SAP S/4 HANA: Forecasting Changes to the SAP Development Landscape

  • by James Wood, Founder and Principal Consultant, Bowdark Consulting
  • April 13, 2015
Learn how the release of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) will impact the SAP development landscape in the days and months ahead.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will:

  • Learn how S/4 HANA foreshadows changes to the SAP development landscape
  • Identify skillsets that will be in demand for SAP developers
Key Concept

With a wholly reimagined architecture built on SAP HANA technology, the Fiori user experience (UX), and a host of design principles targeted at simplification, SAP S/4 HANA figures to radically change the SAP development landscape.


On February 3, 2015, SAP not-so-quietly announced what is to become its next generation business suite: SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). Unlike prior releases that have effectively re-branded pre-existing products with new (and confusing) names, SAP S/4HANA is a completely new product that eventually will replace legacy SAP Business Suite systems (e.g., SAP ERP Central Component [ECC], SAP CRM, and so forth). As such, it’s not hyperbole to say that SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s largest and most aggressive product release since SAP R/3 burst onto the scene in 1992.

In the aftermath of this announcement, the SAP community as a whole was left with many questions. Within the scope of this article, I’ll address one question in particular: How will the SAP S/4HANA release impact the SAP development landscape in the months and years to come?

James Wood

James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.

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