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#S4HANA 1511 – a product scope guide

Today we thought it is good timing to talk about the S/4HANA product scope guide we have developed in light of the latest release of SAP S/4HANA, the 1511 update. Our target is to demystify and shed some light on key innovations of S/4, to make this transparent to our customers and partners.

This is a major milestone as part of our roadmap to help customers across industries and regions drive their digital transformation with the next generation business suite, SAP S/4HANA delivers a massive wave of simplification and innovation in the core, covering the mission-critical business processes across lines of business: such as in finance, sales, service, marketing, commerce, procurement and sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain, asset management, research&development, and human resources.

See our recent video with the details:

S/4 on Air

Enterprises can now drive end-to-end digitized operations across their key business functions via a fully digitized enterprise management solution – named SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management.  And we just updated the roadmap, check out the official road map content  available on the SAP Service Marketplace (Product Road Maps > Cross Product > S4HANA)

With this blog let us dive a little bit deeper.

So first – if you compare, what is S/4 Enterprise Management about – scope wise?

It is simple: The feature and function parity is similar to SAP ECC 6.0x


  • major innovations in core modules like Finance and Logistics areas -> let us call them Materials Management and Operations (replaces the name of the afka sLOG, was an internal project name anyhow)


  • Inclusion of additional industries in the Core


  • Full leverage of the in-memory technology of SAP HANA, including the HANA Cloud Platform and the unique UX capabilities of SAP Fiori of course

Here is the SAP S/4 Enterprise Management Product Map from the 1511 release. The known standard structure to explain our solution.


With the Business Priorities: the blue boxes…  Procure to pay, or order to cash, etc… and End to end Solutions: the white boxes here, like, Production planning, Accounting and Financial close, just to mention a few.

And cross topics that enrich S/4HANA – like Integration and Analytics for example. But now let us map some of the key innovations to this map.


Via extensive co-innovation and strategic customer and partner feedback we have come up with key innovations across the Suite to enable the digital transformation for our clients. You will find all details in the S/4 community and on, in the video above I just selfishly picked my 3 favorites from the areas listed.

Now the clear question is: Where can I get the roadmap or like some say: Give me the roadmap! We have updated as announced in the planned quarterly cycle, you find more on the SAP Service Marketplace – but let me explain some details. Randomly picking one area – ah, inventory management.


You see it has impact in several end2end processes, actually 3 in this case.

  • Via the roadmaps you can see what is available today – on the left side
  • What we are working on as we speak, for the next 3 quarters – in the middle
  • And what you can expect in some further updates – most till 1611 release

We also highlight the integration into other products per LOB, here the example for Supply chain LOB – especially interesting if you consider APO, IBP or eWM scenarios. And we give details on cross topics like here for example for Analytics – where we are leveraging the in-memory engine and platform very nicely. And of course we demystify what industry functionality is available with S/4, a key information for most if the client discovery workshops SAP is offering and providing to clients as we speak.

Let me summarize

S/4HANA delivers a massive wave of simplification and innovation with its digital core, covering the mission-critical business processes across all lines of business. Key highlights see video from Teched live here:

Check out the details of the S/4HANA 1511 update, contact SAP for your individual discovery workshop and create your own roadmap.

You want more Information?

First check out our S/4HANA community on SCN, leverage the SAP Training hub for dedicated S/4HANA education, join the courses for S/4HANA …and also check out for more.

Here you will find the detailled document: S/4HANA on Premise Edition Scope Guide 12/2015

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      Author's profile photo David Lees
      David Lees

      1 - are the full deck of slides from which the screenshots here are extracted available to download from somewhere?

      2 - Is there an easy to consume comparison between the scope of 1511 On-premise vs Enterprise Cloud Edition?

      Author's profile photo Susan Kuypers
      Susan Kuypers

      Hi, I would also like the slides here.  I have the S4 HANA deck from SCN, but there are not enough graphics.  The ones shown here are good and I would like to put them in a deck I use with customers.

      Author's profile photo Joerg Wolf
      Joerg Wolf

      Hi Susan, David,

      as a first piece, here's some PDFd slides on the S/4HANA 1511 capabilities:

      This deck is also referenced from the S/4HANA Cookbook:

      SAP S/4HANA Cookbook: What is SAP S/4HANA



      Author's profile photo Joerg Wolf
      Joerg Wolf


      complete product scope guide presentation is now also online: (and also accessible via the aforementioned cookbook).



      Author's profile photo Sachin Balmiki
      Sachin Balmiki

      Thanks Sven!!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thank you, great summary.

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      Former Member

      Thank you ,Usefull one.