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SAP Business Suite on HANA (SoH)

SAP Business Suite on HANA, or SoH for short (formerly known as SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA), uses the familiar SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) and the new SAP HANA platform. This can improve performance and help users gather experience as they pave the way towards SAP S/4 HANA Enterprise Management. Mercoline’s SAP HANA experts will accompany you every step of the way.

SAP Business Suite on HANA – The soft conversion

Companies looking to eventually move to S/4HANA Enterprise Management can gather initial experience with the new SAP HANA platform and begin taking advantage of its immediate benefits. The idea is for companies that have already converted to SAP Business Suite on HANA to be fully prepared for SAP S/4HANA when the time comes. What’s important is that in procedural terms, nothing changes with SAP ERP (ECC 6.0) or other SAP Business Suite solutions (e.g., SAP CRM, SAP SCM, or SAP SRM). Converting to SAP Business Suite on HANA simply means a technical migration to the SAP HANA database. Experience has shown that SoH offers significantly improved performance. For instance, reports can be executed much faster and real time data can be provided for business applications. Additionally, making the switch to SAP HANA makes it possible to begin using SAP Fiori applications, even with the “old” SAP Business Suite.

Take advantage of the functional benefits of the SAP Business Suite on HANA

When it comes to the Business Suite on HANA (SoH), companies already using SAP can begin profiting from the functional benefits of using SAP HANA as a database. Here are a few examples:
  • Our newly developed material requirements planning function (“MRP Live”) has been optimised for HANA and offers all of the business management benefits along with drastic performance increases in the corresponding S/4HANA implementation.

  • SoH allows you to profit from the benefits of operational real time reporting (“HANA Live”).

  • In combination with an SoH, a BW on HANA can take advantage of possibilities for efficient data access (“Smart Data Access”).

  • In addition, some reports note that significant performance increases can be observed in businesses using SoH (see SAP Instructions).

Find out how SAP Business Suite delivers business values in real time

SoH has technological S/4 HANA innovations under its belt

The SAP Business Suite on HANA comes equipped with all important technological innovations from S/4HANA, such as SAP UI5 (Fiori) or ABAP CDS Views. Both technologies play important roles in future S/4HANA implementations. With the migration to SAP Business Suite on HANA, your IT department already has the technological building blocks on hand to gather valuable practical experience in the implementation and handling of new technologies. Companies that structure their knowledge base in this way early on can later turn their full attention to customer requirements when implementing S/4HANA without first having to familiarise themselves with the procedures and operation or making avoidable “rookie mistakes”.

Migration to SAP Business Suite on HANA

Mercoline will be there with support regarding the conversion to SAP Business Suite on HANA and will advise you throughout the entire implementation process, from initial planning to functional real-time reporting. A typical migration project consists of the following steps:
  • The ECC system must be upgraded to ECC 6.0 EHP 7, as converting to SoH requires a Unicode conversion. These steps are well-suited for outsourcing in preliminary projects.
  • Once these steps have been completed, the “real” database migration to SAP HANA begins, enabling you to use SoH.
  • Finally, the reports are optimised for SAP HANA, so you can take full advantage of performance increases.

Information workshop

  • Overview of SAP HANA technologies
  • Typical business cases for specific departments
  • Framework conditions and technical requirements
  • Overview of migration scenarios
  • Effects on organisation and roles

Recommended actions

  • Analysis of benefits in the company
  • Actual process analysis
  • Actual systems analysis
  • Recommended actions


  • Implementation planning
  • Technical installation
  • Process implementation
  • Tests
  • User training