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3 May 2019

Accelerate Your SAP S/4HANA Migration with RPA

3 May 2019

Accelerate Your SAP S/4HANA Migration with RPA

The current SAP application landscape serves the basic business process needs to run your day-to-day operational activities. Over time, the data sources, as well as other systems associated with them, have grown in the effort to gain greater insights. This has resulted in a complex and heavy infrastructure. 


The latest S/4HANA business suite offers new and improved ways to digitize business processes, but migrations of this size can be costly. A UiPath analysis projects that the typical process for this migration can cost $10 million and take about eighteen months.


With SAP announcing the end of support by 2025 for the earlier versions of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, the migration to S/4HANA is not an option but a requirement.


Large migration projects involve a degree of uncertainty, but with Robotic Process Automation (RPA), you can automate various steps of the migration. Rather than testing different pieces of code one at a time, for example, you can automate the testing process and make migration faster, more reliable and large scale.


Many SAP customers develop code to customize SAP applications to their specific needs. This code can run into the thousands of lines, but might not run smoothly after migration to SAP S/4HANA because of its different coding standards.


Rather than use your developers’ time to create test scripts, the UiPath Enterprise RPA Platform can automate testing and validation. UiPath Robots can quickly identify custom code, analyze vulnerabilities, check for compatibility problems, and remediate issues automatically.


UiPath automates different phases of the migration process, thus reducing the overall critical path and timelines of the entire SAP S/4HANA migration. For information technology (IT) departments, the SAP S/4HANA migration brings several challenges. The key concern areas being:

  • Custom code analysis and remediation
  • Manual testing and validation
  • Security compliance


Without the need to develop custom script, you can save the time and effort of your developers for more valuable tasks, and start taking advantage of the SAP S/4HANA suite faster.


How UiPath accelerates your SAP S/4HANA migration



Custom code identification, analysis, and remediation

The UiPath Platform can help automatically remediate and optimize custom code for your S/4HANA migration. UiPath Robots can quickly:

  • Identify custom code
  • Analyze any vulnerabilities in the existing code
  • Check for compatibility. Robots can assess compliance with your coding standards and compare the existing custom code with the new SAP S/4HANA code to ensure they are compatible.
  • Remediate the issues automatically to prevent manual errors

The benefits of RPA:

  • Rapid time to value
  • Reduce effort for custom code remediation
  • Decrease code migration effort
  • Reduce cost of assessment
  • Eliminate manual errors

RPA for S/4HANA migration testing and validation

UiPath automates the regression, security, and acceptance testing you'll need to do throughout the S/4HANA migration. The UiPath Platform provides rapid large scale, end-to-end automated testing and validation coverage without much disruption to your team, your day-to-day operations, and your customers. This includes:

  • Business process variant definition through process mining
  • Dynamic creation of test cases and test data sets
  • Continuous end-to-end test execution
  • Automated testing is supported through the SAP GUI, Fiori, and other SAP clients
  • Power BI Dashboard to show test progress and the results

The benefits of RPA:

  • Decrease the business disruption for subject matter experts (SMEs), process owners, and end customers
  • Achieve large scale testing and validation (at a scale not possible for human employees)
  • Decrease testing time
  • Reduce costs via the replacement of manual efforts with intelligent RPA
  • Eliminate manual errors

RPA for S/4HANA migration security compliance

UiPath offers a trusted Platform for secure automation and simplified compliance with the regulations that matter to you. The UiPath Platform's defense-grade security and auditing include role-based access control (RBAC), Encryption Everywhere, and Veracode certified code. Our technology is trusted as secure by more than 50 government agencies.


The benefits of RPA:

  • Protection from security threats
  • Simplify compliance with required regulations


Beyond SAP S/4HANA migration: the path to digital transformation


Using RPA allows you to generate returns beyond the SAP S/4HANA migration process because you can reuse the automations post-migration to improve day-to-day operational efficiency.


The automations you create for the S/4HANA migration can continue on as your digital workforce. Your Robots will stand ready to automate many critical business processes, which will provide your enterprise with a competitive advantage.


Here are some additional uses for UiPath Robots after the migration has been completed:

  • Use the Robots and the test cases built during the migration phase for other planned regression or acceptance tests
  • Set dynamic triggers for process executions to be automatically triggered based on your needs; the Robots don't require scheduling to run when needed


Automating various phases of the SAP S/4HANA migration process with UiPath not only provides your organization with lasting value, but also puts you on the path to true digital transformation through automation. 


If you missed my presentation at the conference, “Accelerate Your SAP S/4HANA Migration with UiPath RPA and EY,” join me for our webinar “Automate your SAP S/4HANA Migration with RPA.”


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Peter Villeroy is the Director of Global SAP Practice at UiPath.

by Peter Villeroy

TOPICS: SAP Automation, SAP, SAP S/4HANA Migration

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