Last year at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas I had the pleasure to talk about SAP S/4HANA. The focus was on how SAP S/4HANA enables the digital transformation of businesses. Companies need to be prepared to seize a business opportunity the moment it comes into sight. The way to achieve this agility is with a flexible, digital core at the heart of every organization.

With SAP S/4HANA we are redefining business applications in an era of in-memory computing and big data. In my session I explained why SAP S/4HANA is a game changer for our customers, how the roadmap looks like and how our customers can get there. We simplified the data model taking out all aggregates and indices on the one hand and also simplified the user experience on the other. With SAP S/4HANA we are offering a complete Business Suite for all lines of business including choice of deployment. You can run it in the cloud or on-premise.

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To get an overview of SAP S/4HANA delivering end-to-end, digitized operations through simplified IT I encourage you to watch the replay of my keynote. This gives you a comprehensive introduction into the topic.

Watch the Lecture Replay

Customer Adoption: Three-digit number of live customers

As adoption numbers are changing rapidly I would like to give you an update. SAP S/4HANA has to-date significantly over 2,700 licensed customers worldwide with a three-digit number of live customers. With that we truly have a global reach and we proofed that this new solution is stable. The fast adoption shows how fast the time to value is our customers can expect. This is a huge success given the fact that this new solution was only launched in February 2015 – a real team effort by SAP and its entire ecosystem.

One of these customers is Airbus DS Optronics. The system conversion to SAP S/4HANA as Airbus DS Optronics’ digital core marks a major milestone within the group’s financial digitalization initiative. As part of the project, SAP HANA replaced the database previously used by the company (see SAP News for more information).

Another customer is Swiss Property, a real-estate developer that buys land, designs apartment houses and builds them. Swiss Property is transforming their business model from running the entire value chain in Switzerland to sourcing and pre-fabricating abroad, transporting parts, then assemble the building in Switzerland.

Stay tuned for more updates on SAP S/4HANA. We will be present at various events around the world. Visit the SAP booth at this year’s CeBIT in Hanover or SAPPHIRE in Orlando. In the meantime, if you are itching to learn more I would suggest the following resources for you.

Selection of other SAP S/4HANA related SAP TechEd lectures that should give you together with my lecture an holistic overview:



SAP S/4HANA: Transforming Your Business Aspirations into Real Value

Sven Denecken

TEC116: Key Use Cases for SAP S/4HANA and How to Enable Them Technically

Sven Denecken

TEC206: Architecture and Components of SAP S/4HANA

Rudi Hois

TEC103: SAP S/4HANA Overview, Strategy, and Road Map

Rudi Hois

BA214: Reporting with SAP S/4HANA: From Operational Reporting to Insight-to-Action

Thomas Fleckenstein

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