S/4HANA Implementation and Conversion

The SAP S/4HANA suite of ERP software aids in a company’s transition from a straightforward transactional system to an intelligent ERP system that supports real-time decision-making.

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Three approaches to S/4HANA transformation

Depending on what S/4HANA deployment option you decide on, there are two options to approach transformation: the Greenfield approach, which is starting from scratch, or upgrading SAP ECC 6.0 in a Brownfield approach, which allows the transformation without re-implementation and without disrupting existing business processes.

Some organisations opt for a hybrid approach, which lets you choose the best parts of Greenfield and Brownfield implementations. This approach is best for large enterprises with a lot of data and complex systems.

Greenfield approach - new implementation

When a business chooses the Greenfield strategy, it abandons its current ERP system. This offers the benefit of enabling the implementation of a new, uniform system that only includes the required procedures and information.

Innovations can be integrated more effectively, and a high level of functionality can be attained if a firm redefines its enterprise architecture. Only 14% of respondents in the study mentioned above chose this strategy because it requires more work.

However, the Greenfield approach cannot be avoided because the systems must be replaced entirely when moving to the SAP S/4HANA cloud version.

Brownfield approach - system conversion

The Brownfield method involves converting the system. This means that current business procedures are used and, if necessary, improved.

The Brownfield technique is the most commonly used migration strategy because most businesses do not want to give up their customised ERP system entirely. According to the report, 44% of respondents selected this approach, while 42% chose a combined Greenfield and Brownfield forms.

The conversion is divided into distinct phases using EA tools to guarantee a smooth transition. The tools also demand that outdated procedures be reexamined to prevent the adoption of redundancy and complexity. The Greenfield strategy has the benefit of speeding up system conversion projects.

Hybrid approach - selective data transition

Strictly speaking, the hybrid approach and its landscape transformation is not an independent transformation strategy. It is simply a method that large companies with complex system landscapes can use to prepare for transformation. In practice, this means that databases are cleaned up and consolidated to reduce the Footprint before the change.

Companies can also use this approach to combine several ERP systems from different vendors. Such a simplification is also possible during the actual transformation. Whether this makes sense depends on the system landscape and the target system. In many cases, an enterprise architect works with all three approaches to achieve the best possible approach.

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The sector leader is Ibrahim Khan

I am SAP Technical Architect with 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting large-scale, complex SAP systems with customers in a range of industries including Retail, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals, and Manufacturing in various locations across Asia, US, UK and Middle East.

I have participated many times in all stages of projects, namely analysis, development of the implementation concept, solution building, testing, training, system launch, and post-implementation support. I have the ability to understand business needs, articulate technical requirements, build and maintain strong customer relationships and lead teams to achieve project goals within tight timeframes.

I am a certified consultant in SAP HANA,S/4HANA and Fiori with a high level of knowledge and experience across SAP technologies like S/4HANA, BW/4HANA , Native HANA, SAP Fiori and SAP Cloud Platforms.

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