What is SAP S/4 HANA?

SAP describes S/4 HANA as an intelligent, integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) suite of tools created specifically for in-memory computing. Available for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid deployments, SAP S/4HANA is built on the SAP HANA business data platform thereby enabling the business to manage and analyze vast data volumes in real-time. SAP S/4HANA also personalizes the user experience on any device and offers connectivity to emerging capabilities such as the Internet of things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machin Learning (ML).

Key Business Benefits of SAP S/4 HANA:

Empowering business to maximize the opportunities of latest emerging technologies

S/4HANA runs exclusively on SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory computing database. This means that running an SAP solution like S/4HANA can take full advantage of the outstanding transaction, processing, and reporting speeds native to SAP HANA, as opposed to other, slower options.

S/4HANA enables the user to experience the improvement in performance because it relates to complex and time-driven business activities like real-time planning, execution, reporting and analytics supported live data.

Efficient collaboration and Agility

S/4 HANA is the most user-friendly SAP solution to hit the market. Driven by SAP Fiori a completely modernized, easy-to-use mobile user experience enables new ways of working.

Automation & Innovation

S/4 HANA unique combination of innovation & simplicity boosts productivity and provides less error-prone ERP systems with automated real-time business processes. In the current scenario, cloud adoption is at the forefront of technological innovation within the business, and SAP S/4HANA is one of the primary driving forces behind it.

Access to real-time information to support decision-making

SAP S/4HANA brings you instant insight, also as real-time access to all or any relevant data and results, enabling timely business decisions and faster planning and forecasting cycles.

Reduced cost of ownership

The adoption of S/4HANA is really an incredibly cost-efficient solution. This is primarily because with it, businesses are able to combine the analytical and transactional capabilities of multiple different systems into a single solution thereby reducing overheads and providing centralized control.

Deployment Options for S/4 HANA:

If you are a current SAP Customer, or a potential new customer intending to implement SAP, there are following deployment options for SAP S/4HANA available:

SAP S/4HANA On-Premise

The On-premise deployment option allows an organization to have full control of the hardware and software of the application and maintenance schedules. SAP will follow an annual innovation cycle for the On-premise solution, but you’re not forced to upgrade.

SAP S/4HANA private cloud (SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Extended Edition (EX))

The private cloud option is actually an On-premise implementation (same maintenance schedules, features and enhancements) hosted on a secure private cloud. You may opt for this deployment option using SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) offering, where SAP manages infrastructure and software as the “cloud provider” but version update schedules must be approved by the customer.

It’s also possible to run the On-premise edition in an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environment (i.e. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform), where big cloud providers manage the infrastructure, but your organization remains liable for managing the appliance (i.e. tuning, applying patches, upgrades, etc.).

SAP S/4HANA public cloud (SAP S/4HANA Cloud Essential Edition (ES))

This deployment option focuses on standardization and adopting SAP industry Best Practices. SAP S/4 HANA Cloud edition resides on SAP owned infrastructure that is operated and managed by SAP with quarterly updates. In return, the implementation duration is shorter and efforts are far less.

Hybrid Deployment Option

As the name suggests, the Hybrid Deployment option mixes the features of both the cloud and On-premise options. This enhances the business innovation and reduces IT resources in certain business areas while keeping core areas/systems robust and customizable.

Echelon Expertise :

Echelon is one of the three original SAP HEC Global Partners and continues to be one of less than ten global HEC-AMS partners. Our leadership has been working with the HEC organization since its inception and has jointly worked in a multitude of global SAP deployments. Echelon’s cloud-first approach and extensive experience with S/4HANA allows our customers to benefit from our lean and repeatable implementation approach.

Echelon was first to the market in SAP S/4HANA with successful implementations in Heavy Equipment Manufacturing, OEM, and Wholesale Distribution. We provide:

  • Greenfield implementations
  • Technical upgrades (migration or Brownfield implementation) from Legacy SAP environments to S/4HANA Cloud environment
  • Two-tier ERP strategies

Contact us to start your digital transformation journey. Our experts can help develop the business case and a roadmap to start your cloud journey.


    Discover solution capabilities, identify opportunities to transform your business, and understand the business value.





    Discover and verify the capabilities of S/4HANA Extended edition (EX) and Essentials edition (ES). Understand and weigh the standard best practices and functional scope that meets your business needs.



    SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition is suited for any industry enterprises which require a full range of features consolidated with highly flexible customization.



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