The growing evolution of enterprise management solutions has led to the development and release of SAP S/4 HANA also commonly known as SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. Leveraging the power of in-memory database of SAP HANA along with offering a unique and simple user interface capable of connecting multiple devices seamlessly has meant SAP S/4 HANA is today one of the most popular enterprise solutions worldwide.
Another great functionality that has been one of the core reasons for the rise in popularity of SAP S/4 HANA has been its integration abilities. SAP S/4 HANA integration capabilities mean that it supports business process integration between its various components along with SAP SaaS (Software as a Service). SAP S/4 HANA can thus be seamlessly integrated with services like SAP Ariba, SAP Hybris, SAP Financial Services Network and other SAP as well as non-SAP third-party services.
SAP S/4 HANA Editions and SAP S/4 HANA integration models
S/4 HANA is available as two different deployment variants depending on the needs and the budget of any enterprise. The options namely on-premise and cloud both allow for an easy S/4 HANA integration with various SAP cloud solutions as well as third-party solutions and services. Here is a look at S/4 HANA integration for both S/4 HANA variants.
S/4 HANA On-Premise edition and S/4 HANA Integration
For enterprises that have opted for S/4 HANA on-premise edition, integration is easily managed by using either of SAP Process Orchestration (PO), Web services or SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) integration service. The HCP integration was also formerly referred to as HANA cloud integration underlining the integration process of SAP’s ERP functionality with SAP cloud solutions.
To facilitate an easy and effective S/4 HANA Integration with SAP cloud solutions, SAP offers its customers the option of making use of various best practices solutions. These best practices are tailor made to ensure on-premise integration with SAP cloud solutions making such an integration automated and predefined. The easy to use guides offered by SAP ensure that enterprises are able to seek SAP S/4 HANA Integration as per their needs without having to worry about technical upgradation or wait for any software upgrades.
The SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition, can be used as an install-based system or hosted on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Enterprises have the flexibility to leverage it either downloading the packaged best practices from the SAP Service Marketplace or seek integration using an engineered service. The best practices are deployed on the customer landscape or hosted in the cloud. Currently, SAP offers various best practices including the likes of:
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition integration with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central
- SAP Best practices for SAP S/4HANA Integration with SAP Financial Services Network
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Integration with the Ariba Network
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition integration with SAP Cloud for Customer
- SAP Extended Warehouse Management integration with SAP S/4HANA rapid-deployment solution
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA integration with SAP Fieldglass solutions
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud integration with SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer
- SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management integration with SAP Hybris Commerce
S/4 HANA Cloud Edition and S/4 HANA Integration
For enterprises using SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Edition, integration made available using either Web services or SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) integration service. For the cloud edition SAP, S/4 HANA integration scenarios are provisioned, configured, and even activated from SAP Cloud Operations and SAP Cloud Service Center. SAP also offers a self-configuration user interface allowing enterprises to self-configure integration solutions as and when required.
S/4 HANA, Cloud Edition offers three pre-configured versions that link and integrate S/4 HANA with SAP cloud solutions. The versions include the likes of:
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition – for the marketing line of business
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud project services edition – for the professional services industry
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition – for a full ERP scope
Integration of non SAP solutions made easy
SAP S/4HANA integration allows for integration of an SAP solutions by making use of various Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for easy integration allowing for a wide range of integration options irrespective of the module being opted.
SAP S/4 HANA can be seamlessly integrated with various SAP cloud solutions as well as non SAP services making S/4 HANA a truly popular enterprise business solution.
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