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Difference between SAP S/4HANA Any Premise, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Essentials and SAP S/4HANA Cloud Extended

As promised in my previous blog, here is the detailed comparison between various deployment options available for SAP S/4HANA in an easy to follow tabular format. I tried to break the comparison into categories and tried to compare against various parameters with in each category. Hope you find it helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or need more details.

 

Aspect

S4HC Essential

(Multi Tenant)

S4HC Extended

(Single Tenant)

On-Prem/HEC/PMC
Infrastructure License Subscription Subscription BYOL (build your own license)
Updates Automatic. SAP. <- Either ->

Complex,

Manual

Release Cycle Quarterly Semi Annual Annual
Cloud Service Provider No Choice Customer Choice Customer Choice
Performance Influenced by overall system usage Private, Tuning co-shared by SAP Private, Tuning Owned by Customer
Implementation Timeline 8-16 weeks (Phase 1) ~ 16 weeks (Phase 1) TBD
Implementation Strategy Greenfield Greenfield

Conversion or

Greenfield

Methodology TDM for Multi Tenant Cloud TDM for Single Tenant Cloud TDM
Aspect

S4HC Essential

(Multi Tenant)

S4HC Extended

(Single Tenant)

On-Prem/HEC/PMC
Process Preconfigured Business Processes

Mandatory,

= End State

Mandatory,

Jumpstart

Optional,

Jumpstart

Functionality All All All
Industry Coverage Finance led ERP, Professional Services, Component Manufacturing, Oil & Gas (Upstream Operations Management) All (25) All (25)
Localisation 43 countries. 25 languages. 64 Countries. 38 Languages. 64 Countries. 38 Languages.
UX

100% web based

Mostly Fiori

Web + GUI,

Some Fiori

Web + GUI,

Some Fiori

Simple Config Yes No No
Future Innovations All Most Some

 

 

Aspect

S4HC Essential

(Multi Tenant)

S4HC Extended

(Single Tenant)

On-Prem/HEC/PMC
Config / Extensions

Configuration

(“Customising”, IMG, SPRO)

Some + Simplified

(Guided Config)

All All
Interfaces All All All
In-app extensibility Yes Yes Yes
Side by side extension Yes Yes Yes
Classical Extension No Yes (not recommended) Yes
Modifications No No Yes (not recommended)

 

 

 

 

 

Aspect

S4HC Essential

(Multi Tenant)

S4HC Extended

(Single Tenant)

On-Prem/HEC/PMC
Security Infrastructure Security Secure Secure Customer Specific / Secure
Data Breach Risk Shared / High Isolated / Low Isolated / Low
Disaster Recovery •Shared Isolated Isolated
Implementation Timeline 8-16 weeks (Phase 1) ~ 16 weeks (Phase 1) > 16 weeks
Implementation Strategy Greenfield Greenfield

Conversion or

Greenfield

Overall Total Cost of Ownership Low Medium High
OCM Efforts Very High High Customer Controlled
Innovation SAP Lead, Supplemented by Customer SAP Lead, Supported by Customer

Mostly Customer Owned

 

 

 

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