SAP S/4HANA Conversion Road Map

SAP S/4HANA is the next-generation business suite. It is fully built on the most advanced in-memory platform existing today: SAP HANA. The product uses modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) as well as a new role-based user experience concept. With the move to SAP S/4HANA, you are benefitting from continuous application innovations such as:

  • Application optimizations specific for SAP HANA in-memory platform
    With SAP S/4HANA, SAP optimizes the application to make best use of the capabilities of the SAP HANA
    database. For example, we removed aggregates, and reduced the data footprint.
  • Responsive user experience design With SAP S/4HANA, SAP designs the application with the latest role-based user experience (UX).
  • Unifying functionality in the core With SAP S/4HANA, SAP removes redundancy by providing one functionality for one objective.
    With SAP S/4HANA, SAP helps businesses to run simple in the digital economy, including such topics and principles as the Internet of Things, Big Data, business networks, and mobile-first.
    This guide explain the conversion process with which you can move from your existing SAP Business Suite to the next-generation business suite: SAP S/4HANA.

Discovery Phase
System Requirements & Planning:
  • Supported OS Versions for S/4HANA 1909
    SUSE Linux 12.0 or greater
    RHEL 7.0 or greater
    AIX 7.1 & 7.2
    Microsoft Windows 2016 or 2019
  • Supported DB Version – S/4HANA 1909
    HANA 2.0 SP04 (Min)
  • Minimum Source Versions with UNICODE required for S/4HANA 1909
    SAP ERP 6.0 SP20
    EHP2 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 SP10
    EHP3 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 SP09
    EHP4 to EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 No minimum SP required.
  • Compatible NetWeaver versions for S/4HANA 1909
    SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SP14
    SAP EHP1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SP05
    SAP EHP2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SP06
    SAP EHP3 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SP01
    SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SP02
  • For Cloud Support OS, DB & SAP, Check the below SAP Notes
    1656099 – SAP Applications on AWS: Supported DB/OS and AWS EC2 products
    1928533 – SAP Applications on Azure: Supported Products and Azure VM types
    SAP Note 2456406 – SAP on Google Cloud: Support Prerequisites
  • Compatibility Matrix Checks – use PAM in SAP Support Portal
  • Tools Used – DMO of SUM 2.0 SP8 (Latest) if Source is on non-HANA DB
    DMO with System Move for Conversion with DB Migration & data center relocation
  • Use Data Volume Reduction – SAP Data Volume Management
    Reduces the data footprint & achieve a shorter conversion duration
    Capabilities supporting the pre- and post-conversion phases
    One central tool is the SAP DVM Work Center (DVM WoC) in SAP Solution Manager
  • Maintenance Planner
    Generates the download files for Conversion
  • List of supported add-ons see SAP Note 2214409.
  • Business functions can have the following status: always_on, customer_switchable, and always_off (SAP Notes 2240359 and 2240360)
  • Checks Industry Solutions – SAP Note 2799003

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