NB: earlier, SAP Advanced SQL Migration was called ‘Exodus’. it was renamed in 2017.
When discussing SAP Advanced SQL Migration, SAP’s DBMS migration tool for migrating custom (non-SAP) applications, invariably this question is asked:
“where can I download SAP Advanced SQL Migration?”
The answer may be somewhat disappointing: you cannot download SAP Advanced SQL Migration anywhere. Even SAP employees can’t.
Not surprisingly, the next question always is: “so how do I get a copy?”
First, it should be noted that SAP Advanced SQL Migration is not an SAP product. Instead, it is a tool. One of the implications is that the migration tool cannot be purchased; instead SAP makes it available at no cost.
Now, for SAP-corporate reasons, SAP Advanced SQL Migration is only available to two specific target groups, namely (a) SAP employees and (b) SAP Partner companies who have joined the SAP Advanced SQL Migration Partner Program.
For all users of the migration tool, each copy of the migration tool is personalized and registered to the name of the individual or organization. SAP will generate such a personalized copy for those entitled to use the migration tool, and make it available to the user whenever requested or required. This is why SAP Advanced SQL Migration cannot be downloaded from a central location.
SAP Partners (i.e. members of the SAP Partner Edge program) can join the SAP Advanced SQL Migration Partner Program. This is a no-cost program, but it does require some paperwork. For example, a license agreement for the migration tool needs to be signed. Once the formalities are completed, the Partner receives its copy of SAP Advanced SQL Migration, which can then be used by all employees of the partner organization for commercial opportunities with their customers or prospects.
One thing that the Partner cannot do, is charge the customer for SAP Advanced SQL Migration specifically; however, the Partner can charge for their services, which can use SAP Advanced SQL Migration (similarly, SAP itself does not charge for the migration tool alone).
If you are an SAP Partner and you are interested in joining the SAP Advanced SQL Migration partner program, contact your SAP Partner Manager (if you are not sure who that is, contact Advanced_SQL_Migration@sap.com).
As may be clear from the above, currently SAP Advanced SQL Migration is not available to customers or to the wider community (unless the customer also happens to be an SAP Partner). Customers who are interested in performing migrations should therefore work with either SAP or with a migration tool-equipped SAP Partner in order to benefit from the SAP Advanced SQL Migration tool. In many cases, such customers would probably do that anyway since, as we’ve seen in earlier blog posts, custom-app migrations can be challenging and may require specific expertise.
If a customer is unable to work with an SAP Partner, please contact Advanced_SQL_Migration@sap.com). At SAP we will try to find a way to ensure that such customers can still get the benefits of the SAP Advanced SQL Migration tool.
(for an overview of all SAP Advanced SQL Migration-related blog posts, see here)