SAP S/4HANA 1809 – 3 Key Transition Adoption scenarios to consider

In September 2018, the Enterprise Resource Planning software giant, SAP has launched its latest edition – SAP S/4HANA 1809. It is the 4th On-Premise release of SAP S/4HANA, after 1511,1610 and 1709. This new release too continued with the latest innovation and wanted to helps the companies, who were looking for digital transformation. By the end of SAP S/4HANA 1809, there were around 2389 innovations related to S/4HANA, 1048 user experience, and 552 innovations in digital transformation. The SAP’s next-generation digital core (SAP S/4HANA) laid the foundation for intelligent enterprise and comes with the latest invention, robust and scalable core ERP.

The SAP S/4HANA 1809 is built on 3 key ingredients, which made the digital core intelligent.

They are Digital age UX, Automation, and Next-generation processes.

*A Digital age UX: The Digital assistance provides a hands-free experience and also delivers value-adding experience by instant insight with latest SAP Fiori technology.

*Automation: This ingredient provides predictive analysis to increase efficiency and automation and the ERP is augmented by machine learning from SAP Leonardo.

*Next-generation processes: Redefine and reinvent the processes with the proven best practices built on the latest inventions.

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In this blog, we will try to focus on two questions

1)How things are different in SAP S/4HANA?

2)What are the key Transaction scenarios for SAP S/4HANA 1809?

First Thing First!!

SAP S/4HANA is a new product line and not a new/successor release of SAP Business Suite ERP system. Despite few incompatible changes between SAP Business Suite ERP System and SAP S/4HANA system, the support for the SAP Business Suite & SAP ERP will still be available.

An SAP S/4HANA System is

1)Based on SAP’s innovative in-memory SAP HANA database.

2)It is built with new, simplified application architecture and data model.

3)Along with the application functionality, most of the SAP S/4HANA applications have been re-designed.

4)You can now use a new SAP Fiori based User Experience.

5)you can also choose among the two deployment models

  1. On-Premise Deployment Model
  2. Cloud Deployment Model (exist in both private & public cloud versions)

Now, let get into the primary question of our today discussion.

What are the key Transaction scenarios for SAP S/4HANA 1809?

SAP offers 3 main transaction adoption scenarios

1)System Conversion

2)New Implementation

3)Landscape Transformation

System Conversion

What is the purpose to choose System Conversion?

There are 3 main purposes

  1. If your goal is to bring your present business processes to the new platform.
  2. or you want to keep your investment in custom code.
  3. Or you want to adopt new innovations and minimize the risk and investment of a conversion project by reducing the scope of the transition project to a pure technical conversion at a later point of time.

What is the technical view?

System Conversion approach is a reusing by in-place conversion type. Technically, System Conversion is a Software Update Manager tool based, in-place conversion of an existing SAP Business Suite ERP system to SAP S/4HANA.

  1. This approach facilitates migration from a classical database to SAP HANA database, if your current SAP ERP system was running on a classical database.
  2. It migrates your ERP data model into the SAP S/4HANA data model with all the invented data model simplifications and data volume reductions.
  3. It replaces the current SAP ERP application code with new SAP S/4HANA Application code.
  4. You can selectively migrate your classical SAP GUI UIs to Fiori App

system conversionNew Implementation

What is New Implementation?

It is a new installation of an SAP S/4HANA system either on On-Premise or Cloud model. It is also known as “greenfield” approach.

What is the purpose to choose New implementation?

If your primary focus is re-engineering and process simplification based on latest innovations.

This approach best suited for customers planning to migrate

  1. A non-SAP or 3rd party legacy system.
  2. It is also a good option for an SAP System, which is an older release, or highly customized, or it does not match your system requirements for a technical system conversion.

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Landscape Transformation: –

This scenario is a value-driven and selective data migration to the new SAP S/4HANA system. The main focus is on choosing and picking of entities which the customer wants to carve out and move on to the new S/4HANA platform, instead of migrating the entire system.

Few sub-scenarios are:

*Consolidation of several systems or selective clients of multiple systems into one global SAP S/4HANA.

