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Join this free online course to learn about the introduction of business partner master data in an SAP ERP system before conversion to SAP S/4HANA. The course is targeted at functional experts in the area of customer and vendor master data, and it includes hands-on exercises for you to prepare for your next SAP S/4HANA project.

Self-paced since June 9, 2022
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

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Course Summary

In our previous courses, “Key Technical Topics in a System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA” and “Key Functional Topics in a System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA” we focused on the technical and functional aspects you need to manage during a system conversion. With “Guide Your SAP S/4HANA Project to Success” in 2020 we answered some of the most commonly asked questions from customers who are planning to transition to SAP S/4HANA.

This course is targeted at functional experts in the area of customer and vendor master data, particularly consultants in brownfield SAP S/4HANA projects. For consultants in greenfield projects, parts of the customizing in SAP S/4HANA are of interest too.

The course will focus on the steps involved in introducing the business partner master data in an SAP ERP system before the system conversion to SAP S/4HANA, as well as the necessary post-conversion steps in SAP S/4HANA. It doesn´t repeat the basics of the business partner as a strategic master data object or its data model, topics which were covered in previous courses.

The first units will give an overview of the phases before you reach SAP S/4HANA. They also cover the tools provided to guide you and help you improve the quality of your master data as a prerequisite for a smoother introduction of the business partner.

The following units will talk about system customizing and related business decisions that need to be made, for example regarding the business partner master data number ranges. Once everything is set up, we´ll reveal how to go through the major step of synchronizing customer and vendor master data to business partners to be ready for conversion to SAP S/4HANA. Finally, we’ll show the necessary customizing steps directly after the technical conversion to SAP S/4HANA and provide references to further helpful information for your convenience.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: May 11, 2022, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 5 weeks
  • Effort: 5 - 9 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: June 9, 2022, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to the course and our SAP Cloud Appliance Library solutions
Unit 2: Customer/vendor integration overview: phases and CVI cockpit
Unit 3: CVI preparation: master data consistency check – analysis and correction
Unit 4: CVI preparation: number ranges and business partner merging
Unit 5: CVI preparation: general customizing and customizing check
Unit 6: CVI preparation: mapping / BAdIs
Unit 7: CVI synchronization: CVI load tool
Unit 8: CVI post conversion: customizing
Unit 9: Additional information and recommendations

Target Audience

  • Project teams
  • SAP partners and SAP employees, especially consultants focusing on customer, vendor, and business partner master data (logistics, finance)

Course Requirements

Further Learning

further learning If you’re interested in learning more, check out the SAP S/4HANA - Scope and Business Processes learning journey

Previous Version of This Course:

Previous version of this course is available here:
Gain Experience with Business Partner for SAP S/4HANA Conversion (September 29 through November 4, 2021)

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Course End
Jun 09, 2022
Course Start
May 11, 2022


This course was rated with 4.6 stars in average from 497 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

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This course is offered by

Chelliah Soundar

Chelliah Soundar is a business process principal consultant in SAP S/4HANA logistics based in the U.S. He has over 10 years of experience at SAP in the area of logistics, with a primary focus on sourcing and procurement and materials management.

Chelliah is an SAP S/4HANA product expert supporting SAP S/4HANA implementation and conversion projects as part of the Regional Implementation Group (RIG) for the Americas region. His focus areas within the RIG are CVI and Procure-to-Pay.

Christian Niemann

Christian Niemann is a principal consultant with the SAP S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group (RIG) for EMEA, and is based in Hannover, Germany.

He has worked in consulting at SAP for more than 20 years. With a strong background in solution architecture, business processes, and analytics, his focus areas in the RIG are CVI and architecture.

As a product expert, Christian has supported numerous successful SAP S/4HANA customer projects in the EMEA region.

Dorin Marmeliuc

Dorin Marmeliuc is an SAP S/4HANA product expert and a senior consultant in the Regional Implementation Group for the Americas region. He specializes in SAP S/4HANA system conversion, with a main focus on areas like CVI conversion and plan-to-product.

Dorin has over 7 years of experience as a logistics consultant in projects related to airlines, manufacturing industries, electronic products, consumer and chemical products, public sector, and shipbuilding.

Urs Henle

Urs Henle is an SAP S/4HANA product expert in the Regional Implementation Group for EMEA.

Urs has worked in consulting at SAP Switzerland for more than 20 years and his main focus areas are business partner / customer/vendor integration and Order-to-Cash.