Morgan Koh

Managing Director, Singapore Division

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SAP S/4HANA: SAP's Simple Business Suite Solution

SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s replacement to the SAP R/3 or Business Suite platforms and is likely their most important release in the past 20 years.

SAP R/3 has been around for over twenty years with versions dating back to SAP R/3 3.x and most recently, ECC 6.0.  So what is SAP S/4HANA and what is the potential impact it may have on your business if you are running SAP today or considering SAP in the future?


SAP’s R/3 releases have gone through multiple upgrades from 3.x through 6.0, and have been used to run the, supply chain, manufacturing, financial accounting and human resources of many global companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100.

Unfortunately, in order to support the business processes of many organizations, the configuration of the R/3 software often became quite complex, which burdened and locked a company into a specific release because of the cost to upgrade.  SAP realized that if it were to take its software to the next step, it had to change.

 What SAP S/4HANA is a big departure compared to the previous version.  

  • The ‘S’ stands for simple. The goal of this software release is to dramatically simplify the business processes of organizations.  
  • The ‘4’ indicates the fourth generation of SAP software.  

 This next generation of SAP applications achieves the following:

  • Takes the code base and dramatically reduces the amount of compute and transactions required to support the same business processes as previously supported by R/3.  
  • Takes advantage of a new and improved user interface via SAP Fiori.  
  • Runs massively parallel providing 50 times the throughput of SAP R/3.

As the name suggests, SAP S/4HANA only runs on the SAP HANA platform in order to further leverage SAP’s in-memory compute model.  Not only does SAP S/4HANA deliver within SAP’s in-memory compute model, it also delivers applications rewritten to further optimize performance and to simplify implementation. This version further builds upon the business value capable of in-memory compute database performance with a simpler, faster, and more efficient application code base.


Clients who choose to either migrate to SAP S/4HANA or under go an SAP HANA implementation can hope to achieve some of the following benefits:

 Reduced hardware due to data compression, which is offered by the SAP S/4HANA software.

 Lower software costs through a reduction and elimination of many software products such as ETL, data replication, management, and other middleware software.

 Faster development time through automation and minimized complexity, which will allow for a reduction in resource time.

 Increased productivity for administrators through the simplification of the environment with the SAP HANA platform

Moving Forward:  Velocity’s Passport to SAP S/4HANA

With the level of complexity associated with a migration to SAP HANA, it is important to partner with an expert to ensure SAP best practices are followed from planning to execution. 

Velocity’s Platform Options for SAP HANA

Velocity offers a flexible menu of cost effective options to help you implement and maintain HANA in a manner that makes sense for your business:

 SAP Deployment on HANA - We will run your SAP application on Velocity’s own virtual private cloud.

  Your Complete Application Portfolio Integrated with HANA - In addition to SAP, Velocity can integrate and manage other applications in your portfolio, including Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Infor Lawson, Vertex, BSI, LDAP, EDI, Microsoft net configurations and Sharepoint and more.

 Full Application Lifecycle Services - Velocity can support you wholesale transformation to a HANA architecture, including all required patching and upgrades, enhancements, infrastructure, and technical and functional application support.

 Remote HANA Management - For customers who want to retain the HANA infrastructure at their own location, Velocity can provide remote HANA management services.


To learn more about migrating or implementing SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA, check out Velocity's SAP HANA Roadmap: Chart Your Route to SAP HANA:

Guide Highlights:

  • Build a business case for SAP HANA

  • Learn about SAP HANA migration and deployment options

  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions for SAP HANA

  • 5 steps to ensure a successful SAP HANA deployment

Get Answers To The Following Frequently Asked SAP HANA Questions:

  • "Is SAP HANA a database, platform or cloud?"

  • "Do I have to rewrite existing ABAP custom applications in SAP HANA?"

  • "Does SAP HANA only work for companies with SAP BW or SAP ERP?"

  • ...and more!

Chart Your Route To SAP HANA

Pick your path. Build your roadmap.

Read the Guide