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Warding of Migration Blues

A leading manufacturer of Polyester Films, which is in the business for the last 6 decades migrated to the latest SAP offering and achieved greater technology fitment with business.

THE ENTERPRISE

A leading manufacturer of Polyester Films, which is in the business for the last 6 decades migrated to the latest SAP offering and achieved greater technology fitment with business.

THE BUSINESS CHALLENGES & IT ALIGNMENT

The company was using SAP ECC ERP 6.0. SAP ECC was implemented in 7 plants at 2 different physical locations. With aggressive growth and expansion plans, the company’s top management wanted to migrate to the latest SAP version – S/4HANA to reap benefits of the digitization and mobility. In addition to the other key drivers that triggered the move to S/4 HANA, there were also aspects like SAP’s decision to sunset ECC support in the future that acted as a tipping point. Moreover, the company’s IT infrastructure was also due for an upgrade and has an in-house IT team that gave it the leverage to go forward with the migration.

THE SOLUTION WALKTHROUGH

Nihilent’s SAP Practice team along with the company’s in-house IT chalked out a staged migration strategy. The team rolled out the technical migration from SAP ECC ERP 6.0 – EHP 7 to S/4HANA 1909 Kernel. The conversion was carried out in three iterations to eradicate all the technical/functional issues with the help of UAT sessions after each conversion.

POST DEPLOYMENT BENEFITS

After achieving a seamless ECC to S/4 HANA migration, it’s time to look at the multipronged benefits the company derived. The significant one being the speed in the application due to the SAP-optimized in-memory database model offered by S/4HANA and improved user experience. Besides, it accrued the following benefits:

  • Simplified Data Model of S/4HANA
  • Implementation of new SAP modules and mobility solutions
  • Digitization of the system with the help of many features like SAP HANA, FIORI, SAC
  • Tight integration between Vendor Portal / Customer Portal and SAP to provide better collaboration with vendors and customers respectively
  • The building of insightful real-time analytics
  • A better approach to Disaster Recovery (DR) and backups