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Ensure a successful, seamless transition to SAP S/4HANA

Simplify and accelerate your digital transformation with help from SAP

The digital economy is having a profound impact on the way you do business. In addition to creating new solutions for the digital era, we recognize that we must collaborate with our customers to help you make the most of these innovations based on your unique business needs and goals. Through our Digital Business Services organization and partner ecosystem, we are committed to helping you succeed by providing guidance at every stage of your digital transformation.

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Begin your journey to SAP S4/HANA

Every enterprise is unique – with different starting points and end points. From implementing a net-new solution to digitizing an existing landscape in the cloud, on premise, or a combination of both, our experience spans enterprises of all sizes, all industries, and all technology processes for any deployment type. We will help you keep your business running while making a smooth transition to new solutions.  

Take the first steps

Identify opportunities for value-driven business transformation, business process optimization, and business model innovation through design thinking, workshops, and assessment tools.

Orchestrating this conversation between your business and IT stakeholders is necessary to ensure that the new digital core satisfies your technical requirements and delivers value to your business immediately.

SAP Digital Business Services works with you and our partners to determine the right strategy, road map, and architecture to ensure maximum value and business fit when developing your business case, solution road map, individual migration, and integration plan and execution framework. We can help you:

  • Identify business requirements and quantify enterprise value
  • Re-evaluate business and IT priorities
  • Map opportunities to SAP S/4HANA capabilities and establish a strategy


Ready to turn your digital vision into reality?

Ready to explore the roadmaps to SAP S/4HANA?
Already have a partner or your own project team?

Find your path

After establishing a strategy, you will select a transition scenario to best suit your situation. Whether you’re considering an upgrade to your current landscape, already using the SAP HANA platform, or starting from a pristine instance, our experts are ready to guide you throughout your journey by helping you:

  • Start a new implementation or bring an existing landscape back to standard
  • Retain existing processes and migrate from any database to SAP HANA 
  • Adopt and reimagine business processes incrementally

New to SAP or ready for a fresh start?

Bring data from your old system to SAP S/4HANA with our integrated data management and quality tools. If the design of your current SAP landscape is from the 90s, it’s time to consider a fresh start. Leverage a digital core without the modifications or work-arounds of the past.

New SAP S/4HANA customers (net-new customers coming from any legacy system or SAP Business Suite customers starting with a new installation) will receive support during your implementation project with preconfigured processes and other key accelerators.

Key accelerators:

  • SAP Rapid Deployment solutions
  • Rapid data migration to SAP S/4HANA
  • SAP Activate
  • Model company and model industry solution approaches

Main technical installation steps:

  • Install SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.5 based on SAP HANA
  • Install S/4HANA
  • Install SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA

Data migration stages based on SAP Data Services software:

Migrating data from your source systems consists of seven key stages where extracted data is stored and processed to facilitate a smooth transition by ensuring data quality, mitigating risk, making adjustments, and laying the groundwork for ongoing data governance while importing data into SAP S/4HANA.

  1. Legacy data environment
  2. Extract and profile
  3. Cleanse, transform, and validate
  4. SAP configuration extraction
  5. Load
  6. Reconciliation
  7. Dashboards and business reporting

For technical details, see The Road to SAP S/4HANA whitepaper

Existing SAP Business Suite customer?

Complete conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA quickly and easily. If your current SAP landscape has been highly maintained, you can most likely convert to SAP S/4HANA in just a few steps, enabling you to benefit from:

  • Migration without reimplementation
  • Minimal disruption for existing business processes
  • Re-evaluation of customization and existing process flows

Existing SAP Business Suite customers on unicode who want to change your current system to SAP S/4HANA will receive support with the road map to SAP S/4HANA implementation documentation.

Key accelerators:

  • Software Update Manager
  • Rapid database migration of SAP Business Suite to SAP HANA
  • SAP Activate

Main technical steps for a system conversion:

  • Update to SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.5
  • Prepare custom code using the simplification list and related tools
  • Migrate database to SAP HANA (if SAP Business Suite is not yet on SAP HANA)*
  • Install SAP S/4HANA*
  • Install SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA
  • Convert certain data structures (such as ledgers) to the new, unified structures

*Can be done in one step with Software Update Manager and Database Migration Option

For technical details, see The Road to SAP S/4HANA whitepaper

Need to simplify your landscape for faster business value?

Consolidate your SAP and non-SAP ERP systems into one global SAP S/4HANA system, or perform select data migrations to rapidly deliver business value at a corporate level, such as soft-close anytime, budget simulations, and inventory prediction.

Existing SAP Business Suite customers who want to optimize your current system and landscape by moving to SAP S/4HANA will receive support during your implementation project with technology created specifically for a landscape transformation.

