SAP HANA is the latest tool which is at the disposal of today’s organizations, dealing with mission-critical activities every second. Organizations, besides having to capture, process, and deliver meaningful outputs in the form of high-end, detailed reports, also need to address the concerns of real-time actions and data security. Any organization be it large scale or MSME, needs to safeguard their financial and strategic corporate information.
In order to do so, they must select their service provider. A good one, dealing with SAP HANA migration, will guide the organization through best practices, and point out to top management, the probable check points from where security breach could be possible and preventive measures taken. They must be able to perform the task in the shortest possible turnaround time and cost. Any service provider must take care of zero data loss during the SAP HANA migration procedure.
The power of SAP HANA lies in its simplicity, in terms of adaptation and its architecture. Any new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) can be installed on to HANA; also migration of one’s legacy system to HANA is very much possible.
A good service provider would be the one to guide clients to choose the right kind of configuration and also help them realize the need to incorporate a new system all together, or build on the old system, as both are possible with versatile HANA. Many organizations do not even need an SAP business suite to reap the benefits of HANA, one can build their own data warehouse and analytical applications.
Your partner must guide you to choose the right option amongst four different approaches to SAP HANA migration:
- Standard business warehouse (BW) to HANA without optimization
- BW to HANA with optimization
- Re-implementation of BW to HANA
- Migrate a copy of BW to HANA
The above options are a stepping stone towards successful SAP HANA migration processes and your service provider should explain each one of them in detail, before zeroing in on the optimum option.
SAP SCM on HANA migration service supports real-time planning, analysis, and reporting, while improving supply-chain productivity. SAP Business Warehouse on HANA comes with the benefits of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse on HANA and makes training easier.
Manufacturing CIOs must realize that every service provider or partner must measure the following in detail and communicate the same to their client’s core team regularly. Some of the measurable parameters to be considered are speed of implementation, migration, testing query performance, data load performance, and reviewing the IT landscape, to name a few. The partner must help the organization choose the most cost effective and apt SAP hardware, to support the implementation process smoothly. However, no implementation process can be a success, i.e., without a dedicated team from client’s side.
It is organizational responsibility to allocate a tech-savvy team for a process like SAP HANA, and the service provider should further train them according to the work schedule. Organizations should have 4 to 8-week time in hand, depending on the customization for the entire project cycle. However, for a multi-nodal environment like large OEMs, the same might take weeks.
Stick to the basics
Organizations must be prepared to give the SAP HANA migration service provider longer lead times, as it would ensure best resource availability in the form of experienced and trained manpower. The service provider must be in line with your leadership vision, which should reflect in the implemented technology—in terms of data visualization, workflow, analytics, reporting standards, planning, and forecasting.