Understanding the Differences Between S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition, Public Edition, and Rise with SAP


In the evolving landscape of SAP’s offerings, “Rise With SAP” and now “Grow With SAP” are shaping the way companies adopt SAP systems. But what exactly are the options and how do you make a decision on which is best for you?

Let’s dive into the details.

What is “Grow with SAP”? “Grow with SAP” is an offering designed to help companies adopt SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition. It incorporates industry best practices with ready-to-go, preconfigured processes and includes the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). This package aims to streamline your business operations with a set configuration, but there seems to be some confusion among customers, particularly with “RISE with SAP.”

Clarifying “RISE with SAP” Many customers mix up “RISE with SAP” with the S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition. To clarify, “RISE with SAP” is not the same as S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition. While both aim to facilitate the transition to more modern solutions, they cater to different needs and setups. “RISE with SAP” is essentially a solution bundling designed to simplify your path to digital transformation by including everything you need—such as S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition in some packages—under a single contract. This bundled approach is meant to reduce complexity and accelerate innovation by providing a guided journey tailored to specific business needs. Additionally, we see the main differentiator of the “Rise With SAP” offering has been the licensing model, moving enterprises to a subscription based model.

Exploring Your Options If you’re currently on SAP ECC and considering a move to S/4HANA, you have several options: S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition, S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition, and S/4HANA on-premise. Each option serves different operational and business requirements. S/4HANA on-premise is available but there are many hoops to jump through to qualify for its use.

Evaluating “RISE with SAP” “RISE with SAP” offers substantial benefits and is ideal for many enterprises looking to consolidate their digital transformation efforts. However, evaluating this offering can be complex due to its simultaneous impact on both licensing models and application/solution frameworks. We have successfully navigated this conundrum by building our customers a business capability model and a technology roadmap. This is where tools like LeanIX become invaluable. LeanIX provides an almost instant (general implementation time before substantial benefits are realised is around 25 days) understanding of technology fit, as well as insights into risk, cost, and other critical factors. This capability enables organisations to assess how well the “RISE” offering aligns with their business’s capability model and roadmap, helping to make a well-informed decision about whether it is the right fit for the organisation.

By methodically analysing the fit between “RISE with SAP” and your company’s needs through a well-structured business capability model and a detailed technology roadmap, you can determine if this solution will effectively support your journey towards innovation and operational efficiency.

Conclusion Understanding the nuances between these different SAP offerings is crucial for making informed decisions that align with your company’s long-term goals. By comparing these offerings with your business’s needs, you can choose a path that best supports your journey to innovation and efficiency.

How we support you: Emphasys has 5 certified LeanIX practitioners, we also have certified architects and certified SAP S/4HANA consultants. We have our own LeanIX intellectual property to accelerate your companies time to value.