Things to Know Before Migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Shifting to SAP S/4HANA opens up a wealth of opportunities, yet the road to migration requires careful planning and a thorough understanding of your business needs. Whether you’re aiming to optimize your business processes or enhance operational efficiency, we’ve got insights to help you make an informed decision.

Buckle up as we explore the world of SAP S/4HANA migration and equip you with essential knowledge for your upcoming journey. It’s vital to see this as more than a simple update.

Critical Questions to Address

Kickstarting your migration means tackling several key questions:

  • Goal Setting: What’s SAP S/4HANA’s envisioned role in your landscape? Is it for a proof of concept or immediate production? Can it serve as a chance to refine your processes?
  • Operation Mode: Do you plan to run SAP S/4HANA in-house, via hosting, or as a SaaS?
  • Current State: How’s the data quality in your current system? How extensively is SAP standard used? Are there custom enhancements?
  • User Layout: How are your users distributed? Who stands to gain from the SAP S/4HANA migration?
  • Business Utilization: What business scenarios and transactions will be used? How are these distributed across your users?
  • Timeline: What’s your project timeline? What are the critical milestones?
  • Support: What support will you need? What’s your budget? What services will be outsourced, and what can be handled internally?


SAP S/4HANA Implementation

Understanding SAP’s digital core paves the way to maximizing SAP S/4HANA’s potential value. The deployment should encompass both technical and process-oriented aspects.

1. Technical Implementation

  • Migrate the database to SAP HANA
  • Replace program code
  • Adapt data models to the SAP S/4HANA data model
  • Implement the frontend server for SAP Fiori interfaces
  • Adjust existing custom code

2. Process Deployment

  • Adapt existing business processes mapped in the system
  • Introduce new applications
  • Perform comprehensive change management steps

A Three-Phase Migration

Split your migration into three key stages:

1. Preparation

  • Analyze existing business processes and compare them with SAP S/4HANA innovations
  • Identify necessary integration scenarios
  • Perform pre-checks in the source system
  • Implement necessary preparatory conversions

2. Technical Implementation

  • Install SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA database, and applications
  • Adapt technical infrastructure and customize

3. Process Adaptation

  • Adapt custom programs in SAP S/4HANA
  • Develop new or enhanced business processes leveraging SAP S/4HANA innovations
  • Adapt integration scenarios and customize SAP Fiori interfaces

The trade-off

There’s a balancing act in SAP S/4HANA migration. Retaining more of the original system simplifies technical migration but may limit SAP S/4HANA’s potential benefits. Thoroughly analyze the trade-offs considering usage type, operating model, total ownership cost, and target landscape.

SAP advocates for the SAP Activate methodology, featuring six stages: discover, prepare, explore, realize, deploy, and run. This blog post focused on the discovery stage, which defines priorities, target architecture, business case optimization, and readiness check – laying the groundwork for a successful migration.

If you’re unsure about SAP S/4HANA’s fit for your business, consider testing its system. SAP offers limited-time SAP S/4HANA Cloud trial access for you to explore its features.

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