SAP S/4HANA


SAP S/4HANA: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is SAP S/4HANA?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been the cornerstone of SAP solutions since the company was founded in 1972. SAP’s first packaged mainframe software application, SAP R/2, was released in 1979, and was followed by SAP R/3, SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0, and SAP ECC 6.0. SAP’s current flagship enterprise ERP solution, SAP S/4HANA, was released in 2015, and was a significant shift for the organization as it ran exclusively on the SAP HANA database.

Modules included in an SAP S/4HANA system include: Asset Management, Finance, Human Resources, Manufacturing, R&D/Engineering, Sales, Service, Sourcing and Procurement, and Supply Chain. Each of these modules consist of multiple applications that offer specific features and functionality, as well as industry-specific and enhanced line-of-business functions.

SAP S/4HANA: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is SAP S/4HANA?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been the cornerstone of SAP solutions since the company was founded in 1972. SAP’s first packaged mainframe software application, SAP R/2, was released in 1979, and was followed by SAP R/3, SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0, and SAP ECC 6.0. SAP’s current flagship enterprise ERP solution, SAP S/4HANA, was released in 2015, and was a significant shift for the organization as it ran exclusively on the SAP HANA database.

Modules included in an SAP S/4HANA system include: Asset Management, Finance, Human Resources, Manufacturing, R&D/Engineering, Sales, Service, Sourcing and Procurement, and Supply Chain. Each of these modules consist of multiple applications that offer specific features and functionality, as well as industry-specific and enhanced line-of-business functions.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • SAP S/4HANA is the solution that SAP wants enterprise ERP customers to be running, but it is about more than simply adopting technology. According to Tom Janoshalmi, the former Global Head of SAP Digital Core Move, organizations need to look at their move to SAP S/4HANA to being about a connected story not just a technology upgrade. While SAPinsider research has shown that many organizations look at SAP S/4HANA largely because of the upcoming end of maintenance for core SAP ERP releases, more see a move to SAP S/4HANA as the opportunity to re-engineer and update processes and configurations. Janoshalmi agrees. He wants organizations to focus on the value they can derive from SAP S/4HANA and what they can achieve moving forward. You can hear more about why the move to SAP S/4HANA is important by reading SAPinsider’s interview with Janoshalmi.
  • SAP S/4HANA is the core around which organizations can build their transformed landscape. When Eczacıbaşı Building Products needed to update their existing systems and processes, they looked at SAP S/4HANA as the central part of their update. The overall process involved a complete evaluation of all their current processes and implementing technologies that would increase agility while boosting customer brand experience. SAP S/4HANA was used to connect all the different parts of the business in that process. This article covers more about the Eczacıbaşı project, as does this event session where they discuss their results.
  • SAP continues to enhance SAP S/4HANA by including it in RISE with SAP. RISE with SAP is not a new product, but an offering that includes assets that help organizations achieve transformation. The central part of this is SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the software-as-a-service version of SAP’s flagship ERP solution. Damien Johnson from SAP explains in this session what RISE with SAP is, and how it impacts organizations’ existing SAP S/4HANA projects.

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    November 01, 2023

    While there are many organizations that still running their ERP on ECC, others have already made the move off of that platform onto S/4HANA. Those who completed the implementation of the first major versions between 2015 and 2017 are now due for an upgrade. Each version of SAP S/4HANA is officially supported for five years,…
  2. Securing the Journey to S/4HANA

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    For most organizations, migrating to S/4HANA is a complex and drawn-out process, requiring extensive planning, funding and resourcing. 81% of digital transformation projects experience delays and failures, costing organizations an average of $4.12 million. Security concerns are the most significant roadblock to successful migrations. The path to S/4HANA involves redesigning security models to address significant…...…
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    Application Managers need to consider how best to upgrade to SAP S/4HANA, the latest platform of the software supplier’s core business software. SAP has extended the support deadline for its current ECC software from 2025 to 2027 following pressure from customers, but the move to S/4HANA is inevitable – and can bring significant benefits to…...…
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    We are less than five years away from the end of mainstream maintenance for core SAP Business Suite applications. While approximately 20,000 customers have already licensed SAP S/4HANA, approximately half are net-new to enterprise ERP at SAP. That means as many as 35,000 customers currently have no plans for SAP S/4HANA. RISE with SAP is…
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    A global manufacturer had evolved past the limitations of its legacy SAP ECC system and couldn’t keep up with the firm’s growth or support much future innovation. Business need: Enhance business processes and upscale revenues with a more composed, consistent environment. Also required better performance and stability, new functionality, better runtime analytics, and improved mobility…
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    The path to SAP S/4HANA is not a migration, but an opportunity to embark on a journey to transform your business and discover new ways of working, allowing you to leverage intelligent technologies and become a Renewable Enterprise. SAP S/4HANA allows companies to simplify the journey with a tried and tested roadmap. The diagram below…
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    When organizations contemplate the move to SAP S/4HANA, an evidence-based comprehensive analysis of the core business needs, and what needs to be achieved is crucial for making informed decisions. Devising a business case enables alignment on the value of the project, the goals it seeks to achieve, determining whether the project is viable, if the…
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    With the advent of SAP S/4HANA, many companies are looking to upgrade for business process enhancement and cutting-edge digital technologies. Every upgrade of that scale, however, comes with challenges including time, resources, and budget, among others. Other factors, such as industry-based regulatory compliance requirements and the complexity of the system can further add to the…
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    Apply Automation to Bring Benefit Before, During, and After Your SAP S/4HANA Project

    November 21, 2022

    There are many considerations to make before starting your SAP S/4HANA project. The migration from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA promises many benefits. But did you know that some of them you can experience before and during your migration? While automation, like other next-gen technologies, is typically an afterthought, we want to highlight the value…
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    The cloud has emerged as the clear future of enterprise IT infrastructure — Gartner reports that 85% of organizations will operate with a cloud-first approach and 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on the cloud by 2025. For SAP users, this is compounded by SAP’s impending stoppage of support for Business Suite 7 core applications…