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Navigating the SAP S/4HANA Migration Journey: Strategies, Tools, and Insights from Industry Experts

Espoo, Finland - 02.07.2024. In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, organizations must continually adapt to stay competitive. One significant step in this evolution is migrating to SAP S/4HANA, SAP's next-generation ERP system. This powerful platform offers numerous advantages, but the migration process can be complex and challenging. This guide covers the basics of SAP S/4HANA migration, providing practical insights, best practices, and real case studies to help you navigate this transformative journey successfully.


SAP S/4HANA Migration

SAP S/4HANA is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite designed to help businesses run simply in a digital and networked world. It integrates processes with intelligent automation and enables real-time insights, helping companies stay competitive. Migrating to SAP S/4HANA involves moving from older SAP ECC (ERP Central Component) systems to the new S/4HANA platform. The increasing need for digital transformation and the rapid growth of data make the transition to SAP S/4HANA essential. According to KPMG, two-thirds of CEOs believe agility is essential for business survival. This need for agility, combined with increasing data volumes, drives investment in robust solutions like SAP S/4HANA.


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Benefits of Migrating to SAP S/4HANA


  • Accelerated Data Processing:  Utilizes in-memory computing for faster data processing, real-time analytics, and enhanced overall system performance. This leads to increased operational efficiency and faster decision-making capabilities.

  • Deep Analytical Capabilities:  Enables organizations to leverage real-time analytics to gain deeper insights into their business operations, facilitating informed decision-making and quick responses to changing market conditions.

  • Simplified Architecture:  Offers a modern architecture that reduces the complexity of traditional ERP systems, resulting in lower maintenance costs, improved scalability, and easier integration with other systems and technologies.


The Migration Journey

The migration to SAP S/4HANA involves several critical stages:

  1. Assessment and Planning: Conduct a thorough assessment of your current ERP landscape and develop a detailed migration plan. The initial stage revolves around a comprehensive assessment of your organization’s current ERP landscape, identifying potential challenges, and developing a detailed migration plan that aligns with your business objectives.

  2. Data Migration: Ensure the successful transfer of critical data from the legacy system to SAP S/4HANA. Next comes the data migration phase, where the focus shifts to ensuring the successful transfer of your organization’s critical data from the legacy system to SAP S/4HANA. This stage requires implementing robust tools and strategies to maintain data integrity and quality, securing a vital part of your organization throughout the migration process.

  3. System Configuration and Testing: Customize the new system to meet your specific business requirements and conduct thorough testing. Once the data migration is complete, the attention turns to system configuration and testing. During this phase, the new SAP S/4HANA system is carefully customized to meet your specific business requirements, ensuring seamless integration with existing processes and workflows. Thorough testing is then conducted to identify and eliminate any potential issues, minimize disruptions, and ensure a smooth transition.

  4. User Training and Change Management: Provide comprehensive training to employees and implement effective change management strategies. As the migration nears completion, user training and change management initiatives come to the forefront. Providing comprehensive training to your employees is paramount to facilitating user adoption and ensuring a smooth transition. The increase in user interactions during this phase can be effectively managed using ITSM Connector for SAP Applications, which helps with ticket processing and handling the likely increase in support tickets.

  5. Go-Live and Post-Migration Support: Execute the final migration and provide ongoing support to ensure seamless operations. Finally, the culmination of the migration process is the go-live phase, where the final transition to SAP S/4HANA takes place. This critical stage requires careful planning and execution, as well as ongoing support and monitoring to address any issues that may arise after the migration. Working closely with industry experts and utilizing their expertise can be invaluable during this critical phase.


Practical Insights and Industry Solutions

One of the key findings is the emphasis on data quality. High data quality is crucial; poor data quality can lead to significant issues post-migration, including incorrect reporting and operational inefficiencies. Our solutions are designed with business users in mind, bringing data quality control closer to end users. While IT and third-party consultants typically handle mass migrations, there are always ad-hoc data processing needs that business users must address.

Recommended tools to assist in the migration process include:

  • Automate Studio: An Excel to SAP automation tool that simplifies mass data creation and maintenance. Widely used in migration projects, it simplifies the transfer of data from Excel to SAP by providing efficient and accurate automated data entry. This tool increases productivity by reducing manual work and minimizing errors, making it essential for SAP S/4HANA migrations. Automate Studio sheet.

  • Evolve: A low-code platform that automates SAP business processes such as product launches and vendor engagement. It integrates deeply with SAP, ensuring accurate data and efficient workflows. Evolve increases productivity by reducing manual data entry and supports digital transformation initiatives through robust data management. More information about Evolve.

  • Data360 Analyze: A powerful tool designed to clean, prepare and analyze data to ensure high quality and consistency. It brings data quality control closer to business users, enabling them to effectively manage specialized data needs. This tool is essential for a successful SAP S/4HANA migration, improving data quality and supporting robust data governance. For more details, read the full Data360 Analyze sheet here.

These tools, combined with expert guidance, can significantly enhance the efficiency and success of your SAP S/4HANA migration efforts. For a more detailed discussion on these best practices, check out the Precisely video about SAP S/4HANA migration.


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Case Studies: Tuomi Logistiikka

A Finnish logistics company successfully utilized Automate Studio to enhance their SAP data processes and streamline their migration to SAP S/4HANA. By focusing on data accuracy and automating data management, they minimized manual errors and significantly improved efficiency and productivity. The implementation of Automate Studio led to better data quality and more efficient operations.

Case Studies: Scientific Drilling

Used Automate Studio to streamline their SAP S/4HANA migration, enhancing speed and flexibility. Automation ensured data integrity and reduced manual errors, enabling efficient data management and quick integration with existing systems. This approach significantly cuts down the migration time and effort.



Migrating to SAP S/4HANA is a strategic investment that can unlock numerous benefits for your organization. While the process is complex, careful planning, the right tools, and proven strategies can ensure a successful transition. By leveraging industry expertise and tailoring your approach to your specific needs, you can ensure a successful SAP S/4HANA migration and position your organization for future growth in the digital landscape.


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