SAP S/4HANA Readiness Check for SAP ERP Usage and Data Profiling – Are You Ready?

SAP S/4HANA Readiness Check for SAP ERP Usage and Data Profiling

Proper planning for a SAP S/4HANA transition will ensure that everyone knows exactly what they are responsible for throughout the project. Before we start working, we should determine the important areas to concentrate on to plan for project tasks. Completing a SAP S/4HANA transition successfully within schedule and budget can be a very challenging endeavour for customers who have large amounts of data, a large number of company codes, controlling areas, operating concerns, chart of depreciations, etc.

In May 2019, SAP released a renewed SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA version, which included moving the solution to a new platform. This new iteration of the solution has been called version 2.0, while the initial version has been referred to as version 1.0. To simplify the transition and provide a smooth transition for customers, as of now, SAP ECC customers use Readiness Check 2.0. http://rc.cfapps.eu10.hana.ondemand.com. This tool is very popular and many ECC customers have been taking advantage of it.

What is the new SAP Readiness Check scenario??

The new SAP Readiness Check for SAP ERP usage and data profiling. This is another analysis besides the earlier SAP Readiness Check document.

Customers and consultants can start analysing in many dimensions. You can see the below screen print’s search option. You can analyse the current system by company code, by sales organisation, etc.

Most of the SAP ECC customers are considering planning for SAP S/4HANA conversion of their SAP ECC system to SAP S/4HANA. Consultants working on SAP S/4HANA Conversion may have to analyse the current SAP ECC system using new SAP Readiness Check tool “SAP Readiness Check for SAP ERP Usage and Data Profiling.” This helps in planning for a SAP S/4HANA Conversion Project.

This tool summarises the results of the existing system and provides a document “SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA Usage and Data Profiling analysis.” This supports in organising a SAP S/4HANA transition project.

The results of this analysis allow SAP ECC customers and consultants to easily evaluate the current state of an existing system and to assess the complexity, scope & related effort for current SAP S/4HANA Conversion project.

This new application verifies functional aspects of the existing SAP ECC system to deliver valuable profiles of important points as below:
• Detailed Data Profile
• SAP ERP Solution Usage Profile
• Initial Data Migration Profile
• Organisational Structure Profile

Which SAP Releases does it support?

SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA supports the following source releases:
• SAP ERP 6.0 (Enhancement Package 0 to 8)
• SAP S/4HANA Finance 1503 and 1605 (which are technically based on SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Packages 7 and 8 respectively)

To run SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA, data collectors are required. This gathers statistical data and a limited set of configuration data from existing ECC system. To install the data collection framework and the associated collectors we need to implement the SAP Notes. Before implementing those notes, refer to SAP Notes and consider implementing the latest version of SAP Note 1668882 and 2971435.

Which SAP Notes are required for Implementation of Data Collectors?

SAP Note 3112362 is required to analyse your existing SAP ERP system with SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA in preparation for the planning of a conversion project to SAP S/4HANA.

If you get an issue, open OSS message with SAP.

The data collectors perform checks around master and transactional data across application components like Accounting, Logistics, Human Resources, etc including it’s corresponding components and subcomponents, as well as important customising settings and application relevant KPIs.

A complete list of all data collectors can be found in the attachments section of SAP Note 3112362.

To install the data collection framework and the associated collectors, implement this SAP Note.

Process flow:

Step 1: In your development system, you can Implement SAP Note 3112362

Then move the request ( SAP Note) to the SAP ECC PRD system You may try to move to SBX (a copy of the productive system).

Step 2: Data Collection

Execute the SAP Readiness Check for SAP ERP usage and data profiling analysis report:

RC_UDP_COLLECT_ANALYSIS_DATA via in transaction code SE38

Choose Schedule Analysis to schedule the background job to collect data.

Select the Download Analysis Data option in the data collection report.

Select Display Analysis Data to review the collected data.

It will be shown in a separate browser.

Delete any persistent data of the analysis by choosing option Delete Buffered Analysis Data.

Step 3: Analysis Creation

Open the SAP Readiness Check landing page ( https://rc.cfapps.eu10.hana.ondemand.com).

Choose Start New Analysis, complete the presented form, and choose Create.

Once you download, your report is ready.

Conclusion

SAP Readiness Check for SAP ERP usage and data profiling should be executed in the production system or in a recent copy of the productive system (SBX). Later, you have to do the same in PRD also for perfect results.

The analysis is client dependent. In case you have more than one productive client, the analysis needs to be performed for every client. SAP Solution Manager is not required for the use of SAP Readiness Check for SAP ERP usage and data profiling. The user ID executing the analysis job must have authorisation object S_DEVELOP. This helps teams have access to the analysis results.

This does not capture raw transactional business data. This tool analyses usage statistics, data volume information, data analysis, and configuration settings to report on the state of the system.

Please refer to my book on SAP S/4HANA Conversions. This may help SAP ECC customers with their SAP S/4HANA Transition.

About the Author:
Dr. Ravi Surya Subrahmanyam is a technical and Financials writer with a background in SAP Financial Accounting, Funds Management, Group Reporting, Financial Supply Chain Management, Cash Management & in-house cash, SAP S/4 HANA Finance. He has been working as a Senior Director for SAP Practice for an US based Company in Hyderabad. . He completed a Master’s degree in Finance from Central University, Master of Commerce from Osmania University, Master of Commerce from Andhra University, and Ph.D.in Finance from one of the best universities in India. His research Papers have been published in National and International magazines. He has been a Visiting Instructor for SAP India Education and SAP Indonesia – Education. He has been working on Conversion and Upgradation projects. He is a Certified Solution Architect for SAP S/4 HANA and an SAP S/4 HANA Certified Professional. He can be reached at sravi@answerthink.com or fico_rss@yahoo.com

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