What is the digital core?
Vendor, business partner, customer or machine data can be processed in real time in the digital core. Any information gained is directly integrated into S/4HANA and can be directly used. Therefore, the “digital core” is the centerpiece that directly provides the system data and, as a consequence, the central component of an advanced, open and customer-centered IT architecture. The basic functions required for an SAP system and for enterprises can be found in its center, whereas enhanced functions are located outside the core, i.e. as separate business area solutions. Furthermore, ever-increasing datasets arise nowadays, even outside the core processes. As a result, the new architecture is structured in such a way that external systems can optimally be integrated into the S/4HANA architecture.
What are the business area solutions?
The S/4HANA solutions for business areas (also known as lines of business), such as Finance, Supply Chain, Sourcing and Procurement , Manufacturing, Sales or Service, combine the S/4HANA core functions with the solutions in the SAP portfolio for each business area. The business area solutions are enhancements for the digital core with an additional functional scope.