Göttingen - 8/21/17
Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH: Migration from SAP XI 7.0 to SAP PO 7.5
The medical technology company Ottobock in Lower Saxony had been using the interface system SAP XI 7.0. But the days of that system were numbered: SAP discontinued maintenance for the solution effective at the end of 2017. A new interface landscape was therefore required.
"SAP is no longer offering maintenance for our current interface system XI 7.0 starting in 2018. In addition, we were no longer able to install some new support or enhancement packages for our SAP ERP, and new functional requirements for the system could not be met anymore," says Steffen Rehse, IT Department Manager at Ottobock, describing the initial situation. This meant the company had to operate its systems without the latest bug fixes and functional improvements – a risk for the IT systems and competitiveness.
In order to migrate the 192 interfaces to SAP PO 7.5, the Sycor experts set up a three-stage system landscape in accordance with best practices. "Aside from the large number of interfaces, the number of different communication protocols represented a major challenge in this project. Our team had to work in AS2, FTP, File, HTTP, JDBC, and RFC among others," explains Gerhard Heinzerling, Project Manager at Sycor. Nevertheless, operating SAP XI 7.0 and SAP PO 7.5 in parallel went smoothly without noteworthy incidents. "In the end, deactivating the legacy systems went entirely unnoticed," Rehse says in conclusion.