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SAP S/4HANA Cookbook: What is SAP S/4HANA


SAP S/4HANA Cookbook

The SAP S/4HANA Cookbook covers the most important aspects of implementing SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA).

It consists of a small set of HTML landing pages that provide abstracts for specific topics, along with links to further deep-dive information.

The content on these pages follows an iterative approach and will be updated regularly.

Comments are disabled on this page to keep it lean.

Please use the SAP S/4HANA forum to raise questions about SAP S/4HANA.

For comments regarding the cookbook itself, please use the accompanying blog.

Table of Contents

1. What is SAP S/4HANA (this page)

  • Overview
  • What is available now ?
  • Further capabilities in context of SAP S/4HANA
  • Transition Options
  • Extensibility & Adaptation
  • Best Practices & Enablement by SAP

2. SAP S/4HANA Finance, On-Premise 1605: Implementation Information

  • This first on-premise version of SAP S/4HANA was released in March 2015. Since this version currently has the highest implementation figures, there is a separate page on it in the cookbook.

3. Implementing SAP S/4HANA with SAP Activate

  • This page gives an overview of the accelerators consolidated in SAP Activate that  help SAP partners and customers throughout the different phases of SAP S/4HANA implementation projects

Note: For access to SAP Notes and roadmap information, an 'S-user' is required (see here).

SAP S/4HANA: Overview

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Getting Started with SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA,the next generation business suite designed to help you run simple in the digital economy.

This new suite is built on our advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori.

Deployable in the cloud or on-premise, SAP S/4HANA is built to drive instant value across lines of business and industries with the ultimate in sophistication: simplicity.

Overview Presentation

Product Roadmap

> Product road maps > Cross Topics > SAP S/4HANA ('S-User' is required)

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore SAP S/4HANA along selected use cases

This series of blogs explains the possibilities of SAP S/4HANA along 'typical' use cases - tackled from both a business and a technical angle.

  • Next Generation Logistics (biz / tech)
  • Next Generation Inventory Management (biz / tech)
  • Marketing to a Segment of One (biz / tech)
  • Increase Financial Business Performance (biz / tech)
  • Engage Talent Across the Organization (biz / tech)

openSAP course on SAP S/4HANA use cases

SAP S/4HANA: What is available now ?

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SAP S/4HANA on-premise 1511 FPS02

The most recent and comprehensive version of the SAP S/4HANA on-premise

With SAP S/4HANA (SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA), on-premise, SAP is providing a new product and a next generation of business applications. Enterprises can benefit from innovative use cases in core financial and operational areas e.g. Materials Management & Operations.

Key innovations include:

  • Optimized working capital with new accounts payable and receivable cockpits
  • Decreased stock buffers with simplified data model in inventory management for real-time, high-volume processing
  • Increased visibility with real-time stock and material flow insight
  • Reduced manufacturing cycle time with streamlined material flow for internal requirements (MRP)
  • Augmented reactivity with real-time monitoring of production orders regarding flow and critical issues
  • Improved operational decisions with easy simulation of supply alternatives
  • Lower procurement costs with standard integration to the Ariba Business Network
  • Better customer service with new sales order fulfillment cockpit for instantly identifying bottlenecks and issues

Flipbook about SAP S/4HANA on-premise

Product scope overview for SAP S/4HANA 1511 FPS02, on-premise  (presentation / blog)

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1511 FPS02: Functional scope in details for SAP S/4HANA on-premise

> on premise > choose the fitting feature package stack (FPS)

Try it out for yourself:

There is a 30-day trial hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that lets you create a dedicated on-premise instance of SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1511 (Feature Package Stack 01) and explore the trial system with administrator rights at your own convenience. The SAP license is waived for this period, AWS hosting fees apply.

Note: This is the successor of the former SAP Simple Finance 1503 30-day trial. The Simple Finance scope is still included but the Materials Management & Operations capabilities have been added.

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise: 30-day trial

SAP S/4HANA Finance, On-Premise 1605

Focusing on financial scenarios

SAP S/4HANA Finance, on-premise marked the first step in the SAP S/4HANA on-premise roadmap for customers. It solely focuses on financial scenarios such as SAP Accounting, SAP Cash Management, SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance and SAP Central Finance.

The initial version was released in March 2015 (1503) followed by support package stacks in May (1505), August (1508), November (1511) and the latest version released in 2016 (1605)

On the right hand side you will find a separate page with detailed implementation information around it and a substantial list of assets.

SAP S/4HANA Finance, on-premise 1605 and SAP S/4HANA, on-premise1511 FPS02 are delivered as two different products. Customers who are interested in financial innovations can either start with SAP S/4HANA Finance and transition to SAP S/4HANA 1511 FPS02 at a later point in time, or they can start with SAP S/4HANA 1511 FPS02 directly.

SAP S/4HANA Finance, On-Premise 1605: Implementation Information

SAP S/4HANA cloud 1605

The current cloud in detail

SAP S/4HANA cloud comprises three different offerings:

  1. SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud
  2. SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud
  3. SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud

1 & 2 focus on line-of-business scenarios (marketing, professional services), 3 offers a generic ERP scope with enterprise-wide scenarios. All cloud ofefrings are hosted by SAP.

Note: You might also find references to older cloud releases on SAP web pages since we’re keeping this information for some time as reference for existing customers.

