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Time for a quick update as we are coming up to the next innovation cycle for our SAP S/4HANA Cloud edition. And SapphireNow of course.

Here you will find  the latest additions of FAQ´s and useful links to further information.

What are the deployment options offered?

SAP currently offers on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments to give real choice to customers.

How does SAP S/4HANA relate to SAP Simple Finance powered by SAP HANA?

The SAP Simple Finance solution marked the first step in our SAP S/4HANA road map for customers. The solution has demonstrated the value of simplification (for example, no indexes, no aggregates, and no redundancies) and instant insight in Finance. SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition leverages the full scope of SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA included in SAP Simple Finance. SAP S/4HANA, managed cloud edition is intended to leverage the same scope. SAP S/4HANA, public cloud edition is planned to focus on a selected scope of SAP Simple Finance in alignment with the key requirements in finance.

Does SAP provide prepackaged integration for SAP S/4HANA to the existing cloud solutions from SAP?

Yes, this service is provided as SAP Rapid Deployment solutions with SAP S/4HANA and will be delivered with prepackaged integration (for example integration between SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA in HCM).

How does the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service relate to SAP S/4HANA?

For SAP S/4HANA cloud editions, we are leveraging the same infrastructure as a service (IaaS), data centers, and security qualities, though the lifecycle management is different. Innovation updates for the cloud editions are planned on a quarterly basis, to be consumed by the customer, and managed by SAP.

How does SAP S/4HANA relate to SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One?

SAP Business ByDesign remains a dedicated end-to-end cloud ERP application for midsize companies that want to run their entire business on single cloud application. SAP Business One remains a dedicated ERP option for small businesses in all industries.

How does SAP S/4HANA relate to SAP BW?

SAP BW will continue to represent the preferred solution for strategic enterprise data warehousing to help customers consolidate data from different sources (including SAP and non-SAP data sources) and get a consistent view across the enterprise. SAP BW has also been optimized to run on the SAP HANA platform: SAP BW powered by SAP HANA.

SAP S/4HANA delivers built-in real-time operational reporting capabilities covering all typical analytics use- cases in the context of the suite.

Therefore, SAP BW will continue to act as our central enterprise data-warehouse solution.

Now working on collecting further input for the next version, potentially this week. Keep the feedback and your questions coming, we will prioritize accordingly and update our FAQ for you. Keep the feedback coming. Also check frequently sap.com/s4hana.

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FAQ collection here: SAP S/4HANA - Frequently Asked Questions - the collection