- Apr 25, 2019
- Guido Schneider
Road to Success: Key Factors for your SAP S/4HANA Migration
According to SAP, the S/4HANA technology will make everything better: business processes will be simplified and accelerated, customer satisfaction will be improved, and new business potentials will be generated.
Within the context of digital change, the S/4HANA migration offers the opportunity to abolish obsolete processes and technologies and replace them with new ones. However, this is a project that causes considerable effort and high costs.
Careful planning for your SAP S/4HANA migration is absolutely critical. Of course, this applies not only to your processes, but also to the technological and contractual aspects.
Choosing the right S/4HANA licenses is one of the biggest – and most expensive – challenges SAP customers face today. This new Gartner research gives simple best practices for your SAP S/4HANA migration.
Choosing the best SAP S/4HANA contract
At the onset of your SAP S/4HANA migration, there are two major decisions you need to make:
- Greenfield or Brownfield approach
- Product or Contract Conversion
The Greenfield approach describes a completely new implementation of S/4HANA. This results in a completely new conception. The simplified process produces faster innovation acceptance.
Using the Brownfield approach, the processes and data are transferred to S/4HANA. This enables a migration without significant changes to the existing business processes.
Irrespective of your decision (Greenfield or Brownfield), investment protection should be the focus of the contract conversion. Parallel or double licensing should be avoided.
Get support with an SAP license management tool
SAP licensing is complex, so you need a process model that protects your investment by accurately determining which product or contract conversion is best for your organization.
With an SAP license optimization tool, you’ll get a clear picture of your current license landscape so you know what you need in the S/4HANA universe. This gives you transparency before you enter your contract negotiations.
In addition to the analysis of existing SAP contracts (analysis of license inventory) and the requirements analysis (SAP S/4HANA product list and number/costs of requirements, total volume and maintenance), an SAP license management tool like Aspera’s LicenseControl for SAP® generates a complete usage analysis and answers the following questions, among others:
- Which SAP systems were used how, and by whom in the past?
- Is there any SAP software which will not be needed in the future?
- Which new SAP S/4HANA user licenses are required based on the previous usage? Only those who understand their past can plan the future successfully.
Contract negotiation is key to your strategic SAP S/4HANA migration. Our professional SAP licensing consulting team can help.