Migrating from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA? Cleo Can Help.

SAP ECC to S/4HANA Migration

Cleo has the integration experience you need during a SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA ERP migration. We can directly integrate S/4HANA with your on-premise and cloud systems, eCommerce platforms and marketplaces, and trading partners with our custom Accelerator.

Using Cleo, your business can streamline EDI workflows, eliminate manual integration processes with low-tech customers and suppliers, reduce custom coding, further validate and transform your data, and more. And if you already completed your S/4HANA migration, we can still help with all your integration needs.

We Are the ERP Integration Experts

  • 1000+ years of combined integration experience

  • 87 NPS score puts Cleo atop its industry

  • Personalized integration packages to address your unique needs


Technical Benefits of Using Cleo for Your S/4HANA Migration

Cleo Integration Cloud is application agnostic so you can integrate your SAP S/4HANA ERP into your digital ecosystem and achieve:

  • Simple trading partner setup and onboarding with pre-built templates and maps

  • Back-office system integration (TMS, WMS, CRM, FMS)

  • Any-to-any data transformation, including EDI & APIs

  • End-to-end business process automation

  • Customizable dashboards for each user

  • Customizable real-time visibility dashboards for any transaction

  • Expansive trading partner network

  • Flexible service offerings whether you choose self-service or managed service


Business Benefits of Using Cleo for Your S/4HANA Migration

Migrating to a S/4HANA ERP using Cleo integration delivers:

  • Cost Savings: Automation, faster order processing, fewer missed SLAs, and optimized workflows that significantly reduce operational costs

  • Enhanced Financial Management: Streamlined financial processes, improved reporting capabilities, and predictive analytics for greater financial control and planning

  • Scalability: Easily adapt to changing market behaviors and future growth so you can handle any influx/spike in demand

  • Streamlined Workflows: Integrated workflows simplify complex processes, leading to improved collaboration and data sharing, and fewer errors

  • Improved Inventory Management: Accurate real-time inventory data helps you avoid stockouts and overstocking, optimizing inventory levels and reducing carrying costs

  • Improved Order Fulfillment: Automated order processing and inventory management lead to faster deliveries and increased customer satisfaction

  • Enhanced Competitiveness: The various benefits of a modern ERP give your business a competitive edge in the marketplace


Cleo’s 3-Step, Integration-First Migration Approach

With most of our customers, we use our thoroughly tested and highly successful, 3-step migration approach, but there are always exceptions and modifications:


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Phase 1

  • Integrate priority partners on CIC into your existing SAP ECC

  • Build integration into new SAP S/4HANA ERP and begin performing A/B testing

  • Leave long tail of partners on existing integration platform          

Phase 2

  • Work through backlog of long tail partners and onboard onto CIC into your existing ECC

  • Enable priority partners in S/4HANA as desired

Phase 3

  • Move all partner integrations to SAP S/4HANA—this can be phased to match the priority of the partners and to meet S/4HANA go-live and decommissioning timelines


FAQs to Ask ERP Migration Providers

When looking for an ERP migration provider, be sure to ask questions to see if they are the best fit for your unique business needs.

1) Do you have experience with SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA ERP migrations?

Do they have experience performing a SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA migration? Do they have experience performing this specific ERP migration with companies in your same industry?

This ensures they understand the intricacies of the migration and your specific business needs, enabling them to seamlessly navigate the migration process.

2) What is your data migration strategy?

Can they detail their approach to data migration, including data cleansing, mapping, and ensuring data integrity throughout the process?

Data accuracy and security are paramount during migration. Clarify their data migration strategy and inquire about the tools and methodologies they use.

3) How do you minimize system downtime?

How will they minimize downtime during the migration and ensure business continuity?

Any interruption in operations can impact financials, business continuity, and trading partner relationships. Understand their plan for minimizing downtime and how they will ensure critical business activities continue smoothly during the transition.

4) Do you have a defined rollback plan?

What is their rollback plan in case of unforeseen issues during the migration?

Even with careful planning, things can go wrong, especially with a large project. Ask about their rollback plan and how they would handle a scenario where you need to revert to your existing system.

5) What type(s) of post-migration support do you offer?

What level of support do you offer after the migration is complete to ensure a smooth transition and address any post-migration challenges?

A completed migration is not the end of the journey. Understand their post-migration support plan to ensure they are there to assist you and answer any questions as you adapt to the new system.


ERP Migration Risks to Be Aware Of

All ERP migrations are prone to disruptions, delays, and difficulties. Common pitfalls to be aware of include:

Operational Downtime

Disjointed ERP systems slow responses to customers, risking SLA breaches and tarnishing service reputation. Avoid this with an innovative, any-to-any integration platform.

Over Customization

Customizing traditional ERPs inflates costs by more than 50% due to outdated integration features that create restrictive bottlenecks and require manual intervention. Find a solution that matches most of your needs that you can tweak to fit certain requirements.

Timeline Extensions

ERP upgrades often extend over years as strategies and scopes of work change, which interfere with timely completion. Have a solid strategy and plan in place to avoid extending deadlines.

ERPs Claiming to Do EDI Integration

If an ERP comes with EDI integration ‘capabilities’, the capabilities are often outdated, complex, and not fully thought out. Companies typically have better outcomes when they find a separate EDI integration solution that is compatible with their new ERP.

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