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SAP Upgrade and Migration
Is your SAP systems keeping pace with the changes happening in SAP world? Your organization may be missing the new functionalities in SAP? If these questions worrying you then you definitely need to Upgrade service with joining hands with SAPITECH. We execute the enterprise application upgrade, assisting with transforming the organizational structure and aligning the applications to support your business strategy and goals with little or no downtime. SAPITECH Provides best in class Upgrade/Migration services to help organization’s to keep pace with the constantly changing environment.
Three Paths to the Destination
As with the SAP Business Suite, enterprises can choose from three possible methods for migrating to SAP S/4HANA: greenfield, system conversion, or landscape transformation. In assessing which path is the right path, the target architecture alluded to above is very important (more on this topic later in the first article of our series “SAP S/4HANA: Chart the Route for Digital Transformation”). Companies that are already running SAP ERP 6.0 (enhancement package 0 and higher) can migrate directly to SAP S/4HANA with a system conversion. sapitech Which path is the right path for my company? A decision matrix illustrates the various paths for migrating to SAP S/4HANA.
System Conversion
In technical terms, a system conversion to SAP S/4HANA retains the system ID for Customizing, development, data, authorizations, and interfaces. This is also known as in-place migration. For systems running SAP ERP 6.0 enhancement package 0 and higher, companies can migrate directly to SAP S/4HANA without having to upgrade to a higher enhancement package. This assumes that the system is already a Unicode system. Following the release of SAP NetWeaver 7.5, SAP only supports Unicode systems. If a company’s system is not Unicode, it must be converted to Unicode before the conversion. The actual system conversion to SAP S/4HANA is supported by the SUM-DMO, the Software Update Manager with Database Migration Option. This helps companies upgrade and migrate databases in one step, meaning just one period of downtime.
Readiness Checks Pave the Way for the Migration
To ensure the migration is successful, companies need to adjust their IT systems to meet the framework requirements of SAP S/4HANA during the system conversion. It is best to analyze the required adjustments in four steps. This “readiness check” for SAP S/4HANA should be performed as early as possible to obtain an overview of possible adjustments. These preparatory measures can then be analyzed during live operation where applicable.

Step 1: Maintenance Planner

The Maintenance Planner checks an organization’s business functions, industry solutions, and IT system add-ons. If the check does not produce a valid conversion path (for example, because an add-on has not yet been published), the Maintenance Planner prevents the system conversion because no stack XML file can be generated. In this case, the relevant partner should be contacted to find out when the add-on will be released. For sandbox system conversions, it is possible to create an exception to continue the system conversion without an add-on release.

Step 2: Simplification List

At a functional level, the simplification list provides a detailed description of how SAP S/4HANA will impact the individual transactions and solution functions of the SAP ERP system. If this list shows transactions or functions no longer exist, this does not mean that certain functions will be lost. Instead, these functions will be merged with other elements or reflected in a new solution or architecture.

The individual objects of the simplification list are dependent on the current SAP S/4HANA Feature Package Stack, and can be grouped into the following categories:
  • Changes to existing functions
  • Functions no longer supported
  • Functions that are no longer strategic
At present, numerous objects of the simplification list can already analyzed using pre-checks (see the next step). Other automated processes to determine whether simplification objects are relevant with regard to customer-specific system usage are currently being planned. It is worth noting that not all points are relevant for a system. Instead, the effort required for the conversion should be determined for the relevant points.

Step 3: Pre-Checks

Pre-checks review the system settings that are required to perform the actual system conversion. These are available to customers in the form of SAP Notes, and can therefore also be used in step 2.

Step 4: Review the Customer Codes

One of the most important features of SAP S/4HANA is the simplification of the data model. SAP provides compatibility views for tables that are no longer required in the migration to SAP S/4HANA. SAP also provides a check tool based on SAP NetWeaver 7.5 that checks necessary adjustments, for example adjustments required for field length extensions. The SAP S/4HANA simplifications can be imported in a file, and compared with a code extract of the SAP ERP system. A list is created showing the reviewed customer code and indicating any code that needs to be changed to make it compatible with SAP S/4HANA. There are plans to fully integrate these checks as a check variant of the SAP Code Inspector in future. The tool currently supports checks of the adjustment of the material number lengths.
Our Expertise
  • SAP Recommended ACTIVATE and Standardized Project Approach
  • Technical Upgrade using the SAP Methodologies and Tools.
  • Adoption of Simplification List.
  • Specific areas for improving business processes
  • Functional Upgrade
  • Effective risk management
  • Detailed regression testing
  • Efficient continuity plan to minimize system downtime
  • Consistent support costs versus non-standardized support costs
  • Enabled continuous improvements through added functionality
  • Established common systems and versions across enterprise
  • Minimized disruption to ongoing operations
  • roven track record of Upgrade experience across multiple packages
  • Aligned IT and business processing costs
  • Upgraded packaged application
  • Latest application capabilities
  • Refreshed technology platform
  • Applications enabled for integration with other systems
  • Reduced/eliminated customizations
  • Optimized business processes
SAPITECH Upgrade Approach
Based on the scale defined by SAP with their history database, coupled with Crafsol’s deep understanding of the complexity of our clients’ environments, SAPITECH categorizes upgrades into three categories:
Strategic upgrade project
  • Introducing new industry solutions based on the SAP business process platform
  • Implement new / optimized business processes based on SAP ERP 6.0; Build new solutions based on SAP ERP 6.0, NetWeaver and Enterprise SOA
Technical upgrade project
  • No changes in used functionality and system modifications
  • There is no need of clean up modification (light touch)
  • Focus on technology upgrade
SAPITECH low risk & cost-effective way to upgrade
  • Global approach driving repeatability, time and cost
  • Robust, standardized set of methodologies, processes, guidelines and templates
  • Scalable global pool of specialized skills and resources
  • Delivery model includes optimized mix of onshore, nearshore & offshore resources