SAP S4HANA Cloud Overview

SAP S4HANA Cloud is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud ERP tools. It is most often compared to SAP Business ByDesign: SAP S4HANA Cloud vs SAP Business ByDesign

What is SAP S4HANA Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA stands for SAP Suite 4 HANA. It is a next-generation integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is designed for businesses of all sizes, in all industries, that require deep and broad functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility. SAP S/4HANA was launched in 2015 and been adopted by more than 3,200 customers over a period of sixteen months. SAP S/4HANA is materially different from anything SAP has done before and represents the company’s biggest innovation since SAP R/3.

SAP S/4HANA is intended to provide a digital core for an organization. It is fully architected for the most advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and is designed on the most modern design principles with the SAP Fiori user experience to create a personalized and simple feel on users’ device of choice (tablet, laptop, mobile). SAP S/4HANA aims to simplify an organizations’ system landscape and reduce total cost of ownership by shrinking the data footprint while at the same time improving productivity levels in the form of higher throughput. Timelines for cloud deployments average around six months.

SAP S/4HANA is designed to drive business innovation by connecting people, devices, and business networks in real time to support the development of new business models. It will also help accelerate the adoption of, and connection to, the Internet of Things and Big Data. SAP S/4HANA can analyze big data at unprecedented speed allowing users to access real-time information from anywhere, any way they’d like and thus help managers make truly insightful decisions. The simplified data model allows customers to reimagine their IT, helping to drive lower costs and deliver IT efficiency. This, coupled with the SAP S/4HANA prediction and simulation capabilities allow it to anticipate the impact of business outcomes. By doing all the above, SAP S/4HANA aims to provide ultimate sophistication in the simplest possible manner.

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SAP S4HANA Cloud is also known as SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

SAP S4HANA Cloud Buyer's Guide

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SAP S4HANA Cloud Customers

La Trobe University, Carrefour Comércio e Indústria Ltda, Delaware Consulting and Corning Inc.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about SAP S4HANA Cloud pricing:
  • "The pricing is competitive with other products at that level in that category."

SAP S4HANA Cloud Reviews

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Terry Jones
President at I2R, Inc.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 1, 2020
This complete cloud-based business suite solution competes for the top spot among similar products

What is our primary use case?

The business suite that I have got the most experience with is SAP, but they are making that transition into S/4HANA. With S/4HANA, they got both an on-premise and a cloud-based solution, so you can buy it in the cloud on a subscription service or you can have it on-premise. On-premises allows you to manage your own site solution, which a lot of big companies might prefer to do. But then Microsoft Dynamics 365 is also a cloud-based solution that you pay a monthly subscription per person fee — or whatever arrangements you can work out. I think NetSuite is the same way. Unfortunately, I have not… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The guidance SAP offers for implementing the product is clear and the online resources are great."
  • "There have been some pain points in moving from SAP to S/4HANA, but the company seems to be staying on top of those issues."

What other advice do I have?

The advice that I would give to others looking into implementing the S/4HANA cloud is to prepare your organization on the front-end before you even go down the path of any ERP implementation. Get your organization right-minded in the beginning, then go down the path. You need buy-in and training. Companies talk about doing that, but they do not do that. That lack of follow-through is why they end up failing with their implementation. On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the S/4HANA Cloud as a good, solid eight or nine. Choosing between the two, I…
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 31, 2020
A good product with good stability and scalability

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our manufacturing and sales.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is stable and scalable. In the S4HANA plain version, they have new dashboards and things like that."
  • "They can improve the interface. It has a client-server kind of interface, which is kind of old."

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you realize the impact that it is going to have on the business. It is a really good product. When you have a private deployment and you want to make a change, it will take you one hour. When it is in the cloud and you want to make a change, it will take 15 days. If you are going for cloud deployment, make sure you take into account these timeframes. I would rate SAP S4HANA Cloud an eight out of ten.