Is an S/4HANA Migration on your resolution list for 2020? Start with a plan!

SAP S/4HANA technical migration projects are daunting.  You hear SAP tell the statistics of how many companies have already transformed and even now in ...

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SAP S/4HANA technical migration projects are daunting.  You hear SAP tell the statistics of how many companies have already transformed and even now in the beginning of 2020, it’s nowhere near half.  If S/4 is on your 2020 to-do list, then you need to check out these great tools offered by SAP to start your planning.

1. SAP Innovation Discovery tool:

The SAP Innovation Discovery tool is used prior to the other tools listed here.  This is used in the pre-planning phases to see if there are any innovations or examples that catch your eye and that you’d like to include in your migration.  The SAP Innovation Discovery tool is a web-based tool that can be searched and filtered by what you’re looking for including specific products or lines of business or technologies. Each listing is accompanied by detailed documentation.

2. The SAP Simplification Item Catalog (SIC): 

The SAP Simplification Item Catalog let’s you select your current version of SAP and also the version of S/4HANA you’re looking at implementing. Once you make your selections, the SAP SIC will show you the exact system changes that have taken place between the source and target version levels.

3. Business Scenario Recommendations guide:

The Business Scenario Recommendations guide is a great free tool offered by SAP.  To use this tool, you will need to sign up and to send a copy of your production ECC usage report. Once you’ve done this, SAP generates a report based on your specific system with recommendations of what you will need to activate/use in S/4.  This also includes possible innovations and Fiori applications that will be applicable for you. I think this is one of the best free services SAP is offering right now for S/4 planning.

4. SAP S/4HANA Readiness Check 2.0:

The SAP Readiness Check is a tool that gets even more specific than the BSR guide.  It is installed via SAP OSS note and has a lot of pre-reqs to get everything up and running successfully.  There were some complications in the past of getting this to run, but the second iteration of the tool is much better.  There are also a few great blogs already out there on implementing this tool in your system and seeing the outcomes. Shown  in the screenshot are a lot of the things it can tell you based on what it see’s in your current ECC landscape.

5. SAP Transformation Navigator: 

And last, but also the most likely you are going to need,  is the SAP Transformation Navigator.  This is the tool you use to turn your planning into reality by creating a product map, building the business case, and planning the upgrade journey you will take.  You can start by inputting your industry, selecting a few options, and you’re on your way to the example I show in the screenshot.


As always, Mindset is here to help you on your path to a successful S/4 Implementation.  Please contact us to get started on the path with some of these great tools!

Jonathan Bragg

Jonathan Bragg

Jonathan Bragg brings more than 12 years of experience in SAP technology, having transitioned from SAP NetWeaver BW to SAP NetWeaver Portal to SAP Fiori. As someone who has seen the SAP UX experience evolve from early versions of SAP GUI to web interfaces, he is ideally suited to provide instruction on design thinking methodology as well as SAP Fiori app development. He has a strong background leading design thinking workshops and custom UI development projects. His colleagues and clients have called him “one of the top UI developers in the country,” “a strong thought leader,” and a person who “makes the difference on the success of projects” that he leads. Jonathan is a prolific speaker, presenting at Multiple ASUG events across the country, SAP Insider events, and SAP Sapphire. Jonathan is also a regular contributor to the Mindset Blog where he writes about the importance of design thinking and digital transformation.

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