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Deep dive on SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit – Direct Transfer

The SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit offers different approaches. Since 1909 there is a third approach available: transfer data directly from an SAP system.

In this blog and the linked blog posts I will provide deep dive material on the Direct Transfer approach.

If you are looking for more general or overview information pls. go to the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit starter blog: LINK

There is an openSAP Course available which gives insight into all three approaches – on a very detailed level! It also treats the topic how to create own migration objects. You can download and/or view a huge amount of PPTs & videos. The hands-on experience is still possible for another 2 months, afterwards you can use the so-called “Fully activated appliance” in order to practice.

Migrating Your Business Data to SAP S/4HANA – New Implementation Scenario
With this course, you’ll get an introduction to data migration with SAP S/4HANA, and where it fits in with respect to the different transition scenarios. The course will focus on the new implementation scenario, with a deep dive into the SAP S/4HANA migration cockpit and the migration object modeler. Week 3 (of 4 in sum) treats exclusively the “Direct Transfer” approach – including an example how to create an own migration object. We’ll also offer optional hands-on exercises so you can better familiarize yourself with the different migration approaches. For these exercises, you can use a system image from the SAP Cloud Appliance Library. For the Direct Transfer there is one E2E exercise where you migrate “Activity Types”. In a second exercise you adapt the selection from the source system.

http://open.sap.com/courses/s4h16

 

Table of contents

1. General: Can a non-unicode SAP system be the source system for the Direct Transfer?

2. LTMOM: Can I create all kinds/types of transfer rules (1909)?

3. MC & LTMOM: SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit – Direct Transfer – Value mapping (1909) – see LINK

4. MC: Can I repeat the selection (1909)? See LINK

5. LTMOM: How can I influence the selection (1909)? See LINK

6. LTMOM: How to create an own migration object (1909)?

7. LTMOM: How to exclude a field from being migrated in (1909)?

8. LTMOM: How to add a Z-field to a Migration Object?

9. LTMOM: How can I transfer completely self-defined custom developments, for example a Z table?

 

ANSWERS

1. General: Can a non-unicode SAP system be the source system for the Direct Transfer?

Yes, a non-unicode should also work as source system. The MC uses RFC to connect the two systems, the RFC should do the converting automatically.

This blog post might be of use: https://answers.sap.com/questions/4556198/rfc-from-non-unicode-to-unicode-.html . Some of the mentioned notes might be of interest.

2. LTMOM: Can I create all kinds/types of transfer rules (1909)?

In 1909 you can create:

  • transfer rules of type “move” – means, you move the content of this field unchanged from the source field to the target field
  • transfer rules of type” fixed value” – examples: posting date; a migration account as offset account for initial postings in the target
  • transfer rules of type “value mapping” – map a source value 1:1 to a new value in the target system. Pls. note that the automatic creation of mapping proposal does not work in 1909, means you have some manual steps to do in addition (see next question).

In 1909 it is not possible to create own source code rules.

6. LTMOM: How to create an own migration object (1909)?

This video shows how to create an own migration object.

I use the example: new migration object “Cost Center Texts”.

Video (37 min): LINK

Slides shown in the video: LINK

7. LTMOM: How to exclude a field from being migrated in (1909)?

To exclude fields from the transfer you have to remove the field level mapping of data for the respective field that you do not want to migrate. It depends on the respective API used for this migration object if this approach works. It only works if the API supports migration without the respective fields being mapped.

Starting 27:08 you see how to maintain the “field mapping” in the Direct Transfer approach for a migration object. Link demo video create own migration object (Direct Transfer)

8. LTMOM: How to add a Z-field to a Migration Object?

If there exist z fields (SAP standard table is enhanced by a custom-own field) in the source system, the Migration Cockpit, Direct Transfer, recognizes it and these fields are automatically shown in LTMOM as source fields. In case there exist target fields which match, the Z source fields can be mapped in LTMOM in the field mapping to the target fields.

Pls. note: only primary structures (parent and child tables) of the data model can be adapted.

There may be single cases where Z fields are not covered by the API which is used in the migration object. In this case pls. open a ticket on component CA-DT-MIG.

9. LTMOM: How can I transfer completely self-defined custom developments, for example a Z table?

Create your own API and use it in your own migration object. The pre-requisites for an own API are quite the same as the BAPI definitions in the BAPI Programming Guide (Implementing the Function Module). The API must not execute ‘COMMIT WORK’ commands.

 

Heike Jensen

Product Management SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit

 

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  • Hi Heike,

     

    2. LTMOM: Can I create all kinds/types of transfer rules (1909)?

    Is in the Roadmap (future FSP or 2010/2009 ) to include other type of transformation rule? E.g. If field not blank then MOVE or even better we can create our own custom rules?

    Thanks

    • Hi John,

      is it perhaps possible that you enroll to this openSAP course “Migrating Your Business Data to SAP S/4HANA – New Implementation Scenario”? The course is still available. The material is too much to be uploaded here.

      https://open.sap.com/courses/s4h16

      In week 3 the topic is “Direct Transfer“. I have 7 units there (always PPT & demo video), units 5 & 6 are about creating own objects. In the unit 6 video I demonstrate the field mapping and there you see that the Trule type “move” is automatically assigned. We know that “custom rules” is a requested topic but unfortunately, currently I cannot give you a concrete statement about future FPS/releases.

      Best regards,

      Heike

  • Hi Expert,

     

    One of our clients is interested in exploring the above suggest option for DM project. But due to high scrutiny on the integrity of data, we have an additional requirement for have a Automated reconciliation tool to recon the data from source & target system post migration.

    Q1: Is there any dashboard/ standard reports available for Summary/Field based recon with this option?

    Q2. Is there any other approach we can use which will suffice our requirements.

     

    Thanks In Advance

    BR,

    Shobhit Taggar

    • Hello Shobhit,

      unfortunately, there is no standard functionality available in the Migration Cockpit for comparing/reconciliating data between source and target system.

      The SAP consulting unit (see post above from Olivia Ghebrezghi) offers these kind of services.

      No, there is no standard approach available. You can of course use SAP standard reports e.g. for master data, balances, and so on to compare the data.

      Best regards,

      Heike

  • Hi Heike;

    Excellent post, i have a questions, regarding point 9, is possible migrate an program “Z”  or Ricef complete from ECC 6.0 to S4 1909 with direct transfer?

    Regards

    • Hello Nelson,

      thanks for you positive feedback!

      No, the Migration Cockpit does not transfer objects from the ABAP environment.

      It is meant to do a New Implementation and thus, we only offer Migration objects to transfer the necessary application data for a “new start” in S/4. This means: migration objects for master data and “necessary” transaction data” such as FI open items, FI balances and so on.

      You find the complete list of available migration objects for each approach and release on the help portal

      The modelling environment (transaction LTMOM) of the Migration Cockpit offers the possibility to change migration objects or create own migration objects. It is not possible to transfer programs or the like.

      Best regards,

      Heike