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Assessing your SAP Landscape with KTern`s Digital Maps


Kirthan Ramesh - 6 Minute read

01-Feb-2021


KTern.AI is an automated Digital Workspace focused on SAP S/4HANA transformations and has ready-to-use automation features for project execution and business operations. Its auto-learning knowledge base engine S4HANAPEDIA.AI enables stakeholders with intelligent insights across all phases of the SAP Activate Methodology – Discover, Prepare, Explore, Realize, Deploy, Run.

KTern’s Digital Maps connects to an ECC system and assess the entire landscape, thus enabling you to better understand the implications of a transition from existing ERP system to SAP S/4HANA. Digital Maps has five sub-parts:

  1. Landscape Assessment
  2. Business Process Assessment
  3. Custom Objects Assessment
  4. Business Transformation Assessment
  5. Timeline Assessment

Together, the results from the above assessments serve as a Master Data to transition to the New World.

Landscape Assessment

Landscape Assessment gives detailed information of the type of SAP system connected to KTern. It gives information such as the Database type, Operating System, ECC version, Processor type etc.

Active vs Inactive Users

In the case of S/4HANA system conversion, you must analyse the existing SAP ERP users and their license types. KTern automates this process. It finds out the total number of SAP ERP users and also classifies them into active and inactive users based on their activity. As a result, this section gives you an analytical view of all the users present in the system and helps you make the right decision with respect license purchase before moving to S/4HANA.

KTern also provides the below information about each and every particular user in the ECC system: 

  1. Name of the user
  2. User type (Communication user, Dialog User or System User)
  3. License type (Professional, Limited Professional, Test or ESS user)
  4. Type of Admin user
  5. System to which the User belongs
  6. Last Login date of the User
  7. User status (Active or Inactive

Add-on Analytics

Your transition from ECC to S/4HANA can stop in its tracks if there is an incompatible add-on. All add-ons must be certified in order to run on S/4HANA. For SAP’s own add-ons or the ones sold through SAP’s pricelist, you can directly request the status of add-ons and additional packages from SAP themselves. However, SAP is not responsible for the independent third-party add-ons.

KTern automates the process of add-on compatibility check during the SAP S/4HANA assessment and does not require the installation of any SAP Notes in the system. After connecting the system, KTern runs the check and automatically classifies the installed add-ons into compatible and incompatible add-ons.

Archiving Recommendations

With the Archiving Recommendations feature, KTern automatically analyses the system and identifies the documents, tables and custom programs which can be archived. You can then archive these data to any other third-party storage database.

SAP Data Archiving Process essentially involves three major steps:

  1. Creating archive files
  2. Running delete programs
  3. Storing the archive file

KTern provides a detailed report on archiving recommendations. The results are as follows: 

  1. Documents archiving potential
  2. Tables archiving potential
  3. Custom programs archiving potential

Interfaces Review

SAP Interfaces offer the possibility of connecting external systems to ECC. When you transition from ECC to S/4HANA, you are only changing the Digital Core. Hence, these interfaces should work in the same way as they were before. Therefore, KTern performs the Interface Review check to determine whether the connection to S/4HANA is compatible.

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