Starting Small Series, #3: SAP S/4HANA conversion - transaction analysis

16 March 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 SAP 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.

Transaction analysis

We’ll use the result of our step-by-step description of the workload analysis to identify the SAP GUI transactions that will not be available after a conversion to SAP S/4HANA.

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Sample Excel Output of the Workload Analysis

For every new release, SAP developers share a list of all the transactions that will be impacted. Manually matching the 400+ pages of the so-called “Simplification List” PDF document is extremely time consuming. To overcome this issue, our team has built a custom Fiori application. This app imports the above Excel list and matches it with the Simplification List that we have converted into a transaction database. The result looks like this:

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SAP S/4HANA Transaction Analyzer. (C) Bluefin Solutions

Simply share the list of transactions that you created from the ‘workload analysis’ with your Bluefin consultant and we’ll identify the key transactions that will impact your business processes.

Next time, we’ll be looking at Business Functions, so stay tuned!

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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.