conservative business, it will take longer to approve and budget for the new project. Additionally, you may not have the option to upgrade in a multistage process because of the amount of pushback in each stage. It’s also less likely that your company has modernized SAP ECC, leading to a more complex migration. With SAP’s 2025 cutoff, you may not have the luxury of delaying at this point.
- You’re Changing SAP Hosting ProvidersIf you’re moving to the cloud or a new SAP hosting provider, an SAP HANA migration is a no-brainer. By combining both projects, you’ll minimize costs and disruption, both during the migration and in post go live tuning. You’ll also increase ROI, by allowing your workers to benefit from the new functionality and improved workflow of SAP HANA.
- You’re Dealing With Expiring SAP Licenses or Outdated DevicesCompanies often stay with ECC to maximize ROI on existing investments. If you’re coming to the end of the lifecycle for a key piece of infrastructure or software, however, SAP HANA migration will usually yield better ROI than renewing your ECC infrastructure. The cost benefits of SAP HANA cloud are particularly substantial if you’re migrating from an on-site infrastructure to the cloud.
- You Need New SAP HANA FunctionalityAs one of the first SAP HANA hosting companies, we recognized its value early. But even with its dramatically improved speed and innovative design, early adoption was only warranted for certain use cases — for many companies, waiting for the technology to mature and costs to come down made more sense.
That’s no longer the case. SAP has innovated rapidly across the board. SAP Fiori has streamlined business processes and increased productivity, while new partnerships have increased integration with Microsoft and mobility on iOS devices. There’s improved analytics across industries, better decision support through SAP BPC and groundbreaking tools for big data and the IoT.
And with accelerating adoption of next-gen database solutions, the early days are over — the tools HANA offers are rapidly becoming a necessity. If your company needs a significant upgrade in any of these areas, it’s time for an SAP HANA migration.
It’s Time For SAP HANA Migration
HANA is a mature technology — it has more tools to support a painless migration, and better applications to harness its power once you get there. Symmetry can help you plan and execute a seamless SAP HANA migration, and provide the comprehensive managed services to fully benefit from your upgrade.
Check out our SAP HANA Deployment Guide to learn more about the options available for your HANA deployment.