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

What is SAP S4HANA?

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. S/4HANA can be deployed either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid combination for quick time-to-value. 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.

To learn more about SAP S/4HANA, visit http://go.sap.com/product/enterprise-management/s4hana-erp.html

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

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SAP S4HANA Customers

Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about SAP S4HANA pricing:
  • "It is an expensive solution."
  • "Licensing works on a subscription model for the cloud version and it's a one-time fee for the on-premises version."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable but some modules can be expensive. When comparing SAP S4HANA to other solutions, such as Oracle, it is not expensive."

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Mechanical Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Complicated and robust, this suite delivers a total solution with rigorous and exhaustive planning

What is our primary use case?

Our company analyzes material inventory and then processes the financial accounting which is handled by the system we created using the product.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a very powerful, highly customizable tool."
  • "It requires a lot of planning to implement the product correctly."

What other advice do I have?

My recommendation to people considering S/4HANA as an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is to invest in it if they can afford it and need it. But, I strongly recommend that the implementation should be considered very carefully. SAP software is a very capable solution but it is only worth it if you approach it knowing that you will be spending three, four, or five years just to be able to understand it fully. It is not just an investment in capital, it is an investment in learning and time. It is definitely a good product. It is costly and needs a quality team for maintaining and integrating…
SA
Senior Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable with a straightforward setup and good documentation

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution can scale well."
  • "We would like to see more DevOps capabilities in the future."

What other advice do I have?

We are customers and end-users. We have around 25 different SAP products. We are using SAP S/4HANA in our company. The production and the test systems are deployed in the virtual private cloud on-premise, and we have sandbox development and quality systems are deployed in the Azure public cloud. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.
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Carlos Guzman
CEO at CJG Consulting
Real User
Top 20
Scalable and stable with good cost optimization shipped on cloud solutions

What is our primary use case?

With our customers, we are currently administering their solution over SAP HANA and with different infrastructures such as cloud computing, AWS, Azure, GCP, and others that are also on-premise. We have customers with new implementations and we offer this product to them. We handle the technical installation, then the high availability solution, the disaster recovery, et cetera. We are doing the administration of all the landscapes and a sub-basic administration. In all the other cases we have, the customers are immigrating their solution from SAP HEC. That is the other server for SAP. We bring… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is excellent, especially on cloud deployment models."
  • "Technical support has been declining. They aren't as responsive as they used to be."

What other advice do I have?

We are experts in the technical implementation of the product. We work with a variety of versions, and, of course, with eh latest 2020 updates. We deal with both cloud and on-premises deployment models. I'd advise potential new users to really think about their infrastructure and the features they would like. Everything should be looked at and discussed in advance, from security concerns to functional modules. The more you understand what you need, the more likely you will get a solution that you want - and that does what you need it to. Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of…
SanjeevKumar12
Director at ApON India
Real User
Top 20
Simple to use functions, intuitive interface, and efficient database

What is our primary use case?

SAP S4HANA is used as an enterprise resource planning solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "I have been using SAP for more than 13 years and the new SAP S4HANA was not only a simple upgrade, they have made a lot of improvements. They have simplified a lot of the functions, the all-new interface gives users a better experience. The database itself is quite efficient in nature and it provides effective data queries. It is a good upgrade from the previous version of SAP R/3."
  • "It is simple to implement SAP S4HANA. If you are already in this type of environment, then the transition is not very complex. However, if you do not then it can be difficult."

What other advice do I have?

When trying to improve, you either implement something new and then try to improve your internal process, or there is a change in business, market, product, or scenario altogether, or maybe a merger equation that you need something which is not there. It is always a gap between the demand and supply and that is the reason the flow happens. Otherwise, if everything is saturated, then it becomes fully stable, there is no need for any movement or change anywhere. There has been a lot of changes in businesses recently with COVID, the entire way we do business has changed from the way we used to do…
Puneet
Senior Manager at Capgemini
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Intuitive platform with an interactive interface, reliable, and fairly priced

What is our primary use case?

SAP S4HANA is a product that can be used for any hyper-scale, such as AWS, Google, or Azure. It can even be used on-premises. SAP S4HANA is part of an Intelligent Enterprise and the solution is used for various things.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the inbuilt standards included in SAP that customers can adopt easily. Also offers to customize it based on the specific requirements."
  • "I would like to see the AI included to help from a data standpoint."

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it. This solution is suitable for small to large enterprise companies and can use the pricing model. They can adopt the solution in less than a month and use the standard that SAP offers. I would rate SAP S4HANA a nine out of ten.
MC
Head of PMO at a tech company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Robust but is still not 100% stable or scalable

What is our primary use case?

We are using using almost all of SAP S4HANA's modules, from production and planning to finance and controlling.

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of its most valuable feature, I would say the finance module."
  • "The common issues being raised right now by the end users are mostly related to the usability."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate SAP S4HANA a seven.
SL
Technical Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Offers good performance, has a user-friendly interface and is great for finance

Pros and Cons

  • "The performance of the solution is excellent."
  • "The cost of the solution is quite high. It needs to be adjusted."

What other advice do I have?

We are not the end customer. We are the implementation providers. We have customers and implement the solution for them and offer support to them while they are using SAP, which is an enterprise solution. We will support any version from the previous version and also upgrade to the newest version, as per our client's needs. There are all kinds of versions of the solution that we support. We mainly work with the S/4, the core ERP solution, so the core S/4, and also the ECC, the previous version. A company needs to be aware that it's much more helpful to be knowledgeable in the product before…
Ali Mirnia
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly scalable, stable, and plenty of features

What is our primary use case?

SAP S4HANA is a resource-plaining solution that can help with digital transformation by using features, such as robotic process automation. It has very useful functionality but, at the moment, AI is not very natural in the world. Our company is very large and out of the largest six modules in SAP S4HANA, we use Material Management, Sales and Distribution, Plant Maintenance, Quality Management, Customer Service, and Production Planning. We use all modules in accounting, for example, Financial Supply Chain Management, Treasury Management, and Project System. In the warehouse, we use… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The functionality of SAP S4HANA is very good when comparing it to others, such as Oracle, Microsoft, and other ERP solutions."
  • "Thi solution can improve the Bill of Materials (BOM) and production planning."

What other advice do I have?

I would strongly recommend this solution to others. I rate SAP S4HANA a nine out of ten.
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