RISE With SAP versus S/4HANA: Key Points Of Difference
In today’s competitive business environment, it is more important than ever for businesses to have a strong ERP solution in place. An ERP solution can help businesses to streamline their operations, improve efficiency, and make better decisions.
RISE with SAP and SAP S/4HANA are two of the leading ERP solutions on the market. SAP Rise is a holistic approach to digital transformation that provides businesses with a single, unified set of tools, products, and software to help them achieve their business goals. Rise With SAP services withS/4HANA is a cloud-based ERP solution that offers businesses a wide range of features and capabilities, including real-time data and insights, AI and machine learning, and integrated applications.
In this blog post, we will take a deep dive into the key differences between SAP rise and S/4HANA. We will discuss the scope, deployment, as well as the specific features and benefits that they offer. By the end of this post, you will be well-informed about the two solutions and be able to make an informed decision about which one is right for your business.
What is RISE with SAP?
RISE with SAP is a business transformation-as-a-service (BaaS) offering from SAP that helps businesses of all sizes achieve their digital transformation goals. It is a comprehensive solution that combines three core pillars: business process transformation, infrastructure run, and move to S/4HANA.Business process transformation helps businesses to understand their processes, identify areas for improvement, and automate tasks. This can help businesses to improve their efficiency, reduce costs, and increase profitability.
1.Business Process Intelligence (BPI): BPI helps businesses to understand their processes, identify areas for improvement, and automate tasks.
2.Technical Tools and Services: SAP rise provides businesses with the tools and services they need to migrate to the cloud, implement new solutions, and manage their IT infrastructure.
3.S/4HANA ERP Cloud Systems: S/4HANA is SAP’s flagship ERP solution, and it is the foundation of SAP rise S/4HANA is a cloud-based solution that offers businesses a wide range of features and capabilities, including AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics.
4.Business Technology Platform (BTP): BTP is SAP’s cloud-based platform that provides businesses with the building blocks they need to develop and deploy applications, integrate data, and manage their IT infrastructure.
5.Business Network Starter Pack (NSP): NSP is a set of pre-configured integrations that help businesses to connect with their suppliers, distributors, and other partners.
SAP rise is a subscription-based solution, which means that businesses always have access to the latest features and functionality. It is delivered by SAP experts who have a deep understanding of the solution and the business challenges that businesses face.
SAP S/4HANA Public and Private Cloud Edition
1.Real-time data and insights: SAP S/4HANA Public and Private Cloud Edition provides businesses with real-time data and insights, which can help them to make better decisions. This is because the solution is built on SAP HANA, a real-time in-memory database that can process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.
2.Artificial intelligence and machine learning: SAP S/4HANA Public and Private Cloud Edition uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate tasks and improve decision-making. This can help businesses to save time and money, and it can also help them to improve their efficiency and productivity.
3.Integrated applications: SAP S/4HANA Public and Private Cloud Edition integrates a wide range of applications, which can help businesses to streamline their operations. This means that businesses can use a single solution to manage their finances, supply chain, customer relationship management, and other key business processes.
4.Flexible deployment options: SAP S/4HANA Public and Private Cloud Edition can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. This gives businesses the flexibility to choose the deployment option that best meets their needs.
What is the difference between RISE with SAP and S4HANA?
SAP S/4 HANA ‘RISE with SAP’
SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Edition (Public / Essential Edition )
SAP SA/4 HANA AnyPremise
|Subscription based bundled service on Private Cloud Edition(PCE) SAAS- controlled by SAP.
|Subscription based service but unlike SAP rise’ its not a bundled service so for Ariba, Signavio etc. you need to have separate subscription
|Outright purchase of licenses & typically hosted on-premise infrastructure or on Hyperscalers (AWS, Azure, GCP etc.) where contract is negotiated by Customer.
|3rd Party Applications hosting on cloud
|Would need to be hosted in separate cloud environment as we don’t have any control for SAAS. For PCE, yes its possible to host on same cloud infrastructure
|Can be hosted on the same Hyperscalers.
|can be hosted on the same Hyperscalers
|Internal IT Support
|30% Bosis support is covered in the bundle. Only SAP support for client 000 covered. Rest to be managed by Customer inhouse or through System Integrator for PCE. For SAAS, its completely managed by SAP.
|Not much IT Support investment required os application is completely managed by SAP
|Typically customer will have a contract with System Integrator for Infrastructure . Application Maintenance . Con be managed through System Integrator or house loom
|Landscape – SBX, DEV QA, PRD, Dual Landscape for AMS & Projects
|For PCE. Only 3 systems are covered in the landscape – DEV, QA, PRD. If you have parallel landscape for Projects or if you need Sandbox(SBX) then its not covered in default pricing. For SAAS starter system is for initial set-up which is later decomissioned so eventually it would be Central Business Configuration, QA & PRD.
|Landscope is governed by SAP with usually only 2 systems (QA & PRD) with Central Business Configuration
|Customer has full control on the landscape, # of systems required, support required from System Integrator etc.
