What You Need to Know to Migrate to the SAP General Ledger

  • by Gary Fullmer, Solution Architect, MI6 Solutions
  • October 15, 2008
SAP has refined the migration process to the SAP General Ledger. Find out what is new and learn some best practices developed during 11 recently completed migration projects.
Key Concept

Upon completion of an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0, companies have the option of migrating to the SAP General Ledger. After completing the migration process, these companies can find enhanced reporting capabilities, simplified system landscapes, and a faster financial closing process.

As I talk with SAP users at various events, two main SAP ERP Financial topics continue to draw a high level of interest and many questions. They are:

  • The SAP General Ledger, now available in SAP ERP 6.0, and the migration process
  • Enhanced financial closing and the SAP Financial Closing Cockpit

I first covered the migration topic in my article, “Migrating to the New General Ledger: A Three-Phase Approach,” (Volume 5, Number 2), which you can find in the Financials Expert knowledgebase at www.FinancialsexpertOnline.com. I then reviewed SAP’s vision for the enhancement of the financial close and several configuration tips for the SAP Financial Closing Cockpit in my article, “Set Up SAP Closing Cockpit for Speedier and Better-Controlled Financial Closings in 5 Steps” (Volume 7, Number 2).

In this article, I’ll update the information contained in that earlier migration article. Since then, SAP has updated several product names and concepts. Here is a short summary:

  • mySAP ERP 2005 was renamed SAP ERP 6.0
  • The migration phases then numbered 1 to 3 are now referred to as phases zero (0), 1, and 2
  • The earlier article focuses on the IMG steps to complete the entire migration process. Now a migration back-office support team provides required migration support services, including GL migration cockpit.
  • The new G/L is now referred to as the SAP General Ledger (SAP GL)

The major difference in the SAP GL migration during the last two years has been the change in the overall migration process. Currently, companies that plan to migrate to the SAP GL must engage with the SAP migration support team in Germany and use the new migration cockpit to guide and document the entire project. This engagement between migrating companies and the SAP back-office migration support team is now a mandatory requirement.

Gary Fullmer

Gary Fullmer is currently associated with MI6 Solutions as a solution architect. Prior to MI6 Gary recently worked for SAP Labs for 13+ years. While at SAP Labs, he spent his first four years as a CO instructor developing and delivering all CO courses offered in the SAP course catalog. For the next six years, he assumed the role of a FI/CO solution manager, where he focused on interfacing with customers for CO, SEM, and FI solutions. During the remainder of his time with SAP, he worked on SAP General Ledger migration techniques, the SAP IFRS adoption model, and SAP’s enhanced financial closing, and continues to consult on these topics. His educational background includes an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Utah State University, and a BS from Utah State University.

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