A Complete Guide To SAP HANA Implementation


By Jaswinder Kaur

A Complete Guide To SAP HANA Implementation

SAP HANA is the SAP’s ERP Product Line which has SAP S/4HANA as its latest product in the line. The software was designed and introduced in 2015 using innovative database technology as the fourth-generation solution. The one thing that differentiated SAP HANA from the past product lineup was the user advantage of choosing between cloud and on-prem implementation.  

Since the ERP system is mostly implemented for business resource planning, implementing SAP HANA could help you control inter-department operations. Besides this, the solutions help you to take control of various modules related to accounting, marketing, production, and sales while giving command over more complex operations like supply chain.  

Most organizations using SAP ERP solutions are sticking to SAP ECC at present. However, the recent updates have stated ECC support until 2027 and that too for the standard contract plan with an option to extend it until 2030. But those, who need to have advantage of the SAP’s latest offerings need to switch for SAP S/4 HANA with rapid SAP HANA testing.  

Though transformation is vital for business success, implementing the latest version of SAP need organizations to consider the idea of business continuity and optimal workflow for effective results. Therefore, it would be nothing wrong to approach the implementation as per the defined process in order to yield the predictable results by overcoming SAP problems.  

But Is It Worth The Move? 

With time window spaced until 2027, most organizations are likely to develop a doubt with the idea of making the change to SAP S4/HANA. However, embracing the advanced technology at earliest is vital for timely implementation since planning the change near the deadline may mess up things. Also, delaying the adoption of SAP S/4HANA could make it difficult for the internal teams and departments to adopt the change rapidly. Moreover, if your competitors have already made the switch to the SAP S/4HANA, delaying adoption as the window of 6 years until 2027 seems convincing, then you might be playing a gamble on your business.  

SAP S/4 HANA Implementation – The Process 

The implementation process for SAP S/4HANA needs you to stick with the implementation guide which has defined all the systems and transformation planning that needs to be done at first phase of implementation while encountering capabilities offered by the ERP solution. 

Moreover, the user needs to understand that implementing SAP systems need adjusting the framework as per the business cycle followed by the organization. Also, a careful consideration has to be made to adjusting the framework as per the business cycle while planning its capacity to accomplish business objectives. 

Since the first phase of transformation to S/4HANA is the roadmap to outcomes, it is vital to implement the business conversion while working on information gathering on SAP HANA migration, features, cost, and time.  The key steps of the first phase of implementation for SAP S/4 HANA includes: 

Business Readiness Check  

This step requires generation of a standard readiness report which is processed after analyzing technical business aspects related to the implementation. Furthermore, the report is used by the ERP testing company to identify the path to implementation. 

Business Requirement Check  

The second step needs generating a list of all the changes required in the existing ERP system. Moreover, the second stage is focused at execution cycle settling the critical path to S/4 HANA implementation while addressing the development environment for its suitability for the existing process.  

Verifying ABAP Code  

The third step of the process need checking of the ABAP code for its compatibility on the SAP HANA standards. This would require valuation on SQL queries in ABAP projects to the present requirements. Also, the process needs figuring out the arrangement of advancements that must be utilized to ensure precision in data assortment within the extent of accessibility time.  

Environment Architecture 

Last but not least, the data gathered for checking the readiness of the implementation process and all the IT requirement analysis information is used to investigate the accessible framework. This stage needs developers to work on objective climate design while working on utilizing the plans with Equipment Service Provider. All in all, this stage leads to the development of actual or final environment architecture that includes hardware, Operating System, and LAN.   

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Which Conversion Path To Choose?  

Most of the time, developers have to deal with the struggle of finding the right conversion path that is suitable to the assessed capabilities and organization’s requirements for real-time transformation. Usually there are two basic conversion paths for implementing SAP HANA which are known as Brownfield and Greenfield. However, the use of these depends on various factors such as overall finances, budget restrictions, long haul strategies and of course the business’s current SAP ECC framework.  

Brownfield Implementation 

Brownfield implementation is the minimalistic approach to transformation that needs very less of redesign in business process. Some of the key benefits of Brownfield implementation can be counted as: 

  • Reduced implementation time 

  • Less costs 

  • Unchanged business process 

  • Access to latest and additional features (Embedded Analytics, HANA database, & SAP Fiori) 

Greenfield Implementation 

Greenfield implementation is more of a long-haul approach that is meant to implement new offerings that can help gain a competitive advantage in business. Some of the key benefits of greenfield implementation can be counted as: 

  • A better and redesigned business process 

  • Improved system capabilities 

  • Helps develop a competitive edge  

  • Overall transformation of business 

Why You Need SAP HANA Implementation? 

Since you are not the only entity in the industry leaning towards digital transformation, it is very likely that your competitors on SAP ECC might have already made their move towards the upgrade process. Thus, stepping ahead of the limited capabilities, finding an ERP testing service provider, and aiming for something new could help you perform better.  

Also, the time frame of the use given on SAP ECC will give you the opportunity to learn the situation, work on improvements, and ensure that you head in the right direction with SAP HANA implementation. It would not only help you leverage productivity until the time SAP ECC gets an end to the support but will also aid you unravel advanced capabilities on your business plan.  

All the best! 

Need help working on the SAP HANA implementation process? Have you already made the transition but still need assistance on quality assurance or validation of the system for your business requirements? Then our experts at BugRaptors can be the ultimate assistance you need.  

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Jaswinder Kaur

Jaswinder is ISTQB certified tester and works at Bugraptors as QA engineer. She is well knowledgeable in Mobile Application Testing, Cross Platform Testing, Manual Testing, Web Testing, Compatibility Testing, Regression Testing and Sanity Testing. She is able to create effective documentation related to testing like test case, test report etc.

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