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ECC6 Upgrade Project

Lessons Learned
Arieh Stark Keter Plastic Ltd

ECC6 Upgrade

Project Aim:

Technical Upgrade to MySAP ERP 2005 ( ECC6 )

Why:

To prepare the foundation for NetWeaver / SOA


Implementation

To enable new SAP Functionality .

To keep up-to-date Mainstream Maintenance over.

ECC6 Upgrade

Sub Projects along the Way:

BIDI Migration

GUI Deployment / Citrix Deployment .

Keters AS400 Data Warehouse Replication from SAP.

64 Bit Windows / SQL implementation.

Unicode enabling of our SAP Systems.

ECC6 Upgrade

Business Background:

The Keter Group has 22 SBU's dispersed globally in Israel,


Europe, and the USA, connected to our central SAP System in
Israel, working 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week.

ECC6 Upgrade

Technical:
Before:
Operating System is Windows 2003 Enterprise.
Our 46C DataBase was SQL 2000 Advanced- 900 GB.
After:
Operating System is Windows 2003 Enterprise 32 Bit.

With x64 we will only require Windows 2003 Standard.

Our new ECC6 Database is SQL 2005 Enterprise 32 Bit


and already 980 GB.

The Upgrade to ECC6 added 45 GB to the Database.

Upgrade Project:
Management:
Defines the scope of the Project Planning.
Kick Off - Project beginning and end.
Support, Redefinition if required. Keeping to Deadlines.
Technical Aspects:
Infrastructure sizing Servers, Communication, Desk Top.
Functionality:
Modifications and Custom Development.
Mapping of Delta Functionality.
Testing of functionality and Modifications .

Training

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Project Team:
Keter Project Leaders:
Shuky Sigura
Arieh Stark

HP Basis Team:
Moshe Yerushalmi
Yagil Hadri
Boaz Paz

Application / Functionality Testing:


Elad Zafrir
Eyal Halfon
Perli Kaplan
Marina Blumenkahl
Karin Givon
Ness/ Team Consultants( 4 )
Independent Consultants ( 3 )

NESS Advisory:
Zohar Sarig

Keter IT:
Ilan Yacoby
Igal Verbel

Software Development / Modification:


Ala Koifman
Esther Bacshian
Yair Israeli
Ness/ Team Consultants( 4 )

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Special Issues/Decisions:

BIDI Conversion with new SAP GUI Deployment Before or at the


same time as the Upgrade.

To Build a new Dev System from the Production System or upgrade


both systems independently.

Down Time or Resource minimized Scenarios.

"In House" or "Fixed Price" Bid for the Project .

To Unicode enable all customer programs or leave it as a postupgrade project.

SPAU Clean the SPAU in the original 4.6C system or only in the Final
System.

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Pre-Upgrade Analysis:
Hardware Sizing:

From the Hardware Vendor in our case HP.

SAP Functional Upgrade Check:

SAP Service that checks Hardware and performance capabilities before and after Upgrade.

Application Specific Upgrade ( ASU ) tools from SAP:

Includes application specific documents that outline problems with corresponding solutions
including relevant SAP Notes.
For each application area CO , PP , MM, FI and SD.
Tools to correct known problems Variants etc These tools were mostly built in to the ECC6
Upgrade Package already.

Solution Manager:

Upgrade Roadmap

Solution Browser:
Release Notes:

Was not available at the time

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Pre-Upgrade Analysis:
Internal Interface analysis:

ECC6 To/From external Systems "Real Time" machine monitoring


system , Time Clocks , VAT etc.
Interfaces between BW , APO and ECC6.

IntelliCorp Assessor Upgrade Edition:

Both for Functionality and Project Scope

Required a live ECC6 System to compare to.


We used an Upgraded to ECC6 Dev system and the 4.6C
Production System as reference.

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Intellicorp Assessor Upgrade Edition:


Executive Summary:

Project Scope.

Excel Lists containing:

All SAP programs according to SAP User and their index of


modification in ECC6 according to Application Area.

New SAP transactions in ECC6.

Replaced Transactions in ECC6.

Used/Unused Customer programs with Usage statistics .

Customer Batch Input Programs and used BAPI's with code


placement that would probably need to be changed in ECC6.

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AUE Highlights:

The Application Area was not always clear We manually changed


the Area where there were problems a day's work.

There was no indication of the last Programmer who did a change in


the Program list.

This is a SAP Issue because it is not always accurate.


We sorted the Lists according to Application Areas and the lists were given to
the relevant "Top Users"

Consequently we merged the Programmer Name into the Excels.


This allowed us to sort the Program Changes and give the Program Change
List to relevant Programmers.
We also had a list of Customer programs that were not in use ,but they were
called by other programs

Estimation of required resources - manpower.


The Excel sheets were passed onto the Keter Top Users and
Programmers as a preparation and guide for functional and
application Testing.
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ECC6 Upgrade

Our Upgrade Plan :


Upgrade a copy of the Development System as a trial run.

