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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with SAP S4HANA?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SAP S4HANA.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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26 Answers
Sergio Ortiz Vega - PeerSpot reviewer
IT systems consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
18 August 22

The migration to SAP S/4HANA is hard.

Head of Procurement at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
27 June 22

I cannot recall coming across any areas that were lacking. Starting out on the solution can be a bit complex and difficult. I'd like to see them simplify the process of integration. It's very complex, even with the new solutions within SAP.

Director at Fujitsu
Top 20
16 May 22

If S4HANA has more AI and machine learning, it will be better and easier for reporting and dashboarding. Its pricing could be better.

Haseen Perwez - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP Chief Architect at Tata Consultancy
Real User
Top 20
12 May 22

Small businesses that have a small user base find this solution too expensive. I would like to see the price come down.

Alaba Ayotunde O. OLUWAYIMIKA - PeerSpot reviewer
It Asset Management Lead at Dangote Industries Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
30 March 22

The Capex and Opex could be improved. It would be nice if they cut back on the cost. Otherwise, it's a very good product.

Virendra Rai - PeerSpot reviewer
Director- APAC at 2iSolutions
Real User
Top 20
24 March 22

This is a very costly solution.

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Juzar Badami - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of SAP Center of Excellence at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
09 March 22

SAP S4HANA could improve by having a more seamless easier integration, faster integration. The overall implementation timelines can be reduced by leveraging Agile methodology

Civil Engineer at gieco
Real User
Top 10
25 January 22

I'm not a big fan of SAP S/4HANA because it needs a lot of hardware. It is really fast, but it needs a lot of hardware. The hardware for S/4HANA is too expensive.

Head of Information Technology
Real User
Top 20
23 December 21

The resource usage could be improved - it's memory-hungry, so mid-range servers struggle to run it.

Gerente SAP at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
21 December 21

An area for improvement would be integration with different kinds of legacies. In the next release, I would like the product to be prepared for blockchain technology and the best way to communicate with social networking.

Senior IT Manager with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
18 October 21

While the solution contemplates a competitively priced model, its pricing could be cheaper.

DiaaHussein - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Transformation Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
04 October 21

The solution could improve by making customization easier. The on-premise version is a lot more flexible.

NAWAL SAXENA - PeerSpot reviewer
SAP Project Manager at Saudi Cable Company
Real User
Top 20
28 September 21

SAP S4HANA is not suitable for all-size companies. If you have a small company there are better fit solutions for your needs.

Ali Mirnia - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
Real User
30 August 21

Thi solution can improve the Bill of Materials (BOM) and production planning. In an upcoming release, the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in SAP is very simple, and SAP should extend PLM in the ERP system. Additionally, SAP S4HANA should add more advanced features for monitoring in the database, such as in the Oracle solution.

Daniel Paiva - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Coordinator at Cooperativa Central Dos Produtores Rurais De Minas Gerais Ltda.
Real User
Top 20
30 June 21

The initial setup could be better. They can make the process a little easier. The functions that we require will be available in the next release. We specifically need a new model, and I think we have some versions to implement. I already read on the SAP website that some functionalities we are waiting for are available in this new version.

CTO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
03 June 21

You will not see convenient user experiences with SAP S4HANA's website or application. It is not mobile-friendly either.

Associate director at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
20 May 21

This solution works with the configuration, if the prerequisites are very clear and can be configured it works perfectly. If you need to simulate something, as a predictive tool this kind of simulation is not very accurate and it has limitations. This is something that could improve. In an upcoming release, the allocation process should be revised and improved.

