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SAP S/4HANA Data Migration: Key Considerations and Best Practices


Data migration is a method or a process of transferring information between a file formal or computer storage with another. It’s usually done before any system implementation or consolidation so you don’t lose the accumulated knowledge.

Is that the only goal of such a project, however?

No, not really. 

Aside from those above, a data migration procedure can also ensure that whatever you have been thinking about using is – high-quality, fit-for-use, and complete. Furthermore, it can also be helpful if you want to evaluate your business and the proceedings better.

In this article, we are going to talk about three aspects of SAP S/4HANA data migration –

  • The requirements for the migration 
  • The considerations that you need to make 
  • The best practices to follow to migrate the data successfully

So, without any further ado, let’s get started with it.


SAP S/4HANA Migration Requirement

When it comes to migrating from SAP S/4HANA, there are some requirements that you need to follow correctly. Please keep reading to know more about them.

  • The data may be migrated from a non-SAP and an SAP system to S/4HANA. But it’s essential that you are doing both of these processes differently.
  • You have to migrate through a comprehensive solution as a whole. There is no need to use any other third-party programming solution or something related to that.
  • Mapping the data structure between a target system and the source must be done elaborately. This way, you can integrate custom objects easily.

Furthermore, you will have to reduce the test effort for the migration. The downtime should be minimized too. The migration solution needs to be audible as well.


How Do You Plan the Migration?

Migrating data into a new SAP S/4HANA system can be complex and confusing for an individual not well-versed in these. So, let’s get you through the proceeding first.

1: Plan It All Out

Firstly, you must understand how you want to proceed with the migration process. It has to be well-rehearsed and properly communicated through your team too. 

The step where you plan it all out will include the following –

  • Data mapping (should be done to identify the correct data and ignore the wrong one)
  • Data cleansing (has to be done to remove errors from your system)
  • Data extraction (extract the ‘cleansed’ data you currently have in your storage)

Once you have planned everything, here’s what you must do next. 

2: Check the Data Quality

Once you have extracted the data, you next must check the level of its quality. The data that you are going to migrate has to be complete and error-free. Thus, ensuring accuracy and consistency as soon as possible would be best.

Checking the data quality can be difficult if you try to do everything manually. We would ask you to use a tool or two so that you can automate the entire process successfully. It will save much of your time and help you focus on something else.

3: Ensuring the Security of Data

Whether you believe it or not – it’s easy for anyone to intercept the data you are migrating and steal some information from there. It, in turn, can affect your and your organization’s efficacy and reputation to some extent, making it impossible to gain your consumer’s trust.

Therefore, to avoid such circumstances, it may be better to ensure that the data you’re migrating is encrypted. It can be done manually or through a tool.

4: Taking Care of Data Validation

Through data validation, you can check if the data being migrated is complete and accurate to the core. This way, you can find the related error and make it easier to make the right decision. It’ll take some of your time. But it’ll be worth the patience.

A validation check must be performed during or throughout the migration process. Ensure the data has been loaded into your new S/4HANA system before doing it.

5: Backing Up Everything

Even if you do the process most carefully, you might still lose some of the data. Hence, it might be better to back everything up before you take another step.

Generally, most people opt for a third-party application when making a backup. However, we would ask you to keep it internally.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we have answered some of the questions and queries we have yet to discuss. So, without making any further ado, let’s start with it.

1: What is SAP S/4HANA data migration?

SAP S/4HANA data migration is transferring data from legacy systems to SAP S/4HANA. The data migration process involves extracting data from the legacy systems, transforming and converting it into the required format, and loading it into SAP S/4HANA.

2: Why is SAP S/4HANA data migration necessary?

SAP S/4HANA data migration is essential because it ensures that the data required for business operations is available in the new system. This helps ensure business operations continuity and allows organizations to take advantage of the benefits of SAP S/4HANA, such as real-time analytics, faster transactions, and simplified data models.

3: What are some of the challenges of SAP S/4HANA data migration?

Some of the challenges of SAP S/4HANA data migration include data quality issues, incomplete or inaccurate data mapping, data conversion errors, system compatibility issues, and technical issues during the migration process.

4: How can organizations overcome the challenges of SAP S/4HANA data migration?

Organizations can overcome the challenges of SAP S/4HANA data migration by following best practices such as starting with a pilot project, using standardized data migration templates, performing data profiling, defining precise data migration requirements, and performing comprehensive testing.

5: What data migration tools can be used for SAP S/4HANA data migration?

Some data migration tools that can be used for SAP S/4HANA data migration include SAP Data Services, SAP LT Replication Server, and custom programs. These tools can help automate the data migration process and lower the risk of errors or inconsistencies in the data.

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The Bottom Line

Migrating your data to SAP S/4HANA can take some time to complete. So, it might be best to choose the proper migration procedure and work with the same. 

If you are having trouble, it might be best to get help from a specialist. They can help you avoid making any mistakes while boosting the speed of the process.

In any case, that will be all for this article. If there’s something you want to know about, comment below. We will try to help you out in any way we can.

Good luck!

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