There are many times when we come across a lot of confusion around SAP’s core offerings. SAP’s rapidly evolving products and naming conventions are hard for a non-technical audience to navigate. So, to begin with, here’s what you need to know about SAP ECC and SAP S/4 HANA.

In case you are appearing for you first interview as a SAP consulant, it is very important for you to understand the difference between SAP ECC and S/4HANA

What is SAP ECC?
SAP ECC (also known as SAP ERP) is SAP’s legacy suite of enterprise applications. It was designed to run on a third party database. Initially it commenced as a financial software package called RF in 1973, and then followed by Material Management module called RM/1.

As SAP added more components to it, the package was renamed to R/1.

In 1979, R/2 was released; integrating multiple enterprise functions such as accounting, manufacturing processes, supply chain logistics and HR.

R/3 was released in 1992. It was their first client/server package (no longer required mainframes) and supported a wide variety of operating systems and databases.

In 2004, SAP renamed its core ERP product to SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). Now, SAP ERP and ECC can be used interchangeably.

What is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is an in-memory database which is designed to accelerate SAP applications and the business processes they support. It is a fast-forward foundation for running SAP Business Suite. HANA design innovations such as in-memory operation and a simplified data structure, improve performance, leading to a comparatively higher productivity, real time visibility and better use of analytics.

With HANA, companies can react to market conditions based on up-to-date data, instead of depending on the last quarterly reports.

What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP rebuilt their ERP Solution (ECC) from scratch to take advantage of HANA’s performance and innovative data models. S/4 HANA provides an award winning UX (SAP Fiori) along with plenty of application and use case-specific benefits.

On the technical end, S/4 HANA also solves common issues with traditional ERP systems, such as batch latency, manually driven processes and data spills. This lowers IT costs, better stability and less disruption from future upgrades.

SAP migration is a complex process. A partner’s service level is a key consideration. A few less hours of downtime can save a big amount of money in lost productivity and the benefits of an accelerated migration and smoother ‘Go Live’ is very significant. It is important to choose a partner who can minimise disruption, cost and downtime.

> There are more than 1,300 S/4HANA customers globally and we are seeing high demand for professionals with expertise in this technology. If you are looking to maintain and develop your SAP skills then Delphi Computech can provide you with all the resources you need.
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