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About The Client

The client is a top real estate developer in India who has built self-sufficient townships across different cities in India. They have also forayed and built a presence in the healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, and education sectors.

Business Need

The client was already using SAP’s ERP Central Component (ECC) to manage critical business areas such as finance, accounting, sales, and distribution, and Business Warehouse (BW) to integrate, transform, cleanse, and store data.

Since they were also using other SAP modules such as FICO, SD, MM, PS, PM, and QM, they wanted a more advanced SAP solution that would enable seamless integration, reduce bottlenecks, and enhance productivity.

SAP S/4 HANA was the obvious choice. The client decided to migrate from SAP ECC to SAP S/4 HANA and BW to BW on HANA. However, they wanted to complete this migration quickly – with minimal downtime and without disrupting the operations.

There was also one more concern.

  • The client had more than 500 custom Reports, Interface, Conversion, Enhancements, Forms, and Workflow (RICEFW) objects that helped them meet the needs of their business. They wanted them to be migrated carefully without any disruption.
  • To understand the feasibility and help with the migration, the client wanted a SAP specialist who understood the systems and had the domain expertise to work on the project.
  • Since Sapours deeply understands SAP ECC and SS/4 HANA and has helped multiple real estate companies with end-to-end consultation and implementation of SAP solutions, the client onboarded us for the project.

The Sapours Approach

Here’s how we helped the client migrate from SAP ECC to SAP S/4 HANA in three months.

  • Feasibility study: Our team of SAP experts started by conducting a comprehensive feasibility study to assess the scope and complexity of the migration project.
  • Defining a roadmap and using a parallel landscape approach: After a thorough assessment and extensive discussions with different stakeholders, we designed the migration roadmap and a project plan keeping in mind the tight completion deadlines.
    After receiving the necessary approvals, it was time to migrate to SAP S/4 HANA. Since the client used SAP’s three-system landscape (development, quality, and production), we recommended following a parallel landscape approach. We created a sandbox environment and performed multiple mock migrations before executing the final migration. This helped us prevent downtimes and ensure business continuity.
  • Understanding RICEFW and automating the project: Since our team had a deep understanding of both SAP ECC and S/4 HANA systems, they were able to reduce the time taken to migrate the complex RICEFW objects.
    They used SAP’s standard tools like SUM (Software Update Manager) and ATC (ABAP Test Cockpit) to ensure seamless integration and leveraged automation wherever possible to accelerate the migration process. This led to the successful migration of Finance Cockpit, customer and vendor master data to BP master records, and the smooth transition of a huge list of custom objects.


Overall, the thorough planning and execution combined with our team’s deep understanding of SAP systems was responsible for the project’s successful and timely completion. We completed the entire migration in a record four months and were able to migrate around 500 custom objects quickly.