SAP S/4 HANA Fashion - What you need to know

Thu, Mar 23, 2017


By Vinod Kumar, Solutions Director, attune

Ever since SAP announced SAP S/4 HANA, there have been many questions about the future and roadmap for industry specific solutions such as SAP Fashion Management Solution. During a recent webinar, we discussed some of the most frequent questions we get from customers regarding the roadmap and migration to SAP S/4 HANA.

Here are some of the main points that we addressed during the webinar:

What's available for me today on SAP S/4 HANA?

Customers want to know if they can jump on SAP S/4 HANA immediately, and what SAP products are currently available on S/4 HANA? As of today, S/4 HANA Finance (previously Simple Finance) and SAP S/4 HANA Retail for Merchandising Management are currently available along with SAP Customer Activity Repository. See what else is available on SAP S/4 HANA for fashion customers.   

Is SAP Fashion Management on S/4 HANA already?

SAP FMS is not on S/4 HANA yet, but we discussed what the roadmap would look like for SAP FMS in the transition to SAP S/4 HANA Fashion, along with what it brings to the table for FMS customers in terms of feature/functionality changes and technical/architectural changes.

Should I implement SAP FMS today or should I wait?

Customers who are seriously evaluating FMS ask this question. You can certainly implement FMS immediately and is recommended, but there are a few considerations to be made. Find out what they are here

What do I do if I'm already implementing or have implemented FMS? 

Customers who have already begun the journey on SAP FMS may be faced with this question. Customers who have started implementing FMS are definitely on the right track. A move to S/4 HANA would mean a technical migration.

Find out attune's point of view on SAP S/4 HANA, SAP Fashion Management implementation; what you need to do today and going forward.

A quick summary of SAP S/4 HANA

It’s a new business suite of applications designed to run simple in a digital and connected world, built on the advanced in-memory platform - SAP HANA® and designed on the most modern user experience - SAP Fiori®.

Simplification - Compared to ERP, several technical objects have been simplified. Much of it has been made possible thanks to the underlying SAP HANA technology.

Extension – SAP S/4 HANA has also been extended with new features and functions, like embedded EWM, extended warehouse management, embedded PPDS function, production planning and detailed scheduling, etc.  It also comes with connectors cloud applications such as Success factors, Concur, Ariba and others.

Optimization – The use of SAP HANA has enabled various levels of optimization in S/4 HANA, be it in processing capability or simplification of underlying technical objects, such as removal of tables and views.

While SAP S/4 HANA is definitely a game changing offering by SAP, it can also cause confusion in the minds of existing and potential new customers. Our webinar aims at clearing out some of the most commonly asked questions.     



SAP_FMS_ArchitectVinod Kumar is the Solutions Director at attune. 

Vinod has over 15 years of experience in the industry with most of it in fashion and SAP’s fashion related solutions.  He has been with attune for 5 years and previously was with SAP Labs as SAP AFS Product Manager, during which he lead the design and development of few SAP AFS releases.  Vinod has been working closely with SAP and managing attune’s co-innovation partnership on SAP FMS. He has been involved in design, proof of concept and development of FMS.