Product scope overview for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1605

Update (June)

Scope details (documentation) for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1605

Update (June)

Try it out for yourself:

In the free trial of SAP S/4HANA, cloud, you can experience SAP S/4HANA in a guided tour at your own pace. It covers both line-of-business and generic enterprise scenarios.

SAP S/4HANA, cloud: Free Trial

Further capabilities in context of SAP S/4HANA

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Finance and logistics are the first major areas that are addressed within SAP S/4HANA.
Other products areas of the SAP portfolio will move into SAP S/4HANA going forward or can be closely integrated with it.The linked blog gives an overview and further information on roadmap and strategy for the products mentioned in the headline at the current point in time (this might be changed in the future without prior notice).

SAP S/4HANA and solutions of the SAP Suite: strategy and roadmap

Hybrid scenarios and SaaS integration capabilities

Both the on-premise and cloud offerings of SAP S/4HANA offer integration capabilities with other cloud-based SaaS products. This can be SAP solutions such as Ariba, SuccessFactors, Fieldglass, Concur, Hybris, SAP Cloud for Costumer, SAP Financial Services Network, or other third-party solutions depending on the detailed interfaces to those.

The read-on documents list the cloud integration capabilities by line-of-business (integration into SAP S/4HANA for Ariba, FSN, SuccessFactors (latter on-premise) are available, other products to follow) and provide some generic information on integration scenarios.

Cloud integration capabilities by line-of-business

Update (Apr 1)

Technical information on cloud integration (Blog / White Paper)

SAP S/4HANA: Transition Options

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Your transition options in a nutshell

SAP S/4HANA can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud, offering customers a choice what fits best for them.

Besides the decision what target infrastructure fits best, also the starting point of a project may vary.

There are basically three different implementation scenarios how a customer can move to SAP S/4HANA (you might even find combinations of those within the same customer):

  1. System Conversion : Existing SAP customers who want to move a complete SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA
  2. Landscape Transformation: Existing SAP customers who want to optimize their system landscape and move to SAP S/4HANA
  3. New Implementation: Customers who want to move from non-SAP legacy systems to SAP S/4HANA (new and existing SAP customers)

The linked documents explain the possible roads to SAP S/4HANA along typical customer scenarios, and give an overview how to technically deploy SAP S/4HANA and move data into the new infrastructure.

The blog focuses on the on-premise offering of SAP S/4HANA for existing customers (i.e. 1. in the list above).

The white paper takes a more comprehensive look on all three scenarios above for both on-premise and cloud deployments.

The simplification list describes in detail on a functional level what happens on individual transactions and solution capabilities when transitioning from SAP ERP 6.x to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1511.

The list is available in PDF and Excel format. In addition, select simplification items are covered in more detail in dedicated SCN blogs (the TOP list of simplification items).

White Paper:
The Road to SAP S/4HANA

The road to SAP S/4HANA on-premise for existing customers

System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA on-premise:

SAP S/4HANA: Extensibility & Custom Code Adaptation

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Extending SAP S/4HANA (side-by-side or in-app)

Extensibility covers a broad spectrum of topics that allows customers and partners to adapt standard business software to their business needs. It ranges from business configuration; layout adaptation of user interface (UI), forms, and reports; custom fields and logic; integration; and custom terminology and translation to customer-specific applications.

Extensibility in the SAP S/4HANA can be categorized into two main parts: side-by-side extensibility through SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and in-app extensibility through built-in capabilities.

Overview blog about extending SAP S/4HANA

White Paper: Extensibility for Customers and Partners

Custom Code Assessment & Adaptation

As an existing SAP customer, you may have developed ABAP custom code in your source system.

When converting your system to SAP S/4HANA, you need to assess and possibly adapt this custom code. This activity is mainly valid for on-premise transitions, since custom code can not be carried over that way into a cloud infrastructure.

Many of the steps for custom code assessment and adaptation are similar compared to moving to SAP HANA in general. Specific steps for SAP S/4HANA will be detailed out as SAP S/4HANA evolves.

Converting an existing SAP system to SAP S/4HANA: What you need to consider for your custom code

Best Practices & Enablement by SAP

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SAP Activate

SAP Activate expedites SAP S/4HANA implementations throughout the customer lifecycle. It offers ready-to-run best practice content, guided configuration, and an implementation methodology.

SAP Best Practices packages provide ready-to-run digitized business and technical processes optimized for SAP S/4HANA. They allow you to leverage SAP’s expertise and experience for standard processes and spend more time focused on innovation.

Guided configuration allows to choose and activate SAP Best Practices that are delivered with the SAP S/4HANA product. In cloud deployments, guided configuration additionally serves as content lifecycle management tool to support the adoption of future innovations.

SAP Activate methodology offers a consistent approach for any SAP S/4HANA deployment type – cloud, on-premise, hybrid, or mobile.

SAP Activate (dedicated page in cookbook)

SAP Education Offerings

openSAP is SAP’s learning platform for Enterprise MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Register for free and get access to learning materials about SAP S/4HANA and other SAP software.

openSAP course: SAP S/4HANA in a Nutshell

openSAP course: SAP S/4HANA - Deep Dive

openSAP course: SAP S/4HANA use cases

openSAP course: Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

SAP Learning Hub provides immediate, cloud-based access to a vast selection of SAP learning content – and to our interactive learning rooms (subscription fee applies).

SAP Learning Hub

Search for S/4HANA

Classroom trainings for SAP S/4HANA from SAP Education (training fee applies)

SAP S/4HANA Training & Certification Curriculum

SAP S/4HANA Implementation Scenarios

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