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S4INFINITY – The SAP S/4HANA B2B portal with unlimited possibilities

For all online use cases of your S/4HANA business partners – cost-effectively on the Google Cloud Platform

S4INFINITY offers you unlimited possibilities to create a B2B portal for your S/4HANA business partners, customers and suppliers. We have developed S4INFINITY so that you can quickly and easily map your business applications to it. At the same time, S4INFINITY forms the basis for building your business cloud.

S4INFINITY is exclusively tailored to S/4HANA and adapts the S/4HANA data model. This is mapped by the S4INFINITY CORE, which includes the connection to SAP S/4HANA and into which the business partners and their relationships are transferred. Your business partners also have the option of creating and managing additional users in self-service. S4INFINITY CORE can be supplemented by optional S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS such as a content management system (CMS), service processes, document management, contract management, etc. On the other hand, individual solutions are possible that can be built on the GCP in a future-proof and lightweight manner. The MACH architecture also means that any cloud solution on the market can be integrated securely and quickly. This creates your individual, lightweight SAP Business Platform.

S4INFINITY offers you unlimited possibilities to create a B2B portal for your S/4HANA business partners, customers and suppliers. We have developed S4INFINITY so that you can quickly and easily map your business applications to it. At the same time, S4INFINITY forms the basis for building your business cloud.

S4INFINITY is exclusively tailored to S/4HANA and adapts the S/4HANA data model. This is mapped by the S4INFINITY CORE, which includes the connection to SAP S/4HANA and into which the business partners and their relationships are transferred.

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Your business partners also have the option of creating and managing additional users in self-service. The S4INFINITY CORE can be supplemented with optional S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS such as a content management system (CMS), service processes, document management, contract management, etc. On the other hand, individual solutions are possible that can be built on the GCP in a future-proof and lightweight manner. The MACH architecture also means that any cloud solution on the market can be integrated securely and quickly. This is how your individual, lightweight SAP Business Platform is created.

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S4INFINITY at a glance:

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Why you should use S4INFINITY:

Unlimited possibilities
S4INFINITY is a very flexible and easily expandable B2B portal based on S/4HANA. It offers your business partners a portal that can map all business cases relevant to your business. This saves costs and ensures satisfied customers.

S/4HANA – mapping of business partners, customers and suppliers
The portal mirrors the structure of the master data from S/4HANA 1:1. This makes it easy to keep the data synchronized with S/4HANA and build use cases on it. The S4INFINITY CORE is therefore the central solution for the self-service of your business partners and serves as a hub for all third-party applications that interact with your business partner master data.

Full access to S/4HANA data
All data can be used in S4INFINITY via the interface to S4/HANA. Whether business partners, documents, contracts, service tickets, equipment or individual data.

Cost-effective B2B self-service platform for S/4HANA
S4INFINITY is a modern, lightweight platform without vendor lock-in. It is optimized for the Google Cloud and can be deployed in your own Google Cloud Platform. This means there are only low pay-per-use costs for actual use.

Fast go-to-market / low individual effort
Thanks to the use of standardized technologies and modules and the use of SAP S/4HANA structures, only minimal individual effort is required to connect the S4INFINITY CORES. This means that extremely short project runtimes are possible for standard scenarios. We would be happy to prove this to you in a demo.

MACH architecture – your launch pad into the MACH cosmos
S4Infinity is based on the MACH principles and thus offers a very high degree of future viability, flexibility and expandability and thus the opportunity to promote and implement your innovations. MACH is an acronym that stands for Microservices, API-first, Cloud-native and Headless. Read more about this on our MACH architectures page. S4INFINITY forms the ideal basis for your MACH business cloud thanks to its connection to S4, the already established MACH architecture with GraphQL and a supplied front end.

Scalability, data security, GDPR
By using serverless technology, our solution scales within milliseconds and adapts flexibly to the load. Your customers won’t notice a thing. S4INFINITY also ensures that data can only be viewed by authorized users. The Google Cloud Platform offers one of the most advanced security infrastructures available. And yes, you decide where the data is processed and stored. All GDPR-compliant.

