Step-by-step guide: How to migrate from SAP GTS to Edition for Hana
Step-by-step guide: How to migrate from SAP GTS to Edition for Hana

Step-by-step guide: How to migrate from SAP GTS to Edition for Hana

Learn how to effectively migrate your SAP GTS 11 systems to SAP Edition for HANA to improve compliance and support future innovation.

The need to remain competitive in a constantly changing global market is driving companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries to optimize their foreign trade and customs clearance systems.


The migration from SAP Global Trade Services 11 (GTS) to SAP Edition for Hana offers an excellent opportunity to modernize processes, improve compliance and lay the technological foundation for future innovations.


The importance of preparation


The migration begins with a thorough preparation phase. A detailed analysis of the current SAP GTS 11 usage helps to define customized requirements for the migration. For companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries, it is crucial to consider all aspects of customs clearance, especially the differences in regulations inside and outside the EU.


The integration of SAP Edition for Hana into your IT landscape not only supports current compliance requirements, but also prepares your company for future changes in customs procedures and trade agreements.


This ensures long-term success and adaptability in a changing global trade environment. So consider the requirements of national customs systems at the planning stage and plan the migration so that your system is easily compatible with updates such as ATLAS 3.0. This ensures that you are always compliant, customs processes are accelerated and can be handled efficiently.


In addition, the preparation phase of your migration to SAP Edition for Hana should include a thorough assessment of how artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics can improve your business processes.


Ask yourself:

  • To what extent can AI-supported functions increase the efficiency of your customs clearance and compliance processes?
  • Which specific data analytics tools help you to gain deeper insights into your global trade data?


Careful planning at this stage enables you to set the course for a data-driven and automated future for your foreign trade processes.

Greenfield vs. Brownfiel


Greenfield: Redesigning IT and business processes from the ground up.

  • Advantages: optimization options, state-of-the-art SAP technologies, reduced legacy problems.
  • Disadvantages: Higher implementation effort, higher costs, risk of data loss


Brownfield: Adaptation of existing systems to SAP GTS Edition for HANA without fundamental changes.

  • Advantages: Faster implementation, lower costs, preservation of existing data and customizations.
  • Disadvantages: Limited optimization, continuation of inefficient processes, possible compatibility problems


Our migration process:

Needs analysis: Individual determination of your requirements.

Strategy recommendation: Decision support between greenfield and brownfield.

Planning: Customized migration plan with time and resource planning.

Implementation: Efficient migration with minimal business interruption.

Training: Preparing your teams for the new system.

Optimization: Ongoing support and improvements



Technical migration and security aspects


SAP Hana sets new standards in cybersecurity to help companies adhere to strict compliance guidelines. The integration of SAP Hana into logistics and distribution processes not only ensures the security of sensitive data, but also increases the efficiency of customs procedures and sanctions list checks.


The platform enables seamless embargo checking and helps companies to optimize their business processes in accordance with international trade agreements and product classifications. The technical migration requires precise planning to avoid data loss and maintain system integrity. An important focus is on implementing advanced security measures to counteract the increased risks in cyber security.


What needs to be considered during integration


Forms of implementatio

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud 

SAP HANA on-premise

Microsoft Azure (with SAP HANA as database service) 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) (with SAP HANA as database service) 

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) (with SAP HANA as database service) 

On-Premise: SAP GTS Edition for SAP HANA can be installed and operated in the customer’s own infrastructure.


Cloud: SAP GTS Edition for SAP HANA can be deployed in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud or with one of the supported cloud providers (Microsoft Azure, AWS, GCP).


Hybrid implementation: SAP GTS Edition for SAP HANA can be deployed in a hybrid environment, with some components hosted on-premise and others in the cloud.

The choice of platform and implementation form depends on various factors, such as the size and complexity of the implementation, the budget available, your IT resources, expertise, security and compliance requirements and long-term business goals.



Training and implementation 


The implementation phase includes extensive training for end users to ensure that they are familiar with the new functions and processes. This is a crucial step in taking full advantage of the migration and increasing efficiency. 



  • Technical difficulties during the migration
  • Data loss
  • Compliance challenges
  • Interruptions to business processes
  • Security gaps due to inadequate implementation of cybersecuritymeasures
  • Process optimization
  • Increased efficiency and data processing speed 
  • Improved compliance through current updates 
  • Using new technologies such as AI for analyses and predictions 
  • Fpromoting sustainability goals through more efficient processes 

Every company that relies on a Global Trade Services (GTS) system such as SAP GTS pursues clear economic goals that can be pursued even more stringently through migration. These are


Improved compliance (avoid fines, penalties and disruptions): GTS systems help companies comply with complex global trade laws and regulations. They automate processes and ensure companies comply with the latest regulations, reducing the risk of fines, penalties and business disruption.


Optimized processes (automated processes): GTS systems can automate global trade processes such as customs clearance, export control and preference management. This can lead to significant efficiency gains, cost savings and shorter lead times.


Increased transparency: GTS systems provide a central overview of all global trading activities. This enables companies to monitor their supply chains, identify risks and make informed decisions.


Improved customer satisfaction: GTS systems can help companies improve customer satisfaction by enabling faster and more accurate customs clearance and delivery of goods.


Reduced costs: GTS systems can help companies reduce their global trading costs by automating processes, reducing errors and improving efficiency.


Improved competitiveness: GTS systems can help companies become more competitive by shortening time-to-market for new products, improving compliance and increasing customer satisfaction.




The migration from SAP GTS 11 to SAP Edition for Hana is a crucial step that goes beyond technical updates and offers profound benefits for efficiency, data analysis and process optimization. Through thorough preparation and strategic use of AI and data analytics, companies can significantly optimize their processes.


Start planning your migration to SAP Edition for Hana today to transform your customs and foreign trade processes. Our experts are ready to guide you through every step of the process and ensure your business is ready for the future.



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Anni Hoja, Head of Delivery Unit Product Intelligence
Anni Hoja
Head of Delivery Unit Product Intelligence