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SAP S/4HANA Is a Transformational Shift for SAP and Its Users, but Hold on to Your Wallets for Now

Published: 24 February 2015

ID: G00275097

Analyst(s): Nigel Rayner , Lori Samolsky , Derek Prior, Bill Hostmann, Alexander Drobik, Donald Feinberg


The SAP S/4HANA launch laid out SAP's direction for its next-generation Business Suite, but many questions about functionality, availability, pricing and migration remain. Existing and prospective users must plan for the impact of SAP S/4HANA but must address key questions before proceeding.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The SAP S/4HANA launch defines SAP's long-term strategic direction for its Business Suite, which is a transformational shift for SAP and its users based on IMC, real-time processes and real-time analytics
  • SAP S/4HANA is architected solely for the Hana in-memory platform, a move that will impact investment plans and road maps for all existing SAP Business Suite users
  • SAP S/4HANA expands SAP's cloud solutions, but prospective users must understand there will be differences between the cloud and on-premises offerings
  • The launch of SAP S/4HANA creates more questions for SAP users than it answers, resulting in road map uncertainty for existing and prospective SAP clients

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