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SAP’s Carl Dubler provided this webcast today.  Recording is available here:

Carl asked us to guess what was the number one question received:

#2 question is about custom development

#1 question – what is S/4HANA and Suite on HANA

Figure 1: Source: SAP

Carl’s non-official opinion is shown in Figure 1

HANA – High performance analytical appliance

In 2012, started putting BW on it

In 2013, ran OLTP as well

In 2014, Simple Finance

Aggregates removed, indices being removed

November 11, Barcelona – include rest of ERP “digital core”

Figure 2: Source: SAP

Before had an add-on strategy, not using that anymore

Now “at parity” with ERP 6 and run in one core in November 2015

Figure 3: Source: SAP

We see this slide a lot

“Digital core” in the middle “Enterprise management” – key ERP functions in middle, crossing lines of business

Finance – accounting & financial core – others, like cash management, not part of it

“Full core available, upgrade directly to, without add-on, all lines of business”

Will see more details emerge

“The way I interpret this is that each of the grey boxes need additional licensing” – one attendee said, speaker confirmed

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Industries are still working on, like retail

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Key innovations

Different business functions listed

Core modules, applications

“Innovation” is the buzzword used more and more versus simple – simple will go away from product view – no “Simple Finance” but S4/Finance

Figure 6: Source: SAP

Simplification – cut out postal service entirely

S4/HANA and Suite on HANA analogy explained

Run suite on new DB – Suite on HANA

Bottom – S4/HANA – change architecture

Figure 7: Source: SAP

Simple Finance followed the same principles for elimination of aggregate tables resulting in one physical document.  “Material Ledger will also be redesigned”

Figure 8: Source: SAP

Inventory tables down to 3, removing the need for aggregates

Figure 9: Source: SAP

This blog was mentioned in the chat: SAP HANA Explained - Again

More reliability for IT with less storage

Figure 10: Source: SAP

CDS views are there for compatibility

Transactions may be going away

Conversations about customer code

Simplification database – Frank Wagner’s blog – tools on SMP - blog: Upcoming Tools for SAP #S4HANA Migration – the simplification database

More details in this Document: The road to SAP S/4HANA: the different transition paths The road to SAP S/4HANA: the different transition paths created by Frank Wagner

Figure 11: Source: SAP

Equation is shown above, includes simpler data model (fewer tables) and UX with Fiori combined


Trial Editions:

Use cases:

Figure 12: Source: SAP

Finance can “close books any time they want”

Figure 13: Source: SAP

New in 1511 release

Consistent view of data

Don’t need to wait for batches to run

Figure 14: Source: SAP

Don’t need to create duplicates for reporting

MRP runs are faster, companies are running them several times a day

Figure 15: Source: SAP

Asks of customers

Interview with Convergent:

Figure 16: Source: SAP

How do this?

New implementation: New SAP customer who want to move from legacy systems to SAP

System conversion (ECC 6 to S/4HANA): Existing SAP Business Suite Customer who wants to move to SAP S/4HANA

System consolidation is an option (Central Finance)

Figure 17: Source: SAP

Use SLT to bring over

Central Finance book:

Figure 18: Source: SAP

If you are doing a system conversion look at the above

Figure 19: Source: SAP

Learn about ACTIVATE

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On the left, SAP has created a database of “simplification database”

Tools to run to check custom code, compares to simplification database, and tells you the notes

Thanks to Carl for a great webcast (watch the recording for the MRP demo) and thanks to chris.kernaghan for hosting