Since the inception of SAP S/4HANA, one of the main risks that often derails the implementation journey centers around preparing, cleansing, converting, and managing the data. This article presents leading practices that SAP customers can leverage during their SAP S/4HANA implementations to significantly reduce program risks associated with the data conversion process. The advice provided includes focusing on pre-planning activities well in advance of the initial data conversion, ensuring that data quality, management, and governance foundations are established early and that initiatives are continuously ongoing, and leveraging the data conversion phase to address other key requirements such as jumpstarting self-service analytics.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Andrew Joo is the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) leader for North America within the SAP Business Analytics Center of Excellence at IBM Global Business Services. He has more than 16 years of deep strategy, financial, cost, management, and technology consulting experience, encompassing leading industry firms (Big 4, system integrators) and a multitude of technologies (SAP, Microsoft, Oracle), industries (private and public sector), processes and methodologies (PMI, Agile, SDLC), and roles (functional and technical). In addition to serving as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the field of financial advisory, EPM, BI, and Information Management disciplines, he has been integral in project delivery, practice development, business development, and industry and community outreach efforts. He has pioneered unique methodologies and go-to-market solutions using an integrated EPM (EPM-BPC) and BI paradigm. The aforementioned have been featured in key industry events and publications, including SAP Sapphire and SAPinsider’s Financials and Reporting & Analytics conferences. He holds an MBA in strategy/marketing from Rice University, an MS in management information systems, and a Bachelor’s in finance. He is the author of 100 Things You Should Know about SAP NetWeaver BW, full of time-saving tips and tricks and step-by-step instruction.