sap s/4hana migration

Why it Makes Sense to do an SAP S/4HANA Conversion Proof of Concept

In our last blog article, we discussed how you can explore opportunities and build your migration path to SAP S/4HANA. In this article, we will explore how executing a conversion proof of concept (POC) could be beneficial for your business.

One of the major challenges for SAP customers considering migration to SAP S/4HANA is finding a proof-point to determine whether a system conversion will work well for their existing landscape. A proof of concept can be a useful way to gain more experience with the new technology within the context of the business, without the need to execute a full migration immediately.

With this pilot approach, your users can experience new SAP S/4HANA best practices, interact with SAP Fiori and experience real-time analytics. This activity also helps users gain an understanding of the new functionality and assists in building consensus from the business community regarding next steps in the S/4HANA conversion decision process. In addition, the proof of concept will provide good input for solidifying your business case for the conversion, both in terms of refining the cost and identifying immediate value.

If you need more reasons, in its updated best practices guide, What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S/4HANA – 2018 Update, Gartner recommends that businesses considering migration to SAP S/4HANA assign a POC project to monitor and keep up with SAP’s roadmap and to be aware of when specific functional and industry components will be available on premise or in the cloud.

Conversion Proof of Concept

A system conversion is a popular transition path for many businesses that want to convert their existing ERP to SAP S/4HANA. A conversion proof-of-concept option can help to build confidence in the S/4HANA conversion approach and reduce the overall timeline and associated fees to limit the risk for your business.

NTT DATA Business Solutions offers a Conversion Proof of Concept option that includes the following:

  • Sandbox Conversion, 1 Client system
  • SAP Readiness Check execution and evaluation
  • CVI (Customer Vendor Integration) basic option – no redesign for Business Partner Model
  • Custom Code Remediation up to 200 objects
  • All necessary configuration for pre- and post-conversion activities

If you’re interested in this option, contact us, and we’ll be happy to discuss with you in more detail.

Other Practical Steps to Prepare for SAP S/4HANA Migration

Another piece of advice offered by Gartner in its research note, was do not wait to analyze the impact of SAP S/4HANA on your ERP strategy and SAP investments.

NTT DATA Business Solutions offers a framework, broken down into bite-sized pieces, to help you assess your current environment, learn more about how SAP S/4HANA will impact your business, and prepare for the transition. To learn more, download our guide, SAP S/4HANA Migration: Steps You Can Take Now to Prepare.

Brandon Evans
Brandon Evans
Vice President, Customer Transformation

Brandon has over 12 years of industry experience in wholesale, discrete and process manufacturing. He has focused specifically in the areas of supply chain - procurement, inventory, material planning, and internal warehouse processes. Throughout his career, Brandon has built trust with our customers across the NTT DATA Business Solutions portfolio - consulting, managed services, presales, and solutions development roles. Brandon is motivated to bringing our customers value with our own NTT DATA Business Solutions software products, services and solution packages. Brandon resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

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