What is SAP S/4HANA?

S/4HANA is the latest enterprise resource management suite to come from SAP and has the power to make your systems run faster, smarter, more accurately, and all with a smaller data footprint.

S/4HANA is the digital core that enables your business to take complete advantage of Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, real-time analytics, mobile, business networks, third-party systems, and more.


SAP S/4HANA gives you:


  complete choice of deployment – cloud and on-premise



  instant value across lines of business and industries



  insight on any data from anywhere in real time – to drive faster business



  a personalized, simple user experience on any device



  the ultimate sophistication: simplicity



SAP S/4HANA and the supply chain

Gain state-of-the-art warehousing and unlock greater productivity throughout your warehouse. Your warehouse operators will have access to real-time data, while IT enjoy a simplified technical landscape. You’ll benefit from reduced data duplication to increase accuracy and decrease cost.


So what does all this mean for warehousing?


  ERP-style Warehouse Management (WM) is available to use in a limited, compatibility-mode within S/4. Check carefully with SAP or view Note 2269324 for limitations and restrictions before continuing down this route.



  You won’t be able use ERP WM beyond 2027.



  SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is supported by S/4 Logistics and will be available as a slightly reduced functionality, embedded version. This is available now.



  SAP EWM is supported by S/4 Logistics and can be operated in an interfaced (side-car) fashion as the fully-functional version we all know and love. This is available now.



In an ideal world, what should you do?


  If you have an important warehouse operation, then you need to migrate to EWM. You can do this before S/4 implementation if that makes your project plan easier. You can do this now!



  If you have a simple warehouse operation, then you should migrate to EWM, albeit in a simple form. You can do this now!



  If you have a simple warehouse operation, then you can use the compatibility-mode WM in S/4. You can do this now but this selection is likely to have a limited lifespan and you must move to one of the other options in the future.



  You can implement full-fat side-car EWM on your existing database and subsequently migrate to HANA. You can do this now!



Key capabilities:

Master uncertainty

Support monthly supply and operations planning cycles with real-time data and what-if scenarios

Be demand-driven

Sense short-term demand, respond quickly with fast planning, re-planning, and simulation

Respond efficiently

Real-time and adaptive freight planning, truck visibility, and warehouse automation

Integrate EWM

Real-time, class-leading, warehouse solution, neatly integrated into the Supply Chain perfection of S/4 Logistics

"Great team, who assimilate really well into the business, they quickly become part of the internal delivery team."
Maureen Allison, Halewood International