SAP S/4HANA migration is the move from an SAP ERP system, such as SAP ECC that runs on-premise on a database other than SAP HANA, to SAP’s next-generation SAP S/4HANA business suite (either on-premise, hosted in the cloud or hybrid).
In today’s fast-changing business environment, companies are under high pressure to be faster, smarter, more agile and more innovative than their competitors. SAP’s next-generation business suite, SAP S/4HANA, was developed to help them achieve those aims. Hesitant about making the move? We can help you migrate step by step, at your very own pace.
By 2025 (or 2027 for specific cases), SAP will no longer support its existing ERP business suite, requiring users to move to the HANA in-memory platform.
While every SAP customer knows that migrating to SAP S/4HANA is inevitable, many are concerned by the cost, complexity and duration of the migration project.
Starting your re-platforming now, however, will allow you to make the shift at your own pace.
Moreover, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of SAP S/4HANA before your competitors do:
Based on our extensive knowledge and many years of experience with SAP, delaware can help you make choices – to ensure you unleash the full potential of SAP S/4HANA. Our approach includes four steps:
1. ADOPTIONThrough our SAP S/4HANA migration assessment, the delaware team scans your current system to measure how ready it is for SAP S/4HANA, identify potential obstacles, explore your existing z-code and suggest a migration approach that fits your business.
We have also developed a proprietary, SAP-certified SAP S/4HANA migration accelerator, enabling your business to ensure the quickest, smoothest possible transition.
2. BUSINESS OPTIMISATIONAfter determining your concrete migration approach, we demonstrate the value of SAP S/4HANA by migrating a copt of your system to SAP S/4HANA in a temporary cloud environment.
3. BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION
Finally, your business is ready to push the value-adding, innovation-boosting boundaries of SAP S/4HANA through a series of ideation and inspiration workshops. You’ll identify areas where maximum business potential can be achieved through advanced digitalisation opportunities.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for migration. Some businesses opt for a ‘greenfield’ installation, i.e. starting from scratch. A ‘brownfield’ conversion to SAP S/4HANA, however, is the most common path: upgrading live systems and selectively reusing existing system elements. ’Bluefield’ and ’redfield’ implementations are also possible – get in touch with our team to learn which color suits your company.
In other words, you can move forward at your own pace as your requirements develop. SAP S/4HANA can, for example, be used with the classic SAP GUI in a first phase. The move to the SAP Fiori is then made through improvement projects later on.
At this point, most A&D companies have started to discuss their future move from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA. In some cases they have initiated Proof of Concept( POC) initiatives to understand the challenges ahead and what choices they need to make. The more forward-looking companies may have already decided their approach and be developing detailed plans on how to move forward.