4 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your SAP Data Migration Project

Apr 22, 2019

Businesses everywhere are moving in S4HANA, the new generation of the SAP Business Suite.

It's more user-friendly, more efficient, and can add extensive value to your company. The S4HANA cloud services package adds even more integration capabilities and machine learning to help you stay ahead of the curve. 
But before you can benefit from these new tools, you need to migrate your data into the new system. So you hire a consultant. 
Consultants make great partners in large-scale projects like this, especially if the client is able to provide the right support. Remember, you know your business better than a third party. The more you're able to specify your needs and prepare your infrastructure, the more effectively your consultant can serve you.
Here are some insider tips to help your consultant do his or her best work - and to help him or her appreciate you as a client!

1. Identify goals and scope for the project.

Data migration is a technical project, but it needs to align with the strategic objectives and daily operational needs of your company. It has to be scalable to the overall vision of the company and provide value to users at all levels. 
If a client doesn't determine these needs and communicate them to the SAP data migration consultant, it's easy for the project to go off-track or miss a crucial step. You need to make sure that your company can specify both the technical and the strategic requirements for the migration.

2.  Draw up an SAP business blueprint.

Business hire consultants for their specialized knowledge, so there's a good chance that your consultant will identify sticky spots in the SAP data migration process even if you are well prepared. That's to be expected. But you can make any issues much easier for your consultant to fix if you've drawn up a solid business blueprint. 
The more specifications and instructions you are able to give your consultant, the better he or she will be able to meet your needs.

3. Cleanse your data.

If you've ever moved to a new place, you know that it goes much more smoothly when you get rid of things you don't need beforehand. After all, why would you bother to box, ship and unpack something that you're never going to use? 
SAP data migration is similar. The more data you transfer, the longer the SAP transformation will take and the more downtime you'll have. Reducing the amount of data involved can speed the transformation, while also improving the operating speed of the final product. Also, as an added benefit, you'll be able to reduce hardware and S4HANA licensing costs. 

4. Discuss go--live and post-go-live support.

As with any service arrangement, it's important to discuss expectations for launch and post-launch processes with your consultants. It's important to articulate any specific need that you have. Also, ask if there's anything you or your team needs to do to be ready. Does the consultant have all the information and support that he or she needs.
And remember, if anything is unclear, ask! It's better to ask a question than to have to solve a problem later.