Scope Details SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition


Best Practices - Scope Details

SaaS ERP  - Public Edition

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition explained Scope

Ready-to-Run ERP - Powered by Best Practices

The strength of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is the enormous set of Industry Best Practices that SAP compiled and maintained over the last 50 years.  The industry best practices of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition are derived from the long-lasting SAP ECC solution. With this SaaS-ERP solution, companies have access to a full-force ERP without the known complex set-up and maintenance effort from the old on-premise environments. The SaaS ERP remains current with bi-annual release updates and is ready to adopt the last innovations without complex IT assignments. The business is able to run its own show with SaaS ERP without great dependencies on IT.

Composabal solutions from SAP Public Cloud Products

SAP declared that their Public Cloud ERP environment is the strategic platform moving forward.  SAP's Public Cloud includes the following solution areas:

  1. SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition 
  2. SAP Business Technology Platform 
  3. SAP Industry Cloud solutions (SAP + Partners)
  4. SAP ECO System (Suites like SAP Ariba, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass and more)

The SAP Industry Best Practices are developed from end-to-end. This includes flawless integrations between the various solution areas.

Example end-to-endbest practice process for Source to Pay

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Soure to Pay end-to-end Process Flow

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Best Practices

There are in total 850 scope items across the various Business Areas to support your end-to-end business processes.

The Digital Discovery Assessment selects your required set of scope items. The selection of scope items depends on your needed business entities, sales structure, finance and cost centers and required functionality.

What are your needed variants to configure the end-to-end processes to your specific needs?

There is no fixed way and there is no standard way.  The scope items present standard industry practices, but the configuration is tailored to your situation.  Some examples:

  • Are you using inter-company scenarios for resources or products?
  • Are you using direct or indirect procurements
  • Structure and type of warehouses
  • What is Customer Order Decouple Point: Make to stock, make to order, assemble to order, engineer to order
  • Are you using internal or external transportation facilities
  • Do you need separate implementations for various countries
  • What are the expected integrations with SAP and Third Party Applications or Solutions

Administrative ERP


  • Finance Operations 
  • Accounting and Finance Closing
  • Cost Management & Profitability Analyses

Human Resources

  • Core HR
  • Time Recording

Sourcing & Procurement

  • Invoice Management
  • Operational Procurement
  • Sourcing & Contract Management
  • Supplier Management

Finance Led ERP

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Business Area Administrative ERP

The numbers refer to the available scope items to configure that particular area.

Product/Service Centric

Asset Management

  • Maintenance Management


  • Operations
  • Product Engineering
  • Production Planning
  • Quality Management

R&D Engineering

  • Product Compliance
  • Product Lifecycle Managment
  • Project Control

Operational ERP

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Business Area Operations ERP

The numbers refer to the available scope items to configure that particular area.

Sourcing & Procument
  • Central Procurement
  • Invoice Management
  • Operational Procurement
  • Procurement Analytics
  • Sourcing & Contract Management
  • Supplier Management

Supply Chain

  • Delivery & Transportation
  • Inventory
  • Logistics
  • Order Promising
  • Warehousing
  • Order and Contract Management
  • Solution Business Management


  • Service Master Data
  • Service Agreement Management
  • Service Operations

Solutions Orders are only available with the Public Edition of SAP S/4HANA Cloud. With Solution Order Management, you can configure orders to suit the customers' needs, covering items for sales, one-time and recurring services, projects and subscriptions.


  • Digital Vehicle

Oil & Gas

  • Asset Retirement Obligations
  • Field Logistics Planning & Execution
  • Production Volume Capture
  • Revenue Accounting

Industry Solutions

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Business Area for Industry Solutions

Professional Services / Services

  • Customer Project Management
  • Event based Revenue Recognition
  • Internal Project Management
  • Resource Management for Projects
  • Project Based Services
  • Services and Material Procument


  • Assortments
  • Inventory Management Distribution Centers
  • Omni Channel order Fulfillment
  • Procurement for Retail
  • Product Taxonomies
  • Promotions
  • Replenishment Stores / Distribution Centers
  • Store Connectivity - In and outbound

Database & Data Management

  • Information Lifecycle Management
  • Data Migration
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Mass Load and Mass Maintenance
  • Master Data Catalog
  • Responsibility Management

Application Platform & Infrastructure

  • Analytics SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Datasphere
  • Business Event Handling
  • Embedded Machine Learning
  • Predictive Analytics SAP Analytics Cloud
  • SAP BTP API Consumptions
  • Situation Handling

Real Time Foundation

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition Business Area of Real Time Foundation

The numbers refer to the available scope items to configure the particular area.

SAP BTP Use Cases

  • Accelerate business with Mobile Card kit
  • Accelerate business with Machine Learning
  • Accelerate business with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Accelerate business with AI and Robotics Process Automation
  • EDI Integrations
  • Document Compliance
  • FAQ Chatbot

IT Management

  • Output Management

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SAP Public Cloud composable solutions

Public Cloud

Discover the products of SAP Public Cloud solutions, all delivered as SaaS solutions:
  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud
  • SAP Industry Solutions
  • SAP ECO Systems

ERP Flavors

Discover the available pre-defined packages to arrange a rapid start  with SAP S/4HANA Cloud for: 
  • Finance Led ERP
  • Product Centric Operations
  • Service Centric Operations


Discover the features that are part of the SaaS ERP package:
  • Enterprise Readiness
  • Integrations, Extensibility
  • Localizations, Language support, Useability


Discover the high-level functionality scope  that is available:
  • Administrative Functions
  • Operational Functions
  • Industry Solutions
  • Real time Foundation

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