SAP S/4HANA ERP platform options expand but raise deployment questions

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Questions have swirled around SAP S/4HANA from the moment the next-generation ERP platform was released in 2015. Although it appears that most SAP ERP users are keenly aware of S/4HANA, the vast majority of them have not yet made concrete efforts to move to the new platform.

But there are indications that rapid change is in the air; SAP claims S/4HANA implementation projects are on the rise. Much of this growth is being spurred by greenfield implementations, but increasing numbers of existing SAP ERP instances are getting moved to an SAP S/4HANA implementation as the roadmaps become clearer, use cases develop and better migration tools become available.

Another driver toward more adoption is the increasing functionality in S/4HANA as the core processes of finance and procurement are joined by applications like supply chain, sales and distribution, and digital boardroom.

There are a few fundamental factors you need to consider in any SAP S/4HANA implementation. You must fully understand your current environment and know what critical functions you want in S/4HANA. You need to know when to make the move based on a number of criteria, including the time it will take and how much an SAP S/4HANA implementation will disrupt current business processes. You must decide whether to deploy the on-premises, cloud or hybrid option. And if you decide to deploy in the cloud, you need to choose among public cloud, private cloud or a combination.

This handbook provides a valuable starting point on your road to an SAP S/4HANA implementation, with detailed information about the S/4HANA roadmap, a discussion of various cloud deployment options and a real-world example of how some tools can make a huge impact on the speed and cost of an upgrade.