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SAP S/4HANA Discovery – Transition Paths and Best Practices Webcast Recap

These are my notes from this webcast, meet the expert session today

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Moving to S/4HANA offers different transition paths

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Learning objectives are above

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Tutorial to be available later in 2018

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Machine learning, IoT

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Finance has 30 tables in ECC

S4 has less than 6 tables

Which train take to S/4HANA? Cloud or on-premise

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For each area, there is information available in the SAP Learning Hub

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3 ways to transition

Existing ERP to S/4HANA on premise is system conversion

New implementation – option transition to S/4HANA Cloud or on-premise; load master data, relevant data and migrate to new system

Landscape transformation – special version of new implementation – implement new system, load and migrate data from more than one SAP system or non-SAP system.

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Covered in webcast earlier this week

How much want to re-engineer processes

What does landscape look like

Depending on how answer the 6 questions, tool would give you suggestion for new implementation or conversion.  It is not an exact science, depends on conversion/complexity

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Benefit  – no reimplementation, straightforward, changes in process and business model can be done later

If it is an old version, less than ECC 6, then you have additional efforts for system conversion

Right side see different tools – options available depending on business need; near zero down time approach needed if downtime less than 6 hours – but more effort


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ECC 6.0 EHPx can go direct to 1709 as shown above; one step to S/4HANA



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Upgrade/update options are shown above

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New implementation/greenfield approach

Load master data from legacy

“Back to standard project” to standardize processes, remove custom build applications/coding

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Accelerate new implementation with model company, pre-configured appliance, already installed, sample data, get started fast with adopting standard configuration

Templates are available for different industries

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Use best practices explorer to standardize SAP best practice content

Option 2 is model company; likely the fastest way to do a new implementation

Reduce cost & effort by 50-70% with model company per the slide

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Rules of thumb; consider cloud offerings

Consider SF, Concur, Ariba, Hybris, S/4

Quick wins are Concur…etc

Greenfield implementations – if use cFIN approach (phased go-live) only Finance goes to S/4HANA, then you have to start Central Finance project first

For conversion, a technical project needs to be separated from the business

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Activate is mandatory for the S/4HANA Cloud; recommended for on-premise

Phases, accelerators, deliverables for each phase

Best practices explorer has scripts for adapting system to business requirements

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Compare best practices with business requirements and adjust as necessary

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Take the results from last webcast, copy and paste product transitions to transformation navigator

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More samples from the transformation navigator

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Sample of how to plan conversion, 6 cycles of test runs; a best practice approach – some may want to do more or less cycles

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Excel sheet for conversion plan; available in best practices

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Different aspects for each customer, look at priorities, make decision

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Final step, output, on the journey

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Resources were listed on Tuesday’s webcast too and enter the search tag “SAP S/4HANA Discovery” (source: SAP)

Conversion Guide for SAP S/4HANA: > Product Documentation > Conversion Guide

Understand the available transition options: Go to and search for:


Q: How is archived data impacted after the system conversion?

A: Already archived data should be available after the conversion.

Updates from SAP:


MTE (Meet-The-Expert) live sessions open for registration

SAP S/4HANA The Essentials Thus, Sep 20, 10:00 AM Eastern Time/New York

MTE (Meet-The-Expert) existing recorded sessions

SAP S/4HANA Discovery – Greenfield vs. Conversion Overview  delivered on Aug 21st

SAP S/4HANA Discovery – Transition Paths and Best Practices   delivered on Aug 23rd

SAP S/4HANA Discovery – Landscape Scoping  delivered on Aug 31st

SAP S/4HANA Project and Ongoing Effort   delivered on Aug 28th

SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA  delivered on July 24th

Build Your Product Roadmap – SAP Transformation Navigator delivered on Aug 8th
Build high-level benefits case with SAP Quick Value Assessment  delivered on Aug 9th


#1  Please note that for customers, to access the SAP Learning Hub, edition for SAP Enterprise Support, a one-time registration is required. A detailed step-by step guidance can be found here. The MTE links above will not work if the customer has not registered.

#5 Please note that only Enterprise Support customers are eligible to listen MTE recorded sessions

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      Author's profile photo Mynyna Chau
      Mynyna Chau

      Hi Tammy,

      Olaf Haisch had a comment raised as moderation alert: "Hi, I tried to access the original slides from the webcast. The provided link to the Learning Hub worked but the search term "SAP S/4HANA Discovery" didn't lead to any result. If you could provide an alternative link..."

      @Olaf.Haisch Please use the comment section to reach out to blog authors. The moderation alert is only for reporting violations of the SAP Community rules of engagement. Moderators will then take the respective action. But it is not to contact blog authors.

      Best regards,

      Mynyna (SAP Community moderator)

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Mynyna - in this case I recommend Olaf contact the SAP Enterprise Support Academy for the slides/webcast replays.