*Selective data migration based on legal entities. Such as company codes.

*SAP Central Finance Scenario Implementation.

What is the purpose to choose Landscape Transactions?

If you want to consolidate your landscape or selective transform data into an SAP S/4HAN system.

*Value-based migration: Selective data transformation allows a phased approach focusing the first sap s/4hana migration phase on parts of the business with highest ROI and lowest TCI.

*Agility: Move gradually to SAP S/4HANA innovations while staying on your present business processes and move to SAP S/4HANA at your own pace.

*TCO reduction: System and landscape consolidation with simplified processes and unified master data lead to lower cost of operations.

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What, Why, How & Where is SAP Activate Methodology Implemented?

Since the official announcement of the deadline for SAP R/3 (2025), most of the IT leaders started migrating to the next generation business suite –SAP S/4HANA and most of those businesses, who are using SAP ‘s Enterprise Resource Planning software are already in the process of upgrading. The new suite is built on in-memory platform SAP HANA & designed with the SAP Fiori user interface. The new sap product (SAP S/4HANA) deployed on On-Premise, Cloud and Hybrid configuration.

Coming to implementation, SAP Activate is the latest implementation methodology recommended by sap. With the advent of enhanced business functions, faster deployment, exceptional in-memory platform SAP HANA, SAP Activate is the preferred implementation methodology (Agile method) rather than the ASAP methodology (waterfall method) of software implementation.


What is SAP Activate?

SAP Activate is an implementation methodology used in SAP S/4HANA and unique combination of 3 core pillars, SAP Guided configuration, SAP Best Practices & Methodology. It is the quickest way till date, to simplify and streamline your business operations with SAP S/4HANA.This methodology enables customers to build smart, run and start faster in their respective landscape. It is a successor to Accelerated SAP (ASAP) and SAP launch methodology. It also provides complete content and guidance to each team of your project.

There are 2 variants of SAP Activate Implementation Methodology

1)SAP Activate Methodology for On-Premise solutions.

2)SAP Activate Methodology for Cloud solution.

1)The methodology for On-Premise solutions is designed to support the new sap implementation in on-premise configurations for each and every team of your project.

2)The methodology for Cloud solutions provides Software as a Services, where the new system installation & management occur outside of the project.

3 Focus Elements of SAP Activate: –

SAP Activate Methodology is a combination of SAP Best Practices, Guided configurations, and Methodology optimized for S/4HANA.

1)SAP Best Practices: – SAP Activate contains complete and consistent pre-configured best practice scenarios and functionalities, which speed up the migration path.

The Best Practices includes the following

  1. Business process Structure with technical steps.
  2. Accelerates your project implementation.
  3. Integrated Information with other Cloud solutions, such as Ariba Network, SuccessFactors Employee Central.
  4. Migration documents, which help to migrate your SAP or Non-SAP systems.
  5. Graphical representation of all the business process.
  6. Test Automation process in SAP S/4HANA.
  7. Pre-defined test scripts.

2)Guided Configuration: – It is a set of tools, accelerators, and assets, which helps the implementation of SAP S/4HANA. Depending upon your landscape (On-Premise or Cloud), there are a different set of tools.

Cloud Edition: – Self-service configuration user interface’s & expert configuration allows best practice processes to be altered, while expert configuration allows new process to add to the existing set.

On-Premise Edition: – SAP implementation guide and Solution Manager provides configuration activities to do in-depth custom configuration. SAP best practices provide a set of rules and best practices for the efficient and effective data migration and integration to SAP S/4HANA along with many other best ways to configure your own sap standard processes. The approach fills the gap between IT group and business for successful S/4HANA implementation.

3)Methodology: – Above two elements provide real value to your business. In my opinion, Methodology is the key component for initiating any SAP S/4HANA implementation.

Why SAP Activate?

Being the successors of all variants of ASAP and SAP launch methodology

  1. For On-Premise Edition: – The ASAP 8 methodology is replaced with the new SAP Activate methodology & supported for SAP Business suite & S/4HANA.
  2. For Cloud Edition: – The SAP Launch methodology is replaced with the new SAP Activate methodology for both cloud edition and project services edition. It supports implementation in SAP S/4HANA, Cloud editions.

