Starting Small Series, #1: SAP Suite on HANA and S/4HANA Migration - Workload Analysis

16 February 2017

Julien Delvat

Julien Delvat

SAP S/4HANA Consultant

Moving to SAP Suite on HANA or SAP S/4HANA is not a simple upgrade. Bluefin is here to bring clarity and understanding to the process. Our experts have designed a highly successful discovery process to support the first steps of any organization’s journey to Suite on HANA or S/4HANA. In this series, we’ll be breaking down developing a business case or roadmap into bite-sized chunks, detailing some of the preliminary tasks that should be undertaken.

Workload Analysis

One of these tasks is called Workload Analysis. It consists of analyzing which transactions are run frequently and uses this as an input into further tasks like impact analysis or code remediation.

In your SAP ERP production system, call transaction ST03N (Workload Monitor). 

SAP Transaction: Workload Monitor (ST03N). Source: SAP

  • Ensure that you are in “Expert” mode and not “Service Engineer” mode (1);
  • Under “Workload” (2), select “Total” (3), expand the “Month” folder (4), and double-click on the last complete month (4). In the example above, “01/2017”;
  • In the “Analysis Views” panel, expand “Transaction Profile” and double-click on “Standard” (6);
  • In the main view, select tab for “All Data” (7);
  • Click on “Export” drop-down icon and select “Spreadsheet”.

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Data Export Options in ST03N. Source: SAP

The result of this process looks like the following file:

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Sample Excel Output of the Workload Analysis

This spreadsheet document is the final result of the workload analysis. It can now be used for impact analysis or code remediation.

We’ll be sharing the next task in the very near future, so keep your eyes posted on our insights.

About the author

Julien Delvat

SAP S/4HANA Consultant

With over 15 years’ experience of developing cost management applications at SAP Labs France, coupled with significant experience of architecting, designing and implementing these systems for clients across the globe and industries, Julien is perfectly placed to offer Bluefin’s customers unrivalled expertise in the colliding worlds of finance and technology. It’s not with good reason he’s known as a ‘Costing Geek’!

When it comes to collaborating with clients, Julien likes to get under an organisation’s skin. He wants to know what makes a company tick, what their priorities are and what the reality is on the ground. Doing this assists him to build information systems that reflect their true business needs.

Julien’s contributions to the SAP Financials community have been recognized through publications in professional blogs and journals like SCN.com and SAP Expert, as well as multiple speaking and panel opportunities at conferences like SAP Financials, SAP Controlling, Sapphire / ASUG, and SAP TechEd. He is most passionate about his roles as an ASUG volunteer for the Financials community and as an SAP Mentor, working as a trusted advisor to build new communication channels between SAP and its customers.