What is ERP and SAP S/4HANA

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a comprehensive software solution that integrates various organizational business processes. It streamlines operations, enhances efficiency, and provides a centralized view of data across finance, procurement, sales, and manufacturing departments.

SAP S/4HANA, developed by the German corporation SAP SE, represents the next generation of ERP software. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. SAP S/4HANA unifies business processes and analyzes data in real-time using machine learning.
  2. It’s available for deployment on-premise (where it resides on your servers) or in the cloud (hosted and maintained by SAP).
  3. The SAP HANA, an in-memory database, enables real-time analytics and faster insights.
  4. The SAP S/4HANA business suite builds upon the HANA database, offering improved performance and user-friendly interfaces through SAP Fiori.
  5. SAP BTP provides tools and services for custom application development, integration with other systems, and extension of existing SAP solutions. It also allows the usage of AI services that leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to enhance decision-making and automate processes.

Benefits of SAP S/4HANA

  • Simplification: Streamlines management and administration, centralizing hardware and network resources.
  • Performance: Improved speed and responsiveness due to in-memory processing with SAP HANA.
  • Innovation: via integration with SAP BTP and leveraging AI services. Future innovations can be received with quarterly automated upgrades.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Potential savings on the total cost of ownership (TCO) over time.
  • Usability: Enhanced user experiences through the Fiori interface.
  • Deployment Flexibility: Choose between on-premise, private, or public cloud models based on your needs.


Some key points that deserve attention when starting a project:

  1. Migration Effort: Moving to S/4HANA requires careful planning. Assess your existing landscape, data volume, and customizations.
  2. Cost: While the benefits are substantial, consider the investment required for migration and training.
  3. Integration: Ensure seamless integration with other systems (legacy or cloud-based).

Our Expertise

As an SAP Gold and Sell partner in Bulgaria, our team specializes in SAP ERP solutions. We offer:

  • Consulting Services: We guide you on the most suitable S/4HANA deployment option, and how to get the most out of SAP's best practices for business processes tailored to your needs.
  • New Greenfield Implementation: Seamless setup of S/4HANA for your unique requirements.
  • Transition from SAP ECC: Smooth migration from older SAP ECC systems to S/4HANA.
  • Custom Development and Support: Tailored solutions and ongoing assistance.

Our experience was initially gained by being involved in the first SAP S/4HANA on-premise implementation in Bulgaria, and then having delivered the first SAP S/4HANA Private and Public Cloud solutions as well. Choosing the right deployment option — whether on-premise, private, or public cloud — depends on your business needs, budget, and resources.

SAP S/4HANA, along with SAP HANA, SAP BTP, and AI services, empowers organizations to embrace digital transformation and thrive in the ever-evolving business landscape.

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