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The name of the base system (platform): SAP HANA (High Performance Analytic Appliance)
Developers: SAP SE
Date of the premiere of the system: 2015/02/03
Last Release Date: 2017/09/21
Technology: ERP,  SaaS - Software as service


S/4HANA is schedule system of resources of the enterprise with the simplified user interface Fiori. The cloud version of the platform of data processing of SAP S/4Hana is intended for implementation of hybrid scenarios of work with use of both cloud applicaions, and the applications working at a hardware platform of clients.


Zeroing of a payment for the trial period

In May, 2019 it became known that partners of SAP will get access to the free 12-month trial period of use of the S/4HANA Cloud systems ERP and C/4HANA CRM. Before testing and demonstration of opportunities of flagship products of the German company began with 5 thousand euros.

Participants of the affiliate program of SAP PartnerEdge who have not less than three consultants certified on the programs working at SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP C/4HANA can expect free access.

SAP ceased to take money for testing of ERP and CRM systems
SAP ceased to take money for testing of ERP and CRM systems

As reported TAdviser in the press service, the innovation concerns also the Russian market. It was announced within the SAP SapphireNow conference and became the most noticeable declaration for partners on this action, notes the CRN edition.

We did not charge a fee for product demonstration to clients by our sales specialists, but it did not concern partners. We did not want it. We wanted that our partners were equipped the same as our own team of sellers, so far as concerns demonstration of products for market promotion — the director of partner business of SAP Karl Fahrbach on SAP SapphireNow said.

The partners polled by CRN welcomed zeroing of a payment for the trial period of S/4HANA Cloud ERP and C/4HANA CRM and called it an important step for the simplified development of solutions in software environment of SAP.

According to the director on Beyond Technologies marketing (the "golden" partner of SAP developing software with the processes started on S/4HANA) of Kurt Ramcharan, the paid trial period was "really very expensive and risky". Free access to C/4HANA Suite will open new opportunities before Beyond Technologies, he is sure.

Karl Farbakh says that SAP hears several years from partners of the complaint to outdated practice of sales. The free trial period of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP C/4HANA will be entered in the third quarter 2019.[1]

SAP will transfer the SAP solution S/4HANA Cloud to the Russian DPC

SAP CIS announced in April, 2019 transfer of the SAP solution S/4HANA Cloud in the Russian DPC, it will be available since May, 2019. The cloud platform of SAP S/4HANA will help the Russian clients much quicker and with smaller costs to pass from traditional ERP to the intellectual enterprise, data-driven.

Cloud computing remains one of principal directions of business development of SAP. The company as provider of a full stroke of cloud computing and services, aims to transfer a maximum of key solutions to the Russian data center. SAP – the only vendor in Russia with own DPC, since 2014 places SuccessFactors, Ariba, SAP IBP, a product portfolio of SAP Customers Experience, the platform for development of SAP Cloud Platform here.

In May, 2019 the flagman SAP solution S/4HANA Cloud which will be unrolled in cloud infrastructure of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) certified for class 1G for the IC and to the second level of personal data protection will be transferred to DPC.


Integration with Rutoken of the EDS

26 November, 2018 the Aktiv company reported that together with SAP CIS completed the testing which confirmed compatibility of the products Rutoken EDS with the systems of SAP. Read more here.

Availability of SAP Analytics Cloud services

The SAP company announced on June 7, 2018 that SAP Analytics Cloud services are built in SAP S/4 HANA Cloud for the purpose of ensuring quick access to planning, implementation and the analysis within one system now. Read more here.

Abilities to integrate Finance and GRC into an ecosystem of the company


Release of version 1709

The SAP company announced on September 21, 2017 a release of the next version of SAP S/4HANA — 1709. In release of the ERP system functions of SAP Leonardo Machine Learning service and predictive analytics are added.

The SAP solution S/4HANA is created especially for work with SAP HANA — the platform for data processing of in-memory for business in real time. The applications added to SAP S/4HANA 1709 provide direct access to analytics and a business context and also at the same time release resources from accomplishment of routine tasks.

Among the applications added to SAP S/4HANA 1709:

  • SAP Cash Application is the application which learns to find coincidence of parameters in base of financial data of the company automatically to connect accounts to incoming payments. It allows to create more effective centers of common service and gives the chance to financiers to be engaged in strategic functions.
  • Fiori SAP applications for contracts are predicted in advance by the termination of validity periods of contracts or expiration dates of mass sales items. As a result of integration with SAP Predictive Analytics users can predict the termination of contracts directly in the application now and update model one click, using own data.

Besides, in SAP S/4HANA 1709 there were functions which meet needs of the separate industries — in particular, for the mining and grain processing industries and also for retail. At the same time implementation for the companies of any industry was simplified.

