The SAP market has been known for its high growth rates and equally dynamic content. The ERP solution SAP S/4HANA Cloud – Public Edition is one of a series of relevant topics that you should familiarize yourself with to understand the opportunities and risks.


SAP S/4HANA Cloud – Public Edition: Understanding what the hype is all about

SAP S/4HANA Cloud – Public Edition is SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) cloud software version. It is provided as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution with a similar (not identical) functionality scope compared to the SAP S/4HANA On-premise edition.

S/4HANA Cloud Public has been developed for medium-sized to larger companies intending to work in a standardized way. This would allow these companies to work in tandem with their industry peers and in alignment with typical business processes to be used there. It is a public cloud solution, wherein infrastructure and software are managed by SAP and provided via secure internet access. Additional service requirements can be provided by a system integrator or digital transformation partner to make it a ready-to-run SAP ERP solution.


Benefits in abundance

Let me highlight some of the most important advantages of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud – Public Edition solution:

  1. Cloud-based provision
    All software and data are hosted and operated on the cloud and can be used by customers via secure internet access. This means that customers do not need their own hardware or software infrastructure to use SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition.
  2. Scalability and flexibility
    As this is a cloud solution, companies can scale resources and even technical services as required. This enables flexible adaptation to changing business requirements without costly and sometimes technically complicated ramp-up procedures.
  3. Updates and maintenance
    SAP takes care of regular updates, maintenance and security of their software, which saves their customers’ time and resources that would otherwise have to be spent on these tasks.Global digital transformation partner, Eviden leverages SAP in its service scope bundled in a service contract called GROW with SAP. It also extends additional service components to make it a full-service model including Application Managed Services or Project Services on demand. This makes it a highly recommendable ready-to-run S/4HANA ERP solution enabling organizations to focus on their core business and not IT.
  4. Integrated functionalities
    SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition offers a variety of integrated functionalities for different business areas such as finance, procurement, production, sales and more. These are designed to optimize and automate business processes. Since the development streams for S/4HANA Cloud Public and Private Edition (On-premise solution based) were separated, the functionality between both S/4HANA editions is still comparable but not similar anymore.
  5. Analytics and reporting
    The platform offers comprehensive analysis and reporting tools that enable companies to gain insights into their business data and make informed decisions. This can be enriched by other applications offered by SAP like SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). Even non-SAP connectivity can easily be managed by connecting other components such as cloud-based software.

After the introduction of S/4HANA, the Cloud Public edition is SAP's next big thing, and they are using their powerful, market-leading ERP software suite to align with the global trend towards cloud.

Does SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition meet your business requirements?

All S/4HANA implementations – independent on its edition – are conducted using SAP’s methodology named SAP Activate. Each Activate Roadmap contains a deliverable in the discovery or preliminary assessment phase where companies capture their project scope. But is this project scope doable with an SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition system?

The Discovery Assessment, formally called Digital Discovery Assessment (DDA), helps customers choose the right SAP S/4HANA edition for their business, be it S4 Public Cloud, S4 Private Cloud or S4 onPrem.  Some of the criteria to make this decision depend on various choices like extensibility, infrastructure, cost, and range of functions.

At Eviden, we help companies take an in-depth look at the scope of work, the integration of applications, and the localization of scope items. After careful analysis, we help you take a well-informed decision about your most fitting SAP S/4HANA edition. This is just a logical evolution in alignment with your future expectations and business goals.


Your next step

Overall, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public edition enables companies to benefit from the advantages of cloud technology by combining a powerful SAP ERP solution with flexibility, scalability, and integrated functionality.

After the introduction of S/4HANA, the Cloud Public edition is SAP’s next big thing, and they are using their powerful, market-leading ERP software suite to align with the global trend towards cloud.