SAP S/4HANA Movement

While following the SAP S/4HANA Movement, we recommend to also leverage the SAP Activate approach, a clear process of structured and solution-specific practices, carried out in a standardized environment.

“The SAP S/4HANA Movement program is a cross-board initiative connecting multiple teams with a shared goal that “No ERP customer is left behind on their journey to SAP S/4HANA”. The SAP S/4HANA Movement program includes a mix of free, low-cost and fixed-price offerings that all help to accelerate the implementation of SAP S/4HANA. We focus on YOUR success with prioritizing our efforts and investments according to the new market reality. Learn about the business value and benefits of SAP S/4HANA and see why the move to SAP S/4HANA now is so important. See what tools, programs, content and services are already available from SAP and our global service partners for a successful SAP S/4HANA deployment. With over 8,100 customers live on SAP S/4HANA and hundreds more going live every month, it is the perfect time to make your move to SAP's modern, intelligent ERP.

“The SAP S/4HANA Movement program is divided in 4 MOVE scenarios:”

1. Align on Vision & Strategy

In order to define business needs and expectations, and set the foundation for all further steps, you first need to explore SAP S/4HANA and its versatile value proposition for various industries and lines of business. For this purpose, several SAP S/4HANA value discovery offerings and tools have been developed. All value discovery offerings and tools can be combined. 

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SAP S/4HANA Move in Motion

Design-Thinking event with multiple customers from same size or industry discovering the digital transformation supported by SAP experts and partners.

Move in Motion helps you understand 

1.     WHY to Move to SAP S/4HANA
2.     Why move NOW
3.     HOW the way to SAP S/4HANA can be

SAP S/4HANA Simulation Game

In this computer game, you form teams and can collaborate and manage end-to-end business cycles on a live SAP S/4HANA system. Get hands-on experience and make key business decisions using real-time analytics and integrated, end-to-end processes and see the results of your decisions immediately.

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SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game

The SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game is an experiential learning vehicle discover the value of SAP S/4HANA in a fun and interactive approach.  It's available for On-Premise, Cloud and different LoBs. There is a virtual and physical version available.

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SAP S/4HANA Benchmarking Assessment (on SAP Value Lifecycle Manager)

Understand how SAP S/4HANA can help to improve performance and process maturity against industry peers.

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SAP Spotlight by SAP: One-time report

A lightweight cloud-based solution that helps the operations & transformation leaders to prioritize transformation efforts, know their operations baseline, identify what needs attention, look beyond their silo & company, stay on top of what is changing, close the feedback loop.

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2. Build the Case

This step helps you discover the tangible value of SAP S/4HANA for your business and create your transformation plan. Either you choose an expert-guided engagement and let us guide you through all the key steps and SAP planning tools, or you use the SAP planning tools in your own time frame to build your transformation plan in an independent way.

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SAP Business Scenario Recommendations for SAP S/4HANA Movement

This tool helps customers and partners to drive innovation adoption and to consume maintenance services. Receive a report identifying business scenarios which would immediately benefit from SAP S/4HANA.

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SAP Transformation Navigator

This tool analyzes goals and builds a technical business case including a roadmap on where to go with SAP S/4HANA. It uses the information about the existing SAP system landscape to create a recommendation for a new SAP S/4HANA-centric landscape with the latest SAP solutions.

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SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA

The tool assesses the functional and technical aspects of an implementation of SAP ERP, including custom-code compatibility, system sizing, add-on, extractor compatibility, and more to assess the readiness of migrating to SAP S/4HANA. 

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SAP Value Lifecycle Manager

With this tool, you can measure, monitor, and optimize the expected value of your SAP S/4HANA initiative with benchmarking surveys and business case tools. A personalized dashboard makes it easy to manage your progress and allows you to continue where you left off.

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SAP S/4HANA Value Starter Engagement

SAP has evolved the current format of the SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter into a more streamlined 1-week engagement with less preparation work to help customers assess the value of their SAP S/4HANA journey. As an outcome of this 1-week engagement, customers will be able to:

  1. build an initial benefit case for specific business scope 
  2. understand value drivers, SAP solution capabilities, and business impact of that scope
  3. understand high-level project & transformation plan well enough to define initial cost estimates needed for business case

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SAP S/4HANA Value Discovery Engagement

In this onsite 1:1 engagement model you can communicate business requirements to SAP experts to prepare your SAP S/4HANA project. You are introduced to the capabilities, benefits, and products that meet your needs. The sequence is aligned with the one from the SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement, but the content is individualized for you.

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3. Plan the Path Forward

To optimize the path to SAP S/4HANA, SAP experts help you match business objectives to possible deployment strategies – on premise, cloud or hybrid environments – and implementation approaches – new implementation, system conversion or selective data transition. SAP offers various service and support offerings that help you find the right future landscape.

