Introducing the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Deployment Options

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the technical concepts and benefits of cloud computing
  • Explain characteristics of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Cloud Computing

Introduction to Cloud Computing

The cloud, in technology terms, is made possible by the Internet. The devices within our physical space (i.e. computer, phone, tablet) have limitations. For example, the storage capacity on a hard drive is finite. However, we can use our devices to access near infinite resources in other locations with a simple internet connection.

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Deployment Models: Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud

A cloud deployment model defines how a cloud service is made available to users.

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Computing Services: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

Cloud software is delivered "as-a-Service", where a consumer of the service is billed on a subscription basis for what they use. The subscription-based digital model is highly flexible and agile because you can easily scale up or down as needed.

Select the buttons below to compare three common models to find out what you can expect from a Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Most companies now use a mix of the three, and the lines between them can sometimes blur.

Examples of SAP's SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Solutions

SAP is one of the world's leading producers of software for the management of business processes, developing solutions that facilitate effective data processing and information flow across organizations. We have more than 100 solutions covering all business functions, and the largest cloud portfolio of any provider.

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Characteristics of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Components of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP S/4HANA is an acronym for SAP Business Suite 4 the HANA Database

SAP S/4HANA is the next generation of the SAP business suite software. SAP S/4HANA enterprise software is the digital core of your organization, and is designed to run an Intelligent Enterprise. In an Intelligent Enterprise, data feeds into intelligent analytics, which in turn feeds process automation and innovation. SAP S/4HANA is integration-ready, and includes capabilities within the applications to easily make extensions and customizations to tailor the solution to your needs.

The SAP S/4HANA solution can be deployed in a public cloud, private cloud, or on premise to fit customer needs. The library of pre-delivered business processes and applications help you manage your customers, supply chains, networks, employees, and core processes. The business suite is built on the SAP HANA database, and the user experience is enhanced with the SAP Fiori user interface to provide a consistent and intuitive user experience, both in desktop and mobile apps.

SAP HANA

The HANA database is an in-memory, column-oriented database designed to store, receive, and query data that powers the SAP S/4HANA ERP solution. The in-memory computing engine enables HANA to process data stored in RAM as opposed to reading it from a disk. Storing data in main memory rather than on disk provides faster data access and, by extension, faster querying and processing. Column-oriented systems store all data for a single column in the same location, rather than storing all data for a single row in the same location (row-oriented systems), and therefore is able to precisely access the data needed to answer a query, rather than scanning and discarding unwanted data stored in rows.

Core Data Services

Core Data Services (CDS) is a common set of domain-specific languages and services for defining and consuming semantically rich data models. In other words, the CDS layer provides a universal language to read and process data across different applications. You can create CDS views in SAP S/4HANA Cloud to model data from the database for analytical purposes, or to generate application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow other applications to consume the data. In general, CDS views are intended to be consumed by a user interface (UI), analytics, or other systems.

SAP Fiori Launchpad

The SAP Fiori Launchpad is the central entry point to SAP S/4HANA for all users on mobile and desktop devices. The launchpad is a shell that hosts SAP Fiori applications, and provides services such as navigation, personalization, embedded support, and application configuration. Each tile represents a business application a user can launch. The launchpad is role-based, meaning the applications displayed are based on the user's assigned business role. Hundreds of SAP Fiori apps are available across different lines of business and industries covering a wide range from analytical to transactional tasks.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition Scope

RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition

RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition is a standardized public cloud solution with a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) scope and selected industry and Line of Business (LoB) scenarios. RISE with SAP refers to the additional resources and benefits on top of the core SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition software that are designed to support a customer's transition to the cloud.

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition software lives in a multi-tenant server and each customer accesses their software through a unique link over the internet. Multi-tenant means that two or more tenants (customers) are sharing the bandwidth of one server. This multi-tenant server resides in an SAP data center. Your cloud provider (SAP) is responsible for maintaining the technical backend of your system and runs your software service in the server where your tenant resides.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition has the fastest innovation, meaning regular release cycles, where new features and enhancements to existing functionality are released. SAP maintains your system with bi-weekly hotfixes and installs the release upgrades to customer systems on the defined release schedule.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition has the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), because multiple customers are sharing the cost of a server, and because more standardization means SAP can provide far more pre-delivered resources to make the implementation and running the solution as easy as possible.

If you have subscriptions to multiple solutions in addition to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition (e.g. SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Concur, etc.), you will have an individual tenant for each software server that may or may not reside in the same data center as your SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition ERP solution.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition Scope Highlights

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition has a comprehensive ERP scope with end-to-end business processes delivered by preconfigured SAP Best Practices and selected industry-specific scenarios. Detailed information regarding individual scope items is available in the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition package in SAP Best Practices Explorer.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition Localization Coverage

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition covers 48 local versions and 29 languages. Please note, local versions may not include all available solution scope (business processes).

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Localization-specific features can be found in the SAP Help Portal

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition Scope

RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition

RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, is a cloud solution with the full SAP S/4HANA on premise scope, including all lines of business and 25 industries. It has the elasticity, resilience, and TCO of cloud infrastructure, with the capability for customers to convert their existing SAP ECC systems to a cloud deployment. RISE with SAP refers to the additional resources and benefits on top of the core SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition software designed to support a customer's transition to the cloud.

Customers can protect the investments already made into their existing SAP ERP software by converting their on premise solution into the private cloud. A new implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition can also be done to start fresh with a clean system.

In SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, customers have full access to the on premise extensibility framework, supporting in-app and side-by-side extensions in addition to code enhancement and modifications. Expert configuration is possible with full IMG access, and the operating expense model is subscription-based.

The solution is deployed with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, to provide the private cloud infrastructure and managed services. All services, from RISE, to infrastructure management, to the core software is delivered under one contract with SAP.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition Scope Highlights

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition has the same functional scope of the SAP S/4HANA On Premise solution. This includes the extended line of business processes and all 25 industries. Detailed information regarding individual scope items is available in the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (on premise) package in SAP Best Practices Explorer.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition Localization Coverage

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition has the same localization coverage as the SAP S/4HANA On Premise solution, including 64 local versions in 39 languages.

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Localization-specific features can be found in the SAP Help Portal.

Two-Tier ERP Deployment

Two-Tier ERP Deployment Overview

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system needs to be both agile and reliable, so an organization can quickly respond to evolving business conditions, while also maintaining a sustainable environment that serves stakeholders and business users. A two-tier ERP strategy is when a company implements different ERP for separate parts of the business. By combining two different deployments of SAP S/4HANA, a business can take advantage of the fast innovation in public cloud, while still allowing for a high degree of customization for strategic processes in the private cloud or on premise.

Building an effective two-tier ERP strategy is about more than just integration scenarios. It is critical to conduct a thorough analysis of the functionality necessary for each subsidiary or satellite, and the strategy must define how the interdependence of the organizations will affect reporting, in addition to business processes. For example, the reporting strategy for intercompany transactions and enterprise level reporting should be defined up front. In addition, master data management will follow integrated process requirements, and therefore should also be planned for early in an implementation project. Last, change enablement is multi-dimensional, because there are new systems that require sufficient end-user training, and potential changes to business processes with the interdependence between organizational entities.

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