Compared to ASAP & SAP Launch, SAP Activate has the following improvements in the following areas.

*Based on the use of SAP Best Practices.

*Only-4 phases – Reduced project lifecycle.

*Not more than 10 key deliverables per phase.

*Replace Blueprint activities with solution validation.

*Agile as a default implementation methodology.

Moving forward there will be no further content enhancements made to Accelerated SAP 8 as all the new implementation assets will be made available through SAP Activate framework.

How SAP Activate methodology deployed?

According to different IT leaders and businesses, the roadmap to get to SAP S/4HANA varies in order to maximize benefits. For example, the client may be new to SAP, or already using SAP legacy system, or may have a mature SAP landscape that you have to plan to simplify and transform.

There are 3 main adoption roadmaps at these different starting points.

1)New Implementation: – In this situation, you are installing a completely new S/4HANA system and migrate your data. Most of the clients will benefit from the new implementation of Industry-leading Business Suite and process simplification based on ready-to-run business processes.

2)System Conversion: – In this situation, you may already use SAP Business Suite on in-memory platform SAP HANA, and wants to convert your existing system into a S/4HANA system. Clients can leverage Rapid Deployment Solution and benefit from migration without any disruption and reimplementation for existing business processes, re-evaluation of existing business process and customization over time.

3)Landscape Transformation: -In this situation, we may want to use S/4HANA as your central finance system or move an application to S/4HANA, or you might want to simplify your existing system landscape by integrating multiple business processes into one new S/4HANA instance. Based on your SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, upgrading to latest enhancement package and the migration to SAP HANA are supported by services. It has many other advantages as they would gradually move to S/4HANA with the existing business processes, can also carve out of single entities of the company to S/4HANA & simplifies the process.

For each of the above situation, we will take 4 phases of the project lifecycle

*Prepare: – Start with SAP Best Practices.

*Explore: – Move into preassembly, solution validation workshops, rapid

prototyping, and delta backlog.

*Realize: – Iterate delta scope implementation & E2E integration testing.

*Deploy: -Finally phase of project lifecycle where the rollout is done.

Where to find SAP Activate methodology Content?

Tools, Assets, and Accelerators are freely accessible, which are linked to different phases of the implementation methodology.

  • SAP Best Practices assets and accelerators are directly accessible through Fiori application of SAP S/4HANA. Additionally, they are also accessible through online and solution manager templates on SAP Service Marketplace.
  • Methodology assets are available through standard documentation of the implementation methodologies. In addition to these assets, SAP Activate Methodology project management accelerators are made available through SAP JAM.

Conclusion: –

SAP Activate Methodology allows businesses to build smart and run simply through the 3 key elements (Best Practices, Guided Configuration, and Methodology). Its superseded ASAP and SAP Launch methodologies & is one methodology for any deployment option (On-Premise, Cloud & Hybrid) for SAP S/4HANA. It provides the freedom to run fast with SAP Fiori UX, with a lower TCO and built-in extensibility to fit unique needs.

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Top 15 Reasons How SAP Software Solutions can change your company

With the introduction of SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products in data processing), there were an efficient and reliable means of data flow between the many aspects of any business. This helped the larger businesses to communicate with each other to keep things moving in the right direction.

No matter how big or small companies, you can find the solution that best fits your business. The SAP ERP software is easy to implement, industry-specific, offers web or mobile based ERP solutions and also handles many processes at a time.

Among the countless advantages with SAP Software. A few benefits will be laid out in this blog post.

1)Improved Productivity: – The sap software ensures effective communication between different departments with up-to-date information. This Real-information helps the employees to do more work and fix customer queries faster. Thus, saves you time and increase productivity.

2)Increased Efficiency: – It is more efficient and easier for companies to collect data from any department. This eliminates repetitive processes and reduces manually updating information.

3)Competition: – The cost of SAP implementation is somewhat huge. But, not investing in ERP solution will cost you even bigger. Investing in technology solution and stay ahead of the competition.

