Establish SAP S/4HANA as the baseline of your intelligent enterprise to optimize the relationship between your data, processes, transactions, and revenue. The SAP S/4HANA Movement is designed to help you understand the value and benefits of moving to SAP S/4HANA and provides the solutions, tools, content, and services that help ensure its successful deployment in four steps:

Align 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 have been developed.

Value discovery engagements

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.

MiM 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.

Besides learning in a fun, gamified way, you can 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.


SAP S/4HANA Cards Game

The S/4HANA Cards Game is an experiential learning vehicle discover the value of SAP S/4HANA in a fun and interactive approach.

The Cards Game is available for On-Premise, Cloud and different LoBs. There is a virtual and physical version available.


Also take a look at the intelligent ERP value paper to 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.

Build the Case

With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of every customer, this step is dedicated to help you discover the tangible value of SAP S/4HANA for your business and creating your transformation plan. Whether you take advantage of a self-guided planning approach by leveraging SAP Planning Tools or an expert-guided approach such as SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement or SAP S/4HANA Value Discovery Engagement:

SAP Planning Tools

Business Scenario Recommendation for SAP S/4HANA

This tool generates a free of charge report identifying business scenarios, that would immediately benefit from SAP S/4HANA and digital transformation. Additionally, you can now access process performance insights and industry benchmarks.


SAP Transformation Navigator

A tool to analyze the goals and build a technical business case including a roadmap on where to go in the future with SAP S/4HANA. It's a web-based and free self-service road-mapping tool. It uses the information about your SAP system landscape to create a recommendation for a new SAP S/4HANA-centric landscape with the latest SAP solutions.


SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA

A tool to check the readiness of multiple aspects of your SAP ERP 6.x system to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. The tool assesses the functional and technical aspects of an implementation of SAP ERP, including: Custom-code compatibility, system sizing and data volume management, Add-on and extractor compatibility and other items that can bring conversion to a halt.


SAP S/4HANA Engagement Models

SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement

The SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement enables you to design and develop your initial road map for SAP S/4HANA with a free of charge, real-time, virtual classroom environment guided by SAP experts. The engagement comprises services and tools such as SAP Business Scenario Recommendations, SAP Transformation Navigator, and SAP Readiness Check. Every customer with a valid SAP Support Agreement can join Adoption Starter for free. You can also join an one hour info session to understand the purpose of the Adoption Starter Engagement.


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. Through the SAP S/4HANA Value Discovery Engagement, you are introduced to the capabilities, benefits, and products that meet your needs. The sequence is aligned with SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement, but the content is individualized for you.



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 system landscape optimization.

Implementation Approach

System Conversion

You start with an ECC 6.x system and convert it to 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 S/4HANA or can be adapted to work with 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.

System Landscape Optimization

For a limited number of customers, with high complex environments and a high number of instances, SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement can be considered. As this engagement takes a lot of time and effort, it must be carefully prepared.

Deployment Strategy


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.


In contrast, 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. Furthermore, you are neither responsible for IT operations nor for application management. Therefore, you benefit above all from the fact that you can consume innovations faster than ever before. On top of that, this option allows you to shift costs related to hardware, maintenance, and software upgrades from upfront investment (CAPEX) to ongoing subscription fee (OPEX).


Additional Resources

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.

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.

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. The SAP S/4HANA Movement program continues to build and improve these services and tools to help you push forward your future success and deliver the business value for your company.

Project Methodologies

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. You can take advantage of proactive support, outcome-focused services, intelligent tools & platforms, and value-added partnerships. 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 delivery time can be reduced by up to 50% and customer-specific developments by up to 30%.



Partner-led projects – Integrated Delivery Framework (IDF)

The IDF carefully coordinates and integrates the delivery roles, methodologies, and services of SAP with the ones from our partners to create a holistic delivery plan and approach. The IDF 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 IDF will significantly simplify project engagement, reduce deployment risk, accelerate time to value, and set clear responsibility.

For more information reach out to your SAP contact or partner.


SAP Tools Supporting the Execution

Tools for System Conversions

SAP Readiness Check: A tool to check the readiness of multiple aspects of your SAP ERP 6.x system to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. The tool assesses the functional and technical aspects of an implementation of SAP ERP, including: Custom-code compatibility, system sizing, data volume management, and other items that can bring conversion to a halt. Get more information

Software Update Manager: This tool converts your system running on SAP ERP into one powered by SAP S/4HANA. The Downtime Optimized Conversion option helps reducing the technical downtime with much lower costs compared to NZDT. Get more information

Custom Code Adaptation for ABAP Test Cockpit: This tool identifies necessary corrections and provides automated custom code refactoring to reestablish the compatibility with the new data model and code-line of SAP S/4HANA. Get more information

Tools for New Implementation

SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit: The Migration Cockpit helps you to make data migration fast and hassle-free by moving to SAP S/4HANA through a new implementation. The tool supports 100+ standard business objects and offers Migration Object Modeler for customer specific enhancements. Get more information

Integration Content Advisor for SAP Cloud Platform: The ICA is designed to accelerate the implementation of new interfaces and reduce the efforts by 60% or more. Through a smart combination of machine learning and crowdsourcing, this unique tool generates proposals for new interfaces and mappings tailored for a specific industry, country, and business context. Get more information


SAP Implementation Services

SAP Model Company

This DBS offer 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.


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:

  1. Plan and Safeguard
  2. Business-Ready
  3. Business Optimization


Partner Conversion Factories

The Partner Conversion Factories help 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 and is commercially offered as a standardized fixed price/fixed scope offering on a country level.




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

The S/4HANA Customer Care Program and Regional Implementation Group (RIG) support you in product-related clarifications and share implementation experiences to achieve a successful go-live. Both offers are free of charge.

While the Customer Care program starts with the project start and ends one month after go-live, the RIG starts with the S/4HANA project planning phase and end with the project start.


Training and Enablement Offerings

SAP S/4HANA Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are visual guides, designed to help you complete the learning path for SAP S/4HANA. They inspire life-long learning throughout your career, no matter if you are a consultant, architect, developer, business user, administrator, or data analyst. 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.

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. You can choose the training style that suits your specific functional needs and preferred way of learning.


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.