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Why is it important to have an S/4HANA Cloud certification?

The S/4HANA Cloud certification is important for professionals working with SAP systems, especially those involved in implementation or support projects for S/4HANA Cloud. The certification is a way to demonstrate that the professional has the necessary knowledge to work with S/4HANA Cloud, one of SAP's most advanced solutions for enterprise management.

To this end, I present here on this blog and through the video above, my main points for professionals to seek S/4HANA Cloud certification as a way to implement a better systemic solution, as well as position themselves as expert professional in the latest SAP technologies.


SAP ERP experience is not sufficient.

To work as a S/4HANA Cloud consultant, specific skills and knowledge are required that are not necessarily covered in SAP ERP experience. SAP S/4HANA is a new generation of enterprise software that offers advanced features such as process automation, artificial intelligence, and real-time data analytics. As a result, S/4HANA Cloud consultants need to have specific knowledge in cloud technologies, system architecture, application integration, and configuration and customization features of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

In addition, SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a constantly evolving platform, with updates and new features being added regularly. This means that consultants need to stay up-to-date with the latest news and trends of SAP S/4HANA Cloud to provide customers with the best possible solutions and experiences. Therefore, having a certification in S/4HANA Cloud is important, as it demonstrates to customers that the consultant has the necessary skills to work with the latest technology and provide effective and efficient solutions.


Unique components for Public Cloud

There are some exclusive components in S/4HANA Cloud that are not available in SAP ERP. Some examples include:

  • SAP Fiori: it is a modern user interface that was created for S/4HANA Cloud. It provides a more intuitive and user-friendly user experience, allowing users to access relevant information more quickly and easily.

  • SAP Activate: it is an agile implementation methodology that was specifically designed for S/4HANA Cloud. It helps companies to implement S/4HANA Cloud more efficiently and effectively, reducing the time and costs associated with the project.

  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud Studio: it is an integrated development platform (IDE) that allows developers to create and customize S/4HANA Cloud applications. It offers powerful modeling and development tools that allow developers to create customized solutions that meet the specific needs of their clients.

  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud Analytics: it is an integrated analytical solution that provides real-time insights into the business. It allows companies to monitor and analyze their data in real-time, so they can make more informed and data-driven decisions.

These unique components help companies to make the most of S/4HANA Cloud, providing a more intuitive user experience, more efficient and effective implementation, powerful development tools, and real-time business analytics.


The certification is more comprehensive in content

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud certification is more comprehensive in content than other certifications for other SAP versions. This is because S/4HANA Cloud is a more recent software solution and its architecture is based on more advanced technologies that support real-time processing and real-time data analysis. The SAP S/4HANA Cloud certification also includes additional topics related to new features and specific functionalities of S/4HANA Cloud, such as finance management, project management, materials management, sales management, among others. Therefore, it is important for consultants who wish to work with S/4HANA Cloud to have specific and up-to-date knowledge about this solution, acquired through certification.


What is S/4HANA Public Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, where SAP is responsible for all infrastructure, maintenance, and software updates. This means that the client does not have to worry about servers or software updates, as everything is managed by SAP. This option is more suitable for companies that want to quickly implement a standard and scalable solution without worrying about infrastructure or customizations.

On the other hand, SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud is a more customizable option in terms of infrastructure and services. In this case, the client has more control over the cloud environment, being able to choose the infrastructure on which the software will run and customize the software according to their specific needs. This option is more suitable for companies that want greater flexibility and control over their solution, but still want to enjoy the benefits of the cloud. While SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud is more suitable for companies that want a ready-made and scalable solution, SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud is more suitable for companies that want more control and customization over their solution.


Prerequisites to receive the S/4HANA Public Cloud certification:

To obtain the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud certification, it is necessary to meet the following prerequisites:

  • Business knowledge: Solid knowledge of the business you intend to implement SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud for, including industry best practices, is essential.

  • Technical knowledge: Technical knowledge of SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud is required, including knowledge of SAP Activate, SAP Best Practices, solution architecture, system integration, and cloud technologies.

  • Practical experience: It is important to have practical experience in at least one SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud implementation.

  • Training: Official training provided by SAP must be completed before taking the certification exam.

  • Certification exam: Passing the certification exam is required to become a certified consultant in SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud.


Tips on how to study for the S/4HANA Public Cloud certification.

  • Know the exam content: Make sure you are aware of what will be tested in the exam. This will help you focus on relevant topics during your studies (See https://training.sap.com).

  • Research documentation on the SAP official website: There is a wealth of documentation on their official website, which contains detailed information about S/4HANA Public Cloud. Use this documentation as a basis for your studies.

  • Get trained: SAP offers a variety of online courses for certification preparation. They cover all relevant topics and provide a solid foundation for certification preparation.

  • Practice with S/4HANA Public Cloud: The best way to familiarize yourself with S/4HANA Public Cloud is to practice. If you have access to an SAP system, practice on it. If not, SAP also offers a free trial version that you can use to practice (sap.com/products/erp/s4hana/trial)

  • Join study groups: Join study groups or online forums to discuss relevant topics with other candidates. This will help you better understand the topics and clarify your doubts.

  • Stay current: Make sure you are up to date with the latest updates to S/4HANA Public Cloud and the certification exam (Stay Current). This will help you prepare properly and ensure that you are ready for the exam.




Is there professional value for professionals certified in Public Cloud?

Yes, certification in SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud is highly valued in the job market and can bring many benefits to a professional's career. Certified professionals have greater credibility and recognition in the industry, which can result in better job opportunities, salary increases, and development of additional skills. In addition, certification helps demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and maintaining a high standard of professional excellence.


~65% of non-S/4HANA clients (SAP ERP)

This information likely refers to the fact that about 65% of SAP clients have not yet migrated to SAP S/4HANA, the latest and most advanced version of SAP's enterprise management system. There are still many companies using older versions of SAP ERP and have not yet made the transition to S/4HANA, either due to lack of resources, fear of disrupting business operations, or other reasons. SAP has been working to encourage and facilitate customer migration to S/4HANA, offering various options and resources to help them transition smoothly and efficiently.


Greater visibility for international projects

SAP S/4HANA is a modern ERP system that provides a holistic, real-time view of business performance, allowing companies to make informed decisions quickly. This means that companies using SAP S/4HANA have greater visibility and control over their global operations, which is essential for success in international projects. With advanced financial management, supply chain management, and production management features, SAP S/4HANA helps companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their global operations, enabling them to quickly adapt to changes in the market and global conditions.


Increasingly comprehensive technology for processes

SAP S/4HANA has increasingly comprehensive technology for processes because it is built on an in-memory data platform and uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide real-time insights and automate repetitive tasks. In addition, S/4HANA is highly integrated, allowing for a unified view of business processes and greater operational efficiency. SAP continues to invest in innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and cloud computing, to make S/4HANA even more comprehensive and capable of addressing the constantly evolving needs of modern businesses.


Certification also covers S/4HANA Private Cloud concepts (On Premise Scope)

Although there are differences between SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud and SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud, SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud certification covers many concepts and functionalities that are common to both environments. In addition, certification requires in-depth knowledge of SAP S/4HANA functionality, which is an important foundation for any implementation or migration to different environments. Therefore, SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud certification can be a solid foundation for professionals looking to specialize in other SAP S/4HANA environments, such as SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud.

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