SAP S/4HANA® Migration


Key Elements and Solutions for a Successful SAP S/4HANA® Transformation

When SAP announced that they would extend the support of SAP® R/3® until the end of 2027, many companies were relieved. After all, from an IT perspective, this means that the move to SAP S/4HANA® can still wait. Yet companies should not underestimate the thorough preparation and associated lead time that such a project requires. They are well advised not to approach it as a purely technological issue. Instead, the focus should be more on the impact that such a project could have on the business. The sooner you move to SAP S/4HANA, the better your company can strengthen its position against competitors when it comes to current market challenges such as the IoT, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, the cloud or big data. SAP is no longer introducing innovative functions to SAP R/3, and you should not invest in your outdated systems either. If you switch now, you can take advantage of S/4 functions such as real-time reporting, a quick overview of KPIs and predictive analytics, and sooner choose among various options to optimize your business processes. The six points below summarize the challenges you might face during your transformation and explain how SNP CrystalBridge® and the BLUEFIELD™ approach can help you overcome them:


Protect investments – keep the best, transform the rest


Over the years, large sums are invested into process configurations, customizing and in-house developments. These investments should be protected. Process configurations, customizing and in-house developments are first transferred without data using SNP CrystalBridge. Afterward, they can be modified individually to unlock the benefits of SAP S/4HANA. Finally, master data and transaction data are transferred and simultaneously adapted to the new environment. This is possible thanks to the separation of the target system setup and the data migration.


Reduce complexity with intelligent recommendations and predefined templates


Different architectures pose a challenge for any SAP S/4HANA migration. The harmonization requirements and consolidation options are therefore determined in advance and recommendations for action are provided – all automatically. The migration is carried out based on predefined rules and using an automated rule set, meaning that you no longer have to manually work through tables.


Secure and automate your expertise and resources



We have condensed the knowledge that consultants usually bring to a project into a standardized procedure that is almost completely automated. Some manual work always remains, but we have reduced this to the absolute minimum, maximizing your control over the project.



Ensure maximum quality through an integrated quality check


A quality check built into the software enables you to continuously monitor and safeguard your project. To provide full transparency, management, project leads and project members can see the current status of a project at any time. This enables them to identify problems early on and solve them at a very early stage of the project. Checkpoints known as quality gates verify the result after each project stage and indicate whether any issues occurred. They provide troubleshooting tips so that you can smoothly proceed to the next project phase. The quality gates are designed very intuitively for the user based on the traffic light principle.



Reduce testing through test automation and standardization


Tests are costly and test resources often scarce. After the migration, we therefore perform automated tests and data consistency checks to accelerate the validation of data.



Prevent long migration times and high downtime costs with near-zero downtime


Companies have little room for business disruptions. The consequences of long downtimes range from production interruptions to a loss of revenue and reputational damage. Depending on the company’s size and revenue, the downtime costs may well range between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 per hour. With near-zero downtime, you can reduce your downtime window to a minimum. This saves significant costs and allows for flexibility, making the downtime much less dependent on the size of your system.


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