Conversion of SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA PCE using RISE with SAP

SAP has announced RISE with SAP earlier in 2021. The main intention of SAP to introduce RISE with SAP has been to promote flexibility and fast delivery with an affordable investment. Undoubtedly, this move is a boon for startups and SMEs when they want to migrate to SAP.


Before we begin, What is RISE with SAP?

RISE with SAP comes under single vendor and single contract concept for both S/4HANA and BW/4HANA PCE editions along with your infrastructure. This provides your clients with an opportunity where they can transition towards Intelligent Enterprise even when the client is just beginning their journey. This will help every client achieve business transformation when combined with cloud migration. What’s more? They can utilise 2200+ ready-made APIs to upscale their business.

Migration from SAP ECC to S/4HANA

Where did it all start? By introducing its landmark product SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) in 2006, SAP started revolutionizing the way businesses work. 4 years later, SAP HANA was launched. The prime function included storing and retrieving data on request by the SAP applications. In addition to it, it also performs advanced analytics in the form of spatial data processing, predictive analytics, text search, text analytics, graph data processing and streaming analytics with plenty of ETL capabilities application server.

Now we are in the age of SAP S/4HANA, a next-gen business suite. The product is built on advanced in-memory platform known as SAP HANA by incorporating modern design principles using SAP Fiori user experience (UX). Get access to massive simplifications such as user experience, data model, customer adoption, decision making and other business processes with innovative solutions such as AI, ML, IoT and Big Data to simplify all your business processes in the digital age.

SAP S/4HANA is deployable in On-premise, Cloud, Private Cloud and HANA Enterprise Cloud modes.

The SAP S/4HANA transition can take place in three forms- Implementation, System Conversion and Landscape Transformation.

SAP ECC to S/4HANA conversion is extremely risky. You need the right SAP implementation partner to get this done the best way.
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Why do you need to migrate from SAP ECC to S/4HANA?

Let’s imagine that you are a Windows 95 user in 2021. Can you expect Windows to support you in case of any technical issues? Will you be able to purchase any latest plugins? That’s almost impossible, isn’t it? You would also be missing out on the latest technological advancements which your peers might be catching up easily. What’s the solution? You have to move on to Windows 10. Easier said than done. How would you migrate those data you have stored in your system’s hard disk for the past 5-10 years? The amount of time and resources would go nowhere, isn’t it? If you have stored the data on cloud, you are on the safer side. You can migrate it with a few clicks.


Similarly, SAP would cease to support S/4HANA from 2025. Before that, you would have to transport your precious business data from your ECC system to S/4HANA. Alas! Businesses have already spent millions of dollars to update their data in SAP ECC.


Also, ECC is an on-premise software. That means you need separate data center where you store a limited amount of data. It’s going to consume a lot of manual space, time, cost and resources to manage the data.


SAP S/4HANA is a cloud-model where you can collaborate with hyperscalers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba to store your data. With SAP S/4HANA, you just need a Web URL to store all your data at one place.


Data migration is a huge deal for startups. What’s the best solution to make this happen? That’s where RISE with SAP comes into picture.

How can RISE with SAP enable SAP ECC to S/4HANA conversion?

Technical migration has been a sound topic among SAP experts. RISE with SAP allows conversion of SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA PCE.

It consists of all the technical tools and services that you need to migrate to S/4HANA.

  • Leverage the Custom Code Migration app to assess your custom code impact. You can easily reinforce the Clean Core principle when SAP S/4HANA conversions and migration to SAP Business Technology Platform happens.
  • With RISE with SAP, you can collect usage data when the system conversion project takes place to SAP S/4HANA. This would let you simplify and keep your custom code clean.

Every client will be able to choose their preferred hyperscaler to benefit directly from platform and infrastructure in the form of a service model. You can merge different systems apart from migration As-Is into the cloud since clients may have to account a number of instances within this landscape.

This is what you can expect for SAP S/4HANA in RISE with SAP:

SAP Functional Scope

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SAP S/4HANA Public vs Private vs On-Premise

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SAP S/4HANA Public vs Private vs On-Premise

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What other benefits can you expect?

• Get access to the Process Discovery tool to transform all your operations and performance with process analytics tools such as Signavio and Celonis.

• Analyze all your processes. Set a benchmark for what you want to achieve.

• Optimise your day-to-day activities across different process areas available in SAP S/4HANA when you make use of features such as workflows and automations. Enable embedded AI/ML scenarios with RISE with SAP.

• Integrate with different landscape solutions up and beyond what core S/4HANA has to offer you. Utilise the features available in SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP).

• Get access to more than 2200 prebuilt integrations and third-party apps.

• Safeguard your data with API management

• Automate all your SAP S/4HANA processes using prebuilt bots to streamline all the operations, reduce costs and help people escape robotic tasks

• Combine your data from S/4HANA to get actionable insights

• Leverage cloud data management, enterprise planning, advanced analytics, and business intelligence tools to make data-driven decisions

• Get embedded tools and services to perform actions such as custom code migration where you check the existing custom code which you need to migrate from ECC to SAP S/4HANA depending upon the usage and comparing it with the simplification list.

Final parting words

RISE with SAP supports multiple customers expedite their cloud journey when it comes to moving their BW or BW/4HANA or ECC or S/4HANA based landscapes onto cloud with one contract and one partner-based engagement model.

Do look out for different patterns as mentioned above prior to deciding on RISE with SAP and there could be different decision points than just functionality and future proofing when it comes to why RISE with SAP.
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The major difference between SAP ECC and S/4HANA is based on the database they utilise. When ECC is running on third-party database systems such as S/4HANA and Oracle, it would rely on the SAP in-memory database.

SAP ECC (SAP ERP Central Component) is an on-premises enterprise resource planning (ERP) system we refer as “SAP ERP.” 

ECC software can integrate digital information which created in a single business area of data from other areas of the business in real-time.

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