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SPS Companies is live on SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud

SPS Companies becomes first SAP customer to use Selective Data Transition to migrate into SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud after successful Go-Live

Manhattan, KS, January, 29th 2021 – SPS Companies (SPS) successfully completes Go-Live on their SAP S/4HANA flagship project, SPS/4WARD. They become the first company to use Selective Data Transition to merge selective data and processes from an ECC 6.0 on-premise system into a productive SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud environment.

“What was achieved over New Years’ weekend has never been done before” says Johannes Semel, Sr. Practice Director at cbs Corporate Business Solutions America. He continues, “this project proves that Selective Data Transition offers more flexibility to SAP users looking to migrate into the S/4HANA cloud.”

“Selective Data Transition solved one of the bigger issues we were facing,” Justin Moldrup, IT Director at SPS Companies states. “Brownfield was simply not possible, and Greenfield meant a long project timeline with multiple rollout phases. Selective Data Transition offered added flexibility to bring this down to a year.”

Alongside the one-step move from ECC on-prem into S/4HANA cloud and the change management related to it, the project consisted of two additional core transformation elements. The first, a significant data footprint reduction by selectively migrating 5 years of relevant historical data. This reduction includes the restructuring and renaming of organisational units. The second, a thorough financial reorganisation to leverage functionalities in the new S/4HANA Universal Ledger. This involves retroactively converting historical data into new S/4HANA components like Margin Analysis (cost-based to account-based CO-PA), the new FI Asset Accounting (classic FI-AA to new FI-AA), and NewGL Document Splitting (classic GL to NewGL).

“All these puzzle pieces by themselves are daunting, challenging and impossible to be carried out simultaneously without Selective Data Transition” Johannes Semel states.

Selective Data Transition is a unique, software-driven SAP S/4HANA transformation approach. It solves the binary choice between New Implementation and System Conversion by adding a flexible, data-driven, and business-focused alternative for SAP customers across industries. cbs Corporate Business Solutions is a founding member of SAP’s Selective Data Transition Engagement, a select community of partners responsible for pioneering this approach and establishing standard procedures for executing complex landscape transformation projects.

If you are interested in learning more about SPS Companies, please visit their website: https://spsci.com/

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