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SAP ECC Vs SAP S/4HANA. A Overview of S/4HANA advantages

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S/4HANA Implementation and Migration

SAP ECC (Enterprise Central Component) and SAP S/4HANA are both enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions developed by SAP, but they differ in various aspects, including architecture, functionality, and user experience. Here is a brief comparison between SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA:



Architecture:


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SAP S/4HANA: It is built on an in-memory computing platform, SAP HANA. This allows for real-time data processing and analytics, utilizing the power of in-memory storage and processing.



Database:


SAP ECC: Typically runs on databases like Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or IBM DB2.


SAP S/4HANA: Exclusively runs on the SAP HANA database, leveraging its capabilities for improved performance, faster analytics, and reduced data redundancy.



User Interface:


SAP ECC: Utilizes the traditional SAP GUI (Graphical User Interface), which can be considered somewhat complex and not as intuitive for modern users.


SAP S/4HANA: Offers a more modern and user-friendly interface, including the Fiori design principles, providing a responsive and intuitive user experience accessible on various devices.



Data Model:


SAP ECC: Has a complex data structure with numerous tables, leading to potential redundancy and a more challenging data model.


SAP S/4HANA: Simplifies the data model, reducing the number of tables and eliminating redundancy. This makes data processing more efficient and allows for faster transactions and reporting.



Functionality:


SAP ECC: Offers comprehensive functionality for various business processes, but some operations might require batch processing, leading to delays.


SAP S/4HANA: Enhances and simplifies existing functionality, providing real-time analytics and processing. It includes advanced features like machine learning and predictive analytics for better decision-making.



Integration:


SAP ECC: Integration with other SAP and non-SAP systems is possible but may require middleware solutions.


SAP S/4HANA: Offers improved integration capabilities with standardized APIs and supports the latest integration technologies.



Deployment Options:


SAP ECC: Available on-premises and in a hosted environment.


SAP S/4HANA: Can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution, providing more flexibility to organizations.



Roadmap:


SAP ECC: SAP announced the end of mainstream maintenance for SAP ECC 6.0 by 2027, encouraging customers to migrate to SAP S/4HANA.


SAP S/4HANA: SAP’s strategic direction for the future, with ongoing innovations and support. New features and functionalities are primarily developed for S/4HANA.



It’s important to note that SAP is actively encouraging its customers to transition from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA to leverage the benefits of the newer platform. Organizations should carefully plan and execute the migration based on their specific needs and requirements.