S4INFINITY is a very flexible and easily expandable B2B portal based on S/4HANA. It offers your business partners a portal that can map all business cases relevant to your business. This saves costs and ensures satisfied customers.

The portal mirrors the structure of the master data from S/4HANA 1:1. This makes it easy to keep the data in sync with S/4HANA and build use cases on it. The S4INFINITY CORE is therefore the central solution for the self-service of your business partners and serves as a hub for all third-party applications that interact with your business partner master data.

All data can be used in S4INFINITY via the interface to S4/HANA. Whether business partners, documents, contracts, service tickets, equipment or individual data.

S4Infinity is a modern, lightweight platform without vendor lock-in. It is optimized for the Google Cloud and can be deployed in your own Google Cloud Platform. This means that there are only low pay-per-use costs for actual use.

Thanks to the use of standardized technologies and modules and the use of SAP S/4HANA structures, only minimal individual effort is required to connect the S4INFINITY CORES. This means that extremely short project runtimes are possible for standard scenarios. We would be happy to prove this to you in a demo.

S4Infinity is based on the MACH principles and thus offers a very high degree of future viability, flexibility and expandability, and therefore the opportunity to promote and implement your innovations. MACH is an acronym that stands for Microservices, API-first, Cloud-native and Headless. Read more about this on our MACH architectures page. S4INFINITY forms the ideal basis for your MACH business cloud thanks to its connection to S4, the already established MACH architecture with GraphQL and a supplied front end.

By using serverless technology, our solution scales within milliseconds and adapts elastically to the load. Your customers won’t notice a thing. S4INFINITY also ensures that data can only be viewed by authorized users. The Google Cloud Platform offers one of the most advanced security infrastructures available. And yes, you decide where the data is processed and stored. All GDPR-compliant.

S4INFINITY components:

SAP S/4HANA

The S4INFINITY portal is explicitly designed to complement your existing S/4HANA, with S/4HANA being the leading system. Business partners, customers and suppliers are transferred to the portal and can carry out their company and user administration there in self-service. The creation and administration of users, roles and rights are available at the core. Depending on your requirements, data from other S/4HANA modules can be used.

The S4INFINITY portal is explicitly designed to complement your existing S/4HANA, with S/4HANA being the leading system.

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Business partners, customers and suppliers are transferred to the portal and can carry out their company and user administration there in self-service. The creation and administration of users, roles and rights are available at the core. Depending on your requirements, data from other S/4HANA modules can be used.

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S4INFINITY CORE

The S4INFINITY Core provides the essential functions you need to set up your SAP B2B portal. This includes the login and registration of portal users as well as account and user administration. This allows you to give your customers self-administration options and save internal costs. The S4INFINTY CORE comes with an advanced frontend based on Next.js and GraphQL, which can be rounded off and individually extended with the S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS.

The S4INFINITY Core provides the essential functions you need to set up your SAP B2B portal.

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This includes the login and registration of portal users as well as account and user administration. This allows you to give your customers self-administration options and save internal costs. The S4INFINTY CORE comes with an advanced frontend based on Next.js and GraphQL, which can be rounded off and individually extended with the S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS.

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S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS

With our S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS, you can easily expand your SAP B2B portal according to your needs. For example, we offer you a CMS extension to start with. Further extensions are customized so that you can build a comprehensive portal with a high degree of user-friendliness. In addition to the CMS extension/Contentful adaptor described below, we also offer you extensions for contract management, device management or service integration, for example.

With our S4INFINITY EXTENSIONS, you can easily expand your SAP B2B portal according to your needs.

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For example, we offer you a CMS extension to start with. Further extensions are customized so that you can build a comprehensive portal with a high degree of user-friendliness. In addition to the CMS extension/Contentful adaptor described below, we also offer you extensions for contract management, device management or service integration, for example.