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If flexible, company specific-configuration for all line-of-business processes, system customization, and full control over software updates and infrastructure are desirable, an on-premise deployment may seem like the right option. You can choose between the following operation models:

  • Owning infrastructure and platform: Your business must assume responsibility for data security, basis work, etc.
  • Infrastructure as a Service: You move forward with the on-premise application stack but choose another provider for infrastructure services.
  • Platform as a Service: You move forward with on-premise application stack but prefer to choose another provider for infrastructure services and platform services.


You may prefer to consume SAP S/4HANA as a pure cloud solution with the operating model Software as a Service (SaaS).

By choosing SaaS, you can benefit from pre-configured content, which limits the configuration possibilities but allows you fast and low-risk consumption of innovations in a quarterly cycle. You are neither responsible for IT operations nor for application management. This option allows you to shift costs related to hardware, maintenance, and software upgrades from upfront investment (CAPEX) to ongoing subscription fee (OPEX).


System Conversion

You start with an ECC 6.x system and convert it to SAP S/4HANA. Migrating the data to HANA is part of that process. This preserves the existing configuration and customization, as long as those customizations will work with SAP S/4HANA or can be adapted to work with SAP S/4HANA. System conversions can only be done to an on-premise deployment.

New Implementation

Here you deploy a new instance of SAP S/4HANA and migrate your data from your old ERP, which could be an SAP or non-SAP system. This is the best approach if you want a clean start. New Implementations can be performed in the cloud, on-premise, or hybrid.

Selective Data Transition

For customers with complex environments and a high number of instances, a selective data transition can be considered. Partners of this engagement help you to combine the characteristics of a classic new implementation with those of a system conversion.

4. Deliver Business Value

SAP supports the realization of your SAP S/4HANA implementation with different project methodologies, SAP and Partner implementation services, SAP tools, and enablement offerings

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SAP-Led Projects – SAP Advanced Deployment

This offer ensures a fast and safe adoption of SAP S/4HANA led by our global team of experts. Our experts lead the plan, design, and build phases of your implementation or migration to SAP S/4HANA based on the proven SAP Activate Methodology. By leveraging SAP Model Company, the deployment can be accelerated by up to 80% and customer-specific decisions by up to 30%.

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Partner-Led Projects – SAP Integrated Delivery Framework

This framework carefully coordinates the delivery roles, methodologies, and services of SAP with the ones from our partners to create a holistic delivery plan and approach. It represents a special cooperation between SAP and selected global strategic services partners (GSSPs). With SAP Value Assurance and SAP Model Company services as the baseline the framework will significantly simplify project engagement, reduce deployment risk, accelerate time to value, and set clear responsibility.

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Tools for System Conversions

SAP Readiness Check: The tool's main focus is on the functional assessment that evaluates all available SAP S/4HANA simplification items and identifies the ones that are relevant for your system.  The technical assessment includes the compatibility of add-ons and business functions, system sizing, data volume management, and more. Learn more

Software Update Manager: This multipurpose tool used for SAP software maintenance technically converts an SAP ERP system into an SAP S/4HANA system. It combines the migration of the system to the SAP HANA database (if required), conversion of data, and software upgrade into one single step. It offers Downtime Optimized Conversion option for larger systems. Learn more

Maintenance Planner:
This tool enables easy and efficient planning of all changes in your SAP system landscape. The tool simplifies the maintenance process by combining tasks such as defining product maintenance dependencies, generating configuration stack files, downloading software archives, and many more. Learn more

ABAP Development Tools & ABAP Test Cockpit:

The ABAP test cockpit offers SAP S/4HANA specific code checks. The new “Custom Code Migration” app offers analytical capabilities that can help you understand the impact on the custom code and structure your work accordingly. The ABAP development tools in Eclipse enable automated adaptation of custom code with only a few clicks through the ABAP quick fixes. Learn more

Implementing Business Partner: The Master Data Consistency check report helps you to analyze possible data quality issues in your customer / vendor data prior to synchronization. Field checks suppression allows a faster synchronization by suppressing known inconsistencies in non-productive systems. The CVI Cockpit allows a hassle-free CVI synchronization, assisted by a cognitive Cockpit.

Financial Data Quality: The FIN_CORR_RECONCILE check allows you to assess the quality of General Ledger Accounting data on any data base, so you can confidently plan a data clean-up prior to conversion. Please see therefore the following SAP Notes: 2887318, 2836444 and 2793849 as well the SAP Knowledge Base article 2714344.

