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Simplify and turbocharge your transition to SAP® S/4HANA®

Accelerate innovation, scale business services and improve your operational agility with Cognizant® SmartMove S/4HANA Conversion Factory.


Intelligent Enterprises are characterized by their superior agility, efficiency and real-time insights.

With SAP S/4HANA at their core, Intelligent Enterprises are changing how work gets done, reacting in real time to critical insights and driving improved customer experiences. According to a recent Forrester study, companies that have moved from SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) to S/4HANA have, on average:

  • Improved customer satisfaction (44%)
  • Created cross-sell and upsell opportunities (37%)
  • Increased revenues (37%)
  • Generated new revenue streams (30%)
  • Reduced customer turnover (4.1%)
  • Improved IT productivity (5%)

While the conversion benefits are clear, the path to accomplishing it is not. 

Whether you are in the stages of digital transformation or deliberating on the optimal migration strategy or you would like to accelerate your existing journey, we can help.


Cognizant SmartMove, our SAP qualified S/4HANA Conversion Factory delivers a comprehensive, risk-mitigated solution to transform your current SAP landscape into a scalable, Intelligent Enterprise-ready environment.

Cognizant helps enterprises migrate their legacy SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA by leveraging standardized processes powered by robotic process automation (RPA), tools and accelerators, and quality gates.

Shared services
  • Variable capacity
  • Optimal usage of resources
  • 10%-20% cost saving
Process automation
  • Reduce downtime by 10%-30% 
  • Decrease cost by 10%-15%
Standardized processes
  • Standard templates
  • Repeatability ensures quality
  • Eliminates errors
Quality gates
  • Checkpoints to reduce risk


Providing end-to-end solutions for core modernization

Expertise: A trusted partner, Cognizant has been helping businesses strategize and migrate to SAP S/4HANA since the product first launched in 2015. 

Trusted advisor to customers: Our focused, industry best practices led programs are delivered on time and according to the original roadmap, which improves customer satisfaction. Our clients rate us high on overall satisfaction, thought leadership, testing methodologies, agile/DevOps capabilities, functional skills and innovation. 

Recommended by analysts: Recognized as leader in S/4HANA-driven transformations by leading global analysts, including the Leader Quadrant by ISG, Nelson Hall and Everest Group. 

Partnership: Cognizant is global partner of SAP. We’re also a Global Strategic Service Partner for Intelligent ERP, SAP MOVE, the S/4HANA Beta program and the SAP Model Company. In addition, our partnerships with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), among other strategic partners, help us provide end-to-end solutions for your core modernization strategy.

SAP Factory Qualification: Best-in-class processes, tools, accelerators and frameworks built into the solution, qualified and validated by SAP.



Functional and technical impact analysis, custom code analysis, conversion roadmap, cost estimation and project plan.


Risk mitigated proof of concept conversion prior to the actual conversion, including functional and representative code remediation.


Move to S/4HANA with our agile factory, powered by RPA tools and quality gates.


Cognizant’s Intelligent Enterprise platform leverages AI/ML, built-in industry solutions, best practices, analytics and key performance indicators to enable quick wins to improve the business impact.

Multiple conversion package options

Tailor-made basis numbers, including users (up to 1,500), database size (up to 2TB) and customer objects (up to 1,000), across multiple package options, to support unique requirement and scale for each of our clients.


Value-added services ensure best-in-class processes

  • Define business case and roadmap to S/4HANA journey using our proprietary consulting and value extraction frameworks
  • Leverage managed services to reduce hosting costs
  • Achieve cloud migration from the current landscape to AWS, Azure, HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) or GCP with a tested, proven methodology
  • Move to S/4HANA Cloud Extended



  • Implemented a unified SAP platform that eliminated legacy inefficiencies and achieved a positive impact on TCO
  • Provided the business with real-time reporting based on new and improved analytics
  • Improved productivity for finance resources, reducing overhead
  • Delivered a scalable and future-ready platform to meet new digital business requirements; activating Fiori app supports access to any device (desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile), making it easy for users to perform tasks—even when they're on the move

As an early adopter of S/4HANA, a Norwegian construction, oil & gas and services company needed to upgrade to the latest version to improve visibility and eliminate legacy inefficiencies. This required a multistep conversion from S/4HANA 1503 to S/4HANA 1809.


One of the first S/4HANA 1503 to S/4HANA 1809 conversions, this multistep project included business partner synchronization and integration with all business systems. The project also included upgrading from PI to PO and activating Fiori applications for key business processes. Production downtime was limited to 1½ days.

  • Reduced custom code by 50% and replaced it with standard functionality  
  • Lowered projected IT support costs by 20% due to landscape simplification and standardization 
  • Improved customer retention, including better response times and higher order fulfillment rates, due to improved inventory visibility and reduced inventory obsolescence
  • Significantly improved employee satisfaction through better user experiences and simplified processes 
  • Increased data availability and consistency by 20% across the organization

A medical equipment manufacturer with more than 1,000 users required an ECC to S/4HANA 1809 single-step conversion.


Cognizant partnered with the client to define the business case for S/4HANA and implement its S/4HANA conversion program, which helped eliminate custom developments, migrate CRM processes to the S/4HANA core and simplify the IT landscape. Deploying S/4HANA innovations and Fiori apps helped improve customer and employee experiences.



Serving customers by looking forward as well as back is a big promise, but the power of today’s new digital capabilities is vast and growing.

Let’s talk about how digital can work for your business.