Among functions there are systems:

  • Finance. The SAP Financial Closing service is main Part SAP S/4HANA 1709 which will help users to accelerate creation of economic subjects taking into account requirements of the legislation. Business users will be able to achieve bigger transparency of financial transactions and also to increase productivity thanks to automation of tasks of closing and the improved user experience.
  • Supply chain. SAP continues the conversion of digital supply chains begun in early versions: now SAP application of Transportation Management is integrated with a system. The combination of solutions for a supply chain and production allows to control all process, from planning and forecasts before production, execution and transportation.
  • Sales and marketing. Version 1709 will help the companies to coordinate billing, pricing, services and other customer-oriented processes depending on strategically selected solution — on-premise or a private cloud.
  • Production. In version 1709 there was available a SAP solution S/4HANA Manufacturing. This service collects all functions and solutions for production, production, operating activities, assembly in single clear solution taking into account planning and operational business processes. Now the companies can minimize gaps in production process because of changes in routes, work instructions and instructions thanks to the analysis of influence of these actions on production process. At the same time the data of the enterprise arriving in real time are used.

SAP announced "intellectual ERP of new generation"

On February 10, 2017 SAP SE provided the latest developments for SAP S/4HANA Cloud and published the route chart of innovations for cloud schedule system of resources of the enterprise. New in-memory architecture is combined with the contextual analytics, functions of the digital assistant, machine learning and the user interface SAP Fiori implemented in SAP S/4HANA Cloud. It allows clients to change and configure business processes and models, taking actions on the basis of made and the recommendations received in real time.

SAP announced an intelligent system of ERP of new generation
SAP announced an intelligent system of ERP of new generation

The solution is proposed to the enterprises functions of digital business, ready to use, for the different industries and activities, by fast deployment and payback and low costs of transition to a cloud. According to forecasts of IDC the market of the business applications delivered according to the SaaS model (software as service) will grow for 17% annually and will reach $103.9 billion by 2020 in comparison with $47.4 billion in 2015.

Several decades ago the SAP company developed the first-ever ERP system and became the leader in this area — Darren Roos, the president of SAP S/4HANA Cloud says. — Then we the first developed a cloud ERP system. Many still use that first architecture, however the SAP company on it did not stop and invests means in new generation of cloud products. SAP S/4HANA Cloud combines developments in the field of architecture and technologies with the checked business management methods of SAP and is really intellectual cloud ERP system of new generation.

Based on the SAP HANA platform it is possible to create the solution for business control in real time, at this SAP SAP Ariba for procurement is responsible for management of the basic digital processes and a full integration with all solution portfolio of SAP, including the SAP solutions SuccessFactors for human capital management, to SAP Hybris for customer interaction and commerce, SAP Concur for management of business trips and expenses and SAP Fieldglass for purchase of services and management of an outside personnel.

The new version of SAP S/4HANA Cloud provides faster digital transformation and increases efficiency of business processes at the expense of the increased transparency, automation and quality. The cloud packet of ERP includes the following solutions:

  • SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud for integrated management of projects;
  • SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud, simple modern finance solution in use with functions of procurement and order management, suitable for large enterprises and branches;
  • SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud with control functions by professional services and finance for full control of business in real time.

The SAP company also submitted the route chart of future innovations in the field of ERP. The quarterly updates planned by SAP will concern setup which will become more intellectual, will get support of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Also there will be fields filled by a system, additional abilities to integrate between clouds and external application programming interfaces (API) for consolidation with other applications and the old systems.

Besides, SAP shared the ideas of embedding of functions of digital registers on the basis of a blockchain and functions of Internet of Things which will provide wider models of digital business and also plans of the conclusion of partnership for development of localization and expansions in verticals of the industries.

Transformation of the main business processes

From static processes to dynamic solutions

  • Planning: From MRPII to the multi-level integrated planning
  • Quality management: From control of products and processes to predictive analytics and the ordering actions
  • Hardware maintenance: From scheduled preventive maintenance to repairs on technical condition of the equipment and predictive repairs
  • Execution of transactions: From regulations and time keeping to monitoring of health and security
  • Inventory management: From rated levels to dynamic inventory management
  • Analytics: From procedural reports to control of indicators in real time, predictive and predictive analytics


SAP S/4HANA 1610

On November 8, 2016 the SAP company announced release of the version SAP S/4HANA 1610. The reduced model of data processing, a possibility of SAP Fiori 2.0, image identification, machine learning and other technologies of the platform are stated.

The updated platform passed test at more than 20 clients of SAP in the different countries, including at two Russian. The companies estimated new industry functionality and abilities to manage supply chains. In this version the possibility of transition to new business models, for example, production planning under the single customer order and also obtaining in real time any operational reporting is supposed.

SAP S/4HANA 1610 Overview – ON AIR with Rudolf Hois, (2016)

According to the statement of the press service of vendor, the upgraded SAP S/4HANA will help the companies to begin digital transformation, considering specifics of the industry. As a part of S/4HANA 1610 two industries — IS Oil and IS Retail are included. For example, for retail opportunities for product management were expanded, the transparency of processes of acceptance of business solutions on the basis of data from different sources is increased.

