A Quick Guide to Successfully Migrating Data as Part of an Acquisition or SAP Upgrade

  • by Yogesh Lohiya, Senior Consultant, Infosys Ltd.
  • April 8, 2011
Using SAP ERP procurement and inventory functions as examples, learn the steps behind a typical data migration process.
Key Concept
A data migration strategy is one of the biggest and most crucial hurdles to clear in any acquisition or SAP upgrade project. This strategy involves four data-related steps: extraction, transformation, loading, and reconciliation. A properly planned and executed data migration strategy paves a strong foundation for the success of your project; however, if you fail to follow a data migration strategy correctly, it could lead to project failure.

Data migration to an SAP system can occur if an SAP-run company acquires a non-SAP shop, a business running SAP performs an upgrade to a latest SAP version, or an entirely new implementation occurs. Irrespective of whether it is a fresh implementation project, rollout, or merger, the desired results are the same: efficient and smooth transformation of master and transactional data to or within the SAP system.

With proper integration and coordination with business stakeholders, a well-managed data migration process can produce significant business gains across the enterprise. However, poorly-managed migration processes will likely result in significant time and cost overruns and lack of integrity in the converted data. Therefore, it is important to understand the complete end-to-end migration process and make sure that there is a data migration plan in place that integrates smoothly with the overall project plan.

Let me take you through all the steps involved in a typical data migration process with examples of data migration objects for SAP ERP procurement and inventory. This article is useful for anyone working on an SAP project involving data migration, be it a conversion lead, project manager, or functional consultant if your company hires one. I have used the methodology explained in this article in four successful data migration projects.

Yogesh Lohiya

Yogesh Lohiya is a senior SAP MM consultant with Infosys. He is currently working on a large data migration project for a Fortune 500 client. He has more than nine years of consulting experience. He also has worked on various SAP global rollouts and data migration projects in the materials management area.

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