The benefits of SAP Edition for Hana for your company
The benefits of SAP Edition for Hana for your company

The benefits of SAP Edition for Hana for your company

Discover the extensive benefits of migrating from SAP GTS 11 to SAP Edition for Hana, including improved compliance, more efficient customs processing and strategic innovations for your business.

In this article, we will focus on highlighting in detail the specific benefits and improvements that SAP Edition for Hana offers over SAP GTS 11. We will highlight the technological advances, the increased efficiency in business processes, as well as the strategic importance of the platform for securing the future of your company. 


Improving compliance and risk management 


SAP GTS is critical for compliance with trade laws and regulations. By migrating to SAP Hana, companies can benefit from improved data processing that enables them to manage complex compliance requirements more efficiently.


The in-memory technology integrated into SAP Hana facilitates the processing of large amounts of data in real time, which is essential for compliance with dynamic trade regulations and risk assessment in international business transactions.


Optimization of customs clearance


Efficiency in customs processing is another critical aspect of SAP GTS. SAP Hana accelerates data throughput and improves decision making through faster access times to relevant information. This leads to faster customs processing, accurate tariff classification and effective management of import and export licenses, which increases the overall efficiency of the trade process.


Advanced analytics for strategic insights


With SAP Hana, companies can use advanced analytics functions to gain deeper insights into their trade data. This includes the analysis of trade flows, the identification of risk and compliance issues and the optimization of the supply chain.


The ability to analyze data from different sources in real time enables more agile adaptation to market trends and improved strategic decision-making.


Integration with modern technologies


SAP Edition for Hana offers the flexibility to seamlessly integrate the latest technologies such as IoT, blockchain and artificial intelligence. For companies in the GTS sector, this means the ability to develop advanced solutions for tracking supply chains, automating compliance processes and implementing smart contract mechanisms. These technologies can significantly improve efficiency and transparency in global trade operations.


Sustainability in global trade


Even if sustainability is not the primary function of SAP GTS, the efficient use of resources and process optimization through SAP Hana enables companies to reduce their ecological footprint. By improving supply chain and production processes, companies can not only increase their efficiency, but also make a contribution to environmental protection.


Cybersecurity challenges


SAP Hana addresses cybersecurity challenges through a range of security features and measures. Here is a more detailed look at the cybersecurity aspects of SAP Edition for Hana:


Advanced data encryption: SAP Hana protects data at rest and in transit with comprehensive encryption mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access.

Dynamic data masking: This function hides sensitive data from unauthorized users, which supports data protection in strictly regulated industries.

Advanced access controls: Detailed authorization models can be used to define exactly who has access to specific data and system functions in order to increase data security.

Anomaly detection and real-time monitoring: SAP Hana enables the identification of unusual activity and rapid response to potential threats to strengthen system security.

Compliance management: The platform facilitates compliance with data protection and security regulations through integrated tools that support adjustments to new laws.


The cybersecurity functions of SAP Hana should be considered as part of a comprehensive IT security strategy. This includes the regular assessment of security risks, the implementation of end-to-end security measures and the promotion of a security culture throughout the company.


SAP Hana enables companies to optimize their data processing while maintaining a high level of security, which forms the basis for digital transformation and innovation.


Practical example of cybersecurity in SAP Hana


A global manufacturing company used the migration to SAP Hana to revise its cybersecurity strategy. By implementing advanced access controls and data encryption, the company was able to significantly increase the protection of its development data and intellectual property. At the same time, real-time monitoring enabled a rapid response to suspicious activity, preventing potential security breaches.


After the migration comes the operation


Efficient and reliable operations are crucial to the success of any business. It ensures that critical business processes run smoothly, improves user satisfaction and minimizes downtime that can lead to productivity losses.


In addition, a well-managed operation enables rapid adaptation to new business requirements and technological changes, ensures data integrity and compliance and optimizes total cost of ownership.


We not only offer migration services to SAP GTS Edition for HANA, but also Application Management Services (AMS) for SAP S/4HANA, where our deep system understanding from the migration leads directly to more efficient operations and lower operating costs. Our approach minimizes your total cost of ownership by optimizing processes and avoiding unnecessary expenses.


To further reduce costs, we like to rely on shoring partners, which increases the financial efficiency of our projects. Our team of second-level employees efficiently solves tickets that go beyond first-level support, while our experts in third-level support ensure further development and maintenance. In this way, we ensure the long-term performance and further development of your SAP S/4HANA system.






ROI of a migration to SAP Hana


The return on investment (ROI) of a migration to SAP Hana depends on several factors, including improving operational efficiency, reducing IT costs and increasing business performance through improved decision-making and process optimizations.


In a fictitious example calculation for the return on investment (ROI) of a migration to SAP Hana, we take into account initial costs of €1,100,000 for software, hardware, consulting and training. The annual savings and additional revenue, including improved business processes, reduced operating costs and new business opportunities, amount to €750,000.


Although the first year ends with a net loss of € -350,000, a long-term perspective over 5 years shows a positive net effect of € 2,650,000. This calculation illustrates that, despite initial challenges, the long-term financial benefits of migrating to SAP Hana justify the investment and make a significant contribution to increasing operational efficiency and business performance.


Best practices for a smooth migration

  • Detailed planning: Comprehensive advance planning, including a thorough analysis of the current system landscape and the definition of clear migration goals.
  • Pilot phase: Establishment of a pilot phase to test the migration in a controlled environment before the complete changeover takes place.
  • Employee training: Ensure that all affected employees are fully trained to work effectively with the new systems.
  • Data backup: Carry out extensive data backups before starting the migration to avoid data loss.
  • Step-by-step migration: Consider migrating in stages to minimize the risk of business disruption.
  • Regular security audits: Conduct regular security audits to ensure your SAP Hana system meets the latest security standards.
  • Partnership with experts: Cooperation with SAP Hana experts or consultants who have experience with similar migration projects.


We have summarized more information on migration in this article: The end of SAP GTS 11; An analysis for your company.





SAP Edition for Hana revolutionizes customs management and trade agreement compliance with advanced compliance features. Companies benefit from seamless integration into logistics processes and sales/ordering processes, enabling efficient sanctions list checking and embargo verification.


SAP Hana simplifies product classification and increases the efficiency of customs procedures, significantly improving global trade operations while ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.


The migration to SAP Edition for Hana is more than a technical upgrade; it is a strategic step towards more agile, data-driven and sustainable business management. 

Your individual advice

If you are ready to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by SAP Hana, our experts are ready to guide you along the way.

Anni Hoja, Head of Delivery Unit Product Intelligence
Anni Hoja
Head of Delivery Unit Product Intelligence