Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is a necessity as the end-of-maintenance deadline looms for several versions of SAP’s software. Preparation before movement is as vital as the migration itself. The preparation phase is one of the crucial first steps a business that intends to migrate to S/4HANA should undertake. But how exactly does a business prepare to move to S/4HANA? What considerations exist that a company should take into account regarding compatibility with its ECC data and S/4HANA? This article intends to chronicle the things a company ought to do before migrating to ensure that its ECC system is fully prepared for using S/4HANA.
Getting a Feel From Earlier Migrations
One of the best ways to prepare is to perform a sandbox migration to an SAP S/4HANA installation. Sandbox migrations offer an in-depth look at how the ECC performs in a controlled environment that mimics the workspace in an S/4HANA installation. Additionally, the sandbox allows a business to determine how their existing ERP data works within the S/4HANA environment. Preparing data beforehand gives businesses a chance to see if their current data may need cleaning up before final migration. This note brings us to our second pre-migration consideration.
Preparing Data Before Migration
Most companies that involve themselves in performing S/4HANA migrations note that data preparation saves many problems later down the line. Luckily, SAP provides several data suites that can help to clean data before movement begins. Using these tools is crucial since it can help a business figure out if any problems exist with existing data and correct them before processing in the new environment. Errors can easily be compounded, especially with something as trivial and difficult to spot as a transaction code or a specific tax formula applied in error. Among the tools that exist to help with the preparation of data are:
- S/4HANA Readiness Check: A continuous quality checking service that forms part of the SAP S/4HANA Movement protocol
- Customer Vendor Interface (CVI) Cockpit: This addon, installable via SAP Note, provides seamless integration for all components necessary to use the Business Partner Synchronization process.
Moving Beyond Preparation
Migration is a time-consuming and potentially costly upgrade in terms of productivity and overall pricing. However, it’s a necessary evil. Utilizing cutting-edge technology like IoT Security requires companies to leverage SAP’s innovations. SAP S/4HANA is a perfect demonstration of what those innovations can offer to a business. SAP’s investment in the cloud is designed to help all SAP clients experience the power and flexibility of moving away from on-premise installs.