Key accelerators:

  • SAP Landscape Transformation software
  • SAP Data Services software
  • SAP Activate

Main technical steps for a landscape transformation:

  • Possibly a new installation of SAP S/4HANA
  • Possibly converting a system to SAP S/4HANA
  • Additional migration steps that are based on SAP Landscape Transformation combined with landscape optimization services to SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.5

Data migration stages based on SAP Landscape Transformation services and technology:

A migration project usually involves more than a technical task to move to the newest software architecture, sometimes requiring you to merge multiple systems into one global suite system or migrate select parts of a system, such as line of business or organizational units. Based on SAP Landscape Transformation software, the following migration requirements can be addressed:

  1. Analysis and extraction of data from SAP source systems
  2. Validation of the extracted data
  3. Transformation to meet SAP S/4HANA requirements
  4. Loading data into the target infrastructure via predefined interfaces

For technical details, see The Road to SAP S/4HANA whitepaper

Develop your transition road map

To help simplify your transition to SAP S/4HANA, SAP Digital Business Services provides detailed information to support the creation of your implementation road map – across all project phases and work streams – in alignment with our latest implementation methodology, SAP Activate.

Your project manager and technical consultants can leverage this information to answer common questions in developing your road map:

  • How do I define a value-based SAP S/4HANA strategy for my company’s specific needs? 
  • What simplifications are ideal for my company? What can I implement as part of the project? 
  • How do I identify custom code that needs to be adjusted for SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA? 
  • Will the SAP database seamlessly fit into my company's existing infrastructure? 
  • What does this change mean for the operations team? 
  • What is the overall project duration and what are related efforts? 
  • What are potential risks and how can they be mitigated? 
  • What should I include in my company’s training strategy? 

Download the Road to SAP S/4HANA whitepaper

Download the Road Map for SAP S/4HANA Implementation summary document

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For details on each of these phases, access the Road Map Viewer

Leverage new digital business services to drive value delivery

From foundational implementation to end-to-end set up, service, and support, we have an implementation option for SAP S/4HANA that can work for you – through all the elements of transformation your business needs to thrive.

Our SAP S/4HANA Value Assurance service packages are designed to help you find an approach that best supports your business priorities. Choose from four packages, each with an increased level of engagement. We’ll work with you to identify the implementation package for SAP S/4HANA that fits your IT and business requirements, processes, and desired level of SAP involvement.

Plan and Safeguard Value Assurance Service Package for SAP S/4HANA

Our foundational offering for transitioning to SAP S/4HANA puts you on the right path for transformation by enabling you to:

  • Use SAP Digital Business Services to plan and safeguard your implementation
  • Get initial guidance on benefits, impacts, and obstacles
  • Support your business strategy with a heat map and innovation-specific road map
  • Work with a dedicated technical quality manager, who has access to a mission control center and oversees project planning and safeguarding


Learn more about SAP S/4HANA service packages

Technical Implementation Value Assurance Service Package for SAP S/4HANA

This implementation offering expands on the deliverables in the planning and safeguarding package to help you:

  • Ensure a smooth transition from any database or SAP Business Suite software to SAP S/4HANA with the migration strategy in SAP Best Practices packages
  • Get detailed implementation planning, an innovation road map tailored to your company’s needs, and individualized technical architecture and infrastructure documentation
  • Receive expert support through hands-on implementation and continuous quality reviews


Learn more about SAP S/4HANA service packages

Migrate and Implement Value Assurance Service Package for SAP S/4HANA

This implementation package expands on the planning and safeguarding and technical implementation packages to help you:

  • Implement innovations and new business scenarios for SAP S/4HANA
  • Modify custom code based on your specific needs
  • Receive guidance through an optimal business transformation to SAP S/4HANA
  • Free up resources to innovate and focus on value-added business practices


Learn more about SAP S/4HANA service packages

Innovate and Optimize Value Assurance Service Package for SAP S/4HANA

Our most comprehensive offering delivers complete coverage of the entire end-to-end business experience with SAP S/4HANA, enabling you to:

  • Receive the benefits of all prior packages – planning and safeguarding, technical implementation, and functional implementation – and customize the offering to make it your own
  • Meet your organization’s unique technical and business needs
  • Rely on our experts to develop new models that can transform the way you do business


Learn more about SAP S/4HANA service packages

By adding a tiered offering to support its partner, SAP is offering companies something beyond what they might accomplish themselves. Steve Brooks
Editor, Enterprise Times

SAP Activate

The SAP Activate innovation adoption framework expedites implementation of SAP S/4HANA throughout the customer lifecycle. It offers ready-to-run digitized business and technology processes, guided configuration, and next-generation methodology. 

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