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Welcome to my blog! In Part 1, we embarked on a journey into the fascinating world of SAP Data Migration Cockpit, laying the foundation for understanding its significance and core concepts. Now, in Part 2, we're ready to delve deeper into this powerful tool, equipping ourselves with the knowledge and techniques necessary to harness its full potential.

We will explore various migration scenarios, understand the core concepts of ETL (Extract, Transformation and Load), and uncovering the remarkable features that make the SAP Data Migration Cockpit a game-changer in the world of SAP data migration. This is your all-encompassing guide to mastering the art of data migration with SAP's versatile tool – the Data Migration Cockpit.

Data Migration Scenario

There are several pathways available for transitioning to SAP S/4HANA. The selection of the appropriate route is contingent upon your initial circumstances and the nature of the desired system infrastructure. Your SAP Business Suite configuration already aligns optimally with your organization's needs, you have the option to perform an in-place conversion to an SAP S/4HANA system. This method eliminates the need for data migration, as the data remains intact post-conversion. This approach facilitates the transformation of existing SAP Business Suite setups into on-premises SAP S/4HANA systems.

Conversely, there exist instances where system landscapes have grown complex over time due to historical factors, such as mergers, acquisitions, or divergent system prerequisites across various countries or business sectors. In such cases, organizations often seize the opportunity to overhaul their system architecture through a "Greenfield approach."

This involves deploying and configuring a new SAP S/4HANA system, subsequently populating it with data from legacy systems. To facilitate this data transfer, SAP recommends employing the Migration Cockpit tool, which is included in your SAP S/4HANA system without additional licensing fees. This tool empowers the migration of data from both SAP and non-SAP legacy systems.

DMC Greenfield Approach (Image source: Created by me)

The concept of ETL(Extract, Transform and Load)

ETL is a critical process in data migration because it ensures that data from diverse sources is properly prepared and integrated into the target environment. This enables organizations to make informed decisions, generate reports, and perform analytics using clean and structured data.

ETL Concepts (Image source: Created by me)

Extraction: This is the first step where data is gathered from various source systems. Source systems can include databases, applications, flat files, or even external data sources. Extraction involves selecting, filtering, and retrieving the necessary data to be moved to the target system or data warehouse.

Transformation: After extraction, the data often needs to be transformed to ensure it fits the format, structure, and quality standards required by the target system or data warehouse. Transformation can include data cleansing (e.g., removing duplicates or correcting errors), data enrichment (e.g., adding calculated fields), and data format conversion (e.g., changing date formats). This step ensures that the data is accurate, consistent, and relevant for the intended use.

Within the SAP environment, two distinct forms of validation are employed. The initial form verifies the completeness of specific data records, as exemplified by confirming the presence of mandatory information in fields like "Company Code." The second form validates whether the provided value aligns with the configuration settings of the target system. For instance, it assesses if the supplied company code "100" exists within the SAP S/4HANA system in question.

Load: Once the data has been extracted and transformed, it is loaded into the target system or data warehouse. Loading can be done in different ways, such. Loading involves mapping the transformed data to the appropriate tables or data structures in the target system.

Features of Data Migration Cockpit

The SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit is an integral component of both SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and its utilization is encompassed within the framework of these licensing arrangements. It is a readily deployable solution, replete with an exhaustive array of preconfigured migration objects, including but not limited to customer data, supplier information, material records, and cost center details. This established methodology is seamlessly integrated into the SAP Activate roadmap, specifically tailored for the transition to SAP S/4HANA, and embodies the pinnacle of data transfer best practices.

Features of DMC (Image source: Created by me)

The Migration Cockpit offers template files that pertain to the data sets requiring transfer, effectively steering users through the migration process in a step-by-step manner. Furthermore, it conducts rigorous data validation procedures to uphold data quality and consistency standards.

Users possess the capability to tailor SAP's preconfigured migration objects to accommodate their unique custom fields and data conversion routines. Alternatively, they can originate entirely new migration objects from scratch to address scenarios devoid of SAP's preexisting content.

It is noteworthy that the Migration Cockpit serves as a focal point for ongoing development endeavors. Notable plans encompass the integration of features geared towards data cleansing and harmonization, in addition to enhanced integration capabilities with SAP Master Data Governance.


This blog provides you introduction of SAP Migration Cockpit and some of the features to start with the it. Overall, the SAP Data Migration Cockpit simplifies the data migration process and helps ensure data accuracy and completeness when moving data into the SAP system. SAP Data Migration Cockpit emerges as a powerful ally for organizations navigating the complexities of data migration, especially in the context of transitioning to SAP S/4HANA systems or addressing intricate system landscapes. It offers a structured and efficient approach to ensure data quality, consistency, and seamless integration. This tool's adaptability, with customizable migration objects and ongoing development plans, underscores its relevance as an evolving solution. This ends the series of Introduction of Data Migration Cockpit and In next blog we will dive into its various Data Migration approaches and methodologies.

Important References:

Read my previous blog on the Introduction to Data Migration Cockpit- PART 1:

Link: https://blogs.sap.com/2023/03/17/introduction-to-sap-data-migration-cockpit-part-1/

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