Switching to SAP S/4HANA 5 Specific Tips You Should Deal with Before Project Start

If you are planning to switch to SAP S/4HANA, there are specific points you can already focus on before project start. Implementing these tips not only provides you with considerable advantages later in the transition project but also allows you to already enjoy many benefits of the SAP S/4HANA world in your current SAP environment.

Tip 1: Prepare custom coding in your SAP system for the switch

Custom Code Lifecycle Management (CCLM) is a procedure used to analyze your individual code with regard to quality, use and optimization options. It shows whether the current code can be operated under SAP S/4HANA to the full extent as planned. This procedure helps identify and make required adjustments already prior to the actual project start.


Your benefit when switching to SAP S/4HANA:

  • Proactive avoidance of error sources and delays in the transition project
  • Less effort for the transition to SAP S/4HANA
  • Increase in performance – already in your current SAP system

Tip 2: Check the performance of your IT architecture for SAP S/4HANA

Check in advance whether your IT architecture is ready for SAP S/4HANA. This allows you to avoid time lags later in the transition project. A preliminary check should include the following components: IT infrastructure, backup strategy and monitoring.


Your benefit when switching to SAP S/4HANA:

  • Smooth operation guaranteed during migration
  • In many cases: simplification of your SAP landscape
  • Modernization of your operating tools

Tip 3: Update your forms in SAP

SAP Smart Forms and SAP Script from SAP ERP ECC 6.0 will no longer be further developed by SAP in the medium term. Interactivity and the use of the PDF format are the most important new features of Interactive Forms by Adobe. Using Interactive Forms by Adobe enables you to easily and intuitively design the layout of quotations, orders and invoices, for instance.


Your benefit when switching to SAP S/4HANA:

  • Future security: Switching to Interactive Forms by Adobe minimizes the adjustment effort during the transition to SAP S/4 HANA
  • Enhanced layout options for fonts and design
  • Increased flexibility due to the connection of your systems to the Adobe Document Server
  • Improved interactivity due to the use of interactive forms. Data can be directly transferred to your backend system or adopted in a worklist for prior check
  • Mobile usage scenarios: A mobile use of the forms is also possible without any problems

Tip 4: Adjust your user interfaces for SAP S/4HANA already in advance

SAP Business Client or SAP FIORI: In SAP S/4HANA, many central functions are simplified. Many user interfaces can already be adjusted to the new technologies in your current SAP environment.


Your benefit when switching to SAP S/4HANA:

  • Reduced training efforts after project start
  • Higher labor productivity – already in your currently used solution
  • Higher user acceptance after rollout

Tip 5: Proactively promote digitization in your company

Seize the initiative and deal with the chances and challenges of digital transformation already now: How digitized is your company? What processes can be digitized? Establish a structured Change Management, integrate different corporate divisions in due time and proactively tackle challenges in your company.

Are you interested in SAP S/4HANA or do you have a specific challenge that bothers you with regard to the transition? Please feel free to contact us – we would be pleased to assist you with more than 25 years of SAP experience! We show you exactly what transition measures you can already take now. Gather benefits in advance that help you upon project start and that already provide your company with sustainable competitive advantages.

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Martin Zidek
Martin Zidek
Head of Sales – Business Unit SAP, Technical Wholesale and Industries