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SAP in 2025 refers to a maintenance and enterprise support commitment announced by the SAP SE company on October 14, 2014. The company offered its SAP Business Suite customers a non-disruptive route to the cloud by committing to deliver innovations for the on-premises versions of SAP Business Suite 7 and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA through the end of 2025. After 2025, SAP will end mainstream maintenance on all instances of ERP installations that were originated in the era before SAP S4/HANA. This means that by 2025 all SAP customers must transition existing applications from Microsoft Windows Servers and Unix servers to an enterprise Linux distribution, either on-premises or in the cloud.

New developments will be delivered through the SAP enhancement package approach, complemented with quarterly shipments that offer additional ways to deploy new SAP features. SAP will prolong mainstream maintenance until the end of 2025 for SAP Business Suite 7 core application releases including SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Customer Relationship Management 7.0, SAP Supply Chain Management 7.0, SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0, and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA 2013.

In addition, SAP will prolong the list price for SAP Enterprise Support for new purchases at a constant 22 percent until 2025, extending the company’s previous commitment by nine years. Existing SAP Enterprise Support contract fees will not be increased beyond 22 percent until 2020. The long-term maintenance and support roadmap was announced in order to protect customer’s SAP investments while providing time for them to migrate to the company’s cloud-based products on Linux. SAP plans to have all of its applications delivered as SAP S/4HANA apps by 2025. By announcing its roadmap, SAP has chosen open source, open platform computing as a key strategy going forward. As the preferred operating system for SAP S/4HANA applications, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can help SAP customers with the migration to Linux and the cloud.

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