As businesses seek agile and innovative solutions to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape, cloud computing has emerged as a game-changer.

Cue SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition — a collaborative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform designed to revolutionize how organizations manage their enterprise resource planning processes.

This article will discuss the key capabilities and components of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition and assess core comparisons between the Private Cloud Edition, as well as where our team of expert SAP consultants can come in to help maximize your investments.

Read on to learn more!

What is SAP Public Cloud?

SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition is a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that offers an intuitive interface and advanced business application solutions to connect business operations on a single, public cloud network.

With SAP Public Cloud, business users are enabled to leverage both cloud computing and machine learning capabilities to facilitate better connections between areas of the SAP landscape, improve business data management and exchange, and promote better decision-making over time.

Key Features Included in the Public Cloud Solution

  • Apply preconfigured processes in real-time to keep up with industry-specific needs, regulations, and best practices
  • Enable scalability and growth over time by adding customers, products, and markets to the cloud without adding extra complexity
  • Redefine business processes and reshape business models to keep up with change across the industry and drive better outcomes over time
  • Leverage proven expert guidance to deliver quicker turnaround times, build more agile solutions, and deploy SAP solutions with improved confidence

Modules in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition

Let’s take a closer look at each of the modules included in the SAP S/HANA Cloud, Public Edition and their main capabilities for business users:

1) Finance

The SAP Public Cloud solution provides advanced insights, analytics, and automation capabilities that help companies align, manage, and optimize their core financial processes to remain competitive in the industry as market changes occur over time. From accounting to cost management, risk management, transaction management, and more, the Finance module facilitates more accurate and efficient financial processes.

2) Asset Management

With a simplified user experience and centralized data management, the SAP Public Cloud makes it easier for companies to control maintenance planning, scheduling, and execution processes to optimize uptime and facilitate more efficient and profitable asset utilization. It offers functionalities such as asset tracking, maintenance planning, real-time analytics, and predictive maintenance, enabling businesses to reduce downtime and make more data-driven decisions for improved operational performance.

3) Sales

SAP Public Cloud provides robust tools to help companies streamline their sales processes and enhance customer engagement. It offers features like lead management, quote-to-cash processing, sales forecasting, and real-time analytics to empower organizations to accelerate sales cycles, improve sales productivity, and deliver better experiences for employees and customers.

4) Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management module in the SAP Public Cloud solution provides a comprehensive suite of tools to optimize supply chain operations, including inventory management, demand forecasting, order fulfillment, supplier collaboration, and real-time analytics. This enables businesses to improve visibility, efficiency, and responsiveness across their entire supply chain network.

5) Sourcing and Procurement

Sourcing and Procurement capabilities in the SAP Public Cloud solution provide powerful tools like supplier management, contract management, sourcing events, purchase requisitions, and spend analytics to enable enhanced supplier collaboration, optimized procurement strategies, and increased cost savings.

6) Manufacturing

The Manufacturing component offers a comprehensive set of capabilities to help companies optimize their manufacturing processes, including production planning, shop floor control, quality management, real-time monitoring, and traceability. This way, companies are empowered to increase production efficiency, ensure product quality, and gain actionable insights to drive continuous improvement over time.

7) Warehouse Management

The Warehouse Management module in SAP Public Cloud equips businesses with robust tools, like inventory tracking, order fulfillment, and warehouse optimization, to efficiently manage their warehouse operations. This way, organizations can enhance inventory visibility, streamline warehouse processes, and improve overall supply chain efficiency.

8) Service

The Service module provides comprehensive tools to manage and optimize their service operations, including service request management, work order processing, scheduling, resource allocation, and real-time analytics capabilities. With improved visibility and efficiency, businesses can deliver exceptional customer service, increase service efficiency, and drive customer satisfaction.

9) Research and Development

The Research and Development component offers advanced tools to manage their innovation and product development processes, facilitate better project management, and promote collaboration on new business ideas. With this, businesses can accelerate innovation, enhance connections among teams, and bring new products to market more efficiently and effectively.

10) Transportation Management

Transportation Management in the SAP Public Cloud solution provides robust tools that help companies optimize their transportation operations, including shipment planning, carrier selection, route optimization, and freight cost management. This enables organizations to improve transportation efficiency, reduce logistics costs, and enhance the performance of their entire supply chain.

Main Advantages of the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

Here are a few key benefits of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition for business users:

Advanced Modeling

The SAP Public Cloud solution offers advanced modeling capabilities that make it easier for users to simulate, test, and optimize core business processes before implementing them across their SAP production environment. This way, companies can ensure users have all the tools, resources, and capabilities needed before the solution goes live, reducing the risk for error and retraced steps.

Continuous Innovation

By leveraging the latest technology innovation, including robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning (ML), companies can ensure they stay up-to-date with updates across the industry and facilitate more efficient business models and processes over time.

Quicker Time-to-Value

With a pre-built, guided implementation process, companies can ensure quicker setup times for their SAP software and reduce downtime for system maintenance. This means that instead of wasting valuable time completing time-consuming implementation tasks or limiting productivity through inefficient setup, companies can leverage the SAP Public Cloud to optimize resource allocation and improve time-to-value.

Security and Compliance

By leveraging technical operations like automatic backup and disaster recovery, SAP Public Cloud users are enabled to improve data protection and system maintenance, making it easier to keep sensitive business data safe and maintain compliance with local laws and industry regulations.

Seamless Integrations

The SAP S4/HANA Cloud can be integrated with other SAP and non-SAP systems, including SAP Supply Chain Management, SAP CRM, or external e-commerce platforms. Seamless integrations between platforms make it easier for companies across industries to improve efficiency and streamline business processes across the entire organization.

Real-Time Analytics

The SAP Public Cloud leverages in-memory technology and advanced analytics capabilities to enable the analysis, reporting, and management of business data in real time. This way, customers have access to the data they need, whenever and wherever they need it, leading to quicker responses and more efficient decision-making across the board.

Reduced Costs

Because SAP Public Cloud is a subscription-based service, users only pay for the services they actually use. This provides a more cost-effective option for enterprise software, rather than purchasing or managing on-premise infrastructure.

Where Does Surety Systems Come in to Help?

Whether you need help implementing SAP Cloud solutions for the first time, additional support navigating complex integrations between SAP S/4HANA and other SAP and non-SAP systems, or just an extra hand managing business processes in a cloud-based environment, Surety Systems is here to help.

Our team of senior-level, US-based SAP consultants has what it takes to handle all your SAP project needs, no matter what. Your technology. Your priorities. Our expertise. That’s the name of the game with us.

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