SAP Migrations

SAP migrations involve transferring existing data, applications, and systems to a new SAP environment, such as migrating from legacy systems to SAP S/4HANA or moving to cloud-based solutions. This complex process requires meticulous planning, robust data management, and thorough testing to ensure data integrity and minimize downtime. Our expert team handles every aspect of the migration, from initial assessment and strategy development to execution and post-migration support, ensuring a seamless transition that enhances system performance and aligns with business objectives.

1. Hardware Migration

This type of migration involves moving the entire SAP system landscape from one set of physical servers to another. The BASIS team is responsible for planning and executing the migration, including server setup, data transfer, and system validation.


  • Performance Improvement: Migrating to newer and more advanced hardware can lead to enhanced system performance and faster processing times.
  • Cost Efficiency: Over time, older hardware can become expensive to maintain. Migrating to newer hardware can offer better cost-to-performance ratios.
  • Scalability: Modern hardware often offers better scalability options to accommodate growing business needs.
  • Reduced Downtime: Newer hardware can offer improved reliability, which can lead to reduced system downtimes.
  • Enhanced Security: New hardware platforms may come with advanced security features.

Common mistakes:

  • Inadequate Hardware Sizing: Underestimating or overestimating the hardware resources needed in the new environment.
  • Data Transfer Inefficiencies: Using inefficient data transfer mechanisms leading to longer downtime or potential data loss.
  • Misconfigured Network Settings: Not ensuring network configurations align with the new server setup.
  • Skipping System Validation: Not thoroughly validating the system post-migration to ensure everything operates as expected.

2. Database Migration

In a database migration, the BASIS team moves the SAP system’s database from one database management system (DBMS) to another. For example, migrating from Oracle to SAP HANA. The team must ensure data consistency, integrity, and proper system configuration for the new database.


  • Performance Gains: Databases like SAP HANA are designed for in-memory computing, leading to faster data retrieval and processing.
  • Future-Proofing: Some modern databases are more suited for upcoming SAP versions or functionalities.
  • Cost Savings: Depending on licensing and maintenance fees, a new DBMS might be more cost-effective in the long run.
  • Advanced Features: Newer databases might offer advanced analytics, AI capabilities, or better integration options.
  • Improved Security: Modern databases often come with better security mechanisms and regular updates.

Common mistakes:

  • Ignoring Database Specific Settings: Each DBMS has unique settings and ignoring these can cause post-migration issues.
  • Poor Data Integrity Checks: Not rigorously verifying data post-migration to ensure consistency and integrity.
  • Failing to Adjust SAP Profiles: Not adapting SAP profiles to the new database system can result in system malfunctions.
  • Incomplete Backup: Not having a comprehensive backup of the original database, leading to potential data recovery issues.

3. Operating System Migration

An operating system migration involves moving the SAP system from one operating system to another. The BASIS team is responsible for adapting the system to the new OS, performing system tests, and resolving any compatibility issues.


  • Enhanced Performance: Some operating systems are optimized for certain workloads or applications.
  • Cost Benefits: The new OS might have a more favorable licensing model or lower total cost of ownership.
  • Support and Updates: Migrating to a supported OS ensures regular security patches and updates.
  • Compatibility: Newer software versions or third-party applications might be better supported on a newer OS.
  • Improved Security: Modern operating systems often offer better security features and integrations.

Common mistakes:

  • Misjudging OS Compatibility: Not ensuring that the SAP version and components are compatible with the target OS.
  • Ignoring OS-specific SAP Settings: SAP may require specific settings or parameters based on the OS, which, if overlooked, can cause issues.
  • Incomplete Testing: Not conducting comprehensive tests to ensure the SAP system operates smoothly on the new OS.
  • Improper File System Rights: Incorrect file and directory permissions can lead to access issues.

4. Cloud Migration

Cloud migration refers to moving the SAP system from on-premises infrastructure to a cloud-based platform like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. The BASIS team needs to configure the cloud environment, transfer data, and ensure smooth system operation in the cloud.


  • Enhanced Performance: Some operating systems are optimized for certain workloads or applications.
  • Scalability: Cloud platforms offer dynamic scalability options, allowing systems to be scaled up or down based on demand.
  • Cost Efficiency: Pay-as-you-go models in the cloud can lead to cost savings as opposed to maintaining on-premises infrastructure.
  • High Availability: Cloud providers typically offer robust disaster recovery and high availability options.
  • Flexibility: Cloud platforms offer a plethora of integrated services, from AI to advanced analytics, that can be easily integrated.
  • Maintenance: Reduced overhead in terms of physical infrastructure maintenance.

Common mistakes:

  • Ignoring Cloud-Specific Configurations: Each cloud provider has unique configurations and services that must be optimized for SAP.
  • Inadequate Data Transfer Mechanisms: Using inefficient methods to transfer data to the cloud, resulting in more extended downtimes.
  • Overlooking Cloud Security Protocols: Not fully utilizing or misconfiguring cloud-specific security mechanisms, leading to vulnerabilities.
  • Not Planning for Bandwidth Consumption: Failing to estimate bandwidth needs can increase migration times or costs.
  • Not thinking of Software dependencies in Cloud: Cloud platforms mostly support latest versions of software. A successful migration includes parallel upgrades and migrations of software components which are not Cloud compliant either before or during the migration

5. Unicode Conversion

When migrating to a newer SAP system, primarily to SAP S/4HANA, Unicode compatibility is mandatory. The BASIS team performs Unicode conversions to ensure the SAP system can handle multiple languages and character sets.


  • Global Compatibility: Unicode systems can process any language in the world, crucial for global enterprises.
  • Data Consistency: Ensures that data is stored, retrieved, and displayed consistently across different languages.
  • Future Proofing: Newer SAP versions and modules often require Unicode, so conversion is a step toward future readiness.
  • Integration Ease: Unicode systems integrate more seamlessly with other Unicode-compatible systems and platforms.

Common mistakes:

  • Skipping Pre-Checks: Not using the SAP-provided pre-checks that highlight potential issues with the conversion.
  • Not Adjusting Custom Developments: Failing to adapt custom code that isn’t Unicode compatible.
  • Inadequate Backup Strategy: Not having a robust backup strategy, which is critical in case the conversion encounters issues.
  • Ignoring Post-Conversion Validation: Not rigorously verifying data post-conversion to ensure character integrity and system stability.

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