The journey began when our global IT organization migrated Accenture’s Finance and HR system from SAP Business Suite on Microsoft SQL to SAP Business Suite on HANA. The effort involved migrating Accenture’s enterprise database to SAP HANA, installing new SAP HANA hardware devices and then working through the complexities of how to build, host and operate an SAP HANA physical environment for Accenture’s scale. The team went live with SAP Business Suite on HANA and in production on time and without business disruption, delivering the scale, agility and performance benefits expected. Since then, Accenture has also migrated its Finance and HR systems to SAP S/4HANA.
For the next stage of the journey, global IT needed to similarly migrate Accenture’s SAP Business Warehouse (BW) system from Microsoft SQL to SAP HANA. SAP BW is a mission-critical system that supports statutory and management financial reporting, consolidations and business forecasting. To prepare, the team performed two application upgrades, one to SAP BW 7.5 and the other to SAP Business Planning and Consolidations (BPC) 10.1, in order to stay current with the SAP product road map and to support continued application security. Additionally, Accenture leadership chose this opportunity to lead in the “New” and migrate its first major SAP application to the public cloud, to achieve greater scalability and environment efficiency.