Greenlight Your SAP Migration Project Into The Public Cloud

Patrick Osterhaus

Greenlight Your SAP Migration

Automation decreases the risk and costs of SAP migration, while accelerating the timetable. If you’ve been having difficulty going forward with your SAP cloud migration project, here’s how automation might be the missing ingredient.

SAP Self-Service Assessment Lets You Plan Before Investing

The SAP assessment has often been a stumbling block for starting SAP migrations. On the one hand, you can’t plan a migration before you assess your system, but on the other, assessing your landscape meant hiring a consulting team to do an assessment — essentially starting the migration. You’d have to spend a significant amount of time and money pouring over your system before you even knew the scope, cost or time-table of your migration.

The FlexBridge self-service assessment gathers the data you need upfront, free of charge. You’ll be able to evaluate the factors that affect your migration preparation and risk, such as custom code, system modifications and Unicode conversion. This will show you what it will take to migrate your system, and enable you to start scoping your project at the beginning — before you hire a partner.

Decreased SAP Migration Risk

Automation helps keep your project on track, decreasing the likelihood of human error while also supporting effective benchmarking and project management.

SAP methodology has become very sophisticated with SAP Activate. The system guides you through every stage of the project, and directs you to the tools, processes and supplemental materials you need to complete it. However, the vendor community is responsible for choosing how to realize the activate method, and many vendors use somewhat dated manual methods to execute project tasks and organize the project as a whole.

This creates opportunity for human error — missed details, misrecorded information, incomplete testing. The SAP migration process is designed as a recursive process that weeds out errors, stage by stage, but this still creates an unnecessary element of risk.

Automation can greatly reduce that risk. An automated platform like FlexBridge works on a high level to help organize your project and serve as a repository for your tools. It also automates many of the tasks like combing through custom code and analyzing dependencies that humans aren’t very good at — allowing your team to focus on the decision-making and strategic tasks they’re experts at.

Accelerated Time Frame

Handling the number-crunching in software doesn’t just prevent error — it also saves a lot of time.

Tasks like combing through code are time-consuming, but even routine processes like provisioning test environments can waste time. By simplifying these repetitive tasks, automation can dramatically accelerate your project, decrease downtime during rollover and slash project costs.

That’s one of the reasons we were able to migrate LB Foster from SAP ERP on a private cloud to SAP Business Suite on HANA with Simple Finance in just 3 months.

To learn more, watch our free webinar on accelerating SAP HANA migrations onto the public cloud, or contact us for more information.

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