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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

Effective identity and access management is the basis for secure and compliant system operation.


Cloud customers can trust SAP to keep their business and data safe. SAP S/4HANA Cloud complies with the most stringent industry standards.  

Data protection

SAP S/4HANA complies with general data privacy acts, country and industry-specific data protection legislation, and the highest safety standards: 

  • Business data is stored in secure data centres
  • Customers may share physical hardware, but data is always separated
  • Users who require access to business data must authenticate themselves, and their identity must be verified by user and access management
  • Customer data always 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 securely isolate each customer’s business information 

External auditing

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

  • We are committed to third-party validations, standards, and certifications of the policies and procedures we use to maintain our customers’ security, privacy, and data integrity 
  • We maintain several different certifications and accreditations to ensure the highest standards of service and reliability for our customers

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, working in harmony to unlock new levels of performance across your organisation.


Maximise agility with standardised processes built from proven best practices in every industry, new innovations as frequently as four times per year, fast time-to-value, and lower TCO.


Maximise your capacity for specialisation by deploying SAP S/4HANA in your own datacenter or utilising an infrastructure-as-a-service provider. Enable highly-complex or customer-specific business processes. Customise and extend S/4HANA with complete control of your environment.

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 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, making 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.
  • 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 Cloud Platform. 

Proven best practices

Accelerate your deployment of Intelligent ERP with SAP Activate, built from decades of experience in helping the best companies become best run.

Consider your options

Only SAP provides a consistent, Intelligent ERP solution working across cloud and on-premise environments.


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 Cloud Platform 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). 

Drive successful 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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