An enterprise management business suite built on the SAP HANA platform.


Reimagine business and run simple in the digital economy with SAP S/4HANA. This new suite is built on an advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori. Deployable in the cloud or on-premise, SAP S/4HANA is designed to drive instant value across all lines of business and industries.

SAP S/4HANA is the first digital core for digital business. Make Internet of Things (IoT) and big data accessible. Gain real-time insight on any data - plan, execute, predict, and simulate on the fly, at the highest level of granularity. Focus on essential tasks and gain flexibility to change business processes.

SAP S/4HANA comes in two editions:

  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition
  • SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition

SAP S/4HANA, On-Premise Edition

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management is the foundational solution, covering the digitized mission-critical business processes of an enterprise.

Key End to End Business Processes of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management:

  • Procure to Pay
  • Plan to Product
  • Order to Cash
  • Request to Service
  • Core Human Resources
  • Core Finance

Key Technical Capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management:

  • SAP S/4HANA, built on the most advanced in-memory platform SAP HANA, creates unique opportunities to simplify your system landscape and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) :
  • Smaller total data footprint
  • Higher throughput
  • Faster analytics and reporting, delivered through embedded analytics
  • Less process steps
  • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM co-deployed
  • No locking, parallelism
  • Actual data (25%) and historical (75%)
  • Unlimited workload capacity
  • Predict, recommend, simulate
  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform extensions
  • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
  • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
  • New SAP Fiori for any device (mobile, desktop, tablet)
  • Choice of deployment: on premise, cloud, hybrid

SAP S/4HANA, Cloud Edition

This edition covers the most essential scenarios for finance, accounting, controlling, procurement, sales, marketing, manufacturing, plant maintenance, project systems, and product lifecycle management. In addition, customers can deploy hybrid scenarios, combining on-premise and cloud solutions.

Key Functional Capabilities of the SAP S/4HANA, Cloud Edition:

  • Procure to Pay
  • Plan to Product
  • Order to Cash
  • Core Human Resources
  • Core Finance
  • Professional Service
  • Marketing

Key Technical Capabilities of the SAP S/4HANA, Cloud Edition:

  • Flexible deployment
  • Fast innovation cycle
  • Dynamic extensibility via SAP HANA Cloud Platform
  • Native integration between SAP S/4HANA and other cloud solutions from SAP
  • Effective governance
  • Guided configuration
  • SAP Fiori for personalized user experience

Asset Management

Key Capabilities

  • Simulation of maintenance strategies with respect to cost, risk, and performance
  • Predict and prevent downtime by analyzing data generated by machines and sensors along with business data
  • Proactively control risks and prevent incidents by leveraging analysis, simulation, and prediction techniques


  • Real-time insight into asset performance to make timely relevant decisions
  • Combined evaluation of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) data
  • One common view of process risks related to workers, assets, or the environment


Finance organizations need to embrace the digital age to keep up with new and evolving business models and provide decision makers with instant insight. With SAP S/4HANA Finance, you can create a common view of all financial and operational data, provide flexible, easily consumable reporting, automate processes–and instantly evaluate the financial implications of business options with real-time analytics, prediction, and simulation, all with a beautiful user experience.

SAP S/4HANA Finance Innovations

SAP S/4HANA Finance a comprehensive set of financial management and accounting solutions, covering financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial close, treasury and financial risk management, collaborative finance operations, and enterprise risk and compliance management powered by the SAP HANA in-memory database.

Designed for the office of the CFO, these solutions remove the traditional boundaries between transactional, analytical and planning systems, to deliver instant insights with on-the-fly analysis, across all dimensions of financial data. Although SAP S/4HANA Finance covers the entire financial management portfolio, there are significantly improved or new innovations available in each finance area, which are highlighted below.

Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)

With the SAP S/4HANA Finance processes for FP&A, you can accelerate planning cycles, increase profitability, and make finance functions more efficient.

Accounting and Financial Close

Close the books faster, improve compliance and control, and reduce closing workloads and costs – with SAP S/4HANA Finance processes for accounting and financial close.

Treasury and Financial Risk Management

With SAP S/4HANA Finance processes for treasury and financial risk management, you can accurately forecast cash flow, manage liquidity, and mitigate risk. Integrate cash flows, transactions, commodity positions, and market data. And optimize straight-through processing with full-view and real-time analysis, audit trails, and compliance reporting.

Collaborative Finance Operations

With SAP S/4HANA Finance processes for collaborative finance operations, you can rapidly respond to fluctuating market dynamics. Automate receivables and payables processing, revolutionize shared services delivery, and streamline travel management – all while reducing costs.

Enterprise Risk and Compliance

With SAP S/4HANA Finance processes for enterprise risk and compliance, you can automate risk, compliance, and international trade activities. By proactively minimizing risk and compliance violations, the software makes it easier to optimize business operations, protect assets, and improve financial performance.

