Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA

If you’re asking yourself: “When is the right time to move to SAP S/4HANA and how?” this free openSAP course will provide you with the answers to the WHY, WHAT, and HOW.

Just under two years ago, SAP announced the new business suite for the digital economy: SAP S/4HANA. Since then, SAP S/4HANA has become one of the fastest growing SAP products. Even before SAP released SAP S/4HANA 1610, 4,100 customers had been reached. The ambition is to be the de facto business standard for the digital economy.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since March 2, 2017
Language: English

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

Digital transformation is reinventing the global economy. Individuals, businesses, and societies are becoming interconnected in real time, leading to a new digital economy that is more collaborative, intelligent, responsive, and efficient. As a result, businesses have to adapt to maintain and grow their market share within their field of operation. To stay ahead of the crowd, they need to realize a drastic increase in productivity and economic value.

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

As an existing customer or partner, you may be asking yourself: “When is the right time to move to SAP S/4HANA and how?” This 4-week course aims to answer your questions about the WHY, WHAT and HOW. Experts from Product Management and Co-Innovation for SAP S/4HANA will lay out the fundamentals of the SAP S/4HANA adoption journey and explain three of the most popular scenarios for your path to SAP S/4HANA:

  • New implementation (greenfield implementation)
  • System conversion (brownfield implementation)
  • Landscape transformation.

During the first week, you’ll gain an insight into the innovation highlights and selected new use cases of the latest SAP S/4HANA 1610 release, and how to interpret the roadmap. In addition, you’ll learn about the latest deployment options for SAP S/4HANA and how to make your project a success. Week 1 will then conclude with an introduction to the award-winning SAP Fiori 2.0.

In the following three weeks, you’ll dive deeper into the details of the implementation scenarios. Week 2 covers new implementation as a fresh start. Using a case study, we’ll walk you through important aspects of a fresh start based on the new SAP Activate for SAP S/4HANA implementation framework, all the way from preparation to go-live.

Week 3 covers system conversion for an already installed SAP system. Here, we’ll show you how to move a complete SAP ERP application – and the business processes supported by SAP ERP – from your current SAP Business Suite running on any database to SAP S/4HANA.

Week 4 deals with landscape transformation, where we’ll shed light on the different scenarios and conclude with a comparison of new implementation and system conversion.

Each of these weeks will contain a combination of introductions to the topic and system demonstrations that explain key steps in the transition to SAP S/4HANA and give decision support as well as concrete next steps. It’s a must-join for any consultant considering an SAP S/4HANA project.

After week four, you’ll have a further week to prepare for and participate in the final exam and earn a record of achievement. Also, your feedback and ideas are highly appreciated throughout the course. We therefore encourage you to participate in the discussion forums.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: SAP S/4HANA 1610 Release Highlights
Week 2: A Fresh Start with SAP S/4HANA
Week 3: Converting Your SAP ERP System
Week 4: Landscape Transformation
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Solution architects, application architects, technical consultants, project managers
  • SAP partners and customers
  • Anyone interested in the topic of SAP S/4HANA implementation scenarios

Systems Access for Hands-On Experience

If your primary interest in taking this course is learning about what you need to know to move to SAP S/4HANA, you do not need access to an SAP S/4HANA system. However, we realize that many of you will be interested in getting hands-on experience, based on the instructions in the course. We’ve therefore prepared some documents that summarize the steps needed to access the systems. These documents will be available in the learning material of the respective course weeks.

Further Learning

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About Further Content Experts

Katharina Stopf

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Katharina Stopf is a product manager for SAP S/4HANA, focusing on co-innovation and core product assets. In this role, Katharina contributes to the evolution of the core asset portfolio as well as global stakeholder enablement.

She also drives co-innovation for SAP S/4HANA, to strengthen the product and ensure that the voice of customers and partners influences development.

Katharina Hellmich

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Katharina Hellmich is a product manager for SAP S/4HANA. Her key responsibilities are the SAP-internal and external rollout and enablement of SAP S/4HANA.

Christian Vogler

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Christian Vogler is a member of the SAP S/4HANA Product Management, Co-Innovation, and Packaging Team, connecting the dots between R&D and internal or external stakeholders.

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    SAP S/4HANA 1610 Release Highlights
  • Week 2:

    A Fresh Start with SAP S/4HANA
  • Week 3:

    Converting Your SAP ERP System
  • Week 4:

    Landscape Transformation
  • I Like, I Wish:

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

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Mar 02, 2017
Course Start
Jan 25, 2017


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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.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Bert Schulze

Bert Schulze is a vice president and senior member of the SAP S/4HANA Product Management team, where he drives co-innovation and product content with customers and partners for SAP’s flagship product, SAP S/4HANA. Bert also oversees SAP S/4HANA customer care expert programs.

In his role, he closely cooperates with customers and partners as well as analysts to assess market requirements and interweave with the SAP S/4HANA strategy and portfolio. Bert’s broad experience working with clients in different roles including head of product management, cloud strategist, business developer, and head of international sales teams help him to analyze and transfer market and client demand directly into product success.

Bert started his professional career in a start-up, where he took responsibility for product engineering, customer projects success, and customer enablement.

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Sven Denecken

Sven Denecken holds the role of COO for SAP S/4HANA and also heads the P&I SAP S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Content team. In this role, Sven ensures the SAP S/4HANA product portfolio is aligned with market and customer requirements and drives thought leadership. ​

Sven’s many years of experience working with customers and partners together with an extensive network that includes the SAP field organization and industry analysts, enable the SAP S/4HANA development teams to respond quickly to changing markets to ultimately provide a solution that helps customers gain a competitive advantage.​

​In co-innovation projects with customers, Sven and his team discover key trends and next practices in the use of new technologies to assure the evolution of both the product and content. ​

As a member of SAP’s executive leadership, cooperating closely with the respective teams, Sven supports the strategy of SAP’s solutions and its alignment with customers, SAP’s field organization, and the ecosystem.

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Ulrich Hauke

After working in research and education, Ulrich Hauke joined SAP in 1997. He has held various positions as a product manager, project manager, and senior development manager. Ulrich has extensive knowledge of Financials, CRM, and ERP. Today he is a vice president in Product Management for SAP S/4HANA for Finance. He holds a degree in software and hardware engineering and a degree in industrial engineering. 

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Dr. Boris Rubarth

Boris Rubarth works as a product manager in the area of Software Logistics and is responsible for the Software Update Manager (SUM).

Boris has written numerous blogs and training courses on SAP topics and is the author of several books.

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Jürgen Butsmann

Jürgen Butsmann is a member of the Global Business Development team, responsible for the go-to-market of SAP S/4HANA in EMEA. He ensures that this new innovation is picked up by all market units in SAP EMEA and acts as a solution evangelist with customers and partners.

Jürgen also heads GTM for the Analytics solutions inside SAP S/4HANA and the positioning with related solutions.

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.

Roland Hamm

Roland Hamm is a product expert in the Data Management & Landscape Transformation Development Team.

His area of expertise covers all the trigger-based data change capturing & replay technologies invented by DM&LT, especially the SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, and the DM&LT-developed technologies that are used during a system landscape transition to SAP S/4HANA.

Dr. Christoph Nake

Dr. Christoph Nake is a technical architect in the IT Planning team for SAP Digital Business Services. The team is responsible for service portfolio management of SAP S/4HANA Value Assurance. He is also an expert in the transition roadmap for SAP S/4HANA.

In his 20 years with SAP, he has worked in a number of areas, including basis administration training and product management for SAP system management.