SAP S/4HANA: An Introduction

  • 10h 35m
  • Devraj Bardhan, et al.
  • Rheinwerk Publishing Inc.
  • 2021

Interested in what SAP S/4HANA has to offer? Find out with this big-picture guide! Take a tour of SAP S/4HANA functionality for your key lines of business: finance, manufacturing, supply chain, sales, and more. Preview SAP S/4HANA's architecture, and discover your options for reporting, extensions, and adoption. With insights into the latest intelligent technologies, this is your all-in-one SAP S/4HANA starting point!

  • Learn what SAP S/4HANA offers your company
  • Explore key business processes and system architecture
  • Consider your deployment options and implementation paths


See how SAP S/4HANA runs your business processes, from finance to supply chain management. Learn about new features for predictive accounting, manufacturing analytics, central procurement, and more.

Key Capabilities

Make the most of your SAP S/4HANA system. Discover operational and enterprise-wide reporting, extensibility with SAP Cloud Platform and SAP API Business Hub, and new technologies for machine learning and AI.

Deployment and Implementation Set yourself up for a successful deployment. Evaluate your adoption options and consider your approach: new implementation, system conversion, or a selective data transition. Then take your first steps toward implementation with SAP Activate.

  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chain management
  • Sales, marketing, and commerce
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Industry solutions
  • Intelligent technologies
  • Architecture
  • Extensibility
  • Deployment

About the Authors

Devraj Bardhan is an accomplished global leader for SAP Innovations at IBM. He has led several large transformation projects, driving business growth agenda through innovation and digital efficiencies.

Axel Baumgartl is leading the transformation office for the Global Partner Organization of SAP. In his role, he focuses on accelerating the transformation of operations, processes, and applications to support the activation and enablement of the SAP ecosystem based on his 20 years of experience with SAP transformation projects.

Nga-Sze Choi is the SAP S/4HANA sales and logistics expert working for SAP Business Transformation Services. She has more than 16 years of experience in global business transformation programs, leading the design and implementation of SAP solutions in the order-to-cash and procure-to-pay areas.

Mark Dudgeon is the Global SAP CTO of IBM Global Business Services, SAP Service Line. He has more than 23 years of experience in architecture design and delivery for some of IBM's largest SAP deployments.

Piotr Górecki is a program manager and enterprise architect working at IBM Global SAP Center of Competence. He has more than 20 years of experience in planning and delivering complex business transformation programs based on SAP solutions.

Asidhara Lahiri is an SAP Enterprise Architect in IBM India, working on complex SAP implementations for global clients in industries such as consumer products, oil & gas, airlines, and utility. She has more than 24 years of work experience, out of which 20 are in SAP.

Bert Meijerinkis the SAP S/4HANA Finance lead in the IBM SAP Global Center of Competence. He has more than 35 years of working experience in implementing financial systems worldwide and over 25 years of experience in designing and implementing SAP global templates.

Andrew Worsley-Tonks is an IBM distinguished engineer and the global SAP S/4HANA leader for IBM Services. Andrew has led multiple complex SAP business transformation, modernization, and upgrade projects.

In this Book

  • Introduction: From Digital Transformation to the Intelligent Enterprise
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Sales, Marketing, Commerce, and Service Management
  • Sourcing and Procurement
  • R&D and Asset Management
  • Analytics and Reporting
  • Industry Solutions
  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud
  • SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Landscape
  • SAP S/4HANA Architecture
  • Extensions
  • Intelligent Technologies
  • Adoption Paths
  • Implementation Method and Accelerators
  • Building the Business Case
  • Customer Case Studies