However, Adams did highlight that companies that have suffered in recent years from reduced revenues may find the option appealing.
"Yet for companies that have been significantly hit by the economic downturn over the last few years and find themselves with a much smaller workforce which is unlikely to expand in the short to medium term, this policy from SAP could be very attractive, if after rediscounting the maintenance fees reduce," said Adams.
"For other customers, the existence of a formal policy from SAP that clearly states they can reallocate existing investments to newer on premise or cloud solutions from SAP will be welcomed. The changes this week, combined with the recently announced cloud extension policy, really demonstrates the value that can be created through constructive discussions between user groups and SAP."
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