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Cerradinho Plant

  • SAP modules FI, AA, CO, FM, SD, MM, PS, PM, QM, PP, FSCM, LES-TRA and DMS
  • Conversion Time 8 months

01. Transforming Operations: The Success Story of Usina Cerradinho’s SAP S/4HANA Migration

Usina Cerradinho, the bioenergy arm of the Cerradinho Group, has been producing ethanol and electrical energy from renewable raw material sources for more than four decades. Headquartered in Chapadão do Céu, Goiás, we contribute to the development of the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, particularly in the city of Chapadão do Sul, where we manage logistics operations through CerradinhoLog, the Group's Logistics division. 


  • We generate approximately 4,000 jobs (direct and indirect). 
  • Our crushing capacity is 6 million tons of sugar cane, enough to produce 530 million liters of hydrated ethanol per harvest. 
  • In 2016, we started our first expansion project, increasing our energy export capacity to 850 GWh, becoming the largest biomass thermoelectric plant in Brazil. 

02. Description and Objective

Usina Cerradinho, a standout in the renewable energy sector, embarked on the mission of modernizing its business operations through migration to SAP S/4HANA.

With a project schedule that covers from September 27, 2022 to May 24 2023 and a data size substantial in 1.5TB, the goal was to seamlessly transition your SAP ER environmentP 6.0 (EHP8 SP14) for advanced S/4HANA features.

This trip aimed to unlock greater operational efficiency, better financial management and improved logistics processes. The project involved an extensive review of its systems, including modules such as FI, AA, CO, FM, SD, MM, PS, PM, QM, PP, FSCM, LES-TRA and DMS, all hosted in the Oracle database. The challenge was to ensure a smooth transition without disrupting daily operations.

03. Solution and approach

Our involvement in formulating the situation began with a thorough assessment of the existing SAP scenario at the Cerradinho Plant. To address the challenges, we leverage MIGNOW, the world's first software for SAP conversion and upgrade, in combination with the Rise with SAP approach.  The Brownfield Conversion Strategy was adopted to minimize disruption during the actual transition to S/4HANA. This phase included custom code fixes, ensuring compatibility with LES-TRA, and implementing CLM (Contact lifecycle management).

After conversion, Phase 2 saw the activation of SAP DC (Inbound) and the implementation of Treasury and Risk Management (TRM). Additionally, large-scale integration was performed via SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) to optimize data transfer and streamline business processes.

04. Results

THE migration for SAP S/4HANA marked a divider waters to the Plant Cerradinho

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05. Technical Aspects

Technical conversion included SAP ERP upgrade 6.0 (EHP8 SP14) for SAP S/4HANA, accommodating modules such as FI, AA, CO, FM, SD, MM, PS, PM, QM, PP, FSCM, LES-TRA and DMS, using Oracle as the database. The process also incorporated ABAP, BASIS, PI/PO, GRC IN and GRC OUT as technical modules, all operating in NetWeaver Version 7.5. The entire migration was performed within a 1.5TB database.

The Cerradinho Plant SAP S/4HANA migration is a testament to the successful collaboration between the company and our solution, emphasizing our commitment to delivering excellence in SAP migrations and paving the way for a more agile, efficient and future-ready renewable energy company. future. 

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