SAP S/4HANA CLOUD—THE WHAT, THE WHY, THE HOW.
S/4HANA has become a name synonymous with the ERP industry. When SAP introduced S/4HANA in 2015, it was described as the biggest update to the ERP strategy in two decades. The digital core did bring about a transformational shift in the way Enterprise Software worked. It is the fastest growing product SAP had ever launched with over 5400 customers. S/4HANA Cloud is the next-gen ERP suite from SAP, sailing on the backwind of cloud computing.
THE CLOUD GAME
Cloud computing is not a newly fangled idea. It has been around for years and the world has seen the upshot of cloud computing steering businesses to a whole new level with software giants like Google, Microsoft effectively leveraging the concept to reap humongous monetary benefits.
Cloud-centered ERPs were long on the cards and SAP took the plunge with SAP BusinessByDesign in 2007. It was the cloud ERP for SMEs.
There was a void in the Medium and large-scale enterprise market and Oracle introduced their cloud suite in 2012 targeting the same with Epicor and rootstock ERP quickly following suit.
THE ENTRY OF THE INTELLIGENT ERP
S/4HANA Cloud is the SaaS alternative to S/4HANA which was launched in February 2017. It is simply not a watered down version of the S/4HANA on-premise suite but a beautifully structured ERP solution built on the cloud, offering the best of latest technological innovations such as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.
S/4HANA Cloud shares the same in-memory architecture as S/4HANA so you have the performance to run a truly “live” business, run on the fly aggregations to slice and dice data to provide immediate insights based on real-time data.
The key capabilities include Finance, Procurement, HR, Sales, Professional services, Component Manufacturing and much more coming in the near future.
With S/4HANA Cloud 1805, SAP S/4HANA Cloud is also the world’s first hands-free ERP solution. It is integrated with SAP CoPilot, SAP’s digital assistant for the enterprise, and brings the first conversational user experience to the market, which allows users to interact even more efficiently with their ERP system instead of having to type or click through multiple screens to find what they need.
- Easy to use, a responsive system with the universal Fiori User Interface accentuating the overall experience.
- Voice Recognition Capabilities
- OPEX only, zero infrastructure and 100% maintenance from SAP’s end.
- Integration with SAP’s cloud offerings—Fieldglass, Ariba, Concur, Hybris, SuccessFactors and more.
- Innovations delivered on a quarterly basis.
CLOUD ERP’s FOR THE WIN
Cloud ERPs will twist the very fabric of the nature of ERP’s and SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud with its rich artillery will be a major player in the game. With so many innovations already and many more lined up for the near future, the possibilities are endless!
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The future is here and it looks good!