Tactical Steps for On-Time and On-Budget Data Migrations

Posted by Steve Ludwig on September 26, 2019

We get it. Data migration has been a headache in the past. Projects balloon out of control and before you know it, your 12-month, $20 million migration project turns into an 18-month, $30 million project due to poor project management and delays in development. Now that ECC is old news and S/4 is the way of the future, your business knows that it’s time to start that process all over again.

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Utopia CTO has Staring Role on SAP Webinar:  A Guide to Perfect Asset Data

Posted by Tom Martin on August 8, 2019

Peter Aynsley-Hartwell, CTO of Utopia Global, was recently an honored guest thought leader on SAP’s hit webinar series Data Bite. If you didn’t have a chance to see Peter’s live presentation on some of the most exciting advancements in master data, watch the replay by clicking here (select A Plant Managers Guide to Perfect Asset Data, it’s a quick, yet valuable presentation from a globally leading technologist). 

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Your Journey to SAP S/4HANA: Pivotal Timing, Bridges, Business Cases and More…

Posted by Thomas Martin on July 18, 2019

There's a lot to think about when your company is considering a transition to SAP S/4HANA. When is right to start your journey? Is there a business case for commencing now versus waiting?  No large-scale implementation or migration project is simple.

Let's look at three common scenarios that can accelerate your migration to SAP S/4HANA: New System Installation, System Conversion, or Landscape Transformation.

journey to SAP S/4HANA

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Kicking the Bad Habit of Bad Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 25, 2019

It’s time to face the reality... no more kicking it down the road... your organization just might have a data problem. Maybe it started with a few processes that broke down over time. Maybe someone left and took with them the knowledge of their homegrown data archiving strategy. Maybe manual entry or data manipulation destroyed the integrity of your change management. Regardless of how it happened, it has likely led to some enterprise-wide bad data habits. 

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It's Time You Had the 'Data Talk'

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 20, 2019

 A major step on the road to system modernization is the migration to a unified platform, in this case... SAP S/4HANA. While enterprises are prepared to invest in SAP S/4HANA, it’s critical to realize that you need to first invest in your data. You can have the nicest garbage can on the block, but the inside is still trash. 

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The People, Processes & Technology of an Effective Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Katie Mowery on March 30, 2018

When you’re migrating from a non-SAP legacy system or from an SAP ERP system and implementing SAP S/4HANA, your master and transactional data must be migrated from the legacy system into a new environment – and with that comes a lot of things to consider, plan for and build processes around.

Data migration is one of the biggest risks to a new system implementation. 38% of data migrations fail due to a lack of understanding of the source and target systems and poor planning/execution by project teams. A failed data migration as a part of your SAP S/4HANA implementation means decreased value of the powerful business platform  because it’s only as good as the data enabling it.

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Best Practices for Data Migration to SAP® S/4HANA

Posted by Subramaniyam V on March 8, 2018

SAP® S/4HANA enables organizations to lower their operating IT costs by simplifying their IT landscape. However, every organization has different needs. Implementing a data management strategy is imperative for organizations to accelerate their movement to SAP S/4HANA in a cost-effective manner.

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Things to Consider BEFORE Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Jeff Knotts on December 20, 2017

We’ve seen it before. A company makes a big investment in a new ERP system, and a BI system, then added Balanced Score Cards and very pretty dashboards. But the CEO still gets reports in an Excel spreadsheet.  Ever wonder why this happens?  There are many reasons, however a common one is that when the new system was implemented, no one cleaned the data from the old system(s)  BEFORE it was loaded into the new system.

As a result, all the reports that had wrong information before – still have wrong information. They just now have eye catching buttons and dials on them!

This happens time and time again because the data migration/conversion stream of the ERP system project did not receive the attention that it deserved.  It was left to another team, another stakeholder, another phase maybe– you know the old story. "Here is the file format we need – provide the data in this format and we’ll load it for you." But the responsibility for the quality of the data is with someone else.

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Why Isn’t My New SAP S/4HANA System Everything I Hoped For?

Posted by Jeff Knotts on November 28, 2017

Since SAP S/4HANA is the latest and greatest technology from SAP many people may find themselves asking this question. It’s the same question you may ask after a rollout of any new business suite or enterprise-wide system.

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