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    SAP S/4HANA Lines of Business

    SAP S/4HANA has reorganized core modules found in SAP ERP into what it calls lines of business (LoBs). Current or planned LoBs are discussed below.

    SAP S/4HANA Finance

    The SAP S/4HANA Finance LoB focuses on all money-related activities of a business. This includes financial accounting, controlling, treasury and risk management, financial planning, financial close, and consolidation.

    SAP S/4HANA’s SRM and SCM Offerings

    This collection of modules that make up the SAP S/4HANA logistics LoBs contains supplier relationship management and supply chain management solutions previously found in the SAP Business Suite. This was done purposefully by SAP to better distribute functionality and place similar processes together.

    SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement

    The SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement LoB focuses on the activities surrounding the obtainment of raw materials needed to fulfill orders. This includes extended procurement, operational purchasing, and supplier and contract management.

    SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing

    The SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing LoB focuses on the product creation process. This includes responsive manufacturing, production operations, scheduling and delivery planning, and quality management.

    SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain

    The SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain LoB focuses on overall business planning activities, from pre-planning production runs to dispatching products to purchasers. This includes production planning, batch traceability, warehousing, inventory, and transportation management.

    SAP S/4HANA Asset Management

    The SAP S/4HANA Asset Management LoB focuses on the maintenance of a business’ fixed assets, from tools and machinery all the way up to buildings. This includes plant maintenance and EHS monitoring.

    SAP S/4HANA Sales

    The SAP S/4HANA Sales LoB focuses on the activities associated with the fulfilling sales orders. This includes pricing, sales inquiries and quotes, sales contracts and agreements, free-of-charge orders, available-to-promise checks, incompletion checks, repair orders, individual requirements, return authorizations, credit and debit memo requests, picking and packing, billing, and revenue recognition.

    SAP S/4HANA R&D/Engineering

    The SAP S/4HANA R&D LoB focuses on the lifecycle of a product. This includes defining the product structure and bill of materials, product lifecycle costing, managing portfolios and projects, managing innovation, managing chemical data and other sensitive materials used in development, and staying compliant with safety and health regulations.

    SAP S/4HANA Human Resources

    The SAP S/4HANA Human Resources LoB is currently being developed by SAP, with an on-premise solution being planned for 2022. In the interim, customers can integrate SAP S/4HANA with SAP SuccessFactors for a cloud-based HR service.

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