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SAP S/4 HANA is SAP’s real-time ERP suite for digital business. It leverages SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers optimized business processes, performance and end-user experience with SAP Fiori. SAP S/4 HANA can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud for companies of all sizes and industries. The goal of this short blog is to shed a little light on what SAP S/4 HANA is and the potential impact it may have on your business if you are running SAP today or considering SAP in the future.


SAP S/4 HANA is an abbreviation of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. Its name implies that it is the fourth version of SAP Business Suite, but it differs from its predecessors because it is designed to run on SAP HANA. S/4 HANA was designed to be simpler to use and easier to administer while helping users resolve more complex problems and process larger amounts of data than earlier SAP ERP and R/3 releases.

SAP S/4 HANA was a massive undertaking, requiring an overhaul of the database concept and the revision of hundreds of millions of lines of code. Simplicity and usability were the driving factors behind S/4 HANA, along with more flexibility for developers. Other intended benefits of S/4 HANA include business process optimization and modernization that will allow customers to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the latest analytics. The latter becomes a major selling point because of the underlying SAP HANA platform that not only allows for the simplification of business processes but also the ability to process analytics in real-time. To summarize, SAP S/4 HANA further builds upon the business value of in-memory database performance with a simpler, faster, and more efficient application code base.


Clients who choose to either undergo an SAP S/4 HANA migration or an SAP S/4 HANA implementation can hope to achieve:

  • Reduced hardware due to data compression, which is offered by the SAP S/4 HANA application suite.
  • Lower software costs through a reduction and elimination of many software products such as ETL, data replication, management, and other middleware software.
  • Faster development time through automation and minimized complexity.
  • Increased productivity for users through a simplified user interface and for administrators through the simplification of the environment with the SAP HANA platform.


With the lure of the potential benefits listed above, companies are already beginning explore the business case of making a transition to this latest release from SAP. The option of running SAP S/4 HANA on-premise or in the cloud gives customers the flexibility of choosing a model that best matches their IT strategy and business needs. In order to prepare for SAP S/4 HANA, companies may wish to employ a certified SAP hosting provider or consulting firm to assist them with a landscape assessment that objectively evaluates their readiness for an upgrade, as well as the best deployment path and model to meet their needs.


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