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The SAP S/4HANA universe

Source: SAP „Reimagine Business in the Digital Economy. Use Cases with SAP S/4HANA“

SAP S/4HANA is intended to enable companies to focus on the digital economy. For the change from old IT worlds into a new SAP S/4HANA universe, different solutions are available. We present six central applications that industrial companies should know:



Key Capabilities

  • Enabling a multidisciplinary product definition
  • What-if analyses and iterative design processes
  • Real-time multilevel BOM exploration


  • Achieving transparency and real-time access to product information across disciplines and throughout the product lifecycle
  • Making better design decisions using SAP HANA analytics
  • Executing engineering changes with full knowledgeof downstream costs



Key Capabilities

  • Identifying and prioritizing most critical material issues, options, and consequences
  • Faster execution provides more current and accurate view of material situation
  • Providing enterprise-wide visibility across supply, production, inventory, and demand


  • Faster reaction to demand changes
  • Reducing manufacturing costs and stock-outs
  • Lower inventory and safety stocks



Key Capabilities

  • Simulating of maintenance strategies with respect to cost, risk, and performance
  • Predicting and preventing downtime by analyzing data generated by machines and sensors along with business data
  • Proactively controlling risks and preventing incidents by leveraging analysis, simulation, and prediction techniques


  • Real-time insight into asset performance to make timely, relevant decisions
  • Combined evaluation of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) data
  • One common view of process risks related to employees, assets, or the environment


S/4HANA Finance

Key Capabilities


  • Ensure one source of the truth for finance and operational data
  • Real-time oversight into finance processes, finance and managerial accounting results
  • Prediction, simulation and what-if analysis for continuous finance and business planning


  • Enterprise-wide consistency and minimized errors need for reconciliation
  • Instant insight to enable timely and relevant decisions, with no lag time
  • Evaluation of the financial implications of strategic business decisions



Key Capabilities


  • Mastering uncertainty – supporting supply and operations planning cycles with real-time data and what-if scenarios
  • Being demand-driven – sensing short-term demand, responding quickly with fast planning, replanning, and simulation
  • Responding efficiently – real-time and adaptive freight planning, truck visibility, and warehouse automation


  • Higher inventory turns and revenues, reduced stock-outs, and revenue loss
  • Higher on-time delivery, reduced order lead times, using inventory more efficiently as a better buffer against uncertainty
  • Reduced warehouse and transportation spend, improved flexibility, and lower customer order cycle times


S/4HANA Sourcing & Procurement

Key Capabilities

  • Securing many-to-many networked collaboration with trading partners
  • Consumer-grade usability and mobility
  • Full source-to-pay processes, including spend analysis, sourcing, contract management, supplier management, procurement, invoice management, and payables management


  • Increased profitability derived from employee compliance and sustainable cost savings
  • Effortless user experiences with unprecedented transparency into spend, enabling companies to Run Simple
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) due to less data replication, reduced effort for system setup and operation, and reduced data footprint