Is your organization ready to transfer business data to your new SAP S/4HANA system? Data migration is an important step when implementing any new system, but doing so correctly is rarely as straightforward and simple as it seems. If only there were a way to streamline the data migration process and remove some of the manual tasks involved…
There is! Say hello to the SAP S/4HANA migration cockpit.
In this article, we’ll give you a brief overview of what the SAP S/4HANA migration cockpit is, cover some of its benefits and key features, and share best practices for setting up seamless data migration. Let’s get started.
Overview of the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit
The SAP S/4HANA migration cockpit is a tool for organizations that have implemented SAP S/4HANA or SAP S/4HANA Cloud and need to transfer business data from elsewhere in SAP or from any other non-SAP system. It’s become the go-to tool for SAP S/4HANA data migration.
The migration cockpit is included in S/4HANA and provides pre-built migration objects that can be customized to fit your business needs, with the ultimate goal of making data migration to S/4HANA as smooth as possible.
Features of the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit
You can get started with the migration cockpit by using the “Migrate Your Data” application in the Fiori Launchpad. This will allow you to migrate your master data and transactional data to SAP S/4HANA using migration objects to identify and transfer relevant data.
Here are some of the key features of the tool:
- Choose migration objects specific to your migration scenario
- Convert any mapping tasks for migration objects
- Create migration projects to transfer data and continuously monitor the status of migration
- Replicate a migration before actually migrating your data to SAP S/4HANA so that you can monitor it
Benefits of the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit
The migration cockpit is user-friendly, allowing users to migrate data easily without any programming. It comes with pre-configured content and mapping for each migration object, such as customer, cost center, and so forth. The tool also has predefined template files and staging tables for each migration object. Other benefits include automated mapping between the source and target structure, as well as the ability to easily integrate custom objects and enhancements in your migrations.
Using the SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit—Best Practices
Before using the migration cockpit, you’ll need to make sure that all of your basic requirements have been met and that you have the proper security rules assigned. Here’s how to know if you’re heading in the right direction.
Create a Migration Project
First, begin by creating a migration project in the S/4HANA migration cockpit. The migration project represents a single test migration iteration between the source and system. Once you name the project, you’ll select your scenario and the remote function call (RFC) connection between the two systems. (For example, if you’re migrating from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA.) Next, you’ll select all the migration objects to include in the migration project, including all master and transactional data objects, such as cost centers, sales orders, etc.
Test the Direct Connection
After creating and naming your project, you should perform a test to ensure that you have your connection set up correctly between S/4HANA and wherever you’re migrating the data from. An easy way to test the connection is by selecting the RFC as “connection to source system.” From there, it should automatically pull all codes from your existing system. If you don’t wind up with any errors, congrats! You’re off to a great start.
Simplify Data Migration with Surety Systems
When it comes to migrating your data to SAP S/4HANA, it’s critical to perform this process correctly. After all, data is your organization’s most valuable asset, so you need to handle it with the care that it deserves. The SAP S/4HANA migration cockpit certainly makes data migration much easier, but for that added sense of security and peace of mind, your best option is to bring in an expert consultant.
Our senior-level, US-based SAP consulting team can help with your SAP data migration process, whether you’re bringing data into S/4HANA from somewhere else in the SAP ecosystem or from another ERP entirely. They have the first-hand experience you need to advise you every step of the way and ensure your data migration is a successful one.
So if you’re ready to take the next step with your SAP data migration project, contact us today.