S/4 HANA FAQs
Introduction and Overview
SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s latest software, providing a foundation for establishing a digital platform for your organization. It is new product completely based on SAP HANA®, one of the most developed in-memory platforms today, utilizing present day plan standards with the SAP® Fiori® user experience (UX). SAP S/4HANA allows for improvements in business process for example, client adoption, data model, user experience, decision making, business procedures, and models. What’s more, it offers advancements for the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, business systems, and portable first to enable organizations to run Simple in the digital economy.
The pervasiveness of digital advancement is driving organizations to reconsider their plans of action, the manner in which their business processes are structured, and the manner in which their employees work in the digital economy.
From a business value point of view, this implies SAP S/4HANA makes some one of a kind chances to rethink plans of action and drive new incomes and benefits.
To start with, enterprises would now be able to associate with individuals, gadgets, and business networks to convey new value to their clients on any channel because the Internet of Things and Big Data are open to any business.
Second, endeavours can significantly streamline their procedures, drive them in real time, and transform them as expected to increase new efficiencies – bunch preparing is never again required.
Lastly, business clients would now be able to get any insight on any information from anyplace in real time for planning, execution, prediction, and re-enactment, so choices might be made on the fly with the best degree of granularity for quicker business impact.
From an IT value point of view, this implies SAP S/4HANA makes some novel chances to simplify the landscape and help decrease total cost of ownership (TCO), with SAP HANA as the incredible simplifier.
To start with, organizations can reduce redundancies, decreasing their information impression while working with bigger informational indexes in one framework (for instance, with industry or application capacity reintegrated.
Second, development is made less complex by utilizing an open stage (SAP HANA Cloud Platform) to drive advanced applications – for predicting, recommending, and simulating – while protecting existing investments.
Third, business clients can use a straightforward and rolled based user experience.
Lastly, enterprises get choice of deployment: cloud, on premise, and even hybrid scenarios to accomplish snappy time-to-value and mirror the present truth of client arrangement scenes.
SAP S/4HANA is the digital core for your business. Built on the SAP HANA platform, it can enable the digital network that connects your entire workforce, suppliers, customers, and assets to the digital core.
SAP offers on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployments providing customers with multiple options.
SAP S/4HANA delivers high-volume online transaction processing (OLTP) and high volume real-time online analytical processing (OLAP) based on a unified data model.
The new application architecture simplifies system landscapes and accelerates cloud deployments on an economical scale.
Scope and Road Map
Customers can drive end-to-end digitized operations across business functions with SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management.
SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management covers all mission-critical procedures of an enterprise.
SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management covers all centre business processes (for instance, order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, plan-to-product, and request-to-service) and core capacities.
The SAP S/4HANA Line-of-Business (LoB) Solutions combine the core capabilities included in the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management solution with each LoB solution in our portfolio (on premise and cloud).
Inside SAP S/4HANA we have an “Industry-to-Core” initiative as industry worth chains experience critical reorganization. For instance, we can predict the consumer products brands getting to be retailers, and retailers getting to be consumer products brands.
Your success starts with having the strategy and tools in one place to help you through the SAP S/4HANA journey.
There are three implementation scenarios for SAP S/4HANA –
Customers and prospects can experience SAP S/4HANA with a free 14-day cloud trial of SAP S/4HANA.They will discover the value of a digital core across concrete roles and predefined scenarios in finance, project management, and marketing.
You can also explore SAP S/4HANAwith a 30-day trial environment deployed on Amazon Web Services.
Both trials can be accessed on: https://www.sap.com/cmp/oth/crm-s4hana/index.html
SAP S/4HANA and the Broader SAP Portfolio
SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud provides a private cloud environment for all SAP on-premise solutions running on SAP HANA, including SAP S/4HANA. Customers can consider this as a deployment option for 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 that extend the scope of SAP S/4HANA by either integrating non-SAP functions or building your own. The cloud platform serves as both the development platform and the runtime foundation for the developed solutions. The extensions built on the cloud platform can run with both cloud and on-premise deployments of SAP S/4HANA.
SAP supports integration needs and requirements for standard integration scenarios as well as customer-specific integration scenarios. There are three basic types of integration support: SAP-delivered integrationsSAP delivers full end-to-end integrated processes for specific hybrid cloud scenarios, where SAP S/4HANA Cloud integrates with other SAP Cloud solutions.
SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) powered by SAP HANA and SAP BW/4HANA complements SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics, allowing customers to address all use cases from one data source, resulting in a comprehensive reporting platform.
SAP BW is a strategic solution for enterprise data warehousing (EDW) and it has been recently expanded with a native SAP HANA EDW.
SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite
Yes. SAP remains committed to protecting their customers’ investments, including extending maintenance commitment until 2027.
The development approach of SAP S/4HANA is to enable customers for the digital economy and deliver a new architecture, designed for real-time, Live Business. The SAP applications built on SAP HANA benefit from market-leading in-memory computing technology.
The SAP HANA in-memory database stores data in rows and columns. It is this combination of both storage approaches that produces the speed, flexibility, and performance of the SAP HANA database.
The SAP HANA database technology also allows for the elimination of all artefacts that have been introduced as performance workarounds for classical row-based RDBMS. These are aggregates and programmed indexes that contained no semantic value and provided only fast access to sums and data.
SAP S/4HANA Cloud-Specific FAQs
SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private option, provides additional capabilities for customers that require specific functionality, broader extensions, and deeper configuration capabilities in a dedicated cloud environment
SAP S/4HANA Cloud is focused on standardized and streamlined business processes and covers core ERP functionality today. All industries can leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud to run core ERP processes. Deeper industry-specific functionality is available in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private option
SAP S/4HANA Cloud does not replace their existing portfolio of line-of-business cloud solutions; rather, it integrates with and expands it. Their comprehensive offering allows customers to build hybrid scenarios between SAP S/4HANA and cloud solutions from SAP, including SAP SuccessFactors and SAP Ariba solutions, well as integration with SAP Hybris and SAP Fieldglass solutions, and with SAP Jam.
SAP has more than 40 data centers around the world, all designed to meet the highest security standards. SAP S/4HANA utilizes a variety of data centers from the SAP network.
The Journey to SAP S/4HANA
Moving to an on-premise deployment of SAP S/4HANA for a typical SAP ERP 6.x customer from any database can be achieved in a single step that includes a database migration to SAP HANA followed by the installation of the new code. This is typically referred to as “Brownfield”.
Moving to an on-premise deployment of SAP S/4HANA for customer with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA requires only the installation of the new code since the SAP HANA database migration has already been performed.
It is not unusual for customers to realize that 50% of the extensions and modifications that hamper fast release cycles and require long test cycles are no longer key to running the business. SAP provides standard tools to assess the impact of current modifications on your future S/4HANA project.
A compatibility pack provides customers with a separate usage right for selected SAP Business Suite core applications and related add-on products. The usage right is limited in time and specifies which features and functions are released for SAP S/4HANA.
Cover functionality from SAP ERP core or line-of-business or industry solutions
Comprise the complete or partial scope of the related SAP Business Suite product