Phase 1: “Project Preparation” in SAP BW/HANA migration project

How to Prepare for a Successful SAP BW/4HANA Project

SAP BW/4HANA is a next-generation data warehouse solution that leverages the power and speed of SAP HANA. It offers a simplified and modern user experience, as well as advanced features such as real-time data integration, data modeling, and analytics. SAP BW/4HANA enables businesses to gain insights from their data and make better decisions.

However, migrating to SAP BW/4HANA is not a trivial task. It requires careful planning, preparation, and execution. In this blog post, we will explain the first phase of a SAP BW/4HANA project: the project preparation phase. This phase is crucial for setting the foundation and direction of the project, as well as identifying and resolving any potential issues or risks.

The project preparation phase consists of the following steps:

  1. Define the project scope and objectives. The first step is to clarify the business requirements and expectations for the SAP BW/4HANA project. What are the main goals and benefits of the migration? What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) and success factors? What are the timelines and budgets? What are the roles and responsibilities of the project team and stakeholders? These questions should be answered and documented in a project charter or a business case.
  2. Choose the conversion path and method. The next step is to decide how to migrate from the existing SAP BW system to SAP BW/4HANA. There are three main conversion paths: in-place conversion, remote conversion, and shell conversion. Each path has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the complexity, size, and quality of the source system. The conversion method also depends on whether the source system is already running on SAP HANA or not. The conversion guide provides detailed information and guidance on how to choose and execute the appropriate conversion path and method.
  3. Check the system readiness and compliance. The third step is to assess the current state of the source system and identify any objects or code that are not compatible with SAP BW/4HANA. This can be done by using various tools such as the simplification list, the readiness check, and the custom code check. These tools help to analyze the system landscape, detect any obsolete or unsupported features, and suggest necessary actions or changes to ensure a smooth conversion.
  4. Plan the project activities and resources. The final step is to create a detailed project plan that outlines the tasks, milestones, deliverables, dependencies, risks, and resources for each phase of the conversion project. The project plan should also include a communication plan, a testing plan, a training plan, a cutover plan, and a go-live plan. The project plan should be aligned with the business requirements and expectations, as well as the technical feasibility and best practices.

By following these steps, you can prepare for a successful SAP BW/4HANA project that meets your business needs and goals. However, keep in mind that this is only the first phase of the project. There are still more phases to come, such as the realization phase, the final preparation phase, and the go-live support phase. Therefore, it is important to monitor and control the project progress and quality throughout the entire project lifecycle.

We hope that this blog post has given you some useful insights into how to prepare for a SAP BW/4HANA project. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them below.

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