Secrets to Successful Data Conversions

  • by Srini Munagavalasa, PMP, Principal Business Integration
  • July 16, 2010
Converting data from a legacy system to an SAP system can be a daunting task. Follow experienced advice for planning and executing your data conversion strategy, from developing project scope to testing and monitoring the data conversion. Included with these tips are two downloads: a sample Microsoft Visio data dependency planning chart and a conversion project plan checklist.
Key Concept
The data conversion process ensures that you migrate all your legacy data in a usable, consistent format into your new SAP system with the right quality and right dependencies. The process helps you preserve data usability by using the right tools, processes, and resources at the right time. A data conversion strategy involves extracting data from source legacy systems, transforming the data in the format required by SAP load programs, loading the data into the target SAP system, and finally reconciling data loaded in the SAP system.

Data is the lifeblood for any organization. Companies use data to run day-to-day business, reporting, analytics, and financial metrics. Most importantly, top management use data for decision making. It is the data conversion manager’s responsibility to make sure that all the data is captured, transformed, and loaded into the target SAP system.

Teams involved in successful implementations take data conversions very seriously and they make every effort to preserve data qualitatively and quantitatively. They use the converted data during integration testing cycles and end-to-end testing cycles to make sure that the desired business process works seamlessly. In this article, I will discuss my experience with many successful SAP implementations by discussing how to prepare for data conversion and how to address the technical and functional considerations.

Srini Munagavalasa

Srinivasa (Srini) Munagavalasa has 14 years of experience in various SAP modules. Srini has worked on multiple SAP global implementations at major clients. He has experience as a project manager, deployment lead, build manager, and technical development manager.

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