4)Forecasting: – The Enterprise Resource Planning software (SAP) provides you with the necessary tools for accurate prediction. With this accurate data, businesses can make more accurate estimations and effective forecasts.

5)Collaboration: – you can collaborate with different departments of your business, which is crucial for any business. With centralized and consistent ERP Data systems, all the departments can access the data effectively and move in the right direction.

6)Scalability: – When your business needs more resources or ready to expand, the SAP software solutions are able to facilitate that growth. Over time you can add new functions and used to your system, to grow the initially implemented solutions.

7)Integrated Information: – You can keep your data in a single location by integrating your CRM software with ERP system. Thus, you can know your customers, your inventory and their orders all at one place. Keep your data unique, accurate and consistent.

8)Significant Cost Savings: – With centralized Data SAP systems, you can save administrative and operations costs. It offers reduced delays and disruptions, proactively managed data, breakups data and helps the businesses/users to take decision more accurate and faster.

9)Streamlined Business Processes: – With the growth in the business, the operations become more complex. The ERP software automates most of the manual actions across all the departments and also provide unique, accurate and real-time information to every utilizer of the solution. Hence, thereby helping users navigate through complex processes easily, increases productivity and efficiency. It also prevents data re-entry and improved functions throughout the business cycle.

10)Mobility: – With SAP centralized database, you can access any data from any device at any time. It also offers Mobile-friendly solutions and applications.

11)Reporting: – With SAP software, you can draft your reports easily and more customizable. The Reporting capabilities of SAP helps businesses to respond to complex data requests more easily. Without any IT experts, users can run their own reports and save time to use toward other efforts. It updates transactions, inventory and delivers performance and risk analysis report.

12)Regulatory Compliance: – Among countless other advantages, this benefit goes unnoticed many times. The powerful SAP solutions will help businesses in tracking of industry regulations and monitor changes in compliance especially in manufacturing industry.

13)Flexibility: – The modern SAP ERP software systems can be tailored to the unique needs of a business. Because of their robust, flexibility and setup, they are adaptable for every change needed for the growth of a business.

14)Customer Services: – The Enterprise Resource Planning tool provides high-quality customer services and faster query resolving. Marketing, Sales and customer service team can interact with customer through faster, more accurate access to individual customer’s data and past data. You can access many automated marketing tools and contact center software for ensuring better consistent customer interaction.

15)Security: – So far SAP is one of the best Enterprise Resource Planning software solutions for data security. The SAP system will improve the accuracy, consistency, and security of your company’s data. The managers of the solution are enhanced for restriction and security the data.

Out of the numerous benefits of SAP Software solutions increased efficiency and productivity, low cost, consistent operations and streamline processes are the key takeaways. Thus, SAP software allows businesses of all sizes exist on the planet to truly realize their full potential.


Migrate from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA

                                                 SAP S4 HANA Migration

There have been multiple scenarios while it comes to SAP (ECC) ERP migration to SAP S/4 HANA. SAP S4 HANA Migration It is important to understand customers current landscape and used functionalities and modules in the current SAP landscape/system to determine the appropriate S/4 HANA migration scenario.

Determination of migration scenario is so important that based on this understanding only scope, team size and project valuation (bidding value) can be determined. For example, there could be multiple phases (sub-projects) in one simple e.g. ECC6, EhP7 migration to S/4 HANA 1709.

Identification of appropriate migration scenario would help you finalizing following things:

  1. The magnitude of Work (Scope)
  2. Number of Project Phases
  3. Team Size Requirement
  4. Project Amount (Bid Amount)

Mainly this article is for the sales team involved in approaching customers for SAP migration. I hope it helps them.

Note: This article is mainly for SAP consultants/management who are market goers (Sales Team). Please get your basics strong before committing anything about S/4 HANA Migration.

In this article, we would be focusing on Scenario 6 and Scenario 7. Other Scenarios will be covered in future articles.

Note: This document is prepared considering that first, the migration will take place from ECC environment and required additional functionality would be activated in the migrated S/4 HANA 1709 environment. With this, your customer would be in your hand.

