What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) is SAP’s next generation business suite.

A new product, built on HANA’s cutting-edge in-memory platform – SAP S/4HANA helps business to run simply.

Innovations include easier customer adoption and improved data model, user experience, decision-making and business processes. It also opens up possibilities across the Internet of Things, Big Data, business networks and mobile-first.

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What does SAP S/4HANA stand for?

SAP S/4HANA stands for: SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA.

It brings the next big wave of innovation to SAP customers, similar to the transition from SAP R/2 to SAP R/3.

What deployment options are available?

Three options are available:

  • On-premise
  • Cloud (public and managed)
  • Hybrid deployments to give real choice to customers.

SAP S/4HANA also gives customers the option to fully leverage the new HANA multi-tenancy functionality as provided by the SAP HANA platform (currently support package 9) for the cloud.

What business scope does each edition cover?

The business scope for each edition is designed to offer maximum choice to customers in alignment with their business requirements.

SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition

Offers a business scope similar in terms of coverage, functionality, industries and languages to the current SAP Business Suite.

SAP S/4HANA also includes the transformational simplifications delivered with SAP Simple Finance (SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA) as well as a planned integration with SuccessFactors Employee Central and Ariba Network.

SAP S/4HANA managed cloud edition

Addresses a similar business scope as the on-premise edition. Covers essential core ERP scenarios (accounting, controlling, materials management, production planning and control, sales and distribution, logistics execution, plant maintenance, project system and PLM).

It also includes integration with SuccessFactors Employee Central, Ariba Network and SAP hybris Marketing.

SAP S/4HANA public cloud edition

Addresses particular business scenarios of specific businesses and industries. Covers key scenarios in customer engagement and commerce and professional services. This includes 10 core scenarios, plus planned integration with SuccessFactors Employee Central, Ariba Network and SAP hybris Marketing.

Innovation cycles

  • Cloud editions are intended to offer a quarterly innovation cycle.
  • On-premise edition is intended to offer a yearly innovation cycle.

The next simplification and innovation package is planned for the end of 2015.

How does SAP S/4HANA relate to SAP Simple Finance powered by SAP HANA?

SAP Simple Finance marked the first step in our SAP S/4HANA road map for customers. The solution demonstrates the value of simplification – no indexes, no aggregates and no redundancies – and instant insight in Finance.

SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition leverages the full scope of SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA, included in SAP Simple Finance.

SAP S/4HANA managed cloud edition is intended to leverage the same scope.

SAP S/4HANA public cloud edition focuses on a selected scope of SAP Simple Finance in alignment with the key requirements in finance.

How does SAP HANA Cloud Platform relate to SAP S/4HANA?

In the context of SAP S/4HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform serves as an extension platform and agility layer.

It is possible to build specific capabilities extending the scope of SAP S/4HANA by either integrating non-SAP functions or building your own capabilities. The cloud platform not only serves as the development platform but also as the runtime foundation for the developed solutions.

The extensions built on the cloud platform can run against both cloud and on-premise deployments of SAP S/4HANA.

What are the key benefits of SAP S/4HANA?

SAP’s vision and strategy is to help customers run simply, driving the perfect enterprise.

SAP S/4HANA redefines how enterprise software creates value in a digital, networked economy.

SAP S/4HANA allows you to:

  • Reinvent business models
  • Drive new revenues and profits
  • Connect with customers through any channel to deliver value
  • Access the Internet of Things and Big Data
  • Simplify your processes, drive them in real-time and adapt instantly
  • Gain insight to any data, in real-time – supporting instant decision making

SAP S/4HANA will simplify your IT landscape and reduce cost of ownership (TCO), through:

  • Reducing your data footprint
  • Working with larger data sets in one system saving hardware costs, operational costs, and time
  • Choice of deployment: cloud, on premise, or hybrid to drive quick time-to-value

Innovation is also made simple with an open platform (SAP HANA Cloud Platform) to drive advanced applications – for example, predicting, recommending, and simulating – while protecting existing investments.

Finally business users can leverage a simple, role-based user experience based on modern design principles that minimise training and increases productivity.

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What are the key features of SAP S/4HANA?

  • Smaller total data footprint
  • Higher throughput
  • Faster analytics and reporting
  • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM co-deployed
  • Unlimited workload capacity
  • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
  • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
  • New SAP Fiori UX for any device (mobile, desktop, tablet)
  • Three deployment options: on premise, public cloud and managed cloud

How does the in-memory platform benefit the data model?

SAP S/4HANA delivers high-volume transaction processing (OLTP) and high volume real-time analytical processes (OLAP) based on a unified data model without the redundant data layers typically required by traditional RDBMS based systems.

This reduces TCO while providing new opportunities to increase business value from existing investments.

Examples for redundant data layers are custom-built layers based on database tuning efforts such as secondary indexes, or application built-in performance accelerators such as aggregate tables or multiple general ledger versions for different managerial reporting needs.

The massive simplifications of the data model and the data processing layers enable business and technological innovations on a broad scale across all lines-of-business and industry solutions.

The new application architecture simplifies system landscape architectures and accelerates cloud deployments on an economical scale.

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