New features on management of hydrocarbon products, planning of inventory and supply chains in real time are developed for clients of the oil and gas industry.

As a part of the version last functionality of the SAP solution S/4HANA Finance. The companies will be able to transform the financial processes at the expense of the simplified IT landscape and quick access to the detailed reporting in real time.

Innovations in supply chain management

The functionality of SAP S/4HANA 1610 helps:

  • check availability and planning of deliveries,
  • increase customer service quality
  • increase revenue.

For example, when planning deliveries a system will warn about possible deficit of products or will specify what segments of the market will be the most profitable.

Among additional functions:

  • product availability verification of presence;
  • inventory management: transparency of inventory, tracking of the "hung-up" processes, control of expiration dates;
  • requirements planning of materials (PPM for only a few seconds);
  • expanded management of an inventory control (EWM as add on);
  • management of labor protection, health and environment.


SAP S/4HANA as uniform space

On October 12, 2015 Dmitry Shepelyavy, the deputy CEO of SAP CIS, told of opportunities of the ERP system[2].

According to the top manager, SAP S/4HANA is this version of the ERP system, it is created on the platform of a front line "in-memory" of the SAP HANA platform. SAP S/4HANA at other level solves relevant problems of business which because of insufficient development of technologies or unfairly high labor input were much more difficult to be implemented earlier. Difficulties well familiar to many enterprises: slow formation of financial statements, a monetary position, a labor-consuming and long cycle of closing, inconvenient instruments of business planning which badly cope with a problem of fast replanning and others — can be overcome thanks to implementation of the new platform.

In the name SAPS/4HANA "S" means Simple. This word, according to Dmitry Shepelyavy well characterizes the solution: SAP S/4HANA is suitable for any segment of business, it allows to simplify considerably business processes, to reduce total cost of ownership IT infrastructure and to accelerate basic processes of the enterprise. During the work with new interfaces the labor input decreases twice — the quantity of the filled fields, and on as much — the number of clicks is reduced by 50%. And also the number of transitions between screens is reduced by 90%. The used SAP Fiori interface provides system availability on any mobile devices.

A system performs three basic functions:

  • considerably simplifies data modeling,
  • changes idea of the user interface of SAP solutions — now it much simpler, more intuitive, screens are made under different roles and business challenges
  • the product offers customers the platform which will help to review business processes and to implement new to remain konkurentospobny in the changing conditions.

In the future updating of SAP ERP (EHP8) the possibility of carrying out migration and installation of the SAPS/4HANA components in a single step will appear, Dmitry Shepelyavy noted, it will help customers to reduce costs for conducting testing. SAP locates also RDS (Rapid Deployment Solution) – the preconfigured scenarios and sets of templates, documentation, instructions of end users which will help to reduce costs for deployment of the solution.

Specialists of vendor made process of migration the easiest for the companies planning such migration. For the user usual tables and standard transactions will look as before, but filling will cardinally change: the structure will become simpler, data will be centralized and cleaned from duplication.

Dmitry Shepelyavy told that Russia and CIS for SAP — strategically important region. The company works on strengthening of the position here and concluded 40 bargains on implementation of the platform in the companies in the territory of the CIS. The first company which followed a way of SAP implementation of S/4HANA - "The Georgian railroad".

Announcement of the ERP system of SAP S/4HANA

On February 3, 2015 the SAP company announced ERP S/4HANA, de facto been the successor of schedule systems of resources of the R/3 and SAP Business Suite enterprise with the simplified user interface Fiori ERP[3].

A system locates means of carrying out migration without business interruption and is equipped with the mechanism of fast data analysis on the basis of working in memory DBMS HANA. The system code, offered locally and in the form of service, is rewritten and optimized for SAP HANA.

Model of interaction and representation of S/4HANA, 2015

For simplification of transition to S4/HANA its cloud and local versions will be implemented with the old user interface of SAP and when users get used to it, will be able to switch to Fiori.

During demonstration of the HANA version of ERP, the analysis of 245 million lines of data on income and expenses for the Chinese department of hypothetical financial company took read seconds, the company reported during the action devoted to the product presentation.

According to the statement of speakers of the company, SaaS version of a system it will be offered first of all the enterprises of the service industry. SAP, by an example of Salesforce, will develop the cloud products addressed to those who uses the local systems now.

Representation of S/4HANA by company management - The Importance of S/4HANA, 2015

The cloud version of S/4Hana supports both tasks of marketing and professional services, and a problem of finance, accounting, the cost accounting, supply, sales, production and hardware maintenance, design and product lifecycle management. It includes a number of in advance configured methods of work with business processes. According to the plan, updates in the cloud version of S/4Hana will be quarterly made.