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  • Eric Kleiner

What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP S/4 HANA is not only the HANA database (DB) based on in-memory technology, but also the fourth generation of the SAP Business Suite. Two years after the introduction of the Business Suite on HANA, which was an ERP Central Component (ECC system) running on the HANA database introduced in 2011, S/4HANA was introduced in 2015. The introduction of S/4 required the complete rewrite of 400 million lines of program code and was written in HANA. This architecture is intended to help simplify and further open up the

the platform to developers. Businesses are expected to benefit from Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the possibilities of interconnection that go hand in hand with them

and thus open up new markets. Real-time processing, reporting

and increased user-friendliness are the most cited benefits of S/4.

SAP S/4HANA can be operated on-premise or on various cloud models.


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