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UPDATE: consolidation of the SAP S/4HANA Cookbook with SAP Roadmap Viewer 

To further simplify the experience around implementation content for SAP S/4HANA, we are merging the SAP S/4HANA Cookbook with the SAP Roadmap Viewer.

You can access the SAP Roadmap Viewer here and discover the different roadmaps to SAP S/4HANA: 

Please make sure you add it to your bookmarks now! This page will not be updated after August 2018 and removed end of 2018.

Thank you! Yannick Peterschmitt for the SAP S/4HANA Product Management and Co-Innovation Team.



Cookbook: What is SAP S/4HANA?


The SAP S/4HANA Cookbook covers the most important aspects of implementing SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA).

The Cookbook consists of three main pages: ''What is SAP S/4HANA'' (this page), 'SAP S/4HANA Finance, 1605' and 'Implement with SAP Activate'.

Each main page includes a small set of subcategories that provide abstracts for specific topics, along with links for further deep-dive information.

You can easily click on the navigation menu below and, within the page you are on, jump directly to the topic that interests you.

Please use the SAP S/4HANA Community to raise questions about SAP S/4HANA.

For comments regarding the cookbook itself, please use this blog.


The SAP S/4HANA Cookbook is a 'living' resource and is & will continue to be updated regularly!

Table of Contents:

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SAP S/4HANA: Overview

What is available now:

Further capabilities  

Transition options

Extensibility and Adaptation

Best Practices and enablement by SAP

SAP S/4HANA Finance 1605: Overview

Technical implementation

Functional implementation:

  • Accounting
  • Cash Management
  • Integrated Business Planning
  • SAP Fiori and Analytics
  • Central Finance

Learning resources

SAP Activate Overview

End-to-end customer experience







Note: For access to SAP Notes and roadmap information, an 'S-user' is required (see here).

SAP S/4HANA Overview



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Getting Started with SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA, the next generation business suite designed to help you run simple in the digital economy.

This new suite is built on our advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori.

Deployable in the cloud or on-premise, SAP S/4HANA is built to drive instant value across lines of business and industries with the ultimate in sophistication: simplicity.


Explore SAP S/4HANA along selected use cases

This series of blogs explains the possibilities of SAP S/4HANA along 'typical' use cases - tackled from both a business and a technical angle.



SAP S/4HANA - What is available now?

SAP S/4HANA 1610  Overview



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The latest on-premise release, SAP S/4HANA 1610 is now available. Read the Press Release for the launch communication.

The SAP S/4HANA 1610 represents the latest and greatest landmark step in our mission:

To establish SAP S/4HANA as the digital core and the foundation for your company’s digital transformation journey.

The modern digital core that SAP S/4HANA represents is the nerve center of the enterprise, making your ERP processes ready for the digital era.

SAP S/4HANA 1610 is a system of intelligence, making use of advance capabilities like pattern recognition and embedded analytics to name just a few, which support users in their decision making needs.

The system is immediate. Based on SAP HANA, operational reporting becomes real-time. This means you can focus on making today’s decisions instead of correcting yesterday’s problems. This key release brings significant simplifications and innovations across all lines of businesses, together with a consistent user experience.

SAP S/4HANA 1610 offers seamless integration between not only the different departments of your company but also to your suppliers and customers, connecting to the global workforce and to all assets.

Also available will be enriched content delivered through SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (on premise) and new localizations (14 countries in total), everything tailored specifically to accelerate and simplify the adoption of SAP S/4HANA for faster time to value.

A key innovation in release 1610 is SAP S/4HANA’s consistent use of the SAP Fiori 2.0 visual theme across the board, allowing users to access applications from one entry point, via tiles, links, or by using the search, providing a fast overview of the tasks that require their attention.

SAP S/4HANA 1610 is also enhancing the key innovations from the previous SAP S/4HANA 1511 release such as Inventory Management and Accelerated Material Requirements Planning, as well as includes industry-specific solutions for Retail and Oil industries.

With release 1610, we further deliver on our simplification roadmap with key innovations such as the entirety of SAP S/4HANA Finance scope and Embedded Extended Warehouse Management now included in the core.

Additional focus topics of this release are:

  • Integrated Quality Management
  • Embedded Software in Product Development
  • Optimized Portfolio and Project Management
  • Oil&Gas and Retail Industry Solutions in the SAP S/4HANA Core
  • Advanced Availability to Promise

Access the assets on the right side to find out more about how SAP S/4HANA 1610 can help your company simplify and make the most of your digital transformation journey.



 Scope, Innovations, What's new


Roadmap & Solution Explorer






SAP S/4HANA Release 1610 Use Cases and Innovations

Highlighting some of the best of the best in S/4HANA 1610.

