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Back to School: Learn How to Migrate from the Experts

It was a cold and grey “Movember” morning at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany when we went into the video production studio for recording the tutorials of the new openSAP course Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA. openSAP is SAP’s online learning platform that is free of charge and open to everyone! When you watch the intro video, you might notice my dashing mustache. If you aren’t familiar with the Movember Foundation, check out what the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management team in Palo Alto, California has achieved.

What is this new openSAP course all about? The goal of this course is to enable you to run your own data migration to SAP S/4HANA, both on-premise and in the cloud. It’s not only about learning the concepts on how to perform a successful migration to a newly implemented SAP S/4HANA system as we’ve already outlined earlier in the book Migrating to SAP S/4HANA. It’s also about performing your very own data migration to an SAP S/4HANA trial system that you will create as part of the class. This means it is an actual hands-on training which will provide you with all you need to know through practical exercises. You’ll be able to use the SAP S/4HANA system free of charge for a trial period and can leverage a credit provided to you by Microsoft Azure to avoid the hosting fees. This will provide you with a completely free learning experience.

The course will start on January 24th and the final exam will take place between February 7th and 15th. Enroll now and start the year 2018 with a learning experience in one of the hottest topics around at SAP! As a bonus, we’ll provide you with a coupon code that will save you 22% on the new book Migrating to SAP S/4HANA when ordered on the SAP PRESS webpage.

As an SAP customer or potential customer for SAP S/4HANA, you may be wondering how to migrate your data. In this two-week course, we’ll give you an introduction to data migration and how it fits in with the different SAP S/4HANA transition scenarios:

  • New Implementation
  • System Conversion
  • Landscape Transformation

A deep dive into the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit and the Migration Object Modeler will give you a thorough introduction to these new tools. Finally, we’ll show you how to enhance your data migration with data quality features. For more information on this, continue reading here.

What can you expect?

  1. In week one, we’ll give you an introduction to data migration and its challenges, as well as an overview of the various sources of information you should consult depending on your current needs. The course will also give an overview and demos of the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit.
  2. In week two, we’ll show you how to enhance the data migration with additional content or data quality features, as well as data extraction and preparation. We’ll also present the Rapid Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA (on-premise) solution. The course will explain how to use the Migration Object Modeler, part of the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit, to easily integrate custom objects and enhancements.

In the meantime, please go ahead and have The Data Migration Guys set the stage by watching their YouTube podcast.

Enroll NOW to the course! Happy learning 🙂

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      Author's profile photo manasa d
      manasa d


      Hi Frank,

      Our Client's requirement is to load ECC Customer Master data into MDG (S/4 HANA) through SAP Data Services.

      Can we implement this through Rapid Data Migration for S/4 HANA?

      Or LSMW or Idocs?

      Please provide us the best approach.


      Author's profile photo Frank Densborn
      Frank Densborn
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      Hi Manasa,

      Typically, MDG initial data loads happen with MDG own tools. This is an import and not a migration. However, when you have SAP S/4HANA embedded MDG, then you would migrate to SAP S/4HANA first using RDM with SAP DS or the S/4HANA Migration Cockpit and then have the data loaded into MDG. In fact, embedded MDG automatically pulls data for all master data except Finance master data in this case.



      Author's profile photo Manasa D
      Manasa D

      Hi Frank.


      Thank you for the inputs. We have installed, extracted and imported S4 HANA RDS package for Customer Master data.

      Our Client is prefereing SQL Anywhere 16.x for Staging instead of MS SQL server.



      Can we add an additional Configuration in the Datastore with the required Database for S4 HANA RDS, where we are migrating Customer Master from ECC to S4 HANA.







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

      Hi Manasa,

      As long as you stay with any of the supported DBs (see Configuration Guide), you should be fine. You just follow the standard process and all the required data stores will be created, there shouldn't be a reason to create anything in addition.

      Could you please elaborate a little more on what you think needs to be created in addition as I don't fully understand?