Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Data Migration

  • by Ginger Gatling, Solution Management, Enterprise Information Management, SAP Labs
  • Oren Shatil, Vice President, Head of Product Management for Technology Packaged Solutions, SAP
  • May 13, 2011
Migration projects require iteration of data loads to better understand data, as well as close collaboration between business and IT. Beyond that, migration projects also need to be driven by software with functionality that allows you to convert legacy data into the appropriate format of your SAP solution. Discover what you need to know to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Data Migration for your data migration projects. Learn how to get started with its functionality, as well as the standard content that comes with it and the reports and governance it provides.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Data Migration allows you to better perform data migration projects. The solution is applicable for migration to any application. However, with the later release, key features have been introduced to specialize in migration from legacy data to SAP applications. SAP BusinessObjects Data Migration is primarily comprised of SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, but also includes SAP Best Practices content. This content helps you save time and effort by providing standard content that can map source-to-target data structures, as well as reports and dashboards that monitor the data migration jobs.

Migration projects are relevant for all types of companies, including those with SAP applications, non-SAP applications, or those who are upgrading — any company that needs to migrate data from one application to another. This includes companies that are: 

  • Acquiring or merging with other companies
  • Expanding into new lines of business
  • Initiating green IT projects to reduce hardware and systems environmental and dollar costs
  • Harmonizing data and processes across organizational boundaries
  • Conducting a global SAP rollout

Migration projects are risky, however, because if they are not done correctly they can cause a myriad of issues, including delayed production go-live, poor data quality that prevents core business processing, and poor user adoption of the new application system. The issues and concerns with data migration are well known, with research done by Gartner, Bloor Research, and others. Despite this research, migration projects can still be undervalued, underscoped, and poorly thought-out in terms of how the source data can ensure successful business processing in the new application.  

Companies often migrate from multiple source applications to a central SAP ERP or other SAP Business Suite application, which is risky. SAP understands the critical nature of the data migration project, both for the success of the application implementation as well as for ensuring the data is cleansed, prepared, and sufficient to drive and support key business processes. SAP provides a solution for data migration that can be used for migration to SAP target applications, as well as non-SAP applications.

Ginger Gatling

Ginger Gatling works in solution management covering information management topics, focused on data migration. Prior to this, she covered business process management topics (including SAP Business Workflow, Universal Worklist, and SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management), integration topics (SAP NetWeaver Process Integration), and other SAP NetWeaver topics. She coauthored the second edition of Practical Workflow for SAP and has delivered a series of workshops on workflow for SAPinsider.

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Oren Shatil

Oren Shatil leads product management for technology, Big Data, and analytics solution packages at SAP. He has more than 12 years’ experience in development, consulting, and management, and has a passion for creating packages that combine best practices content and winning solution delivery methodology. You can view his profile at


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