Global Group of Transformation Experts


SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Community

In 2018, the demand for more flexible methods for migration to SAP S/4HANA increased significantly in the market. Customers asked SAP for a new hybrid approach of the common methods of Brownfield and Greenfield because each alone did not meet the customer requirements. Answering this customer demand, SAP founded the “Selective Data Transition Engagement” taskforce, and invited four partners who are recognized experts of successful SAP system transformations: CBS, Datavard, Natuvion, and SNP.

The goal of this global expert community “SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement” is to leverage the combined knowledge and experience of all members from several thousand successful migration projects, to help customers migrate to SAP S/4HANA. The task force has a common charter to establish best practice standards, methods, and processes for a secure migration to SAP S/4HANA.

Selective Data Transition vs. Classic Migration Approaches

“Selective Data Transition” is an innovative approach that goes beyond a new S/4HANA implementation (Greenfield) or system upgrade (Brownfield). With this innovative approach, it’s possible to freely select the data sets you want to migrate. Thus, a flexible redesign of business processes and the preservation of historical data can be combined, representing a true hybrid approach of Greenfield and Brownfield. In summary, this new approach allows use of innovations in S/4HANA, while simultaneously selectively leveraging your investment in historical data and processes allowing you to save time and money by going live in months rather than years – often in a single weekend with near-zero downtime.

“Our customers can rely on the members of the working group to know about the opportunities and risks of a selective approach, to have expertise in this area, to continuously expand their knowledge, and to exchange project experiences.”

Stefanie Kübler, Global VP Data Management & Landscape Transformation, SAP