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Technical Requirements

View technical information for implementing, managing, and configuring SAP S/4HANA.

User management

Users can access SAP S/4HANA from a web browser via any device. All they need to get started is an internet connection, the URL, and access rights.

Identity and access management

Organisations can support the establishment and maintenance of identity and access management standards.


SAP S/4HANA Cloud provides security and data privacy features in line with industry standards. 

Data protection

SAP maintains general, industry-specific, and country-specific data privacy, product security, and safety standards: 

  • Business data is stored in data centres with defined data security management policies
  • Customers may share physical hardware, but data is separated
  • Users who require access to business data must authenticate themselves, and their identity must be verified by user and access management
  • Customer data belongs to the customer

Data centre best practices

We follow operating best practices for data centres:

  • Computation and storage parts of solutions are deployed over separated fire-safe areas to support disaster recovery
  • A redundant hardware storage system performs regular backups
  • An advanced database management solution is used to isolate each customer’s business information 

External auditing

We perform regular audits to enable early detection of security issues:

  • We undergo third-party validations and certifications of our policies and procedures for security, privacy, and data integrity 
  • We maintain several different certifications and accreditations 

User administration and authentication

SAP S/4HANA relies on the user management and authentication mechanisms provided with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and the SAP HANA platform. 

Landscape Options

Only SAP S/4HANA offers a consistent, intelligent ERP solution across cloud and on-premise deployments, working in harmony to unlock new levels of performance across your organization.


Maximize agility with standardized business processes from proven best practices in every industry. Experience new innovations as frequently as four times per year, fast time to value, and lower TCO.

Private cloud

Benefit from the full value of SAP S/4HANA, with SAP managing your IT infrastructure on powerful hyperscaler clouds. Move to the cloud while safeguarding prior investments and minimize risk and cost.


Optimize your capacity for specialization by deploying SAP S/4HANA in your own data center to customize and extend the suite with complete control of your environment.

The Intelligent Enterprise Benefits from Two-Tier ERP

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See how digital transformation, corporate investment strategies, and modern technologies are driving organisations to rationalize and modernize from disparate ERP providers and systems to an ERP partner with a digital platform that can continue to transform the entire enterprise.

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SVP Product Success and Co-Innovation SAP S/4HANA

Explore the outlook for two-tier ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Learn how preconfigured best practices and dedicated capabilities enable more efficient and effective IT landscapes with two-tier ERP enabled by SAP S/4HANA Cloud. 

Architecture and Technology

Replace business-limiting legacy technology with the next generation ERP designed to take advantage of in-memory computing and artificial intelligence.

  • Innovations such as machine learning and predictive analytics can increase business efficiency and enable your employees to make better decisions, faster.
  • A single, simplified data model that is consistent across cloud and on-premise landscapes can make hybrid landscapes easier to deploy and manage.
  • End-to-end analytics make it possible to understand every aspect of your business at the most granular level so you can steer your business in real time.
  • Users can access SAP S/4HANA from any device with the award-winning user experience, SAP Fiori, and a context-aware digital assistant, SAP CoPilot. 

Implementation and Integration

SAP S/4HANA allows for native integration with other SAP solutions via the SAP Integration Suite. 

Proven best practices

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Extend and enhance your solutions to support enterprise-wide business processes.

Side-by-side and in-app extensibility

SAP S/4HANA can be extended through the SAP Extension Suite and in-app configuration. On-premise landscapes can also utilise code modification.

Software developer kit (SDK)

Partners and customers can efficiently create custom applications, vertical solutions, and extensions by leveraging the SAP S/4HANA software developer kit (SDK). 

User enablement with SAP Enable Now

Learn how SAP Enable Now—an enablement framework that delivers continuous learning, embedded directly within SAP Cloud solutions—helps users onboard quickly, become more productive, and expand their skills.

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