The Myths Debunked (Part 3)
Implementing a new technology can be a daunting prospect—and many CIOs believe SAP HANA migration to be a major undertaking with potential for risk. This blog post takes a closer look at the process and attempts to clear up any misunderstanding.
The Myth: SAP HANA Migration Turns Businesses Upside Down
SAP HANA implementation is often thought of as a highly complex, time-consuming, and disruptive task. This is perhaps due to concerns that such a large-scale project often involves fundamental changes to the company’s IT architecture. Testing is required, processes will have to be altered, and users will need additional training to get to grips with the new technology.
The basis for the myth is that application migration can be highly complex. And yes, systems will need to be converted and upgraded to a new release.
Moreover, if businesses want to reap the benefits of SAP S/4HANA, they will first have to undergo even more process changes. But is there a way to reduce this disruption?
The Truth: It Involves Less Risk and Effort than You Think
Thanks to several options for assistance, the technical side of SAP HANA migration is actually relatively easy. First of all, there are standardized approaches available for server migration. SAP and its numerous partners, including itelligence, offer various sets of best practices to help make SAP HANA implementation run smoothly. In a lot of cases, database migration and system upgrade can even be carried out in one step. This simplifies migration and cuts downtime, ensuring reduced disruption.
However, it will be a significant system change. That’s why itelligence has prepared a collection of standardized workshops to help businesses choose the best approach for migration and create a schedule for the project. A strategic plan for SAP HANA migration goes a long way toward preventing disruption. And enterprises that want to start more smoothly using SAP S/4HANA Finance, for example, can use the ‘sidecar’ approach. It enables the new financials application to be used alongside an existing ERP system. In this way, only minor changes are necessary and risk is kept to a minimum.
Support for the Switch
Like any implementation project, migration to SAP HANA or SAP S/4HANA is a major commitment. But there are a variety of options that can help enter- prises along the way. The right support can help make the switch to SAP HANA as seamless as possible.
Review the second debunked myth regarding costs, for the follow: