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Get insight: my daily work on SAP S/4HANA

Dr. Wieland Schreiner, Executive Vice President about SAP S/4HANA 

Dear SCN member,

I would like to use this platform to inform all of you about SAP’s continuous work of driving our vision forward with our new product, SAP Business Suite 4 HANA (short: SAP S/4HANA). First, let me introduce myself to you. I’m Dr. Wieland Schreiner, Executive Vice President for SAP S/4HANA.

As you may already know, on February 3rd this year, SAP S/4HANA had its global launch in New York City with overwhelming press coverage generating millions of online impressions in premier media outlets including Hasso Plattner’s on-air interview with CNBC and Bloomberg’s press release. Today, I would like to connect personally with you and share our vision, mission and strategy.

Our vision is to help our customers run simple in order to be able to drive the perfect enterprise.

To deliver on this mission, we are redefining how enterprise software creates value in a digital, networked economy. At this point SAP S/4HANA steps in as it is designed to drive instant value across lines of businesses and industries with the ultimate sophistication: simplicity for human desirability.

With SAP S/4HANA, enterprises can dramatically simplify their processes, drive them in real time and change them as needed to take advantage of  new efficiencies. How does all this work? SAP S/4HANA makes it possible as the new Suite delivers massive simplifications related to the data model, user experience, decision making, business processes and innovations such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Business Networks & Mobile-first. All this creates unique opportunities for enterprises to re-invent their business models which, in turn, drive new revenues and profits. Furthermore, total cost of ownership (TCO) can be reduced significantly.

But that’s not all, SAP S/4HANA is not only planned to be pro-actively open to other systems such as SuccessFactors, Hybris, Ariba, but is also planned to come with simple guided configuration & pre-engineered integrations that allow a seamless user experience as well as  end-to-end processes.

As to deployment options, we  speed up the adoption of innovation by providing flexible deployment options to our customers, guaranteeing maximum choice in alignment with their business requirements. Precisely, we  offer on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployment. The on-premise edition of SAP S/4HANA is already available today for customers in all industries and regions. The first cloud edition is available since Q1, and the next cloud edition is planned to follow in Q2.

Getting curious? I encourage you to evaluate and experience the unique S/4HANA solution yourself, a cloud edition trial is now available. Furthermore, I invite you to check out the course „S/4HANA in a Nutshell” which shows high-flying registration numbers with every passing minute!

Find all information related to SAP S/4HANA on the SCN S/4HANA page including FAQs – from  S/4HANA’s fundamentals to its value and finally, to the path to get there.

SAP S/4HANA is breaking all limitations of the past.Engage now with us to understand its value and the future journey of SAP. Get started now with SAP S/4HANA!

I look forward to seeing you at the SAPPHIRENOW 2015 Conference, May 5-7, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

I especially invite you to attend the session ‘Run Simple with Our Next-Generation Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA’ which takes place at Theatre 3 on Tuesday, May 5th from 3:30pm-4:00pm. Find out how to run simple in the digital and networked economy. We will explain how SAP S/4HANA supports companies drive their digital transformation and create new business and IT value with SAP S/4HANA.

Best regards,



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      Author's profile photo Monika Patel
      Monika Patel

      What all can we expect in sLOG?

      Does 14-day cloud trial gives a glimpse of  and covers at-least few pure sLOG business processes - e.g. MRP, ATP, Backorder, Rebate and so on ? (Other than sFIN functions and features)


      Author's profile photo Yannick Peterschmitt
      Yannick Peterschmitt

      Hi Monika, thanks for your note. You will find more details on the "what can we expect" here in the roadmap presentation here: >
      Product road maps > Cross Topics > SAP S/4HANA.

      The trial will give you a great overview of the current capabilities as well as the innovative user experience of the solution. Hope this helps, Yannick

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Is there a Road map available for BPC on S4 HANA? How we planned next generation consolidation, do we still need to have BW instance for all planning and consolidation needs?

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      Former Member

      Hi Rajeev, thanks for your question. Here is the answer:

      BPC is already embedded in SAP S/4HANA and is used there as a platform for Integrated Business Planning in Finance. That`s why there is no need for a separate BW instance for planning. We also intend to deliver a real-time consolidation embedded in SAP S/4HANA and are currently working on the architecture & design. Unfortunately, it is too early to share any details. Hope, the answer is helpful, Best regards, Gönül