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SAP Data Migration – A paradigm shift

Couple of months back I was going through the new Data Migration Offering by SAP, I was wonderstruck by the evolution of the technology and different avenues of providing value to our clients and increase ROI.

All the views provided here are my personal opinions and based out of my experience with Data Migration and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s. Please treat the inputs in this blog as just opinions and you should definitely seek professional expertise and opinion before making your business decisions.


Gone by are the days of using the traditional methods of data loads for conversions. I remember the days when I started using the Batch Data Communications and the different options it has (Call Transaction, Session method, Batch Input…) along with good old Direct Input method. Always there was a debate on what should be the approach and what is the right way of doing it, though client was looking for whether his data is loaded successfully is not.

Data Transfer work bench and Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSWM) are some of traditional tools which we think when loading the data from any non SAP system to SAP system.

CATT, and then later the evolution of eCATT, which has unbelievable features to load, test and execute these scripts along with tons of features to perform other activities.

Last but not the least using of the ALE/IDOC concepts and BAPI’s to load data along with either of the methods mentioned above.

More importantly, usage of SAP certified third party tools like Win Shuttle and vendors should not be ruled out, particularly for performing ETL activities.

 With the evolution of the Data Migration Services, there is a paradigm shift in the way Data Migration will be carried out in future. This SAP Data Migration services covers all Data Migration needs for SAP and non-SAP system transformations. Different options provided in this are

1.  SLO Data Migration

a.     When converting from one SAP system to another SAP system

b.     Converting SAP business process, for example chart of accounts conversion

c.      SAP system consolidation (moving many SAP systems to one SAP system and vice – versa(M&A activities, Divestment))

2.  Data Services Data Migration

a.     New SAP implementation

b.     Existing SAP customer with data in non-SAP systems they need migrate to SAP

c.      Data warehouse / data mart migrations

d.     Data governance / master data management projects

e.     Continually improve quality of data / reuse migration as basis of continuous integration

3.    Both


Please refer to SAP Best Practices for Data Migration V1.32 forSAP and CRM which talks about the key features, Predefined Migration Content, Accelerator and lot of other things.  Don’t forget to see the amazing Demo which talks about inexplicable features of Data Migration services.


It has the following High level steps:

1.Data extraction: SAP Business Objects Data Integrator tool helps to connect to most known legacy systems to extract legacy data (master & transaction)

2.Data mapping: Data mapping and restructuring functionality supports all the major master data business objects required to configure SAP Business All-in-One as the target system

3.Data validation: Contains predefined content for business logic validation and data quality improvement. Dashboards to identify and visualize data errors early in the process

4.Data load: Contains program to activate the Idoc’s needed for the data migration process

5.Reconcile data:Right data to support the business process


Data Migration dashboards, Reconcile post-migration (or interim migration) at record level and the validation features it has are awesome. And all this just with a single click of button.


This data migration solution is going to be a paradigm shift in the way future data migrations will be carried out. It is going to be the best so far and easy to use which will reduce project risks and speed implementation. That way the final goal of making client happy by reducing the TCO and increase the ROI can be achieved.

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