Adapt SAP S/4HANA Business Functionality to Meet Your Company's Requirements

  • by Robert Heidasch, Chief Innovation and Technology Lead, Accenture
  • January 18, 2016
Discover how to apply two extensibility options to modify SAP S/4HANA business functionality.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will learn:

  • The options supported by SAP S/4HANA extensibility
  • How to adapt and extend the currently delivered business functionality to your business requirements
  • How to deliver new business functionality at custom-installed SAP S/4HANA solutions
Key Concept

SAP S/4HANA is the next generation of business applications that can be installed locally in a data center or in a public or managed cloud. One of the central issues users have is how to extend the business functionality delivered by SAP S/4 HANA to meet local business requirements. To address this issue, SAP defined an extensibility concept that allows you to modify built-in SAP S/4HANA functionality (so-called in-app extensibility) or to use SAP HANA Cloud Platform to extend existing and to provide new business functionality (so-called side-by-side extensibility).

SAP S/4HANA is built on SAP HANA, which is the platform for all existing and future new SAP business applications. It consumes the modern design principles provided by the SAP Fiori user experience (UX). Because of the central position of SAP S/4HANA for existing and new SAP users, the extensibility and adaptability of the SAP S/4HANA solution should be in focus to fulfill your business requirements.

To support these requirements from one side, SAP S/4HANA provides a massive simplification of data models, business processes, and user interfaces (UIs). From the other side, innovations such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, business networks, and support of any devices (mobile-first strategy) help businesses running in the digital economy. Regarding SAP roadmaps, both requirements can be supported by different platforms, components, and services.

The extensibility concept in SAP S/4HANA allows you to modify its functionality and to provide new business functionality. The extensibility can be categorized into two main parts: in-app extensibility and side-by-side extensibility.

Robert Heidasch

Robert is the chief innovation and technology lead in the global Accenture Technology Platform, which is responsible for SAP Leonardo and the new digital technology defining business value and driving the digital transformation of complex enterprise solution for Accenture diamond and strategic clients. Before that he was responsible as innovation and solution lead for the design and architecture of new business applications developed jointly by Accenture and SAP based on the newest SAP and non-SAP technology. Robert is the Accenture certified Senior Digital Architect and Senior Technology Architect. He is coauthor and trainer of a couple of SAP technology-related trainings for the in-memory platform and architecture of new business applications (e.g., SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Leonardo applications for solution architects and technical architects, all of which were provided by Accenture in Europe, the US, and Asia). Robert has more than 23 years’ experience designing and developing IT systems. He published several technical and business articles about SOA, SAP NetWeaver and its integration with non-SAP systems (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, etc.), and SAP HANA technology. He is also an inventor of 38 patents in the US in the area of in-memory technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, security, semantics, and SOA. He is a frequent speaker in international business conferences and SAP Forum. He is a subject matter expert in customer projects worldwide and has extended experience in team leadership in Europe, the US, and India.

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