Five top tips for preparing your SAP S/4HANA project

With the right planning, your journey to SAP S/4HANA will be successful. The focus isn’t only on the migration itself, but also long-term success. After all, the SAP S/4HANA migration should not just be a technical conversion, but enable your company to take advantage of the benefits that S/4 offers, such as real-time reporting, a quick overview of KPIs, predictive analytics and business process optimization.

1/3/2023  |  2 min


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Start with an SAP S/4HANA pre-project

This can be an overwhelming project to tackle, so S/4 expert Jörg Kaschytza has put together five top tips to consider while planning your SAP S/4HANA migration.

The IT department and the other departments involved will view SAP S/4HANA differently. A pre-project will help to structure the decision-making process, evaluate alternatives and deliver a satisfactory result that meets everyone’s expectations.

Set the stage for your transformation scenario

The following questions will help you to prepare: 

  • What does your vision for the future architecture look like?
  • Do you want to harmonize or modernize your business processes?
  • Which innovations in SAP S/4HANA will you use in the future?

Communicate your SAP S/4HANA strategy and vision clearly

Create a common understanding on how to proceed. This point might sound obvious, but its importance is often underestimated. The business, IT, external partners and top management must all share the same strategy and vision to make the S/4 migration a real success.

Evaluate your system landscape

A software-based analysis can provide an overview of your current system architecture and interfaces in very little time. This step identifies potential conflicts.

Clean up and archive your data

Take only what you need with you. You can archive the rest to save space and cut costs.

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