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What is SAP S/4HANA Cloud? All the facts at a glance!

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud: What the Cloud ERP from SAP can do

For a long time, Cloud solutions had been regarded critically, especially by companies. This applied in particular to Cloud ERP systems, since they are after all the digital core of the company. But the wind has been blowing in another direction for some time now. In particular, SAP has made huge efforts to bring SAP S/4HANA in a Cloud version into the business world.

However, there is not just one solution available as standard, but various different versions. In particular, the relevant responsible people should know the difference between SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud and SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud if they have to deal with this topic. Let us therefore make a start on this topic!

SAP S/4HANA as a Cloud solution – no start-up problems at all

Many decision makers hesitate when it comes to modernizing the ERP system. In fact, bringing in SAP S/4HANA Cloud is much easier compared to that for the classical on-premise version. Standardized best practice processes markedly shorten the implementation phase. As a result, the investment costs (Capex) are reduced as well.

It is far more the case that the long-term operating costs (Opex) come into the picture. The scalability of SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud allows for flexible and autonomous structuring, since, for example, functions or licenses can be added or removed according to your needs.

But: Are Cloud solutions safe and secure?

Cloud solutions are plagued by the prejudice that they are unsafe. The reality is quite the opposite: Thanks to routine updates, the Cloud ERP is always in compliance with the current legal situation, especially regarding data privacy and data security. In this way, security standards are regularly updated. Last but not least, backups can be stored in the Cloud. The physical and technical security in Cloud computer centers is many times greater than in a Server room that a customer operates at his own responsibility.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud: always up to date

Differing from on-premise solutions, Cloud deployments of SAP S/4HANA are always up to date because of the automatic and regular updates. In this way, users permanently profit from new functions and innovative technologies. And clearly so: The work load is relieved on those responsible for IT because they no longer have to deal with updating the ERP system. If you consider that ERP systems are often in use for many years, this is a big plus for SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

What brings SAP S/4HANA Cloud into the day to day work of the company?

A simple answer to this question is: More efficiency! The Cloud ERP makes possible seamless and stable End to End processes that can be extended at any time, and markedly reduce the amount of routine work thanks to automation. In addition, business processes based on Best Practices guarantee successful working.

The entire company profits from the process optimization. The Cloud ERP becomes the digital core and a uniform platform for further digitization steps. This applies to all the departments such as Marketing, Finance or Sales, as well as to affiliates inside and outside the country.

Using operative corporate data efficiently – thanks to SAP S/4HANA Cloud

All the operative data that digitization brings in can be used with SAP S/4HANA Cloud. This primarily concerns the HANA database technology. All the stored data is immediately available for all areas of the company and can either be processed further operatively or, and here it gets exciting: It is immediately available in real time for Business lIntelligence. Thanks to Embedded Analytics and Predictive Analytics, data can be analyzed in a results-oriented way and without any great effort of expense – and in real time as well. Automated reporting and the use of proven KPIs provide additional convenience in data analysis.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud: A great deal of added value for your staff as well

Companies get a central software and data platform in the shape of SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Your staff do not get involved with data silos and island solutions. Instead, the data can be harmonized and consolidated. Media or communication breaks are thus a thing of the past as well. However, the crucial factor is that your staff have a modern and innovative working interface available, that can be accessed at anytime from anywhere in the world. The COVID pandemic has shown that SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers were immediately in a position to implement, Home Office-concepts without any loss of productivity.

Further significant features of SAP S/4HANA are mobility and device-independence. Last but not least, modern user interfaces provide the best user experience thanks to SAP Fiori. This makes the work much easier!

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