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SAP S/4 HANA Cloud:

In our earlier blogs, we have learned how SAP has offering different services to customer using Cloud. At a high level,

  1. SAP S/4 HANA Cloud                       is SaaS                (Software as a Service).
  2. SAP HCP (HANA Cloud Platform)   is PaaS                (Platform as a Service)
  3. SAP HEC (HANA Enterprise Cloud) is IaaS                (Infrastructure as a Service).

In this blog we will see what, S/4 HANA Cloud, is offering customers and how to Integrate the same with other cloud solutions.

The SAP Cloud, is SaaS (Software as a Service) which means the users access SAP Cloud system thru web browser and launches the applications thru their Fiori Launch pad. SAP Cloud is offered as an Public Cloud Solution, which includes a quarterly innovation cycles.

Currently Following are the key business Processes of SAP S/4 HANA Cloud public cloud is offering to run an enterprise in an cloud:

  1. Streamlined Procure to Pay (Material Management)
    1. Sourcing and Contract Management.
    2. Operational Procurement
    3. Inventory Management
    4. Invoice and Payment Management
  2. Accelerated Plan to Product (Production Planning)
    1. Basic Production Planning
    2. Basic Production Processing
    3. Inventory Management
    4. Maintenance Management.
  3. Core Finance (S/4 Finance)
    1. Accounting and Closing Operations
    2. Cost Management and Profitability Analysis
    3. Treasury and Financial Risk Management
    4. Finance Operations -> Receivables Management
  4. Optimized Order to Cash (Sales and Distribution)
    1. Order and Contract Management
    2. Inventory Management
    3. Receivables Processing
  5. Project Systems
    1. Contract to Cash
    2. Project Management
    3. Time and Expense Management
  6. HR Connectivity.
    1. Employee Central Connectivity.

Along with offerings mentioned above, it’s also integrates with Success Factors, Ariba, Hybris Cloud, Field Glass and Jam.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Starter system includes a model company with sample data and pre-configured Best Practice Processes (https://rapid.sap.com/bp/), consultants use the starter system to demonstrate the functionality and to navigate applications during the Fit to Standard workshops in Explore Phase of Active Methodology.

Integration with Cloud Solutions:

SAP offers customers to build hybrid scenarios between SAP S/4HANA on Premise and Cloud Solutions from SAP includes Success Factors, Ariba Solutions, Hybris, Field glass solutions and with Jam. SAP Supports requirements for standard scenarios and customer specific integration scenarios. There are three types of Integrations:

  1. SAP Delivered Integrations:
    1. SAP delivers full end to end Integration Process for specific hybrid cloud scenarios where S4HANA cloud integrates with other SAP Cloud Solutions.
  2. Template based Integrations:
    1. To simplify integration with cloud solution, SAP offers template based integration primarily for on-premises deployment of SAP S/4 HANA.
  3. Customer Driven Integrations:
    1. Customer Driven Integrations run on SAP Integration technologies like SAP Process Orchestration and SAP Enterprise Integration Management. https://cloudintegration.hana.ondemand.com
    2. SAP also provides API’s that allow integration with other on premises or cloud solutions. https://api.sap.com/
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