Almost 50 years ago, SAP released its first ERP solution to integrate the core companies' business processes into a unified system. Today, ERP software from SAP is known to be the best-in-class. No matter if you're an SME or a large enterprise and what line of business you represent – with SAP, you can find a solution that will help you grow.

Today, the term SAP ERP stands for S/4HANA – a modern cutting-edge ERP solution based on the in-memory database HANA and available for both on-premise and cloud deployment. Meanwhile, there's also SAP ECC, a previous generation of SAP ERP (and a successor to the SAP R/3 system) still widely used despite the announced end of support in 2030. No matter which of those two you choose, ACBaltica can help you with the implementation and support of your SAP ERP solution. With our 20+ years in business, we'll find the solution that suits your needs perfectly!

What is SAP S/4HANA

Introduced in 2015, S/4HANA is known to be the business suite reinvented for the digital edge. Being a simple and innovative system, S/4HANA relies on SAP's 40+ years of experience and best practices across industries – and yet, it provides the most modern tech features (like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and more). The solution has a friendly Fiori interface optimized for both desktop and mobile devices; it is available for both on-premise and cloud deployment. And there's even more: thanks to the HANA in-memory database, S/4HANA provides businesses with impressive reporting capabilities.

Benefits of SAP S/4HANA

  • Simplification

    SAP S/4HANA allows you to restructure your IT landscape to simplify its management and administration. The system ensures the centralization of hardware and network resources, resulting in more efficient workflow and business processes.

  • Improved performance

    With S/4HANA, you can plan, execute, and generate real-time reports and get faster access to your data. For example, it took hours for SAP ECC to create an accounting report – and a massive load to the whole system, resulting in a significant slowdown in all applications' performance. With S/4HANA, the same report is available in less than a minute. Big Data analysis is no longer an issue: S/4HANA empowers data-driven decisions and allows you to perform complex transactions in no time.

  • Friendly user experience

    Unlike SAP ECC, S/4HANA supports SAP Fiori for all its applications, which provides an intuitive yet customizable and highly responsive user interface. Prompting questions and accessing required details has never been so easy – no matter the device or deployment.

  • Flexible deployment options

    You can host S/4HANA on-premise – or choose a public, private, or hybrid cloud solution.

  • Innovation support

    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, or the Internet of Things (no matter the device or OS) – you can smoothly integrate all these technologies with S/4HANA.

  • Industry best practices

    With S/4HANA, you can implement your industry's best practices: integrate any specific module providing you with the functionalities tailored to your line of business – or customize them to your business processes.

SAP S/4HANA delivery options

SAP S/4HANA has a few delivery options, each of which would suit different needs and has pros and cons.

SAP S/4HANA On-Premise

On-premise edition for maximum control (also known as S/4HANA Any Premise).

S/4HANA on-premise edition is an internal platform located on your servers. You take care of the system maintenance and all the hardware. SAP releases updates for the system once every two years – and it's your team's responsibility to ensure everything goes smoothly. Although the solution relies on industry best practices, there are also rich opportunities for customization – which makes it a perfect solution for enterprise-level companies with complicated business processes.

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SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

Public Cloud edition for agility, scalability, and fast time-to-value

Public Cloud edition is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. It is hosted on SAP servers maintained by SAP – so you save on infrastructure support. Updates are released every six months (with corrections and feature updates coming more often) – and they do not require as much support and preparation as the big update of the on-premise solution.

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SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud

Private Cloud edition for the full functionality of S/4HANA and extended geographical reach. In simple words, S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition is the same solution as the on-premise edition – but it's hosted in the private cloud (Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Alibaba Cloud). It combines the benefits of on-premise deployment (customization, control, functionality) with the flexibility and scalability gained with cloud deployment.

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SAP S/4HANA delivery options: comparison of different options
SAP S/4HANA On-Premise SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Edition
Traditional Licensing Model* Subscription fee (SaaS) Subscription fee (SaaS)
Infrastructure and Maintenance
Deployment and infrastructure maintenance are managed by the IT staff of a customer, not SAP System infrastructure and maintenance are handled by the cloud provider System infrastructure and maintenance are under SAP's control
Update management
The customer performs both testing of the updates and then implementation of those updates The customer is responsible for testing the updates, while SAP manages the implementation of these updates
Highly flexible customization to comply with individual business requirements, no matter the line of business Predefined best-practice configuration with limited specialization
* — SAP has recently introduced a system hosting service for companies with S/4HANA licenses that don't want to deal with servers' hosting and management. This deployment option is called S/4HANA On-premise, Managed by SAP
Released in 2004, SAP ECC is still a widely popular ERP solution for large enterprises. Although SAP has officially announced the end of support for ECC in 2030, you can still use it to manage and support your business. We can help you make the most of your legacy (let's admit it) ERP.
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Why ACBaltica?

  1. Flexible and agile. Whether you're an SME with only tens of employees or a large enterprise numbering tens of thousands of people, our teams will adjust to your processes and help you leverage the potential of SAP solutions.
  2. Deep expertise in SAP solutions. For over 20 years, we've worked with SAP solutions and know all product versions released since then. If you already have integrations of your ERP solution with other SAP products, or if you need to extend the functionality of the ERP system via new integrations, we'll help you do that.
  3. Competitive prices and exceptional quality. With our delivery center in Eastern Europe and 20+ years of expertise in SAP, we can guarantee that our price/quality ratio will fit both your needs and budget.
  4. Diverse domain knowledge. We have experience integrating SAP ERP solutions for 10+ verticals. We know how to leverage the full potential of SAP products – no matter the industry.
  5. 130+ SAP developers and consultants. We have enough resources to provide you with attention at any project stage.
  6. A wide variety of services. Not only can we implement an ERP system азк your business – we can develop any customizations for you (including all kinds of integrations), support the solution, or you can hire us as an internal SAP team.
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