What Is SAP S/4HANA?

What Is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP S/4HANA refers to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) business suite based on the in-memory database for SAP HANA that enables companies to analyze business data and conduct transactions in real-time.

In February 2015, SAP released S/4HANA. Since then, S/4HANA has become one of the flagship products of SAP. S/4HANA helps solve complicated problems and handle significant amounts of data in comparison to predecessors. S/4HANA is available in cloud, hybrid, and on-premises deployment models. SAP tends to encourage customers to select the cloud option.


SAP S/4HANA stands for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. This means that this product is the fourth iteration of the SAP Business Suite. However, S/4HANA is only designed to run on SAP HANA.

S/4HANA originated from SAP HANA, which is an in-memory database that was released in 2011. SAP HANA made is possible for customers to process large amounts of transactional and operational business data in real-time. The SAP Business Suite on HANA was released in 2013 by SAP. The SAP Business Suite on HANA is a HANA-based ERP system that contained modules for SCM, PLM, SRM, and CRM.

Instead of running on top of HANA, S/4HANA was written within HANA. Suite on HANA was the front of the SAP ERP business applications running on the HANA backend, which was the in-memory database.

The development of SAP S/4HANA involved the rewriting of about 400 million lines of code and the rethinking of the entire database concept. SAP noted that some sap s 4 hana features are the simplification of use and greater agility for developers. In the eyes of SAP, S/4HANA is a way for businesses to transform their business models and generate additional revenue by taking advantage of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) by connecting business networks, people, and devices.

S/4HANA does not require batch processing. Therefore, another one of the sap s 4 hana features is the simplification of processes and the driving of processes in real-time. Essentially, business users are able to gain insight on data in real-time for execution, planning, simulation, and prediction.


SAP released S/4HANA Cloud in March 2017. S/4HANA Cloud is a cloud-based version of S/4HANA. S/4HANA Cloud is ideal for organizations that have more than 1,500 employees or more that desire to run an ERP system that is two-tiered. Such a system allows a corporate entity to run an entire business suite like S/4HANA or SAP ERP Central Component. S/4HANA Cloud can be run and implemented at the subsidiary or division level.

S/4 HANA Cloud encompasses next-generation technology, such as machine learning through SAP Clea as well as a conversational digital assistant bot referred to as CoPilot.

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Nicholas Jansen