Frequently asked questions about SAP S/4 HANA (part 2)

May 1, 2023 Blog

SAP S/4 HANA is a modern and efficient business management platform that has become a popular choice for companies looking to improve their operations. As one of the most advanced ERP solutions on the market, SAP S/4HANA has proven its ability to help companies achieve their business goals more effectively.

In this ZTalent blog post, we focus on answering the five latest frequently asked questions about SAP S/4 HANA from Eric Smith’s comments on the SAP Press Blog.

1. What are the competencies required for SAP S/4HANA?

When it comes to implementing SAP S/4HANA, customers don’t have to worry about dealing with the complexities of the project on their own. In fact, it is the implementation partner who takes care of most of the implementation process. However, if customers want to learn more about it, they can turn to sources such as the SAP Community, the SAP PRESS Blog or the ZTalent news page, as they are reading right now. Both implementation partners and SAP HANA customers have the option to consult the SAP Community for the necessary information.

2. Can company-specific customisations be migrated to SAP S/4HANA?

The answer is yes, in theory. SAP has made a special effort to ensure that its solutions are “backwards compatible”. This means that, after migration, users can retain existing modifications and continue to use them.

However, it is important to note that this does not always mean that significant changes are required. Consider the example of a house: if the owner has added a balcony, but then renovated the structure of the house, it is possible that the functionality of the house will be affected, but the balcony will remain intact.

3. What are the specific criteria for SAP S/4HANA implementation?

The primary focus of the SAP S/4HANA implementation is to migrate from the existing SAP ERP or SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA to SAP S/4HANA, and then implement packages and solutions that provide the necessary functionality to streamline the organisation’s specific business processes.

4. What is a “system-driven” SAP S/4HANA implementation?

To enable customers to quickly realise benefits and return on investment, SAP has significantly simplified the SAP S/4HANA implementation process. This is especially relevant when customers want to implement a pre-configured system in the cloud. As a result, SAP offers fully prepared business technology solutions that can be activated using best practices.

During activation, SAP HANA is automatically configured, making it easy to customise SAP operations. In addition, SAP Fiori’s simple user interfaces within the “Manage Your Solution” application can be used to maintain organisational design consistency, set approval criteria and perform other configurations.

5. What is the pricing for SAP S/4HANA and do customers who have implemented SAP Business Suite need to pay an additional fee?

The last of the frequently asked questions about SAP S/4 HANA has to do with pricing. For customers currently using SAP Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA is a stand-alone solution and therefore not free of charge. However, the price of SAP S/4HANA is not defined on the SAP website at this time.

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