Challenges in VIM fo rthe upgrade to S/4HANA

VIM is a component of SAP that enables efficient vendor invoice management. The transition to S/4HANA, the latest version of SAP’s ERP system, can pose some challenges. In addition to this, to ensure a successful migration, it is important to keep in mind a few steps that we highlight below.

Main challenges

Adaptation to new processes

The transition to S/4HANA may involve changes to invoice management processes and integration with other SAP modules. It is important to adapt VIM processes to take full advantage of the new S/4HANA functionalities to ensure efficient invoice management.

Some of the new functionalities of SAP S/4HANA are:

  • Simplification of the data model.
  • Real-time analysis.
  • Improved user interface.
  • Business process management.

VIM version upgrade

If you migrate to S/4HANA, you will most likely need to upgrade your VIM version to ensure compatibility with the new system. In addition, it is very important to check versions between products (VIM, Business Center, OCR, etc.) to avoid any compatibility problems.

Fiori integration

S/4HANA uses Fiori technology to provide an enhanced user experience. It is very important to ensure that VIM is properly integrated with Fiori to take full advantage of the platform’s functionalities.

Workflow review

Migration to S/4HANA may involve a review of existing VIM workflows. It is important to analyze existing workflows and adjust them as necessary to ensure efficiency and compliance.

Planning the migration process

Once the decision has been made, it is important to plan the migration process correctly, taking into account, as a minimum, the following steps:

Conduct an impact assessment:

It is necessary to determine which parts of the current VIM system will be affected by the migration and what the requirements will be for the new VIM version. It is also important to identify possible risks and potential problems during migration.

Check version compatibility

Check the compatibility of the current version of VIM with SAP S/4HANA. Not all versions of VIM are compatible with S/4HANA and it may be necessary to upgrade to a newer version of VIM to ensure compatibility. Brait will guide our customers on the appropriate version of VIM for their migration.

Backing up data

A complete backup of the VIM data will ensure that the data is protected in case of any problems during migration.

Perform migration tests

Use a separate test environment to ensure that the migration process works correctly. This will help identify any potential problems or risks prior to the actual migration.

Migration planning

It is important to create a detailed plan that includes a migration schedule, identification of responsibilities and assignment of tasks. Also include a detailed inventory of the data to be migrated (invoices, purchase orders, payments, etc.).


Develop additional tests after the migration to make sure that everything works correctly and that the information has been successfully migrated.

Data validation

Validate the migrated data, develop additional tests after the migration to make sure that everything works correctly and that the information has been successfully migrated.

Overall, the transition to S/4HANA can be a complex process that requires careful planning and preparation and collaboration between IT teams and end users. From Brait we can help you in this transition. For more information on this topic please do not hesitate to contact us.

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