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SAP S/4HANA System Conversion

Move to SAP S/4HANA with the Brownfield Approach

Perhaps you already have an IT landscape that meets the requirements of your business. You can still move to SAP S/4HANA without changing your structure and processes. This method will ensure a smooth transition on fixed schedule and budget.

SAP S/4HANA System Conversion

Before you move to SAP S/4HANA you need to know what it is about.

What Is It?

Know the benefits of each Transition Path to SAP S/4HANA before choosing it.

Why Choose It?

Take more details into considerations before choosing a transition path to SAP S/4HANA.

What to Consider?

What Is a System Conversion?

With the System Conversion method, all data on an existing SAP Business Suite system are migrated to SAP S/4HANA. Also known as the “Brownfield Approach”, this method enables remodeling the IT landscape. Rather than eliminating the whole structure and starting from scratch, an ERP system (for instance SAP ECC) is renovated in a large-scale on SAP S/4HANA. This means your system comprises both your previous processes that you need and new qualities that come with SAP S/4HANA.

Migrating a system may not always be easy. Therefore, itelligence offers SAP-certified Conversion Factory that enables an efficient and smooth conversion. This solution makes sure to maintain individual processes and launch new ones exactly in the speed you need, which means transition to SAP S/4HANA without any surprises in the schedule or budget.

Why Should I Choose a System Conversion?

1. Because Business Processes Are Maintained.

You can move to SAP S/4HANA while keeping your current processes that already suit your needs, provide reliable data, and work best for your daily business routine. Thus, no risks are allowed during the transition period, which means considerable savings in time and money.

2. Because Only Limited Retraining Is Required.

As System Conversion method maintains business processes and causes minor changes only, your teams do not need detailed and long trainings on the system. Processes and workflows remain the same, while benefitting from improvements such as higher speed, more user-friendly UX, and advantages for future innovations. The system can be used with minimum instructions, ensuring time and cost savings.

3. Because It Enables Time and Money Savings.

The System Conversion method employs the “big bang”, which means a fast transition from the legacy system to SAP S/4HANA. Since there are no parallel systems running simultaneously during the preparation phase, support costs and time are saved.

Converting the System within the Limits of the Budget and Schedule

With our unique Conversion Factory approach, you can accelerate and improve the System Conversion process, which allows a conversion within the schedule and budget.

Details of this SAP-certified approach are given in our blog article.

What Does Conversion Factory offer?

  • Transition to SAP S/4HANA in 22+ weeks
  • Proven implementation success with 45+ conversions and 200+ experts
  • Use of PoC* to evaluate SAP S/4HANA for your business
  • Cloud-based implementation by our Managed Cloud Service

*PoC = Proof of Concept or sandbox conversion. It allows testing the system for your business needs to reveal how it “feels” to have SAP S/4HANA.

Is the Conversion Factory Certified by SAP?

The full name of Conversion Factory is “SAP Qualified Partner-Packaged Solution it.S/4HANA conversionR2R”. The solution is pre-configured, and it employs accelerators, methodologies, and tailor-made services to enable rapid time-to-value, fewer risks and a foreseeable outcome.

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What to Keep in Mind Before Deciding on a System Conversion?

The main stages of a System Conversion are given in this flow chart. Yet this is not enough to make a sound decision. You need to know:

What benefits a System Conversion can bring?

What should be taken into consideration?

Download a more detailed version of this flow chart and get arguments for your internal decision-making process.


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Success Stories at Other Companies

Even if System Conversion (Brownfield Approach) perfectly suits your requirements, you still need to see examples of how it works. Learn about the experiences of other companies like WM SE, marco Systemanalyse und Entwicklung, and IESA in transition to SAP S/4HANA and why they’ve chosen itelligence.


“We were totally convinced by its track record of expertise in SAP S/4HANA Conversion projects and its professional planning and implementation of all project phases.”


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“To help us to become an Intelligent Enterprise, we knew that itelligence would be our partner of choice to support us in implementing SAP S/4HANA.”


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“Thanks to itelligence’s efforts over the technical Conversion phase of the project, we have achieved a near flawless transition within a very tight window.”


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Transition to SAP S/4HANA through System Conversion

Do you intend to choose the System Conversion path?

Would you like to get detailed information before deciding?

Do you need to assurance that System Conversion is the best method for your company?

Please contact us and let us arrange a call or a workshop with you. Together, we can find the best solution that suits your business.

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