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 SAP S/4 HANA Migration Scenarios

Note: A new scenario has been evolved in S/4 HANA 1709 for customers who are already in SAP ERP with HANA1 (Suite on HANA) or S/4 HANA with HANA1 (S/4 HANA Finance 1503, 1605 and S/4 HANA 1511, 1610) and want to migrate to S/4 HANA 1709 (which is on HANA2). Migration has to be done in two phases:

Phase1: SAP ERP o HANA (Suite on HANA) to SAP ERP HANA2 (Suite on HANA2)

Phase2: S/4 HANA with HANA1 (S/4 HANA Finance 1503, 1605 and S/4 HANA 1511, 1610) to S/4 HANA 1709 (1709 is on HANA2)

S/4 HANA Migration Concepts (Doc. Splitting and Parallel Ledger/Accounting/HANA2)

Following points help you determining migration scenario with respect to scenario 6 and scenario 7:

  1. There is no concept of ‘New GL or ‘Classic GL’ in S/4 HANA
  2. New GL is not a pre-perquisite for migrating to S/4 HANA, you can migrate to S/4 HANA from classic GL
  3. Migration from Classic GL to S/4 HANA 1610 (1503, 1511, 1605 and 1610) was possible, but subsequently, document splitting was not possible and due to this SAP recommendation was to activate first New GL (Ledger introduction and document splitting) and then migrate to S/4 HANA
  4. Migration from Classic GL (without activating to New GL) to S/4 HANA 1709 is possible, additionally, now subsequent document splitting and ledger introduction is possible in S/4 HANA 1709. This is the reason, now there is no need of doing a project for New GL activation in ECC environment.
  5. Need to keep in mind that there might be possible three separate projects for converting ECC on classic GL to S/4 HANA with document splitting and parallel accounting (additional ledgers).
  6. Subsequent Ledger (Parallel Accounting) introduction was possible from SAP S/4 HANA Finance SAP 1605 and S/4 HANA 1610.
  7. A new scenario has been evolved in S/4 HANA 1709 for customers who are already in SAP ERP with HANA1 (Suite on HANA) or S/4 HANA with HANA1 (S/4 HANA Finance 1503, 1605 and S/4 HANA 1511, 1610) and want to migrate to S/4 HANA 1709 (which is on HANA2). Migration has to be done in two phases:

Project Phases for Migrating SAP ECC System to S/4 HANA 1709

Considering there is one SAP ECC customer with classic GLs and he wants to move to S/4 HANA 1709. He also wants to have functionality such as document splitting and parallel accounting (additional ledgers). SAP S4 HANA Migration.

Phase 1: ECC Migration to S/4 HANA

  1. Preparatory Phase
  • System Requirement (Unicode Conversion)
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Pre-Checks
  • Custom Code Pre-Parathion
  1. Technical Migration (SUM)
  • Database Migration
  • Software Upgrade
  • Data Conversion
  1. Delta Customization
  2. Data (Functional) Migration (Migration Cockpit)
  3. Testing
  4. Go-Live

Phase2: Activation of Parallel Ledger (Non-Leading Ledger Introduction)

SAP has two approaches to meet multi GAAP reporting requirements i.e. the accounting approach and the ledger approach

  1. Preparatory Phase
  2. Execution Phase
  3. Post – Processing Phase

Phase3: Activation of Document Splitting

  1. Preparatory Phase
  2. Execution Phase
  3. Post – Processing Phase

(Further detailing can be obtained from this blog

Note: No SLO service is required for activating document splitting subsequently. Standard document splitting activation cockpit is available in IMG node in S/4 HANA 1709.

 Major/Select Changes in S/4 HANA 1709

If you are going to the customer for sales pitch before that please get the understanding of ‘what is new in S/4 HANA 1709’.

