SAP S/4HANA Migration Project Hits Some Bumps

SAP S/4HANA Migration Project Hits Some Bumps

When Trusting Your SAP S/4HANA Migration Teams Too Much Has Massive Implications

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Migrations to SAP S/4HANA are challenging and difficult when the overall organization must adjust to new technologies, new architectures, constant training, and more. For a corporation to transition to a new and better way of doing business with innovative and flexible tools not only requires investments, but the right personnel, not only capable of performing the test but also adaptable and able to adjust to changes. However, many times the so called “technology experts” that you rely on might not work for your benefit, and many times their skill sets, and ethics are something to be worried about. The current article is about a true story and mostly directed to project managers; it shows that the success of your project not only depends on your Gantt chart, but also on the evidence that justifies the decision making behind the weekly update meetings.

This document explores an extreme case of unprofessional behavior supported by two of the Big 4 auditing and consulting firms, contractors, full-time employees, and top management; however, the latter failed to realize that expectations and reality do not always match. The events described in this article will shed light on some of the challenges companies face when performing massive financial and software transformation projects without the correct “checks and balances.”

In this article we will review the following:

- Why it is important to verify the activities identified in your SAP S/4HANA upgrade project plan to be feasible.

- Why it is important to follow SAP OSS notes to uncover any major issues in your project.

- How successful projects depend on teams and people you can trust; if you do not trust, them replace them.

- Expectations vs. reality: it is a hard truth that you must be prepared to adjust quickly.

- And don’t forget to buy the software that you are supposed to implement.

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