Adopting SAP S/4HANA: SAP S/4HANA New Implementation vs SAP S/4HANA System Conversion

Adopting SAP S/4HANA, the post-modern ERP is your first step in digitizing your enterprise. Considering that there are multiple transition scenarios for adopting SAP S/4HANA (covered in the article SAP S/4HANA Adoption Scenarios), which option is better? Is an SAP S/4HANA New Implementation the better option? Or is it an SAP S/4HANA System Conversion? The right choice can easily be decided based on a few factors. In this blog, I will provide an overview of the factors which can influence your decision.

Adopting SAP S/4HANA

Arguments for an SAP S/4HANA New Implementation

System Requirements

Your Source system has restrictions which do not allow you to move to SAP S/4HANA on-premise in a one-step procedure.


Your focus is to redesign your business processes to enable the use of modern technology, such as predictive analysis, business insight, machine learning, IoT, etc.


You wish to get rid of outdated custom code which makes maintenance expensive and hinders quick adoption of new functionality & technology.

One of our clients in Oman decided to opt for an SAP S/4HANA new implementation. You can learn more about the project by accessing our case study.

Arguments for an SAP S/4HANA System Conversion

Enabling with investment protection

Most of your important business processes still fit current requirements, but you want to uplift them to SAP S/4HANA to enable your system to add/change applications in smaller portions with a phased approach.

Custom code relevancy

You have analyzed the relevancy of your custom code, the effort to migrate it and the feasibility and benefit in taking over the existing custom code.

Time to value

You want to go live fast while keeping most of your current business processes. This helps to realize smaller innovations quick and independent from each other to avoid a long-running big bang project effort.

A high tech manufacturer was able to realize their SAP S/4HANA path by adopting an SAP S/4HANA system conversion. You can learn more about the project by reading through our whitepaper.

If you require a consultation on the right path to SAP S/4HANA or are looking for a partner to aid with your SAP S/4HANA implementation or system conversion, send me an email at


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