  • New HANA Data Base i.e. HANA 2 DB
  • Machine Learning capabilities on S/4 HANA 1709 On-Premise
  • Expanding Core with Embedded
  • Innovation on Core: Demand-Driven Replacement, Advanced Variant Configuration, Real-Time Inventory Management (e.g. Oil & Gas)
  • New S/4 HANA Migration Cockpit
  • A new addition to SAP Fiori Lot
  • SAP S4 HANA Migration



Everything you need to know about the new SAP C/4HANA

The launch of SAP’s new CRM product, SAP C/4HANA enabled companies to turn data sprawl into business value. It is an integrated offering designed to modernize sales. The new suite is designed for emerging business model and brings together customer data, machine learning, marketing, and microservices technology to power real-time customer experience.

What is SAP C/4HANA?

The C in C/4HANA means the customer, 4 stands for 4th generation customer relationship management (CRM) and HANA refers to the SAP HANA in-memory database on which C/4HANA runs on. The new suite of applications, SAP C/4HANA is an e-commerce platform and cloud-based customer experience. It comprises five applications: SAP Customer Data Cloud, SAP Commerce Cloud, SAP Marketing Cloud, SAP Sales Cloud, SAP Services Cloud. It combines front-office CRM and marketing automation applications with back-end transactional ERP systems and business applications and also integrates with SAP HANA Data Management Suite, which helps organizations to collect and analyze data from various sources.

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SAP C/4HANA Portfolios

1)SAP Customer Data Cloud: –

It is an application that organizations can use to allow customers to control the use of their personal data in e-commerce relationships just like any other mobile applications and e-commerce websites. With this application, you can identify and engage customers across channels and devices, gain loyal customers, be transparent and control of personal data online.

2)SAP Commerce Cloud: –

It is an e-commerce application that allows businesses to develop and deliver personalized digital commerce experiences for customers. The platform simplifies digital transformation, reduces TCO and accelerates time-to-value. With configurable dashboards, the platform allows users to manage their e-commerce operations like product content management, experience management, personalization and order management. It includes many prebuilt integrations to SAP core business systems. It supports any go-to-market model, from B2C, B2B, to B2B2C and unique industry-specific capabilities for a variety of verticals.

3)SAP Marketing Cloud: –

A sap marketing cloud is a software as a service marketing automation application that enables companies to understand what their customers’ needs and when, and then develop omnichannel campaigns to respond to those needs. The application delivers loyal customer profile, deep insights into performance, increased transparency and data-driven decisions. It uses advanced technologies like machine-learning algorithms & real-time processing helps to understand customer’s intents and needs. This, in turn, helps companies to analyze customer interactions to determine which customers are most loyal, profitable and focus marketing efforts there. We can get quick insights from discovery and visualization dashboards.

4)SAP Sales Cloud: –

The new AI-powered CRM mobile-first sales enablement tool allows salespeople to act more quickly on sales opportunities and helps in maintaining better relevant relationships with customers. With the sale dashboard, you can check the overall performance of sales, and also uses predictive analytics to help in finding new leads and prospects in existing customers accounts. It transforms field sales with retail execution, organizes and create sales enablement for sales success, automates the proposal process, incentivizes and compensate to accelerate sales performance and many other.

5)SAP Services Cloud: –

It is a mobile-first platform for managing field service operations. The field service technicians can use the platform on mobile devices to manage and plan service calls.

Omni-Channel Call Center: –

SAP Service Cloud allows you to meet the unique needs and queries of your customers by serving them on their preferred channel of communication.

Omni-Channel call center helps in reducing call center operations, improve customer and employee engagement and satisfaction, decreased integration costs and deliver 24/7 service with AI chatbots.

Proactive Field Service: –

SAP Service Cloud synchronizes both front and back offices and real-life experiences. It helps organizations to deliver world-class field service of all sizes in all industries.

With Proactive Field Service you can meet real-time service expectations, drives a consistent mobile experience, deliver smart analytics with machine learning and Internet of Things and scale your workforce to meet current demands.

Benefits of SAP C/4HANA: –

Rather than on the sales processes, SAP C/4HANA focuses on the customer. Trusted data and relationships are one of the key concepts behind C/4HANA. By focusing on data protection, knowledge of customers, fulfillment C/4HANA enables companies to build a trust relationship with customers.