The Impact of SAP S/4HANA On-Premise Migration on SAP Roles and Authorizations

With the SAP-imposed deadline of 2027 looming for migrating to SAP S/4HANA, many of SAP’s customers are currently considering migrating their legacy ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. Resilient security is essential when moving forward with new technologies, and SAP software is no exception. SAP has made significant changes to the business suite’s data model in SAP S/4HANA, resulting in thousands of changes to authorization objects, transactions, applications, and modules. These changes to roles and authorizations will affect organizations' security design, an impact that SAPinsider Expert Michael Kummer says many project managers aren't fully aware of. In his article he describes the significant changes made and their impact on security models.

After reading this article you will be able to:
- Prevent incompatible role and authorization concepts from impeding your SAP S/4HANA migration
- Avoid unforeseen issues during migration
- Limit the effect on business users during test cycles

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Michael Kummer SVP, Xiting, LLC
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Michael Kummer is spearheading Xiting’s sales and marketing activities in the Americas. Before taking over this responsibility, he held various leadership positions at high-tech companies in Europe and North America. Michael Kummer has enjoyed a decade-long history within the IT industry, focusing on SAP security. In his spare time, Michael writes for his tech and healthy living blog, spends time with his family and he is an avid Crossfitter.