How to Best Leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Your Company

Learn about SAP’s ERP offering in the cloud in this free online course. SAP S/4HANA Cloud is SAP’s next-generation ERP solution for all businesses, large or small. With SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP built a new, smart ERP solution in a genuine Software-as-a-Service style. Adopting this SaaS approach, customers benefit from greater agility and rapid innovation cycles. This new course will provide you with everything you need to know to successfully implement SAP S/4HANA Cloud in your company. Diving deep into the technical layer, you’ll experience the complete onboarding of a case-study company to SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

This course was retired in October 2022.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Exploring SAP Cloud ERP | SAP Learning site.

Self-paced since July 13, 2017
Language: English

Course information

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This course was retired in October 2022.

Course Summary

With the digital transformation well underway, the global economy is constantly shifting and evolving. Businesses face challenging market conditions; they need significantly more agility to constantly adapt to new business environments and enabling technologies and to exploit new market trends. To provide organizations with the foundation to handle all of this, SAP revolutionized next generation ERP – in the cloud.

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud, we provide intelligent ERP that helps customers to run simple in the cloud.

This openSAP course is entirely dedicated to this intelligent ERP, delivered as Software as a Service. We designed the course to show you how SAP S/4HANA Cloud can enable your company to realize its full potential and thrive in the digital economy. Following it closely, you’ll learn how to increase the efficiency of your business processes with increased transparency, automation, and instant insight to action.

Highlighting the different lines of business, we’ll demonstrate how to get the most out of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, starting with tangible use cases. In addition, our experts will lay out in detail what “Fit to Standard” means in a cloud context, and the implications of using this approach.

In the final week of the course, we’ll take you on a journey with a complete onboarding of a case-study company to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, diving deep into all the technical layers as well.

Overall, the course will provide you with everything you need for your SAP S/4HANA Cloud project, spanning from planning and onboarding to ongoing upgrades and operations in the cloud.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: SAP S/4HANA Cloud Solution
Week 2: Use Cases Along Business Priorities
Week 3: SAP S/4HANA Cross-Topics
Week 4: SAP S/4HANA Cloud Deployment
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Technical and functional consultants, project managers, solution and application architects
  • SAP customers and partners
  • Anyone interested in the topic of SAP S/4HANA Cloud implementation scenarios

Development Systems

You do not need access to an SAP S/4HANA Cloud system in this course. 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 system. These documents will be available in the learning material for the respective course weeks.

Further Learning

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Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    SAP S/4HANA Cloud Solution
  • Week 2:

    Use Cases Along Business Priorities
  • Week 3:

    SAP S/4HANA Cross-Topics
  • Week 4:

    SAP S/4HANA Cloud Deployment
  • I Like, I Wish:

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

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Jul 13, 2017
Course Start
Jun 07, 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.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

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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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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Katharina Hellmich

Katharina Hellmich is part of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product Management & Co-Innovation team.

She is responsible for the creation of core product assets, as well as, the internal and external roll-out and enablement of SAP S/4HANA. In addition, she also engages in Co-Innovation in order to actively shape product development.

As a product manager, Katharina has a strong focus on Sourcing & Procurement and is passionate about new technologies that deliver superior business value.

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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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Yannick Peterschmitt

Yannick Peterschmitt is Senior Director in the SAP S/4HANA Product Management team. He is leading a team of software professionals in in charge of core product assets, stakeholder enablement, and co-innovation programs.

Before joining Product Management, he was in the field organization and held different positions in consulting, presales, business development and solution management.

Yannick is coming from France and has graduated from a business school in Paris.

Martin Herrmann

Martin Herrmann is a product manager for SAP Intelligent Enterprise E2E integrations. His focus is on delivering Quote-to-Cash integrations as part of the end-to-end Lead-to-Cash business process. Martin has been with SAP for about 20 years, and has worked in various roles, mostly based around technical and Quote-to-Cash-related topics for hybrid and cloud solutions with SAP S/4HANA. He has been regularly involved in customer engagements and is a frequent speaker at SAP events like SAP TechEd and SAP user groups (DSAG, ASUG).

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Parvathy Sankar

Parvathy (Paru) Sankar is Senior Director in SAP S/4HANA Product Management & Co-innovation team. In this role, Paru brings together market requirements from customers, partners and internal stakeholders to shape our customers’s digital transformation journey with SAP S/4HANA.   She has driven several projects and topics in SAP and UCB Pharma working in different functions (product / solution management, software development, IT management, organizational strategy and HR) across industries.

With this diverse understanding of customer expectations, she helps translate market trends and customer issues to product functionalities while supporting customer facing teams to find right solution for our customers to be competitive.

Matthias Haendly

Matthias Haendly leads the Incubation domain in SAP S/4HANA Product Management. Incubation is about embracing new concepts and driving them holistically to become mainstream business. His focus is currently on building the intelligent ERP by identifying and driving machine-learning use cases and conversational applications into SAP S/4HANA.   Matthias has been with SAP for 25 years. He has held various roles, from development to development management, and quality & product management to product marketing in areas such as business applications (Warehouse Management, Supply Chain & Employee Self-Services), integration platforms, technology adoption, and IT management. He has worked mostly out of SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, as well as in Palo Alto, CA, USA. His work is constantly driven by the desire to increase the value SAP enterprise solutions bring to our customers.

Katharina Stopf

Katharina Stopf is in SAP S/4HANA Product Management. She is a Product Manager focusing on Co-Innovation and core product assets.

In this role, Katharina is contributing to the evolution of the core asset portfolio as well as the global stakeholder enablement with focus on the Professional Services industry.

She also drives Co-Innovation for SAP S/4HANA to strengthen the product and ensures that the voice of customers and partners is influencing the product.

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.

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.