Implementation of SAP S/4HANA

Join this free online course to support you when preparing to implement SAP S/4HANA. The course will answer your questions, explain the fundamentals of the SAP S/4HANA adoption journey, and showcase three of the most popular scenarios for starting out with SAP S/4HANA.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Implementing SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition | SAP Learning site.

Self-paced since April 13, 2016
Language: English

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s next-generation business suite that enables you to streamline data models, optimize daily business transactions, accelerate strategic decision making, and simplify everything in between – whether you use it in the cloud or on premise.

As an SAP customer or potential customer, intrigued by SAP S/4HANA’s value to your business, you might ask yourself where to start and how to transition to it. This 4-week SAP S/4HANA implementation course aims to answer your questions, explain the fundamentals of the SAP S/4HANA adoption journey, and showcase three of the most popular scenarios for starting out with SAP S/4HANA.

In the first week, you will gain insight into the key innovations in SAP S/4HANA and SAP Activate, the unique adoption framework that was introduced with SAP S/4HANA. You will learn how SAP Activate allows you to get up and running quickly and to innovate continuously with SAP S/4HANA. You will understand why SAP Activate is the recommended way to simplify and streamline the adoption of SAP S/4HANA, whether you are involved in the migration to SAP S/4HANA, the configuration, integration, or extension of SAP S/4HANA, and whether you are an IT or business professional. Week one will conclude with customers who are already live on SAP S/4HANA sharing their implementation experiences using SAP Activate with you.

In the subsequent three weeks, you will be introduced to the most popular adoption scenarios. Each of these weeks will contain a combination of topic introduction and system demonstration that explains key steps in the transition to SAP S/4HANA. In week two we cover System Conversion, showing you how to move a complete SAP ERP application – and the business processes supported by SAP ERP – from SAP Business Suite running on any database to SAP S/4HANA on premise.

In weeks three and four, we’ll explore two different scenarios for new implementations. You will see a system demo of SAP S/4HANA in the cloud in week 3, and on premise in Week 4, including the migration of relevant legacy data in both cases.

After week four, you will be able to take the final exam and earn a record of achievement. Your feedback and ideas are appreciated throughout the course. We therefore also encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forums.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: SAP S/4HANA – Adoption Fundamentals
Week 2: System Conversion and Innovation
Week 3: New Cloud Implementation
Week 4: New On-Premise Implementation
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Application and technical consultants/staff
  • Pre-sales, sales, and project management staff
  • SAP partners, customers, and internal employees
  • Anyone involved in or interested in SAP S/4HANA and/or SAP Best Practices

Course Requirements

  • Basic SAP skills

Further Learning

enter image description hereFor further learning, we recommend that you check out the SAP S/4HANA learning journeys.

Hands-on Experience

During the course there will also be an opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the underlying technologies for SAP S/4HANA.

Additional Speakers

Shaun Syvertsen

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Shaun Syvertsen is a managing partner with Convergent IS, where he leads a team focused on enabling great enterprise performance through user experience, mobility, and instant access to key success metrics. Shaun strongly believes in leading by example, hence Convergent IS became a first adopter, running its business on SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Fiori user experience. 

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Jonathan Pendrich

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Jonathan Pendrich is the SAP Managing Principle at General Datatech lp.

Mr Pendrich has more than 15 years of experience in consulting with business executives, developing successful solutions, deploying and managing technology. He has experience in many industries and has managed IT departments in multiple countries during his career.

Currently Mr Pendrich is consulting with clients to advance their business objectives by optimizing technologies, specifically around SAP.

Manfred Stein

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Manfred Stein is a product manager for cloud & lifecycle management, focusing on SAP Cloud Appliance Library. He established the concept of SAP software appliances, facilitating cloud-ready deployment of SAP on-premise products.

Manfred actively supports various SAP development teams and the openSAP team in making their systems available in the cloud or as downloadable technical previews.

Frank Densborn

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Frank Densborn is a product manager for rapid data migration. He has been with SAP for more than 12 years and has held various roles in development, education, support, and product management.

Frank is well known to the SAP community through his SAP Press books, SAP Community Network blogs, conference presentations, webinars, “The Data Migration Guys” YouTube podcast, and articles.

About further Content Experts

Kenneth Jorgensen

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Kenneth Jorgensen is the course director for this SAP S/4HANA Implementation course.

He is a very experienced program manager, and has successfully managed transformation programs for both large SAP customers and internally at SAP for the past 10 years.

