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#S4HANA – a scope guide for the cloud editions

Let´s talk about the product scope guide we have developed in light of the latest release of SAP S/4HANA, the Cloud Edition 1511 update.

Our goal is to demystify and shed some light on key innovations of S/4 Cloud Edition, to make this transparent to our customers and partners. Let us take a look into the Scope of the #S4HANA 1511 Cloud Editions:

We currently offer 3 editions for the market to choose from: SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition the cloud project services edition and the cloud marketing edition

Why 3 editions?

Because we are enabling customers to consume in his desired fashion with his focus. SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition- and entire ERP to run your entire business in the cloud, the SAP S/4HANA, cloud project services edition – focusing on managing projects efficiently till the billing and the SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition – focusing on improving your segment of 1 approach via fast innovation, closely to be seen in connection to our Cloud4Customer and hybris offering.

How about the roadmap?

We will have a quarterly innovation cycle for the public cloud. This is SAP-governed, meaning they will be automatically applied by SAP. And of course we are leveraging the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud infrastructure (IaaS), data centers, and security qualities for the SAP S/4HANA, public cloud edition where we do provide innovation updates every quarter to be consumed by the customer and managed by SAP.

Let us drill down into the S/4 cloud enterprise edition

Here is the SAP S/4 cloud Enterprise edition Product Map from the 1511 release.


The known Standard structure to explain our solution to the Market, with Business Priorities: the blue boxes like procure to pay, plan to product or order to cash, etc… and end to end Solutions: the yellow boxes, like, Production Engineering and planning, accounting and Financial close – just to mention a few.

We also have a focus on dedicated industries like Professional Services. And cross topics that enrich S/4 cloud edition –  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 offering to enable the digital transformation for our clients. You will find all details in the S/4 community and on

Let me highlight one other edition – time permitting  – let us look at the S/4 cloud project service edition, and there are great demos out there.

If your Business Challenges is

  • No integrated sales orders with project management allowing to create customer invoices for time and expenses – including external services – recorded against a customer project.
  • No possibility to create Invoices on a time and materials basis, on a fixed-price basis, or on a combination of both
  • Missing analysis of project profitability based on project costs and revenues

Than this is ideal for you to get some of the following business benefits

  • Easy project definition, staffing  and management
  • Project related expense recording
  • Cross project and client reporting for fast decision making
  • Manage billing request proposals
  • Single customer invoice with all necessary details
  • Simple procure and Invoice to pay

And again we tie this closely to other cloud assets like Succesfactors and Ariba.

Let me summarize:

S/4 Cloud Edition delivers a massive wave of simplification and innovation with its digital core, covering the mission-critical business processes across all lines of business in on-premise AND in the cloud

Check out the details of the S/4 Cloud edition 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 detailed document: S/4HANA Cloud Edition Scope Guide 12/2015

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      Former Member

      Thanks Sven. I have reviewed the FSD documents for 1511 S/4 HANA Cloud Enterprise Edition and 1511 S/4 HANA On-Premise edition (Enterprise Management).

      Could you confirm at enterprise level, the ERP functional scope for Cloud and On-Premise 1511 editions are the same?

      Author's profile photo Sven Denecken
      Sven Denecken
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      No, they differ. We focus on scope in the cloud that copanies today really consume as cloud. i mean real SaaS.

      For all others hosted or IaaS environment to create a private cloud option is of course possible, but here we do recommend the on premise edition, for example on HEC or a partner environment.

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      Former Member

      Thanks Sven for the clarification, much appreciated.