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Welcome to 2016 – Transition Paths to SAP S/4HANA | SAP TechEd Lecture of the Week

At TechEd last year, I welcomed you to the Future.

It was the day of Marty McFly’s time travel to the future of 2015. Today, it’s the Past already.

This week, it’s time for another SAP TechEd Lecture of the Week.

So, welcome to 2016 and here it is: Transition Paths to SAP S/4HANA.

Why is this related?

2016 is the year of SAP’s new Business Suite SAP S/4HANA which is now available, both in the cloud and on premise. This is here today, it’s the Present.

So while you’ve probably already given up on some of your New Year’s resolutions, SAP has big plans with S/4HANA in 2016 and it’s still at the top of our list. To get there, we want to make your transformation as smooth as possible.

There are 3 different transition scenarios, depending on where you are coming from (SAP vs. non-SAP ERP), the reason for your move (getting latest features vs. starting with new business processes) and where you’re going to (cloud vs. on-premise deployment).


The 3 scenarios are:

  • New Implementation:
    New implementation of SAP S/4HANA – e.g. customer migrating from a non-SAP legacy system or an SAP legacy system and implementing a net-new system that requires initial data load (aka green field approach)
  • System Conversion:
    Complete conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA – e.g. customers who want to change their current SAP system to SAP S/4 HANA (aka lift & shift)
  • Landscape Transformation:
    Consolidation of current regional SAP systems into one global SAP S/4HANA system – e.g. customers who want to consolidate their landscape or carve out selected entities (like a company code) or processes into a single SAP S/4HANA system (aka System Landscape Transformation)

When customers are moving to SAP S/4HANA, whether their existing system is SAP ERP or they’re considering implementing new SAP software, choosing the right transition path is important to mitigate the risk and reduce implementation costs. The strategy for this move and also some of your unanswered question are all addressed in this virtual session.

It’s just a click away.

What’s next?

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      Author's profile photo Ellen Ni
      Ellen Ni


      where can I get the slides?

      Author's profile photo Frank Densborn
      Frank Densborn
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ellen,

      You can download the slides under the link below:

      The session code is TEC114. You also might be interested in session DMM213 which talks about the data migration in New S/4HANA Implementation scenarios. That session wasn't recorded though.

      Best regards,