The clock is ticking, as we move ever closer to the deadline of 2025 for migrations over to the biggest update to SAP’s HANA. But there’s reluctance amongst the SAP customer community to make the move. Indeed, results of the latest SAP annual member survey found that 58 per cent didn’t intend to make the move to S/4 HANA within the next two years, and another 27 per cent were going to wait three. Of those holding back, most cited complexities in tackling the move as the biggest cause for concern.
The value of SAP’s latest platform is still vastly compelling – an IDC survey of 300 SAP customers found recently that customers were keen to take advantage of the AI/Automation aspects of HANA, giving them the ability to optimise digital transformation strategies, as well as improve their agility and innovation whilst reducing time and effort to process information.
But despite these pros, the perceived costs and complexities of what some feel is a mammoth task is making businesses stall on the decision to get started. But the news isn’t all bad, a recent PWC survey found that those that had completed the journey found it wasn’t as difficult as expected. There’s a lot to be learnt from those businesses who have already made a successful transition and are now reaping the rewards.
Taking a staged approach is all that’s required and that’s the key to a successful migration. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it just needs to be approached with consideration. Here’s our key steps for achieving success when planning your migration:
- Start early and review your business processes - critical before beginning your first stage of implementation is to review what business processes you have, and what you actually still need. Involve users, and business heads at the outset throughout the entire transformation project. Get rid of the processes you don’t need, so you go into the project with a clean slate.
- Review the whole SAP landscape – not just SAP systems, but those they use. SAP is never isolated, it always links in to other applications and systems.
- Data cleansing – a crucial element of migration, lowering risk and reducing the cost of memory for data you no longer need. Archiving data will be a part of this process, but make sure you look to a data management professional to ensure this is done with accuracy.
- Set standards – ensure you follow high implementation standards, cutting corners during a migration project can leave holes that appear further down the line and is an unnecessary risk to the project.
- Use qualified and experienced staff, its imperative that SAP experts are part of your migration process.