Introducing S/4HANA 1610:

S4HANA 1610 Use Case series:

SAP S/4HANA Release 1610 Innovations:

SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA On-Premise

You can now find all the best practices in the SAP Best Practices Explorer

Installation & Configuration of S/4HANA 1610

Introducing the User Experience for SAP S/4HANA 1610

Leading S/4HANA UX

A collection of guides, tips, and tricks for your User Experience Lead in making the most of the Red-Dot award-winning Fiori 2.0 User Experience in S/4HANA.

Try it out for yourself

There is a 30-day trial hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that lets you create a dedicated on-premise instance of SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1511 (Feature Package Stack 01) and explore the trial system with administrator rights at your own convenience. The SAP license is waived for this period, AWS hosting fees apply.

Note: This is the successor of the former SAP Simple Finance 1503 30-day trial. The Simple Finance scope is still included but the Materials Management & Operations capabilities have been added.




SAP S/4HANA Finance, On-Premise 1605



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Focusing on financial scenarios


SAP S/4HANA Finance, on-premise marked the first step in the SAP S/4HANA on-premise roadmap for customers. It solely focuses on financial scenarios such as SAP Accounting, SAP Cash Management, SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance and SAP Central Finance.

The initial version was released in March 2015 (1503) followed by support package stacks in May (1505), August (1508), November (1511) and the latest version released in 2016 (1605)

On the right-hand side, you will find a separate page with detailed implementation information around it and a substantial list of assets.

SAP S/4HANA Finance, on-premise 1605 and SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1610 are delivered as two different products. Customers who are interested in financial innovations can either start with SAP S/4HANA Finance and transition to SAP S/4HANA 1610 at a later point in time, or they can start with SAP S/4HANA 1610 directly.




SAP S/4HANA 1702 Overview


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The 1702 release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud brings innovations across different lines of business that enable customers to accelerate their digital transformation and increase the efficiency of their business processes with increased transparency, automation, and quality.

With highlights including integration to SAP SuccessFactors, Concur, and SAP Fieldglass solutions and machine learning-enabled automated invoice matching process, SAP has reached another important milestone in our journey to help customers run simple in the cloud. In particular, the new integration capabilities further strengthen our ability to support customers’ two-tier ERP strategies.

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1702 includes more than 120 functional scope items, as well as 18 country and 10 language versions. Of the multiple innovative enhancements across all the editions, here are a few highlights:


SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud 

This latest release of our cloud ERP solution includes highlights such as:

  • Digitalized invoice processing for external staff – Increasing productivity and reducing the risk of outstanding payments by electronically sending documents from SAP Fieldglass solutions to SAP S/4HANA Cloud

  • Customer consignment capabilities in sales – Improving visibility into customer consignment stock while reducing costs and saving time

  • Batch management – Helping customers manage batches with full traceability from supplier receipt through distribution, identify differences in use and monitoring of materials planning for sales and distribution as well as production, and trace defects to initiate follow-up actions


SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud

The most recent addition to the SAP S/4HANA Cloud family, SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud provides:

  • Machine learning integration – Solution with SAP Clea for Cash Application to automate the process of clearing incoming bank payments with corresponding receivables leveraging matching prediction results

  • Intercompany processes for cost allocation in the general ledger – Helping accountants reduce the effort to add cross-company journal entries and allocate intercompany costs with this new functionality

  • Intercompany sales order processing – Simplifying the handling of domestic and international intercompany sales orders for trading goods



SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud

 Highlights of this latest release include:

  • Concur Integration – Increasing automation with financial integration of accrued expenses into the project billing process

  • Detailed project revenue planning – More detailed revenue analysis and comparison possibilities enabling improved tracking and decision making in projects



Scope, Innovations, What's new


Roadmap & Solution Explorer 


SAP Best Practices 




Installation & Configuration of S/4HANA




Try it out for yourself

In the free trial of SAP S/4HANA, cloud, you can experience SAP S/4HANA in a guided tour at your own pace. It covers both line-of-business and generic enterprise scenarios.



Further capabilities in context of SAP S/4HANA


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Finance and logistics are the first major areas that are addressed within SAP S/4HANA.

Other products areas of the SAP portfolio will move into SAP S/4HANA going forward or can be closely integrated with it. The linked blog gives an overview and further information on roadmap and strategy for the products mentioned in the headline at the current point in time (this might be changed in the future without prior notice).


