Ensure Business Continuity with SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Approach

Streamlining SAP S/4HANA Migration with Selective Data Transition

Though the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates digital adoption among industries, the journey towards Intelligent Enterprise can be complex. Typically, this begins with establishing an intelligent core like SAP ERP. However, even migrating to a new system is more than just a simple upgrade for many companies. With several years of historical business data across complex system landscapes, companies will have to adopt a specific migration approach to SAP S/4HANA. A well-defined migration approach will help businesses ensure business continuity, embrace innovation, and stay relevant and competitive. This post will look at SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement and how this approach accelerates SAP S/4HANA migration.

Read more: Deploying SAP S/4HANA: Tools and Methodologies to Adopt

Two Popular SAP S/4HANA Migration Methods

There are two popular methods to manage SAP S/4HANA migration.

1. Greenfield migration

The first option is the Greenfield approach or a complete re-engineering (new implementation). However, the limitation of this approach is that you cannot migrate your historical data and so cannot take advantage of the latest intelligent features you need for your company’s historical data to work.

2. Brownfield migration

The second option is the Brownfield approach that allows migrating high volumes of historical data (system conversion). However, moving a vast amount of historical data could leave you with more data that could be non-compliant with data privacy laws. Also, this approach could leave you with a lot of irrelevant data in your newly configured system.

As both these options offer certain limitations, SAP formed a brand-new approach, the SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement, that makes your data migration to SAP S/4HANA a lot easier.

What is Selective Data Transition?

Selective Data Transition, also known as Hybrid Approach or Landscape Transformation, is an alternative to the New Implementation approach (Greenfield) or System Conversion approach (Brownfield). It allows you to consolidate several ERP systems to one central SAP S/4 HANA system. Selective Data Transition is vital for companies moving from an existing SAP ERP solution to SAP S/4HANA on-premise or SAP S/4 HANA cloud (private edition).

Just like an inland river delta flowing into the ocean, Selective Data Transition allows you to migrate only a relevant selection of your existing ERP data to SAP S/4 HANA. So, if you’re on SAP ECC planning for transition to SAP S/4HANA, then selective data transition is one of the best approaches to move to SAP S/4HANA.

Case Study: Thermo Pads partners with Fingent to migrate from ECC 6 to SAP S/4HANA. View Case Study

Business Benefits of Selective Data Transition Approach

  • Selective data transition avoids business disruption when moving to SAP S/4HANA and enables you to go live according to your business needs. In general, this approach allows for a single go-live, moving several organizational units or roll-out in multiple phases, for example, by country.
  • This approach enables you to migrate only your relevant historical data and retain a consistent process chain while leaving behind obsolete data, for example, outdated company codes.
  • Selective data transition helps you define your speed and combine single projects such as a new go-live implementation, finance management, etc. while moving to SAP S/4HANA in a single step or a phased approach.
  • With SAP S/4 HANA, you can introduce new business processes and manage your historical data while protecting good practices and previous investments.
  • The near-zero downtime approach restricts the technical downtime to just a few hours.
  • Selective data transition can help change your landscape by either splitting or consolidating existing systems.

Read more: 7 Tips to Ensure a Seamless Transition to SAP S/4HANA

Customize Your Selective Data Transition Approach with Fingent

Selective Data Transition Engagement is a great way to balance between redesign and reuse. It can happen across various scenarios for companies of different sizes to support a smooth transition to SAP S/4HANA. This approach provides a suitable IT landscape for every company’s unique needs. Selective data transition goes beyond the standard implementation as it offers several options for customers to choose from, based on their current landscapes and future needs.

You can work with Fingent and define the appropriate structural changes that need to be considered during data migration, along with any business processes that may need to be modified or redesigned. Our tailored approach has helped many of our customers to increase their flexibility to adapt data and processes in just one step.

Read more: SAP S/4HANA journey: 8 ways C-level leaders and executives can derive business value 


With Selective Data Transition Engagement, companies can even take advantage of select innovation and modify their business processes to facilitate the use of the latest tools and functionality without the need to start from scratch.Companies having mature SAP landscapes can clean up their environments while retaining those investments that matter most and lower their transitions by bypassing preparation projects.

Selective data transition can even help split some of your projects between the cloud and on-premise. It also allows you to restructure and consolidate your environments as you want. But, most importantly, this approach helps you save time by combining all tasks in just one step.

Read more: 6 capabilities of SAP S/4HANA that will help you become an intelligent enterprise 


So, if you are interested in learning how the SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement can help your organization accomplish successful migration, don’t hesitate to contact Fingent. We are an SAP Silver Partner and have the expertise in this area to expedite your intelligent enterprise journey.

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    Ashok Kumar

    Ashok leads Fingent’s SAP Consulting practice for ANZ, SE Asia, The Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and other global clients. More specifically, he helps companies improve operational efficiency by enhancing their digital cores and improving their application integration. Ashok has amassed over 20 years of leadership and consulting experience having worked with Global giants like SAP, IBM Consulting, Capgemini, & Oracle in his previous assignments. Connect with Ashok via LinkedIn and learn how your business can excel with recent SAP trends.

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