Tools for New Implementation

SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit: Migrate data from both SAP and third-party systems and get step-by-step guidance throughout the data migration process, including automatic generation of migration programs, simulation mode for migration, cross-object value mappings, progress monitoring, and more. The tool supports 100+ standard business objects and offers Migration Object Modeler for customer specific enhancements. Get more information for On-Premise and Cloud.

Integration Content Advisor for SAP Cloud Platform: The ICA is designed to accelerate the implementation of new interfaces. Through a smart combination of machine learning and crowdsourcing, this tool generates proposals for new interfaces and mappings tailored for a specific industry, country, and business context. Learn more

SAP Data Service: This service helps customers that migrate from multiple legacy systems by different third-party vendors to an SAP S/4HANA by profiling, extracting, transforming, and improving data quality. The goal of data migration should not just be to move and transform the data, but also to improve data quality so that you go live with clean, valid, trusted data. Learn more

SAP Model Company

This offering provides preconfigured, ready-to-use and end-to-end reference solutions for different industries or line of business for new implementation. With this, the preparation, exploration, realization, and deployment phases of migration to SAP S/4HANA can be simplified and accelerated.

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SAP Value Assurance

This systematic approach helps to accelerate the digital transformation with three tailorable services packages that you can choose from in order to simplify the Move to SAP S/4HANA:

  • Plan and Safeguard
  • Business-Ready
  • Business Optimization.

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Partner Conversion Factories

This helps to repeatedly deliver successful system conversions to SAP S/4HANA in high quality. It focuses on an affordable, efficient and scalable partner delivery model, giving you a predictable outcome.

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SAP S/4HANA Customer Care and Regional Implementation Group (RIG)

This program, which is is free-of-charge and typically lasts from project start until one month after go-live, helps to make selected S/4HANA go-live projects a success.

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Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager 7.2

Focused Build is an add-on solution for SAP Solution Manager 7.2. It supports you with a seamless, tool-based, requirements-to-deploy process. For this purpose, it provides pre-configured standard SAP Solution Manager features and processes, as well as additional build functions. Since January 2020, the usage rights for SAP Solution Manager include Focused Build and Focused Insights – at no additional costs.

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SAP S/4HANA Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are visual guides, designed to help you complete the learning path for SAP S/4HANA. Learning journeys help you to become competent, stay current, and expand your skills. You will get access to Formats and offerings that meet your needs such as eBooks, openSAP courses, hands-on learnings, and much more.

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10 Steps to SAP S/4HANA

The free virtual 10 Steps to S/4HANA bootcamp is a great opportunity for existing ERP customers to get hands-on experience and come out with confidence and a good understanding of what it takes to convert an SAP ERP system to S/4HANA. This offer is leveraged by SAPs Regional Implementation Group and is also available for partners.

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Global SAP S/4HANA Webshop

Discover our new SAP S/4HANA webshop and wide range of traditional classroom trainings, certifications, virtual SAP Live Class events, webinars and special events for SAP S/4HANA. 

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Additional Resources

"Move to What's Next" Thought Leadership Article

Learn about the insights from Tom Janoshalmi, Head of SAP Digital Core MOVE, on how SAP S/4HANA Adoption is changing and why the future of the Digital Core is more exciting than ever.

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SAP Premium Engagements

SAP offers different levels of Premium Engagements to secure your business' long-term success with the highest level of collaboration and expertise. 

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Intelligent ERP Value Paper

See where SAP wants to evolve each industry, what the digital priorities of the industry leaders are, what the impact on the IT landscape will be and what the value of SAP S/4HANA will be in this context.

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SAP S/4HANA Community

Join our SAP S/4HANA Community and discover the latest news on the modern ERP system. Access structured, in-depth content on SAP S/4HANA, such as industry specific and LoB pages, blogs, roadmaps, best-practices, and more. Learn, share, and exchange on the digital core of you Intelligent Enterprise.

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SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Support GUIDES Program

This is prescriptive and proactive SAP S/4HANA guidance delivered in an efficient and programmatic approach provided by SAP Enterprise Support Services. You benefit from onboarding processes, journey checks and a tailored, goal-based engagement plans from the prepare phase though your go-live. The program is available for SAP Enterprise Support Direct customers at no additional cost.

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SAP S/4HANA Manifesto

This practical, condensed, down-to-earth guide for executives, project managers, decision-makers, and senior IT leaders provides detailed information about the various implementation approaches, deployment strategies and the appropriate tools to help you make the right decision.

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Custom Code Whitepaper

This white paper introduces you to the essential concepts for a modern enterprise application's extensibility, guides through the key aspects of dealing with custom code during a system conversion and also offers practical advice for those who run a new implementation of SAP S/4HANA or launch new SAP technologies in their organization.

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