SAP S/4 HANA ‘RISE with SAP’
SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Edition ( Public / Essential Edition )
SAP S/4 HANA AnyPremie
|SAP Solution Manager (SOLMAN )
|Not part of default pricing. Need to go for additional charge if required under RISE or opt for Solution Manager as a Managed Service
|Need to go for additional charge if required
|Customer has full control on Solman System or can opt for Solution Manager as a Managed Service
|SAP provides us option to choose any of the Hyperscalers platform for PCE. For SAAS, SAP platform – complete control with SAP
|Customer can chose any hyperscaler
|Customer has complete control and can navigate as well
|High Availability (HA) Disaster Recovery (DR)
|Need to pay additional as not covered in default services.
|Customer works with hyperscaler for HA, DR.
|Customer works with hyperscaler for HA, DR.
|I HANA Database
|I HANA Database
|Scaling up or down is easier with Cloud Edition
|Customers has flexibility for fractional sizing . Con scale up or scale down depending on the need
|Single contract for Software, Services & Infrastructures as its is bunded offering – Signavia, BTP, Ariba etc.
|Customer has to sign multiple contracts or get a System integrator who does it all (not preferred )
|Customer has to sign mutiple contract or geta System Integrator who does it all (not preferred)
|Speed & Agility for implementation
|Just one porter for contract , infrastructure et up operations + implementation services helps customer in terms of speed + agility to implement
|Less comprehensive than the RISE with SAP offering, but more comprehensive than SAP S/4HANA AnyPremise.
|Customer has to work through mutiple vendors , negotiate etc. hence ralatively speed & agile hos certain impact
|Flexibility to do custom development for PCE. For SAAS, custom changes through fiori opps are possible no IMG occess.
|Limited custom developments as approach is to fit to Standard
|Flexibility to add custom developments which is useful especially for comples industry scenarios.
CSAP S/4 HANA ‘RISE with SAP’
SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Edition
SAP S/4 HANA AnyPremise
|For SAAS , every Quarter release cycle so benefit of getting to use updated functionality hoed to plan every quarter & also need to look at stability of the system as changes are introduced every quarter For PCE 1 upgrade in every 5 year is mandatory
|Quarterly release cycles which has
benefit of being early adopter of
updated functionality but have to
plan for testing etc. to ensure stability of system
|Annual release cycle which means you need
to wait for a year for updated functionality
All changes come at one go which needs
significant regression testing. Frequency of
upgrade can be decided by customer.
|Total Cost of
|For SAAS , Low as its all bundled in a single
contract for PCE , slightly more than SAAS model
|Better than SAP SA HANA AnyPremise
but it can be more as compared to
|Highest due to infrastructure hosting
support resources . DR etc. – everything is
managed by customer.
|Primary Standard solution hence time required for implementation is relatively less for SAAS.
For PCE, it is relatively more than SAAS model
depending on the amount of customization
|Primarily Standard solution Hence
time required for implementation is relatively less.
|More time required due to complexity
because of landscape , business processes ,
custom developments required to unless
approach is to it ‘Fit-to-Standard’.
|For SAAS , High Standardization as its heavily
focused on it Fit-to-Standard
For PCE. it depends on the amount of
|High Standardization as it heavily
focused on ‘Fit-to-Standard’.
Offering is restricted in terms of
standard functions key processes etc.
|Low Standardization due to Flexibility of
|For SAAS Low Flexibility as not much scope for
For PCE customer has Flexibility in terms of
|Low Flexibility or not much scope for
|High Flexibility due to option of customization
but customers should be cautious in terms
of the extent of customization to be
In conclusion, RISE with SAP offers a transformative journey for businesses through a single, flexible offering, tailor-made to suit their unique needs. SAP S/4HANA remains the heart and soul of this process, complemented by other SAP tools and services to facilitate an intelligent enterprise.
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