Improving Intelligence with SAP S/4 HANA

Enterprise clients need the appropriate tools to support their operational processes. SAP S/4HANA is SAP redesigned to work seamlessly with the in-memory database SAP HANA.  The technology builds on SAP’s longstanding ERP Business Suite to create a next-gen ERP that is functional, efficient, and intuitive.

What is S/4HANA?

When HANA was launched in 2011, SAP utilized their existing ERP Business Suite on top of the HANA infrastructure as a front-end application.  This had certain limitations that a native application would resolve.  Therefore in order to maximize the benefits of HANA’s in-memory capabilities, S/4 was developed.  Being built in HANA resulted in a truly advanced ERP that could handle more complex problems at speed.  This enabled SAP’s teams to appreciate the usability of the application, which ensued as a more intuitive and agile product that is easier to use than its predecessors.

Utilizing the in-memory database allows businesses to benefit from real-time transactional and operational processes. To further maximize HANA’s real-time capabilities, S/4HANA no longer requires batch processing. This enables faster insights for businesses who want to lead the pack in their industries.

S/4HANA is an Intelligent ERP

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a bit of a buzz term.  It refers to technological processes that learn and adapt based on interactions with various input.  AI, machine learning, and robotic automation are all part of the “intelligent” capabilities that are an exciting part of modern computing. These capabilities can significantly speed up processes within an organization.  Nonetheless, understanding their best practices has proven to be challenging for many companies.

“Intelligent Processes” – Improving the value of AI and automation

SAP HANA and its dedicated ERP, S/4HANA, aims to solve this problem with its application of intelligent technology.  This ERP suite capitalizes on what SAP calls “intelligent processes.”  This is a concept beyond simply providing intelligent tools that utilize automation within the various user tasks. These embedded intelligent processes are saving businesses in many ways, including reducing manual hours for tasks and speeding quarter-end close processes.[i]

S/4HANA is an intelligent ERP that places its “intelligent tools” behind the scenes.  This allows them to work quietly and efficiently, versus being out front with flashy displays that pull time and focus.  As of September 2020, S/4HANA had over 250 intelligent tools, a number that is continuously growing.  Most of these tools are embedded, but there are additional capabilities for those looking for an added boost to your intelligence. [ii]

S/4HANA simplifies the utilization of intelligent capabilities to boost your processes and improve your productivity. The suite of services connects clients to valuable insights from advanced analytics, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  For a forward-thinking ERP, consider SAP S/4HANA.

Dobler Consulting LLC is a leading provider of database services, premier software development, and information technology support, servicing clients ranging from small businesses to FORTUNE companies across multiple industry verticals. For more information about SAP and its family of products, including s/4HANA, visit or call us at +1 (813) 322-3240 (US).

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