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Update on July 11, 2018: “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” – Version 18Q3

The new version of the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map is online in the SAP Roadmap Viewer.

  • Scenario Coverage:
    The road map has been enhanced with the scenario “Shell Conversion”. For the Shell Conversion, neither master nor transaction data are transferred. This allows for optimized modeling and a redesign of the data models. In addition, the remote conversion scenario has been updated with new information and accelerators on the supporting transition tools. Now the following scenarios are all covered and can be filtered for in the road map viewer (BCP 11.0 not mentioned in the graphic):


  • Project Management:
    The Project Management activities from the road map “SAP Activate Methodology for Business Suite and On-Premise” are now directly integrated in the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map for end-to-end coverage of the complete transition project in one place.

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Update on April 11, 2018: “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” – Version 18Q2

The new version of the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map is online in the SAP Roadmap Viewer.

The “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map version 18Q2 has been enriched with tasks for the implementation of the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for SAP BW/4HANA (SAP BPC 11.0). SAP BPC 11.0 is a new product based on SAP BW/4HANA (not a successor to SAP BPC 10.1), requiring a conversion or new implementation. In the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map, those tasks covering SAP BPC can be switched on/off in the scenario filter of the Road Map Viewer.

The Road Map Viewer has a new look and feel, so please see here how to navigate:

On the entry page (Description), you find a Welcome section, the road map graphic and a link to a detailed introduction text on how to work with the road map. In the section below, all phases are described.

To start navigating in the road map structure and read through the tasks and activities, you have to open the Content tab.

Once you have opened the road map Content tab, you should filter for your scenario to hide all activities and tasks which are not relevant to you. The following scenarios are available:

  • New Implementation
  • In-Place Conversion
  • Remote Conversion
  • SAP BPC 11.0 conversion/implementation

To set a scenario filter, scroll down to the More section, in the left structure pane and select the scenario in scope.

To narrow your search further down, you can additionally select a workstream, a phase, or a service.


Update on January 8, 2018: “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” – Version 18Q1

Major Updates:

  • The road map now contains information on the SAP Readiness Check for SAP BW/4HANA which will be available in 18Q1.
  • The Implementation Service for SAP BW/4HANA (greenfield implementation) is described in detail
  • The activity “Configuration” in the Realize phase is now explained with several tasks

Please also check the new Service Information slide deck 18Q1 which gives an overview of the overall SAP BW/4HANA service offerings from DBS.

Update on November 3, 2017: “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” – Version 17Q4

The new version of the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map is online in the SAP Roadmap Viewer.

Major Updates:

The road map is enhanced with filtering options for the scenarios

  • New Implementation
  • In-Place Conversion
  • Remote Conversion

Activating a filter for one of the scenarios reduces the displayed activities to the relevant ones for the selected scenario. To activate a filter, open the road map in the phases or workstreams view and click the highlighted “View Setting” icon at the top of the left menu. Choose “Filter” and select the scenario of interest.

Furthermore, the road map now explains all the tasks of the In-Place Conversion and the Remote Conversion in detail and gives guidance how SAP supports each task of these conversion projects.


Update on August 25, 2017: “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” – Version 17Q3

SAP is about to publish a new version of the “Transition to SAP BW/4HANA” road map. The name of the version will be 17Q3 (version 17Q2 has been skipped). This blog is used to summarize the major changes.

Analytics is now represented with an own workstream containing the analytics design activity.

The activity “Data Model Analysis & Design” has been renamed to “Prep Steps & Data Model Adjustments” to better reflect the covered tasks.

Links and SAP Notes have been updated/added to point to the latest information

The following services / service components are new or updated for the transition to SAP BW/4HANA and are explained in the road map:

  • Transition Planning for New Implementation
  • Analytics Design Workshop
  • Security Design Service
  • Enablement Service
  • Data Migration Assessment
  • Implementation Service for SAP BW/4HANA
  • In-Place System Conversion for SAP BW/4HANA
  • Remote System Conversion to SAP BW/4HANA


Transition Road map for SAP BW/4HANA – supporting the Transition Project

The Transition Road map for SAP BW/4HANA supports customers and the project team with descriptions of all phases and activities in the transition project, and accelerators providing links to guides and documentation, and listing the SAP service offering to support the transition to SAP BW/4HANA. The Transition Road map to SAP BW/4HANA describes the different paths the customer can take to transition his SAP BW system to SAP BW/4HANA – like In-Place System Conversion, Remote Conversion or New Implementation.

The SAP Road Map Viewer is the tool used by the implementation project team members to navigate the phases, activities, tasks and accelerators related to the SAP Activate methodology.

The Transition Road map for SAP BW/4HANA is available in the first version. It will be updated quarterly to reflect the latest information. This blog will be used to summarize the changes.


Direct link to the roadmap


17Q1 Release

The first version of the Roadmap covers the scenarios

  • New Implementation
  • In-Place Conversion
  • Remote Conversion

Landscape Transformation is a scenario which requires a very customer-specific project planning, thus it is only mentioned at high level.

Some of the SAP Service offerings are still under development but are already mentioned as “planned” to allow for an early project planning.

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    1. Astrid Tschense Post author


      Hi Roland,

      thanks for highlighting this!


      This is not the Product Roadmap of SAP BW/4HANA nor an introduction to SAP BW/4HANA, but the Transition Roadmap and detailed Project Plan template which helps to plan and run the SAP BW/4HANA implementation or transition project, based on the SAP Activate methodology.

      To get a great overview on SAP BW/4HANA and the available transition paths, refer to Roland’s blog mentioned above.

      Best Regards



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