Prep for Success: Get Your Stock Migration Cutover Right the First Time

  • by Jose Senra, Senior SAP Solutions Architect and Project Manager, Hewlett-Packard (January 2009)
  • January 15, 2009
Plan for and address the key challenges you are likely to face in your stock migration cutover to SAP Inventory Management and SAP Warehouse Management.
Key Concept

Stock migration is the process of transferring stock from your source to your destination system keeping the same quantity, stock characteristics, and monetary value for each individual piece of stock. At the end of this process, you shouldn't find any differences between your source and destination systems. If any differences exist, your finance and logistics departments must reconcile, document, and approve them.

If there is one key milestone in any SAP project, it is the go-live date. This is the time when you perform the transition from your previous system to your new environment and start running your operation. In the case of projects involving SAP Inventory Management (IM) and Warehouse Management (WM), stock migration becomes a critical point of this activity.

While stock migration cutovers are a daunting task, you can achieve them successfully with proper planning and knowledge. I will help you through your stock migration cutover by first giving you a list of considerations before undertaking the cutover process, and then I will walk you through the actual execution.

Jose Senra

Jose Senra is a senior solutions architect and project manager (PMP) located in Barcelona, Spain. His focus is on designing and deploying SAP supply chain global business process templates for large international corporations. In his more than ten years of IT experience working for Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard he has covered a wide range of the ERP logistics area. He is certified in SAP Logistics Execution System, Warehouse Management, Production Planning, Plant Maintenance, Project System, and Solution Manager. He also has experience in EDI, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and the design of applications management and development using ITIL principles. He has participated in numerous industry conferences, such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2008 in Orlando and the HP SAP upgrade factory event Barcelona 2008.

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