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Move from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA

Smoothly transition from SAP ECC to intelligent ERP with the SAP S/4HANA Movement program.

Launch Your SAP S/4HANA Journey

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Why move to SAP S/4HANA now?

SAP ECC 6.0 will be fully supported until 2027 – but your legacy ERP system is already outdated when it comes to leveraging the intelligent technologies needed to be competitive today. With over 7,400 customers live on SAP S/4HANA and hundreds more going live every month, now is the time to make your move to SAP’s modern, intelligent ERP.

Improve current business processes

The SAP HANA in-memory database doesn’t just make everything faster, it applies its speed to a simpler data model, eliminating redundancies, batch processing, and the need to separate OLTP and OLAP. 

Deliver competitive advantage

Built-in machine learning automates key business processes across your organization, improves performance, and empowers employees with real-time BI and predictive insights, freeing employees from routine. 

Simplify your landscape

Companies that have made the move to SAP S/4HANA ERP are seeing remarkable results, from 300% ROI to double-digit revenue increases and dramatically improved productivity, using your choice of cloud, on-premise, or hybrid. 

Get started with the program

SAP consultants and partners know exactly how you use SAP ECC 6.0 today and what is required to transition to SAP S/4HANA. The SAP S/4HANA Movement program includes a mix of free, low-cost and fixed-price offerings. Here are the first three engagements we recommend.

SAP S/4HANA Value Starter

The most critical step is understanding what SAP S/4HANA means for your business. See how SAP S/4HANA improves existing processes and delivers valuable new capabilities. 

SAP S/4HANA Total ROI Analysis

Use SAP TRAC to scan your ECC 6.0 system and compute the cost of doing business today and compare it to how S/4HANA will improve your business processes.

SAP S/4HANA Partner Conversion Factories

With this "Conversion Factory" tool, an SAP partner will convert a single ERP system to SAP S/4HANA for a fixed price and predefined outcome.

Choosing between system conversion or a new implementation plan

Brownfield, greenfield, or something else? Start here to learn which implementation plan, system migration or deployment option is right for your organization.

New Implementation (Greenfield)

This approach is best for customers looking to take advantage of SAP S/4HANA to re-engineer their processes and return to standard functionality and industry best practices. Start with a fresh implementation of SAP S/4HANA and migrate data from your legacy ERP deployments.

System Conversion (Brownfield)

Typically the fastest option, a brownfield approach converts any SAP ECC 6.x system running on any database to SAP S/4HANA, preserving your existing configuration, customizations, and historical data. This approach allows a rapid technical conversion, adding innovations gradually for users.

Hybrid approach

For organizations combining many ERP sysems into SAP S/4HANA, the hybrid approach combines what you need from a system conversion and new implementation using SAP partner solutions and services. This allows you to transform your ERP landscape by geography or company code.

Self-service tools for IT

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Ready to take the next step?

Start your transition

Contact us to learn more about using the SAP S/4HANA Movement program to accelerate your path to intelligent ERP – and the results you can achieve.

FAQ on moving from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA


Why does SAP S/4HANA only run on the SAP HANA database?

Only SAP HANA’s in-memory, columnar database can provide the data model simplification needed to bring the improved business processes, simplified landscape, and competitive advantage customers need.

How mature is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is 10 years old and has tens of thousands of customers around the world. There are already thousands of customers running production SAP S/4HANA systems, all on the SAP HANA in-memory database.

How do we handle our SAP ECC customizations when we make the move to SAP S/4HANA?

The first step in any system conversion project is to run the Readiness Check Tool. Among the information provided will be any custom code adaptions that need to be done. Most customers learn that most of these adaptions are simple to do and can even be automated.

Can we deploy part of our SAP S/4HANA system on premise and part in the cloud?

SAP S/4HANA offers complete choice of deployment with consistent code line, data model, and user interface. This allows you to put some systems, such as corporate HQ, on-premise or in a private cloud while deploying other systems, such as subsidiaries, in a public cloud.  

Are AI and machine learning embedded in SAP S/4HANA?

Yes. There are dozens of machine learning scenarios built into SAP S/4HANA.

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