SAP HANA platform has been available since 2010, and SAP applications like SAP ERP and the SAP Business Suite have been able to run on the SAP HANA database and/or any other database since launch.
The SAP S4 HANA platform was released on in February 2015 and SAP S4HANA was billed as being SAP’s biggest update to its ERP strategy and platform in over two decades.
The feedback from analysts was that it was perceived as a transformational shift but raised questions about the functionality, availability, pricing and migration surrounding SAP S4 HANA.
SAP S4 HANA
By the end of 2016, SAP announced that 5,400 customers had implemented SAP S4 HANA but other analysts disputed the viabiltiy of some of these figures given that it included many customers who were actually running Proof of Concept / trial projects rather than customers that were actually live.
Although many SAP customers have heard of HANA SAP still faces challenges getting the user base to understand what the various options are for migration and implementation.
SAP S4 HANA is basically SAP’s well known ERP in the cloud and is powered by the HANA in-memory database and the cloud version of S/4Hana is designed for hybrid scenarios combining on-premises and cloud software.