SAP S/4 HANA represents a tectonic shift in SAP ERP software, with new and innovative capabilities, simplified core (data model, business processes, and user experiences), easy to implement integrations with peripheral solutions, and variety of deployment and subscription options over the traditional SAP business suite. SAP S/4 HANA is different from its predecessor in many ways and allows the customer to do much more as compared to what was possible with SAP Business Suite.
1. Start and explore early:
SAP S/4 HANA 1610 is available as a fully activated appliance that contains all the standard functionalities of SAP S/4 HANA, with additional components such as extended warehouse management, production planning and demand scheduling, activated best practices and pre-configured technical settings, sample data, and demo scenarios.
What does this mean for the market? Now, customers can start evaluating SAP S/4 HANA 1610 in one to two days if they want to put this appliance on the physical server, and in a few hours if they want to use the SAP Cloud Appliance Library on Amazon or any other cloud service provider.
This brings huge advantages for customers and reduces time-to-value by enabling them to see the product’s features without spending any time configuring the standard scenario and comparing it with their own business processes. Exploring a SAP system for trying out certain scenarios or implementing proof of concepts has never been easier.
2. Build and integrate easily:
SAP has an enriched SAP S/4 HANA core with solutions such as APO, EWM, and BPC, which used to be standalone solutions. This simplifies the SAP landscape and customers save on the effort needed for setting up integrations with these peripheral solutions in their core ERP.
The enterprise system landscape is changing rapidly and customers are moving towards Software-as-a-Service applications to benefit from innovations, on-the-fly implementations, and subscription based models. SAP S/4 HANA is positioned as having built-in capabilities that can integrate with top cloud solutions such as ARIBA, SuccessFactors, and Concur etc.
Now, it is easier for customers to implement peripheral business solutions and set up integrations with other applications using the out-of-the-box capabilities of SAP S/4 HANA.
3. Benefits from new and enhanced functionalities:
SAP has developed new and enhanced many existing functionalities with SAP S/4 HANA to help customers re-design their business processes, benefit from enhanced visibility into business events, and take better decisions collaboratively with all involved parties. For example, an enterprise can run advanced “Availability to Promise” scenarios to service their customers according to their value for the company. Procurement overview provides an automated order and invoice processing solutions, (with manual interventions in exceptional cases) changing the way procurement and finance teams work together.
SAP S/4 HANA 1610 is positioned as the digital core of the enterprise and meant for facilitating business in the digital world. While it is easy to get bogged down by details around what has changed with SAP S/4 HANA in respect to SAP ERP, it is important to focus on the new and enhanced capabilities of the software to derive the maximum benefit out of it.
In today’s world, customers cannot afford to take years to implement their ERP solution in order to put their business ahead of the game. SAP S/4 HANA offers many more capabilities and an agility of implementation to place a company on digital roadmap. The ball is in the customers’ court; it’s up to them to make most of their SAP S/4 HANA implementation.