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Value Maps and the Road to SAP HANA & SAP S/4HANA #2 Scope & Scenarios

In the first part of this series #1 Action Plan, we looked at the preparatory questions to consider before migrating to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA. Now, let’s take a high level look at deployment options & scenarios for SAP HANA.

What are my deployment options?

Firstly, it’s important to note that SAP HANA is both a database and a database platform. For this reason, it can be used in multiple scenarios and deployed in several ways.

Here are the 4 most popular options:

  • Primary database for SAP Business Suite
  • Primary database for SAP Business Warehouse
  • Agile Data Mart
  • Development platform for new applications

What are the typical scenarios?

In general we distinguish between on-top scenarios and side-by-side (sometimes called “side-car”) scenarios.


In this scenario the SAP HANA database is the primary (only) database of a business system.


Within the side-by-side scenarios existing business systems with traditional databases are extended by a SAP HANA database.

Common side-by-side implementations for our customers are currently:

  • Accelerators for different business scenarios (ERP, CRM, etc.).
  • Real-time data replication via SAP Landscape Transformation (SLT) from one or several business systems to the SAP HANA database for reporting via SAP Business Objects Platform (SBOP)4.0/4.1 clients.
  • Non-real time replication of data from a system(s) to an SAP HANA database via SBOP Data Services and reporting via SBOP clients.

Want to know more? What about S/4HANA deployment options and scenarios to support your company’s digital transition? – Explore the SAP Enterprise Support Value Map for SAP HANA & SAP S/4HANA, reach out to our focus advisors and collaborate with other customers.

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      Author's profile photo Noeleen Conway
      Noeleen Conway

      Really good to have an explanation of the side-car terminology

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      Former Member

      Nice to see that there are different deployment options and well explained!