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S/4HANA SAP Mentor Monday Webcast Recap

SAP’s Carl Dubler provided this webcast today.  Recording is available here:

Carl asked us to guess what was the number one question received:

#2 question is about custom development

#1 question – what is S/4HANA and Suite on HANA


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Carl’s non-official opinion is shown in Figure 1

HANA – High performance analytical appliance

In 2012, started putting BW on it

In 2013, ran OLTP as well

In 2014, Simple Finance

Aggregates removed, indices being removed

November 11, Barcelona – include rest of ERP “digital core”


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Before had an add-on strategy, not using that anymore

Now “at parity” with ERP 6 and run in one core in November 2015


Figure 3: Source: SAP

We see this slide a lot

“Digital core” in the middle “Enterprise management” – key ERP functions in middle, crossing lines of business

Finance – accounting & financial core – others, like cash management, not part of it

“Full core available, upgrade directly to, without add-on, all lines of business”

Will see more details emerge

“The way I interpret this is that each of the grey boxes need additional licensing” – one attendee said, speaker confirmed


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Industries are still working on, like retail


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Key innovations

Different business functions listed

Core modules, applications

“Innovation” is the buzzword used more and more versus simple – simple will go away from product view – no “Simple Finance” but S4/Finance


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Simplification – cut out postal service entirely

S4/HANA and Suite on HANA analogy explained

Run suite on new DB – Suite on HANA

Bottom – S4/HANA – change architecture


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Simple Finance followed the same principles for elimination of aggregate tables resulting in one physical document.  “Material Ledger will also be redesigned”


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Inventory tables down to 3, removing the need for aggregates


Figure 9: Source: SAP

This blog was mentioned in the chat: SAP HANA Explained – Again

More reliability for IT with less storage


Figure 10: Source: SAP

CDS views are there for compatibility

Transactions may be going away

Conversations about customer code

Simplification database – Frank Wagner’s blog – tools on SMP – blog: Upcoming Tools for SAP #S4HANA Migration – the simplification database

More details in this Document: The road to SAP S/4HANA: the different transition paths The road to SAP S/4HANA: the different transition paths created by Frank Wagner


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Equation is shown above, includes simpler data model (fewer tables) and UX with Fiori combined


Trial Editions:

Use cases:–the-use-case-series–intro


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Finance can “close books any time they want”


Figure 13: Source: SAP

New in 1511 release

Consistent view of data

Don’t need to wait for batches to run


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Don’t need to create duplicates for reporting

MRP runs are faster, companies are running them several times a day


Figure 15: Source: SAP

Asks of customers

Interview with Convergent:


Figure 16: Source: SAP

How do this?

New implementation: New SAP customer who want to move from legacy systems to SAP

System conversion (ECC 6 to S/4HANA): Existing SAP Business Suite Customer who wants to move to SAP S/4HANA

System consolidation is an option (Central Finance)


Figure 17: Source: SAP

Use SLT to bring over

Central Finance book:


Figure 18: Source: SAP

If you are doing a system conversion look at the above


Figure 19: Source: SAP

Learn about ACTIVATE


Figure 20: Source: SAP

On the left, SAP has created a database of “simplification database”

Tools to run to check custom code, compares to simplification database, and tells you the notes

Thanks to Carl for a great webcast (watch the recording for the MRP demo) and thanks to Chris Kernaghan for hosting

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      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      Can you expand any on the "Transactions may be going away" comment? Does that mean what I think it means...?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      If you look at Save the Date for next SAP Mentor Monday Webinar - S/4HANA it contains a Simplification White Paper…

      You can search that document for "Transaction not available" - in my case, CIC0...

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      Thanks Tammy. Seeing that all the FK/XK and FD/XD vendor & customer master data transactions have gone away was a bit of a shock. That'll be an interesting change!


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      Former Member

      Thanks for the recap. May I ask if the slide deck is available yet?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Simon - there is no way for me to upload slides on SCN; as a result I posted the screen shots and the associated links above...

      Author's profile photo Sergio Guerrero
      Sergio Guerrero

      thanks Tammy

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      Author's profile photo Bill Fontaine
      Bill Fontaine

      Thanks for summarizing Tammy.  The Simplification whitepaper is very valuable for our team.