To see if we were missing anything Software CD's , Notes etc.


CookBook entries.

Upgrade a copy of the Production System as a Upgrade Sandbox System:

Used to test functionality correct bugs .


Created a separate transport for each program.
We saved the transports and ported them to the next stage.

Final Upgrade of the Development System and Interim Test System.

Simultaneous upgrade of a copy of the Production System as an Interim Test System


Code Freeze on the R3 Landscape.
Porting of Transports from the Sandbox System to both the Final Dev System and the Interim
Test System.
SBU testing and training was done on the Interim Test System.

Rehearsal Upgrade of the Production System.

Testing and Final System Verification and acceptance was done on this System.

Final Upgrade of the Production System.

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Testing and Training Scenarios:


Application and Functionality:

Performed by Top Users and Implementation Consultants in the


Keter Headquarters.

Used the Lists derived from the Intellicorp Upgrade Assessment.


Was done on our Upgrade Sandbox System first.
Corrections / modifications were done on this system the Transports
were ported to the Final Dev system.
Then testing was done on the Interim Test System.

2nd Level testing was done by the Top Users in the SBU's.

They concentrating on their most complex procedures.


They were also responsible for local training.
This testing and training was done on the Interim Test System.

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ECC6 Upgrade

Testing and Training Scenarios:


Modifications and Customer Development:
Checked and tested by the relevant Programmers /

Top Users.

Used the Intellicorp Upgrade Assessment derived Lists.

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Project Gantt:

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ECC6 Upgrade

:Upgrade Trial Run


Copy of Development System
R3

ECC6

DEV

DEV
Trial

Test/QA

PRD

To check if anything is missing.


Notes, Downloads, etc.
Ran Intellicorp Upgrade Assessment

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ECC6 Upgrade

:Upgrade PRD to Sandbox


Copy of Production System
R3

DEV

Test/QA

PRD

Testing

ECC6

SPAU
Corrections
Save Transports

SandBox

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ECC6 Upgrade

:Upgrade Final DEV and PRD (Test)


Copy of Development and Production System
R3

DEV

Test/QA

R3 Code Freeze.
SPAU again.
Transports from Sandbox

ECC6

DEV
Final

Transports

PRD

Testing and
Training in SBUs

Test/QA

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ECC6 Upgrade

:PRD Rehearsal
Copy of Production System
R3

DEV

Test/QA

PRD

Testing and Final System Verification and


Acceptance

ECC6

DEV
Final

Transports

PRD
Rehearsal

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ECC6 Upgrade

:Final PRD Go Live


Copy of Production System
R3

DEV

Test/QA

PRD

Contingency Plan for Roll Back


Original PRD system exists
IP and Server Name change only.

ECC6

DEV
Final

Transports

PRD
Final

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ECC6 Upgrade

:Test/QA from PRD


DB Copy of Production System
R3

ECC6

DEV

DEV
Final

Test/QA

Test/QA

PRD

DB Copy

PRD
Final

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Glitches during the Upgrade Project:

Localization CD at the last moment from NESS.

HR SPAU entries.

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ECC6 Upgrade

Post Upgrade:
Go-Live Problems/Issues and Lessons:

Application Problems

Citrix/GUI Deployment Problems

Basis Problems.

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ECC6 Upgrade

Application Problems:
1st Week Problems:

EDI did not fully work very serious .


SAPEVT did not work.
HR Master data program did not work as before.
COHV changed - no CO13.
Changes to CS01/2/3.
Replacement of MRHR with MIRO - Traumatic

2nd Week Problems:


3rd Week Problems:

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ECC6 Upgrade

GUI and Citrix Deployment:


Hebrew GUI Problems:
6.40 GUI icons are different from 46D
Field Painting in Hebrew.
Citrix Problems:
Local DeskTop and Network Mapping.

Printing through LOCL.

Requires better quality communication lines.

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ECC6 Upgrade

Basis :

SAP Functional Upgrade Verification.

Performance tuning.

Database tuning.
Memory Tuning.

SQL 2005 Service Pack 2 waiting .

SAP ABAP and Basis Support Packs.

Waiting for COP 11.


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ECC6 Upgrade

Summary:

The SAP Technical Upgrade Process worked like a


"Charm"

Requires a thorough preparation and analyses of


Application functionality.
Mapping - Assessment for Upgrade Tool
( Intellicorp ) .

Requires Thorough Testing and User Training.

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ECC6 Upgrade

Lessons Learned:

Keep the project simple - do not implement any new functionality.

Do not try to mix too many projects together.

It was problematic to Deploy Citrix and the new SAP GUI at the same time.

The Upgrade project must be known to Localization at Ness .


Localization CD at the last moment.

Do not strive for too much Perfection Know the Business Risks and
Limits.

Constantly Update Management and all Project People.

Have a Contingency Plan for Roll Back.

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