How Accurate Was SAP About S/4HANA and a Simplified Data Model?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that that S/4HANA has a simplified data model.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

What SAP Said About S/4HANA and a Simplified Data Model

SAP Stated that by SAP changing the S/4HANA data model to being column oriented that this means the database has been greatly simplified, which would result in benefits ranging from implementation to business process to maintenance.

What is the Truth About S/4HANA’s Data Model?

We disputed these claims in the 2016 article Does SAP S/4HANA Have a Simplified Data Model and Faster Reconciliation?

And in the 2017 article How Much Has HANA Really Been Simplified?

Falling into the category of “pants on fire” lie, not is the primary claim, that S/4HANA has a simplified data model is false (some dimensions of a column-oriented database are simplified, but others are made more complex, and overall the complexity with HANA is far higher). Furthermore, all of the ancillary claims related to the implementation of a business process are utterly false.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 10% accuracy rating on S/4HANA having a simplified data model, and on the supposed simplified data model resulting in various implementation, business process and maintenance benefits.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic, that support a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.

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