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SAP has just announced a major generational change in its flagship enterprise applications line that natively exploits the in-memory HANA database.


  • S/4HANA represents the next generation in SAP enterprise applications, as it is written natively for the HANA database.
  • In the short term, S/4HANA is only an incremental improvement on Business Suite on HANA.
  • The major architectural refactoring of data tables, which have been consolidated and reduced, and a code base that has been thoroughly rewritten to be more compact and efficient will convey longer-term benefits that will become apparent only once SAP fills out S/4HANA.

Features and Benefits

  • Introduces the newest addition to the SAP enterprise applications product portfolio.
  • Explains the long-term benefits of the new application, which was written natively for the SAP HANA in-memory database.

Key questions answered

  • Will S/4HANA replace Business Suite for HANA?
  • What are the benefits that S/4HANA will deliver to enterprise customers?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • SAP goes native
  • For the short term, the change is incremental
  • The real change in S/4 is longer term
  • So what's in S/4 for enterprise applications customers?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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