What is SAP S/4 HANA

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    In this blog, I will talk about SAP S/4 HANA from beginners perspective. We will do deep dive in coming weeks about benefits and scope of SAP S/4 HANA in Enterprise landscape.

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    On Feb,2015 SAP announced a new business suite, fully built for SAP HANA, with all that only SAP HANA can do today. SAP S/4HANA is a new product and biggest innovation since SAP R/3.

    What is SAP S/4 Stands for

    SAP S/4HANA is the short form for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. It brings the next big wave of SAP innovation to our customers, similar to the transition from SAP R/2 to SAP R/3. SAP S/4HANA is a new product with a new code line


    SAP S/4HANA is the next-generation business suite. It is a new product fully built on the most advanced in-memory platform today – SAP HANA – and modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience (UX). SAP S/4HANA delivers massive simplifications (customer adoption, data model, user experience, decision making, business processes, and models) and innovations (Internet of Things, Big Data, business networks, and mobile-first) to help businesses run simple in the digital economy.

    SAP HANA Road map

    With the Introduction of SAP Business Suite 4 HANA, SAP delivers the next wave of simplification with a streamlined core of the most essential scenarios, including finance,accounting,procurement and manufacturing.

    SAP S/4 HANA allows SAP to deliver ongoing innovation with minimum disruption. It also integrates SAP other Cloud solutions Concur, Ariba,Success factors. In this environment, organizations can consume the latest innovations in a Standardized scalable way.

    SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud can be Company bridge to SAP S/4 HANA by providing a secure, managed service environment that allows companies to Standardize their processes and utilize the extraction layer in SAP HANA Cloud Platform to manage extensions and customization.

    SAP Innovation

    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.

    With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP was the only software vendor in the market at that time to allow SAP Business Suite customers to bring together transactions and analysis into a single in-memory platform. This innovation has been extremely successful in the market as 2,000+ customers (existing and new) acquired SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA – in less than two years – to run their business in real time, making it one of the fastest-growing product in SAP’s history.


    Manish Mundra

    SAP Cloud Solution Architect