On the fast track towards SAP S/4HANA

Kiel Group

The Challenge

The Kiel Group wanted to perform a minimally invasive upgrade of their ERP system SAP R/3 to the new platform SAP S/4HANA. The entire history had to be migrated, and only necessary adjustments were to be made to the system. Nonetheless, business partners and the New General Ledger (New GL) had to be introduced. Kiel is planning further technical and process optimizations for the time after the S/4HANA project. The time frame was of particular importance: The 1:1 migration of several hundred million data records had to take place within 16 weeks from project start to go-live.


Project scope

  • 1:1 migration from R/3 to SAP S/4HANA
  • Creation of the target system with CB Shell
  • Technically required conversion to New Asset Accounting
  • Technically required conversion to the New GL
  • No implementation of document split
  • Introduction of business partners
  • Modules used: FI, CO, MM, SD, PP, WM


SNP products

SNP CrystalBridge™, CB Shell (SH), Empty Target System (Et)

The Solution

First, the empty target system was created with CB Shell (SH), specifically with the component Empty Target System (Et). The conversions to New Asset Accounting and to the New General Ledger (New GL) were of technical necessity. The introduction of the business partners was performed without harmonization.

The migration to SAP S/4HANA, including the entire history, was carried out with the BLUEFIELD™ approach using SNP CrystalBridge® – The Data Transformation Platform. The project was implemented within only 16 weeks. After the go-live with a very short downtime, there was no more need for postprocessing measures.


  • Speed: Four months from project start to go-live
  • Migration of entire history including several hundred million data records
  • No postprocessing needed after live migration
  • Minimal downtime
  • Fully remote project

Key facts

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    Project type

    Migration to SAP S/4HANA

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    2 TB Data volume

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    Five company codes

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    Five plants

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    Several hundred million data records

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    Countries involved

    Germany, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland

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We needed an entire S/4HANA migration of our SAP systems as soon as possible, without any issues or complications. With SNP, we achieved this just in time and with minimum downtime. Hats off!

Stefan Schiele

Head of IT, Kiel Group

About Kiel Group

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The Kiel Group is a leading manufacturer of seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transport by bus and train at local, regional and intercity levels. Based in Nördlingen, the company operates globally with other locations in France, Poland, the
Netherlands, Turkey, Macedonia and the USA. Seats made by Kiel are characterized by premium quality, sophisticated technology and modern design, and meet the highest of demands in terms of safety and passenger comfort. The Kiel Group employs around 1,300 people and generates an annual revenue of approx. EUR 150 million.



Nödlingen, Germany



EUR ~150 million






Approx. 1,300