Hybrid scenarios and SaaS integration capabilities

Both the on-premise and cloud offerings of SAP S/4HANA offer integration capabilities with other cloud-based SaaS products. This can be SAP solutions such as Ariba, SuccessFactors, Fieldglass, Concur, Hybris, SAP Cloud for Customer, SAP Financial Services Network, or other third-party solutions depending on the detailed interfaces to those.

The read-on documents list the cloud integration capabilities by line-of-business (integration into SAP S/4HANA for Ariba, FSN, SuccessFactors (latter on-premise) are available, other products to follow) and provide some generic information on integration scenarios.




SAP S/4HANA Transition Options


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Your transition options in a nutshell

SAP S/4HANA can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud, offering customers a choice what fits best for them.

Besides the decision what target infrastructure fits best, also the starting point of a project may vary.

There are basically three different implementation scenarios how a customer can move to SAP S/4HANA (you might even find combinations of those within the same customer):

  1. System Conversion: Existing SAP customers who want to move a complete SAP Business Suite system to SAP S/4HANA
  2. Landscape Transformation: Existing SAP customers who want to optimize their system landscape and move to SAP S/4HANA
  3. New Implementation: Customers who want to move from non-SAP legacy systems to SAP S/4HANA (new and existing SAP customers)

The linked documents explain the possible roads to SAP S/4HANA along typical customer scenarios and give an overview how to technically deploy SAP S/4HANA and move data into the new infrastructure.

The blog focuses on the on-premise offering of SAP S/4HANA for existing customers (i.e. 1. in the list above).

The white paper takes a more comprehensive look at all three scenarios above for both on-premise and cloud deployments.


The simplification list describes in detail on a functional level what happens on individual transactions and solution capabilities when transitioning from SAP ERP 6.x to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise 1610

The list is available in PDF and Excel format. In addition, select simplification items are covered in more detail in dedicated SCN blogs (the TOP list of simplification items).

SAP S/4HANA Roadmap Viewer

The SAP S/4HANA implementation and specific methodology are extensively covered in the SAP S/4HANA roadmaps available in the Roadmap Viewer.

Available you will find Roadmaps for On-premise and for all the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Solutions, to guide the implementation team through the S/4HANA implementation.

The Roadmaps are comprised of Phases, Deliverable and Tasks in accordance with the SAP Activate methodology (read more in the SAP Activate Cookbook page).

In addition, accelerators are linked to the relevant deliverables and tasks making them easy to consume when they are needed.



System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA on-premise:

Using the Maintenance Planner for a System Conversion Check

Simplification list:









SAP S/4HANA Extensibility & Custom Code Adaptation


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Extending SAP S/4HANA (side-by-side or in-app)

Extensibility covers a broad spectrum of topics that allows customers and partners to adopt standard business software to their business needs. It ranges from business configuration; layout adaptation of user interface (UI), forms, and reports; custom fields and logic; integration; and custom terminology and translation to customer-specific applications.

Extensibility in the SAP S/4HANA can be categorized into two main parts: side-by-side extensibility through SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and in-app extensibility through built-in capabilities.



Custom Code Assessment & Adaptation

As an existing SAP customer, you may have developed ABAP custom code in your source system.

When converting your system to SAP S/4HANA, you need to assess and possibly adopt this custom code. This activity is mainly valid for on-premise transitions since the custom code can not be carried over that way into a cloud infrastructure.

Many of the steps for custom code assessment and adaptation are similar compared to moving to SAP HANA in general. Specific steps for SAP S/4HANA will be detailed out as SAP S/4HANA evolves.




Best Practices & Enablement by SAP


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SAP Activate

SAP Activate expedites SAP S/4HANA implementations throughout the customer lifecycle. It offers ready-to-run best practice content, guided configuration, and an implementation methodology.

SAP Best Practices packages provide ready-to-run digitized business and technical processes optimized for SAP S/4HANA. They allow you to leverage SAP’s expertise and experience for standard processes and spend more time focused on innovation.

Guided configuration allows to choose and activate SAP Best Practices that are delivered with the SAP S/4HANA product. In cloud deployments, guided configuration additionally serves as content lifecycle management tool to support the adoption of future innovations.

SAP Activate methodology offers a consistent approach for any SAP S/4HANA deployment type – cloud, on-premise, hybrid, or mobile. It supports SAP customers on their journey, whether they chose the new implementation, system conversion or landscape transformation.






SAP Education Offerings

openSAP is SAP’s learning platform for Enterprise MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Register for free and get access to learning materials about SAP S/4HANA and other SAP software.




SAP Learning Hub provides immediate, cloud-based access to a vast selection of SAP learning content – and to our interactive learning rooms (subscription fee applies).




Classroom training for SAP S/4HANA from SAP Education (training fee applies)