Migration of SAP ECC® to SAP HANA®

Company Overview
A Publicly owned energy trading company. The company has about 250.000 customers, both industrial and residential.


In 2014, the company defined a strategic initiative to modernize infrastructure and operations, and address several existing risks:

• System risks - existing SAP systems were nearing end-of-life support.

• Business risks - upcoming changes to the market meant agility was needed.

• Supplier risks - finding key competencies needed to become easier.

• Personnel risks - needed to prevent staff churn and facilitate recruiting.

• Strategic risks - future business cases had to be supported.
In addition, high licensing costs of the existing RDBMS platform was affecting company profitability.

After a successful migration of the company’s BW system, a strategic decision was taken to upgrade and move all SAP systems to the HANA platform - Migration of SAP CRM 7.03 and SAP IS-U 7.47 to SAP HANA.


Project execution
Starting after the SAP CRM and SAP IS-U systems were upgraded, over a period of 20 weeks, all SAP systems systems - Sandbox, DEV, QA, and PROD - were migrated from the existing RDBMS to run on SAP HANA.

The project was split into multiple phases:
• 2 weeks preparation, 2 weeks of Unicode conversion,

• 4 weeks of code corrections,

• 10 weeks of HANA migration, and

• 2 weeks of post go-live support).

Different partners were involved in installing and configuring the hardware, running ongoing application maintenance, providing operations support and performing the coding and migration work.

Key Challenges
• Dual development environments had to be managed during the project.

• Backup and storage costs went up with dual systems, before going down after decommissioning of the legacy system.

• Many vendors were involved - HW, SW, maintenance, and migration partners. There were many communication paths and different reporting structures.


Success Factors
• Make good use of your preparation time - secure that connections and user accounts are set up and tested for all parties involved. Run ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) to find custom code issues.

• Use strong advisors - HANA is a moving target. Use advisors with strong technical skills and who are well connected with SAP. They can get the word from SAP CoE organizations regarding global experiences from customers who have made the journey before you.

• Utilize your SAP support agreement: Technical Quality Checks are available from SAP, and are free of charge for many customers with support agreements. They are executed remotely and require some planning. Take advantage of them and allocate time to analyze and address their findings in your project plan.

• Plan properly and in great detail: Plan for dual maintenance, and communicate system deadlines. Plan for the decommission of existing systems to reach full license savings potential.

Involve business users in testing: Key for acceptance - plan for testing and book user test resources well in advance.

• Train your staff: SAP HANA is a rewarding platform to work with, and makes completely new use cases possible. Make sure that your team is well trained and understands the new SAP features and architectural considerations.

• Document migration issues: Demand that your migration partner maintains a complete issue log and continuously reviews this with your business and technical experts. All issues should be completely understood. If not resolved immediately, they must be properly documented.

• One team culture - with multiple vendors participating, find a strong project lead and build a collaborative culture. Hold all vendors accountable for the overall success of the project.


Improved performance:
• Search and confirm Business Partner in CRM Webui: 5-10 times faster.

• Normal navigation in CRM Webui: 1,5-2 times faster.

• IS-U invoicing: 2 times faster.

• The DB size went down by 80% (IS-U 4TB -> 800 GB, CRM 1TB -> 200GB).

No significant issues reported in the first 12 months of production use.

The SAP HANA license costs will be recouped in about 4 years, due to elimination of legacy license savings, operations that are more effective and less overall costs for system management.

Project Recognition
The full project (upgrade + HANA migration) was nominated for IT Project of the Year in Sweden.

Magnus Eijlinder
Magnus Eijlinder