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Making the big leap from JDEdwards to SAP S/4 HANA, noobs guide

We've done it. After 17+ with JDEdwards we finally decided to switch to SAP S/4 Hana, going live January 1st 2019.

We are not big , counting 200 users in 4 countries, manufacturing/distribution companies.

We are starting the blueprint phase right now and i struggle with my team to get up to speed with the new exciting Universe.

The topics we must address are almost everything. From user deployment to development and customization.

So, here i go with my 1 million dollar noob questions.

  • As we are now , we will use SAP GUI almost 100% at the beginning. Fiori will come later. So, i am thinking should i use Citrix for SAP GUI delivery or not? We have been using Citrix for JDE deployment with success until now. But do i really need Citrix now? I know that the answer is not simple, i would appreciate an opinion from the community.
  • The second area that interests me is the main actions that i would have to undertake in order to use the rest of the year effectively and get to "know" SAP in all the ways possible (support/customizing/development). It is already sounding silly in my head but i would also appreciate and valuable input. For the time being we are trying to understand the inner workings of SAP web sites/support/wiki e.t.c .Also we subscribed to Learning Hub Pro in hope that it will help us starting the journey.

I am smiling as i remember having the same worries almost 20 years ago, but that's life :)

Thank you all and nice to meet you.

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    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Dear Elias,
    Welcome to the SAP world!!!
    This may not be exactling answering your questions , but here are a few advices:
    •Regarding point 1: I wonder why you chose to go to SAPGUI. SAP S/4HANA is designed/built to work with Fiori. As an example of issues this decision will lead you into: When you will be doing the fit-gap analysis, what will be your baseline, the list of the GUI features, or the whole list of the SAP S/4HANA features? Because their may be features which you need or really would like which will be available only via Fiori apps, and not in SAP GUI. Are you going to redevelop those features in ABAP and throw them away straight after Fiori deployment? I do not have the inputs which are leading you to this decision, but I would invite you to recheck as there may be very heavy consequences in the future.
    Regarding point 2:
    1- Are you aware of the SAP roadmap viewer and SAP Activate Methodolody ? If you are not, I would strongly invite you to access it as it would be your guide for the implementation project, with a lot of accelerators, including a project plan available in multiple formats (xls / Microsoft Project...)
    2- Have you installed a SAP S/4HANA Fully Activated Appliance either in the cloud or as a sandbox system? This will allow you to train or to demo during fit-gap workshops
    3- You should also make full use of the offerings included within your SAP contract. Depending on your contract, you will able to get access to some dedicated content such as the ES Academy if you have an Enterprise Support contract (very likely).

    Best regards


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    • Thank you for your answer.

      The implementation is going to be in somewhat 2 phases. We need to get the system up and running in its basic form on 1.1.2019. This would mean minimum deviation from standard SAP. I brought the same point as you on the table and the team chose to go with SAP GUI and be very sensitive on the functionality gap. They already identified the possible gaps and they still proposed SAP GUI for the start.

      Yes i become aware of the SAP activate methodology but i had to leave th eliberty of project execution tot the SAP consultant team as i could not force the way, i am only forcing the results , time and money involved.

      We already have our ERD system 1709 in our private cloud and we are beginning to get to know it.

      On the other hand we are going to get outsourced basis service for at least 2 years as right now is not possible to get this expertise hired or created internally in my team.

      We do have Enterprise Support contract which gives us a level of Learning Hub, and above that we have purchased a couple of Learning hub Pro subscriptions and we are focusing on these courses:

  • Feb 08, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Anyone care to give some advice?

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  • Feb 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Hi Elias,

    For enablement, you can find learning journeys which will point you to the right content per topic you're interested in here . You can filter for SAP S/4HANA and find the right path for you.

    Content on the learning journeys come from openSAP, free online platform to help you gain a solid understanding of SAP S/4HANA, and move through to content from SAP Learning Hub, Professional Edition, which I understand you already have. These learning journeys will guide you to get the right information you need.

    Hope that helps,

    Kind regards,


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