SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Edition

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SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Edition

What is a Public Cloud?

Public Clouds are low-cost, high-performance SaaS solutions in which all Clients share the same virtual space. Every company sends its data and applications and selects specific services according to its needs. Public cloud providers offer numerous data centers that are divided and shared among Clients.

Hyperscale cloud providers, such as Amazon, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, administer these public clouds. They are considered the most cost-effective option to implement and manage various programs and solutions. The public cloud offers the infrastructure to help keep enterprises agile, efficient, and innovative.

Many public cloud providers have invested heavily in SAP over the past few years, and Public Clouds have become a great option for hosting multiple SAP applications. It offers unparalleled agility and practically supports scaling .

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Advantages of SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

Lower costs

Public clouds do not require capital investments or the purchase of hardware or software. Companies only pay for the service they use. Most importantly, organizations can take the financial burden of maintenance and update costs off their shoulders. All updates are included in the package purchased by the Client and performed by the cloud providers. Moreover, the pay-as-you-use pricing model eliminates the waste of resources.

IT department budget optimization

Staffing budgets can account for more than half of the total cost of maintaining on-premise infrastructure. Public clouds offer companies the opportunity to restructure their IT teams and skillfully use resources in areas that bring more profit to their business.

Ease of use

Companies can easily and quickly migrate and host their SAP solutions in a public cloud with the right partner, such as Hicron. Hosting can be configured remotely through various hyperscalers, such as AWS.

Increased SLA levels

Public cloud providers guarantee SLAs with minimal risk of failure. Cloud-based systems typically include several servers to keep all business applications running smoothly. SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud can only be implemented through greenfield, which means implementing the system from scratch.

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Why choose SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is highly standardized and offers a huge range of Line of Business and industry processes, thanks to add-ons prepared by partners. It is a complete, modern SaaS ERP solution. It also offers the highest level of automation through machine learning as well as robotic automation of business processes.

In addition, it guarantees one of the lowest operational TCOs without investment and infrastructure costs, reducing IT administrative tasks. The system is easy to implement, and its accelerated implementation enables quick go-live. Most importantly, it ensures complete security and data protection.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud customizations are possible through the SAP Fiori app to facilitate changes such as custom fields and business objects. However, Clients cannot access the backend GUI nor can they modify the SAP source code.

SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud:

  • SaaS solution where all Clients share the same cloud
  • guarantees high performance and scalability at a lower cost
  • updates and patches are managed by SAP
  • enables quick implementation
  • offers support for specific industries (production, procurement, HR, sales, and financial services)
  • defined processes can be modified

Defined processes in the analysis phase

This approach saves consultants’ time otherwise spent on configuring the complete solution from scratch. From the very first days of the project, the Client sees the system and talks to experts about specific challenges arising at each stage. Hicron consultants have access to the SAP S/4 HANA Cloud demonstration and testing environment with already defined processes. Thanks to the joint FIT-TO-STANDARD workshop, it is possible to develop a list of requirements that do not fit into the standard solution and require the implementation of additional extensions.

Best practices – ready-made scenarios for business

Compared to the traditional approach, the implementation of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud system does not require a long and costly project. SAP currently provides ready-made scenarios that are based on the experience of the software producer and implementation partners. Therefore, the project begins with a demonstration of already defined processes, rather than an analysis of those currently implemented in the Client’s systems. In the initial phase of implementation, business teams are trained in basic concepts, the data structure in SAP is explained, and – on this basis – quick decisions are made about the shape of the target solution.

Currently, there are more than 800 processes defined in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, addressing most of the standard needs of Clients. In the case of specific company needs , SAP enables the extension of the standard and modification of processes using the Business Technology Platform.

This means that the SAP solution meets the needs of process standardization, while maintaining its flexibility and modifiability.

License or subscription?

In addition to the changes in the approach to project implementation, the contracting model with SAP is also changing. The modern SAP S/4HANA Cloud environment does not require the Client to purchase servers, maintain databases and operating systems. All of these services are provided under a single contract with SAP and a monthly or quarterly subscription fee, which is an operating expense (OPEX, not CAPEX).

Hicron uses tools to calculate the full cost of implementing and maintaining the system over a fixed, long period and to compare the traditional variant with the modern cloud solution.

User-friendly interface in place of SAP GUI

SAP-specific icons have been replaced with more readable graphics and tiles that the users can easily adapt to their needs. Innovative transactions recorded on tiles can also be easily launched on mobile devices such as tablets or mobile phones. Access to mobile versions of the application significantly improves and speeds up all approval processes in organizations.

SAP-specific icons have been replaced with more readable graphics and tiles that the users can easily adapt to their needs. Innovative transactions recorded on tiles can also be easily launched on mobile devices such as tablets or mobile phones. Access to mobile versions of the application significantly improves and speeds up all approval processes in organizations.

Free demo version of SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

What is more, a trial version of the system, filled with sample processes and data, is available for any new Client that would like to see what the user interface looks like in the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Logging into the system and going through the basic functionalities gives the user the opportunity to experience the intuitive navigation in the system.

Hicron consultants often participate in the first login to the system and answer questions as they arise, which definitely strengthens the understanding of the new SAP release.

If you want to log in to the SAP S/4 HANA Public Cloud demo system yourself, use the link below:

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Trial

If you need the support of our consultant for your first steps in the system, please contact us.

Modern solutions in SAP Public Cloud

The SAP system producer also meets technological changes by enabling the use of:

  • artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms
  • machine learning
  • robotic process automation

By accessing the Business Technology Platform, the Hicron team can further extend standard processes with the automations required by the Client. Handling exceptions with the use of artificial intelligence algorithms significantly reduces their number and brings the process closer to the standard.

Scheduled system upgrade

The question remains: how can organizations respond to rapid technological advances, and how long will this modern SAP solution last? It is worth noting here that when using the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Software as a Service, the software provider is obliged to upgrade the system every quarter. With this approach, any changes to the regulations or technology are addressed in subsequent releases of the system. Many changes and improvements are planned in advance. The Client has access to the system development roadmap and can request the addition of missing, needed functions.

Finally, it is worth adding that the servers managed by SAP use renewable energy sources, which supports sustainable development and benefits our environment.

Modern ERP system in the cloud

Overall, the S/4HANA public cloud is efficient and affordable, and often runs services in a shared environment. In the case of RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, it is offered as a public cloud solution.

Cooperation models

We make sure that cooperation models with our clients meet their needs related to project timeline, budgeting methods and scheduling. We offer three variants of cooperation: 

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Time & Materials

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Fixed Price

Team Extension

Contact Request

If you are considering the implementation of S/4 HANA or migrating to its latest version, please contact us.

Our experts will explain the benefits of the new system and discuss the implementation with you. 
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