What are the advantages of SAP S/4HANA Cloud for SMEs?

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Get to know how SAP S/4HANA Cloud can prove beneficial for SMEs.

Overview of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the topmost Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version belonging to the genre of SAP S/4HANA ERP system, which would be running on the SAP HANA-in memory database. It can allow different users to access all their data in a virtual faster and real-time manner.

What segregates SAP S/4HANA Cloud from other ERP system? When you leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for your business, you need not depend upon your own business resources like databases, internal hardware and IT expertise. This high-performing data analysis application, which was available earlier along with different hardware, leverages artificial intelligence while letting you analyze larger data and other information.

We also have the freedom to choose between private cloud and public cloud.

Why should SMEs choose SAP S/4HANA Cloud?

Many SMEs have started looking out for SAP S/4HANA Cloud solutions owing to plenty of reasons. Let’s discover what they are.

1) Speed of Innovation

When your company runs on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, you stay ahead of the competition in terms of innovation.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud consists of quicker innovation cycles in comparison to on-premise solutions since you get the updates every three months instead of yearly basis.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the digital core to handle cloud innovation: We would be moving in the cloud in a faster way in comparison to anyone else. The future SAP development would be taking place as a part of the cloud.

With the ‘Cloud Release Assessment and Scope Dependency’ tool, you can get personalized application that SAP made available for every customer to understand the release changes impact.

This tool would consider different activated scope while allowing you to choose all the scope items on the basis of usage.

The tool highlight would change and suggest all the test cases which can be done while providing recommendations on different innovations or newer scope items which might seem relevant for everyone.

2) Extensibility

With S/4HANA Cloud, you can leverage tremendous Integration possibilities, which can be either customized or predefined to you.

While you look for a combo of integrated systems, SAP can fill every functionality gaps via different hooks into your applications, which might be a set of application programming interfaces (APIs). All dues to these APIs, we would be able to create different custom-defined integration to meet all your unique integration needs. The integration might be with a different third-party system which might not cover the best-practice content, or using different processes included in different best-practice content.

3) Empowering subsidiaries

SAP S/4HANA Cloud has a strong Two-Tier ERP capabilities.

When you use different solutions coming from the same vendor as well as share the same code base, it can reduce all the volume of non-core ERP systems. This would also enable all the solutions to share all the same master data as well as business processes. This can reduce the need to handle manual reconciliation.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the best ever Two-Tier ERP landscape for all these combinations:

Headquarters-Subsidiary model: When your organization is going to employ a purely inorganic growth policy that would be aided by different Mergers & Acquisitions, your headquarters would be running on SAP S/4HANA On-Premise while your subsidiary would run on your SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Since your business needs belonging to your subsidiaries would be extremely different from all those of your headquarters, the traditional software that has been in usage by the headquarters would not be suitable for all the subsidiary owing to its high cost and inflexibility.

Extended Supply Chain: Your manufacturers might be using SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA On Premise or while different subcontractors, suppliers, distributors and dealers can leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Line of Businesses functions: All your organization would also need to expand in an organic manner by diversing Line of Businesses (LoBs). As of this process taking place, SAP S/4HANA On-Premise as well as the new LoBs would be running on SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

 


What are the top features of SAP S/4HANA Cloud?

Flexible subscription: In this model, you just need to pay a monthly fee when you want to leverage the SAP S/4HANA cloud. You can automatically update your system.

Fast implementation: This next-gen business suite would let you streamline all the data model. With this, you can easily optimize your day-to-day business transactions while accelerating strategic decision making. The implementation process is extremely simplified and consists of very few steps in comparison to other ERP systems. Be it on private cloud or public cloud, the implementation would take place easily.

No need custom programming: Since every process and function comes embedded with the SAP S/4HANA cloud solution, you needn’t worry about the coding part. It is extremely simple to operate on.

Consumer-grade UX: The UX acts as the core for every business solution. With SAP S/4HANA, you can get high-end UX experience, thanks to SAP Fiori app. Majority of the features are available as drag-and-drop option.

Integration at its core: No need to worry about server capacity or software maintenance. Get integrated configuration, analysis tools, pricing, along with other offering functions.

Business capability mapping- Get Business capability mapping to depict what your business does with its pursuit to reach its exact strategic objectives and capabilities) in the place of how it operates the business processes.

Main pillars of SAP S/4HANA Cloud


Digital assistant: SAP S/4HANA Cloud makes use of SAP CoPilot, which is a conversational digital assistant (otherwise known as virtual assistant) for every enterprise. It can let different users interact with various ERP functions and applications. SAP CoPilot also leverages contextual data about the task and the user to provide the necessary information.

Machine learning: SAP S/4HANA Cloud lets you make use of machine learning technology while you can automate different tasks or actions. It can be error prone or repetitive while you do it manually. You can learn how to perform your tasks efficiently with it.

Predictive analytics: SAP S/4HANA Cloud consists of embedded analytics which can help you out in predicting the outcomes of different actions. You can configure the analytics tools as per every user’s needs. You can also develop it into different apps like an inventory management app while, for example, predicting the status of a sales quotation app and the conversion percentage.

Deployment Options of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP S/4HANA is available in both Private cloud and Public cloud options.

What features have attracted SAP S/4HANA Cloud SME users?

Many users are finding it comfortable to work on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, thanks to its newly modified HANA database, cloud solution, speed, Fiori, UI, UX and IoT . The integration options with Fieldglass, Ariba, Opentext, Successfactor and other solutions have appealed to them. It has been applauded by Sales team on account of their retail operations due to its less siloed features.

With cloud solutions, you can reduce your cost and collaborate efficiently. This is one among the most sough-after reasons why people prefer SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

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