Holger Steffens

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Holger Steffens is vice president, Innovation Adoption and Routes-to-Market at SAP Scale, Enablement and Transformation (SET).

As part of SET, he is accelerating the adoption of SAP S/4HANA through SAP Activate, aiming at faster, less service-intensive implementations and rapid adoption of innovations throughout the entire product lifecycle, in the cloud or on-premise. Holger works closely with customers and cooperates with partners on co-innovation for solution packaging to accelerate time-to-value and reduce the total cost of implementation for SAP S/4HANA deployments.

Rosemaria Giesecke

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Rosemaria Giesecke heads a team in the area of Content Architecture and Methodology. In addition to SAP corporate taxonomy, her current focus is on the design of the end-to-end consumption experience for SAP S/4HANA.

Norbert Kujus

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Norbert Kujus heads the P&I Industry Cloud Trial & Discovery team, which focuses on simplifying product consumption and making innovation more visible and tangible.

He is responsible for the creation and delivery of SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition trial.

Ulrich Hauke

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Ulrich Hauke is a vice president in the Product Quality and Enablement board area, and is responsible for the enablement of SAP Activate in the SAP S/4HANA Development Program.

As a chief product owner for Scale, Enablement and Transformation, he focuses on SAP Activate implementation enablement for everyone.

Susanne Knopp

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Susanne Knopp is a solution manager for guided configuration. She has been with SAP for more than 15 years and has held various roles in sales, presales, business development, technology solution launch, and SAP HANA RDS rollout.

Susanne is well known to the SAP community through SAP Community Network blogs, conference presentations, and webinars.

Prashanth Nagar

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Prashanth Nagar is a quality expert in the SAP Rapid Deployment solutions area.

He has over 20 years of experience as a quality project manager, and has successfully managed many complex release programs in the area of SAP CRM and 25 SAP industry verticals.

Dr. Lars Satow

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Lars Satow is an expert in learning and knowledge transfer in SAP’s Learning Experience & Design team. He is responsible for the SAP Learning Room program, social learning, and other learning innovations.

Sabrina Schulze

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Sabrina Schulze is a knowledge management expert and evangelist. For more than a decade, she has been responsible for many different strategic knowledge management programs at SAP, the most recent one being Simplified Knowledge Transfer for SAP S/4HANA.

Xiaohua Wang

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Xiaohua Wang is a product expert and the package owner of the preassembled rapid-deployment solution for SAP ERP Foundation Extension.

Volker Rein

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Volker Rein is a product expert and central content architect in the area of SAP Best Practices, where he is responsible for the SAP Solution Manager content build.

Volker has held various roles in different areas at SAP SE since 1991. He is currently working on the provisioning of Best Practices content for SAP Solution Manager 7.2, and how to use SAP Solution Manager 7.2 together with SAP Activate to implement SAP S/4HANA.

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    SAP S/4HANA – Adoption Fundamentals
  • Week 2:

    System Conversion and Innovation
  • Week 3:

    New Cloud Implementation
  • Week 4:

    New On-Premise Implementation
  • Course Repository

  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Apr 13, 2016
Course Start
Mar 08, 2016

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Christopher Shinner

Christopher Shinner is head of an area product team in SAP Central Business Configuration. One of the topics covered in the area is Configuration Localization Tool.

Before this, Christopher worked in the area of business configuration on topics including the SAP Best Practices Explorer and SAP Roadmap Viewer apps. He has appeared as an instructor on previous openSAP courses for SAP Activate for SAP S/4HANA Cloud and is a speaker at various partner and user events.

Andreas Muno

Andreas Muno is a senior director in Product Management for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, focusing on integration.

He is also a frequent speaker on enterprise software integration, a MOOC instructor, patented inventor, ABAP OO developer, mentor, entrepreneur, motorcycling instructor, and guest author of SAP Press books.

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Kim Mathäß

Kim Mathäß is a senior director in SAP S/4HANA product management, with a strong focus on transition and migration scenarios.

Kim has held various positions as a technology consultant, business development manager, and product manager, driving customer and development projects at SAP for over 10 years.

Elvira Wallis

Elvira Wallis is senior vice president of SAP’s Internet of Things Engineering. She is responsible for ideating, defining, delivering, and taking-to-market Internet of Things (IoT) business solutions.

Elvira focuses on cultivating innovation, building effective teams, and putting customers first while scaling a business of well-integrated cloud solutions.

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