The next-generation ERP business suite

Run a truly live business with SAP S/4HANA, an intelligent ERP suite designed specifically for in-memory computing. SAP S/4HANA is the digital core that connects your enterprise with people, business networks, the internet of things, big data, and more. Take control and run a live business with SAP S/4HANA and experience the power of a digital core.

What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP S/4HANA® is SAP’s next-generation business suite, providing a digital core for your organization. It is a new product fully built on SAP HANA®, one of the most advanced in-memory platforms today, employing modern design principles with the SAP® Fiori® user experience (UX). SAP S/4HANA delivers massive simplifications in areas such as customer adoption, data model, user experience, decision making, business processes, and models. And it offers innovations for the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, business networks, and mobile-first to help businesses Run Simple in the digital economy. SAP S/4HANA is designed to integrate with and utilize the IoT, Big Data, mobile, business networks, third-party systems, and more. SAP S/4HANA helps our customers create a truly Live Business:

• It is immediate – empowering business users with insights to act in the moment

• It is intelligent – beyond automation to predictive suggestion

• It is integrated – not only between your departments, but connected to the world

What are the key benefits for a customer to move to SAP S/4HANA?

SAP’s vision and strategy is to help customers run live in the digital economy. To deliver on this mission, we are redefining how enterprise software creates value. The prevalence of digital technologies is forcing organizations to reimagine their business models, the way their business processes are designed, and the way their employees work in the digital economy. While this brings a plethora of challenges due to the disruptive nature of digital technologies, the digital economy also presents numerous opportunities for those who are aware and prepared to embrace digital transformation.

From a business value perspective, this means that SAP S/4HANA creates some unique opportunities to reinvent business models and drive new revenues and profits. First, enterprises can now connect to people, devices, and business networks to deliver new value to their customers on any channel because the Internet of Things and Big Data are accessible to any business. Second, enterprises can dramatically simplify their processes, drive them in real time, and change them as needed to gain new efficiencies – batch processing is no longer required. And finally, business users can now get any insight on any data from anywhere in real time for planning, execution, prediction, and simulation, so decisions may be made on the fly with the finest level of granularity for faster business impact.

From an IT value perspective, this means that SAP S/4HANA creates some unique opportunities to simplify the landscape and help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), with SAP HANA as the great simplifier. First, enterprises can eliminate redundant data, reducing their data footprint while working with larger data sets in one system (for example, with industry or application function reintegrated, where it was previously standalone). This enables them to reduce hardware costs, operational costs, and complexity, and to save time.

Second, innovation is made simpler by leveraging an open platform (SAP HANA Cloud Platform) to drive advanced applications – for example, for predicting, recommending, and simulating – while protecting existing investments. Third, business users can leverage a simple and role-based user experience, based on modern design principles, which minimizes training efforts while increasing productivity as it combines information from various sources at the point where decisions are made. We also support customers with
simple configuration: both while setting up the system and during its use. And finally, enterprises get choice of deployment: cloud, on premise, and even hybrid scenarios to achieve quick time-to-value and reflect the current reality of customer solution landscapes. SAP S/4HANA is built only on the SAP HANA platform because it is the only platform that can deliver the required massive simplifications and innovations.

How does SAP S/4HANA fit SAP’s digital business framework?

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.

What are the SAP S/4HANA deployment options for customers?

SAP offers on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployments to give real choice to customers. SAP S/4HANA also gives customers the option to fully leverage the SAP HANA multitenancy database functionality as provided by the SAP HANA platform.

What is the benefit of using an in-memory platform with regard to the data model?

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 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 of 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 (LoBs) and industry solutions. The new application architecture simplifies system landscapes and accelerates cloud deployments on an economical scale.