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With SAP all roads lead to S/4HANA, the enterprise system of the future: There are numerous new advantages and technologies which are made available with S/4HANA. Be ahead of the crowd and start now as maintenance of SAP ERP ends in 2025. T.CON will go on the journey together with you towards the next generation of SAP Business Suite for a digital world.
What is S/4HANA?
"SAP S/4HANA" is short for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA, and is the next generation SAP application suite. It is a brand-new product, which has been developed based entirely on the powerful SAP HANA in-memory platform and integrated with the modern SAP Fiori user interface. The key feature of S/4HANA is its radical simplification of the data model and user experience, thereby making it easier for companies to simplify their business processes.
What are the available operating models?
There are various operating models available for S/4HANA, and SAP customers can select the model best suited to them: Local/on-premises (with the usual options for full system customization and extension), Managed Cloud (individual system hosted in the SAP datacenter) and Public Cloud (standardized multi-tenant cloud solution for simplified business processes from selected industries).
How is "SAP Simple Finance" related to S/4HANA?
Simple Finance was the first step in SAP S/4HANA's customer roadmap. It demonstrated the significant advantages of a simplified data model (e.g. no indexes, no aggregates), and has been functionally incorporated into S/4HANA.
How does S/4HANA fit together with SAP's existing Cloud solutions?
S/4HANA is not a replacement for SAP's existing Cloud portfolio, it is integrated into it and extends it. SAP customers can set their own pace for their path into the Cloud. There are simple, standardized options for integrating the ERP system with cloud solutions as required (for example, SuccessFactors, Ariba, and Concur).
Will SAP continue to provide its Business Suite customers with new features for every database?
Yes. SAP considers it very important to protect the investments of its customers. The extended maintenance agreement to 2025 continues to apply, guaranteeing Business Suite customers future new features with no interruption to business operations (e.g. via Enhancement Packages) for all databases, and for SAP HANA. However: S/4HANA only runs on the SAP HANA platform. SAP S/4HANA is the next logical step for existing SAP customers and largest step forward for several years — and it is fully compatible with SAP ERP 6.0.
What is the typical route to S/4HANA for a SAP Business Suite customer?
If an existing SAP ERP customer wants to move to SAP S/4HANA, this can essentially be done in a single step, with a single downtime, regardless of the Enhancement Package installed. The only condition is that the system must already be in Unicode. However, it is also possible to switch to S/4HANA via a series of steps.
With the release of SAP S/4HANA 1809 in September 2018, SAP produced the fourth version of the Walldorf-based state-of-the-art ERP system. What began in 2015 as a new, simplified infrastructure for financial bookkeeping, has grown into a full ERP system — and, in fact, more than that: it creates a foundation for company digitalization. Real-time analyses, IoT and Big Data scenarios are all part of the standard S/4HANA repertoire.
And it‘s not just end users who find their life easier with S/4HANA. The internal IT department also has their load lightened. In creating S/4HANA, SAP has pulled a number of systems (SAP EWM, to name one) right into the system‘s digital core. This greatly reduces the need to operate varied systems side by side.
New installation of SAP S/4HANA systems and migration of existing master data and transactional data.
Converting your existing ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA in one step.
Consolidation into a worldwide SAP S/4HANA system or, if required, a partial data migration.
Let’s explore the right way and strategy for your transition together. Within the scope of our workshops offered, we will work through all the points that are important for your unique path to digitization.
We were chosen from SAP SE to join the SAP program “10Steps2S4“. The program included a system conversion from SAP ERP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA which was made in 10 steps.