How to Accelerate SAP Migrations and Consolidations without Losing Performance

By Raj Rao  |  Posted 2010-09-21 Print this article Print

Most enterprises encounter SAP migrations and consolidations more often than complete SAP upgrades. Yet SAP migrations and consolidations are not given their due during the planning and execution phases. These events are critical and can have a big impact on the overall enterprise business process and productivity. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Raj Rao explains how companies can accelerate their SAP migrations and consolidations without losing quality or performance.

Despite the economic downturn, last year there were $2.3 trillion dollars' worth of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving 5,800 separate transactions. The result of this M&A activity is a spate of enterprise application consolidations and migrations. When M&A occur, the resulting enterprise is left with duplicate or overlapping business processes, applications that are supporting these duplicate business processes, and support frameworks for each of these duplicate applications.

It is imperative that overlapping business processes are rationalized and supporting applications are consolidated for cost savings, productivity improvement and establishing a single source of truth for enterprise facts.

A migration transfers business processes from a non-SAP application to SAP. An example of this would be migrating manufacturing business processes from a J.D. Edwards application to an SAP application. Consolidation implies merging multiple instances of SAP applications together to form fewer SAP instances. Consolidation may also involve upgrade as a step to reach the final planned state. These two events may occur when an enterprise goes through M&A or decides to consolidate multiple instances into fewer instances for efficiency and standardization.

SAP migrations and consolidations need to be carefully planned and executed using appropriate process frameworks. Migrations to SAP from other source applications and SAP instance consolidations may impact large numbers of business users and their daily activities. These events are critical and have an impact on the overall enterprise business process and productivity.

Raj Rao is Vice President of Global QA and Testing services at Keane. Rao is responsible for driving Keane quality initiatives and solution support activities. In this role, Rao has created several solutions for global 5000 organizations. Rao has 20+ years of experience in the software and communications industries. Rao has worked at SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle, building successful new product suites and solutions. He can be reached at

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