Prepare Your Journey Onto SAP S/4HANA

May 26, 2016 Frank Schuler

Preparing for the journey

As we know, all SAP customers are faced with the challenge that their SAP Business Suite solutions will be out of SAP mainstream maintenance by 2025. While this might seem far into the future, I think that it is important to use the remaining time to prepare the move to SAP S/4HANA.

In my opinion, the imminent first step towards S/4HANA is to understand where you are in terms of your S/4HANA readiness. Affirmed by what I learned at SAPPHIRE NOW last week, I continue to believe that the following dimensions have to be considered:

Data Quality / Unicode / Archive: When transitioning to S/4HANA, data matters big time:

  1. In memory storage costs money, so you only want to keep data there that benefits from running LIVE.
  2. Your transition downtime onto S/4HANA is largely driven by the amount of data that you migrate. Therefore you only want to transfer data that is relevant.
  3. If you want to benefit from real-time operational reporting on your transactional data, it has to be clean. Therefore you want to get rid of duplicates and other redundancies.

Integration / Interfaces: Real-time enterprise management does not work well with batch interfaces.

Versions / Patches: Your systems have to fulfill certain minimum release levels before transitioning them to S/4HANA.

Modifications / Enhancements: SAP have simplified some of their code, therefore, your extensions would have to be checked for compatibility.

Configuration / Features: Not all SAP and 3rd party add-ons are S/4HANA ready. The ones you use, including industry solutions, would have to be checked for compatibility.

User Experience / Mobility: SAP Fiori is the strategic user interface technology for S/4HANA, so it would be beneficial to your journey if you already have experience with it.

There is also a short video on the subject that I recorded with my colleague and SAP Mentor, Owen Pettiford.

About the Author

Frank Schuler

As VP SAP Technical Architecture, Frank and his team enable customers to embrace the latest SAP innovations and simplifications with SAP S/4HANA while leveraging the BackOffice Associates product suite. During such engagements, Frank very often becomes the trusted advisor for his customers to both evaluate the best solution for them as well as overseeing the quality of the implementation. In many cases these customer relationships develop into an ongoing digital innovation partnership.

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