Human Resources

Key Capabilities

  • Managing your entire workforce, from employees to contingent workers, with a complete system of engagement
  • Comprehensive suite of solutions across all talent processes: recruiting, onboarding, learning, performance and goals, compensation, succession, and development
  • Workforce analytics to gain actionable insights for strategic decisions


  • Higher employee engagement, from ensuring everyone in the organization has what they need, when they need it, to managing their careers and teams
  • Ability to use HR data to link HR strategies with business strategies
  • Uniting HR, business teams, and IT for better business performance


Key Capabilities

  • Identifies and prioritizes most critical material issues, options, and consequences
  • Faster execution provides more current and accurate view of material situation
  • Provides enterprise-wide visibility across supply, production, inventory, and demand


  • Faster reaction to demand changes
  • Reduction of manufacturing costs and stock-outs
  • Lower inventory and safety stocks


Key Capabilities

  • Consolidate customer information into one enriched view, and leverage advanced analytics to gain insights
  • High performance discovery and targeting tool to generate microsegments and group
  • Plan and execute personalized e-mail campaigns, understand and analyze campaign performances


  • Gain deeper customer insights, discover hidden trends and real-time customer opportunities
  • Accurately develop target groups and segments to deliver relevant marketing messages
  • Make real-time adjustments to campaigns by understanding marketing performances

Research and Development

Key Capabilities

  • Enabling a multidiscipline product definition
  • What-if analysis and iterative design processes
  • Real-time multilevel BOM exploration


  • Achieve transparency and real-time access to product information across disciplines and throughout the product lifecycle journey
  • Make better design decisions using SAP HANA analytics
  • Execute engineering changes with full knowledge of downstream costs


Key Capabilities

  • Manage accounts, opportunities, and other activities, and leverage advanced analytics to gain insights
  • Easy access to product catalogue, inventory, and pricing to create sales quotes and fulfill sales orders in real time
  • Mobile-first approach with access to customer and business insight on any device


  • Know your customer and make each interaction relevant, meaningful, and impactful
  • Sell and close from everywhere with real-time access to back-office information, simplifying the lead-to-cash process
  • Gain business insights, discover hidden trends and real-time customer opportunities

Sourcing & Procurement

Key Capabilities

  • Secure many to many networked collaboration with trading partners
  • Consumer-grade usability and mobility
  • Full source to pay processes, including spend analysis, sourcing, contract management, supplier management, procurement, invoice management, and payables management
  • Comprehensive solutions with deep category-specific capabilities
  • Support for total supplier enablement, including new supplier discovery and ratings


  • Increased profitability derived from employee compliance and sustainable cost savings
  • Effortless user experiences with unprecedented transparency into spend, enabling companies to Run Simple
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) due to less data replication, reduced effort for system setup and operation, and lower data footprint
  • Faster order and invoicing cycle times with fewer errors
  • Improved management of supplier-based risks

Supply Chain

Key Capabilities

  • Master uncertainty– support monthly supply and operations planning cycles with real-time data and what-if scenarios
  • Be demand-driven– sense short-term demand, respond quickly with fast planning, replanning, and simulation
  • Respond efficiently– real-time and adaptive freight planning, truck visibility, and warehouse automation


  • Higher inventory turns and revenues, reduced stock-outs, and revenue loss
  • Higher on-time delivery, reduced order lead times, using inventory more efficiently to better buffer against uncertainty
  • Reduced warehouse and transportation spend, improved flexibility, and lower customer order cycle times

Product Overview

  • Developer SAP
  • Type ERP Software
  • Client OS Windows, Web
  • Deployment Cloud or On-Premises

Industry Focus

Ratio of reviewers by sector.

Real Estate
Health Care

User Reviews of SAP S/4HANA

Submitted on November 11th, 2019 by Jannice Rumph

I’m using S4HANA atm, I find it clunky and annoying!! So slow, and turned on without the correct data in place. After just over 2 months it’s improving but it’s certainly causing a lot of problems. I hate the purchasing screen in 3 parts where all the date isn’t visible at a glance. Anyway, I’ll check some more info out too see if i can learn more and improve my skills. FAMMIS was much more user friendly.

Submitted on March 11th, 2019 by an anonymous SAP S/4HANA user.

Every customer I know of that is trying out sap s4 hana is absolutely struggling. Still aren’t able to remove the enormous number of sap data silos. Sap hana isnt an open architecture and doesnt share information with other systems well. And the costs, wow, customers I have spoken to trying to implement Hana are already 200-300 percent over budget and no value has been achieved yet from the project. Several have now scraped their move to hana as cost prohibitive delivering little to no value and creating a closed loop when organizations are demanding more open architectures and for technology platforms to play nice with each other. Sap are trying the single silver bullet approach one platform for all, and so far it’s not working

Submitted on May 23rd, 2018 by Eric Kimberling

They have been developing this platform in SAP for some time now, since 2011 is when they first rolled out the architecture and platform for HANA.

From 2012 to 2015 is where they migrated more SAP applications to the HANA platform making it cloud enabled and providing a SaaS option as well. Overtime, they brought modules and functionality over and wrapped it up in 2014/2015 by providing more consolidated data and financial l insights and a simplified data model and a simplified database.

From a maturity perspective, it’s been years in the making. I’ve been in this business for 20 years and I’d say SAP has 3 core “immature” products which I don’t mean in a bad way, but they are newer products with out a lot of case studies and data available on them. A year or two for now, this probably won’t be the case anymore.

The most recent version has a lot of different functionality that has been brought over. It handles a lot of predictive analytics and “smart” computing, which gives ways for machine learning for your financial processing. Definitely a big focus in advanced functionality.