Shylaraj AK - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
27 April 21

It's been just one year that we started using this product, due to the fact that we need to have different integrations as well to other systems. With S/4HANA, when SAP started, everything worked in a single SAP system. Slowly then it's been delegated or divided into multiple SAP systems. That's why we have around 25 different SAP products running in our landscape. Yet, at the same time, S/4HANA is the core. It's the core component. Going forward, I believe more systems could be consolidated into S/4HANA. We need to reduce the number of SAP systems running in our landscape. S/4HANA has the capacity to host many other SAP products, therefore we can discontinue some of the SAP products. Currently, we have now the Global Services, the Governance, Risk, and Compliance, and Enterprise Portal, BW, Supply Chain Management, Warehouse Management, et cetera. If SAP could consolidate many of the systems so that we can reduce the number of systems, that would be ideal. The solution can be a bit expensive. We would like to see more DevOps capabilities in the future. The solution would benefit from offering more serverless features in the sense that when you deploy SAP, it's a pretty big deployment and you have a lot of dependencies or you are closely tied up or you have a dependency with the hardware vendor and the hardware providers and the certified hardware and items like that. At the same time, all these deployed components and these files are possible to deploy without a server as well. Slowly SAP is providing some of the features so that you can deploy this in containers and so you don't have any dependency on the running hardware. That way, you can restart the systems without any downtime or the end-users will not feel the difference. Aspects like that need to be improved. We do have here monthly maintenance due to the fact that sometimes we need to recharge the system and we have seen from the end-users there will be certain downtime as well. If there is no dependency with the hardware and if it goes serverless, then we can have zero-downtime maintenance.

Lead Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Top 20
02 December 20

The two things that need to be improved are price and customization. These are two dynamic changes that every customer will want.

Senior Manager at Mazars India
Real User
26 October 20

When it comes to the delivery of features, I would like it presented in a more user-friendly way. Every year, when a new version is released, it comes with a very thick booklet of 300 or 400 pages and it is a little difficult to comprehend. This is something that should be simplified. A simple comparison between the older and newer version would be very helpful for customers and consultants. The default UI has been the same for a long time and in my last few projects, I've found that it wasn't fast enough.

Technical Lead / Solution Architecture / Software Development - SAP at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
06 September 20

The theory-side of the solution needs to be improved. They need to come up with a simple way to explain to their customers how to properly use it and perform analysis and move on from there. In the next release, I would like to see more integration scenarios with the cloud, straight out of the box.

Technical Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
30 August 20

The solution isn't lacking any features per se. Clients aren't coming to us and saying "we need this or that." The cost of the solution is quite high. It needs to be adjusted. The integration could be better. They have many different kinds of house platforms, and then it becomes complicated to have integration within all of these different systems.

Head of PMO at a tech company with 1-10 employees
Real User
16 August 20

The common issues being raised right now by the end-users are mostly related to the usability. Especially on the Fiori interface. I think they're a manufacturing company and they're implementing lean manufacturing. They are actually counting the number of clicks and screens that are being used by their end-users so they can have a more efficient and intuitive approach on the Fiori apps. In terms of what features should be included in the next release, there would be too many to mention. I would probably say right now, as part of the planning session, they're going to go through the entire gamut of features where they can improve and where we're lacking in some parts. We're planning to implement a trial for support and warehouse management. But it's a big list right now and I can't think of anything specific. In terms of what could be improved, I would say the usability aspect of it for the users. Additionally, from the corporate perspective, some of the more stringent integrations across modules and also allowing integrations from third-party applications.

Mechanical Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
02 August 20

This is an integrated system so it is very complex. It is not like Windows or like Microsoft products where you can use Word or you use Excel and it is familiar and easy to use. The interface is something that is very confusing from my point of view. It can and should be simplified. It needs some work on the front end to be more user-friendly and customizable to the user's needs. It is not a very good product from the perspective of ease-of-use. Trying to implement it is like you want to prepare some food. You have raw materials like spices in a pile but there is no recipe as to how to mix them. It is a recipe missing the proportion to mix the spices in. In the case of S/4HANA, that recipe depends on how the organization requires it to operate. A better result depends upon the implementation partner's decisions in handling the wide range of choices offered by the product. If these decisions are not good, once the product is already developed, you may come to know after years of using it that it was not implemented optimally. Then you end up making customizations and work-arounds because of this initial implementation. That is bad practice. Customization and work-arounds will only lead to more complexity. It is a very big product that can not be understood in a short span of time and implemented quickly. Meticulous planning is ultimately important. A lot depends on the implementation partner and if they understand your needs. An implementation partner who rushes in too quickly with a solution can get it wrong and that can cause major problems in the long run.

Vice President, Corporate IT at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
13 July 20

Every business has some unique requirements which can mean customizations are required. What I'd really like to see is the development of an industry specific solution for the food industry, in particular the supply and demand side that's very critical to us, given that there are issues with products that have a shorter shelf life.

Associate IT Consultant at itcinfotech
06 March 19

* S/4HANA 1610: We found very less Fiori apps — a few apps not working. * All module Fiori apps need to be tuned.

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