On the Fast Track Towards SAP S/4HANA®

Kiel Group

“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

At a Glance

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.

The Benefits

  • No postprocessing needed after live migration
  • Minimal downtime
  • Fully remote project

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.

Key Facts


Countries involved

Germany, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Poland

Project Type

Move to SAP S/4HANA



  • Speed: Four months from project start to go-live
  • Fully remote project
  • Migration of entire history including several hundred million data records

Data volume

2 TB

Company codes




Data records

Several hundred million


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™ – The Data Transformation Platform
  • CB Shell (SH)
  • Empty Target System (Et)


Nödlingen, Germany


EUR ~150 million




Approx. 1,300

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.