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MACH

The MACH architecture provides the basis for endless possibilities to implement your innovations: By using the GCP as the basis of S4INFINITY and by adhering to the MACH principles, there are no limits to the professional expansion of your portal. For the start, we offer an optional integration of Contentful as a CMS solution. Any extension such as professional e-commerce systems using e.g. Commercetools, Emporix or BigCommerce are possible. You can also rely on our existing expertise in solutions such as Akeneo (PIM), Cloudinary (DAM) or Coveo (search). This makes S4INFINITY the MACH launch base for your business cloud.

The MACH architecture provides the basis for endless possibilities to implement your innovations: By using the GCP as

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the basis of S4INFINITY and by adhering to the MACH principles, there are no limits to the professional expansion of your portal. For the start, we offer an optional integration of Contentful as a CMS solution. Any extension such as professional e-commerce systems using e.g. Commercetools, Emporix or BigCommerce are possible. You can also rely on our existing expertise in solutions such as Akeneo (PIM), Cloudinary (DAM) or Coveo (search). This makes S4INFINITY the MACH launch base for your business cloud.

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S4INFINITY CMS Extension and Contentful Adapter

Professional content management for the best CX – optionally on board

A good content management system (CMS) is essential for your business portal in order to offer your users a good experience and to make editorial maintenance of the portal easy. With the S4INFINITY CMS EXTENSION and Contentful, you can give your portal the right kick right from the start:

S4INFINITY CONTENTFUL EXTENSION

Use the optional S4INFINITY extension to expand your portal with any MACH-based CMS solution on the market and customize your content according to your requirements.

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The S4INFINITY CMS Extension is a generic solution that supports all MACH-based CMS solutions. These can be found, for example, on the member pages of the MACH Alliance.

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Use the optional S4INFINITY extension to expand your portal with any MACH-based CMS solution on the market and customize your content according to your requirements. The S4INFINITY CMS Extension is a generic solution that supports all MACH-based CMS solutions. These can be found, for example, on the member pages of the MACH Alliance.

S4INFINITY CONTENTFUL EXTENSION

Based on the CMS extension, we have developed an adapter for Contentful that allows you to get started quickly and makes it particularly easy to create your content.

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From customized navigations to the creation of wiki pages – there are no limits to your creativity. Thanks to the simple localization functions, nothing stands in the way of providing your portal in different languages.

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Based on the CMS extension, we have developed an adapter for Contentful that allows you to get started quickly and makes it particularly easy to create your content. From customized navigations to the creation of wiki pages – there are no limits to your creativity. Thanks to the simple localization functions, nothing stands in the way of providing your portal in different languages.

Use the optional S4INFINITY extension to expand your portal with any MACH-based CMS solution on the market and customize your content according to your requirements. The S4INFINITY CMS Extension is a generic solution that supports all MACH-based CMS solutions. These can be found, for example, on the member pages of the MACH Alliance.

Based on the CMS extension, we have developed an adapter for Contentful that allows you to get started quickly and makes it particularly easy to create your content. From customized navigations to the creation of wiki pages – there are no limits to your creativity. Thanks to the simple localization functions, nothing stands in the way of providing your portal in different languages.

Structure, components and operation of S4INFINITY

S4INFINITY is designed for use on the Google Cloud. The respective components are containerized and ready for use in the cloud. The individual S/4HANA EXTENSIONS are mapped using microservices. The S4INFINITY Core is the central microservice for operating the portal and accessing the Business Partner API. The functionality of the S4INFINITY Core is 100% covered by the S/4HANA Business Partner API.

We provide the S4INFINITY Core and the extensions as executable containers that can be deployed in your Google Cloud Platform. We set up and maintain the associated Cloud Foundation and the runtime environment for your company.

This results in the following advantages for you:

  • Cost transparency: You only pay the operating costs incurred. We do not charge any additional costs. By using “serverless”, no costs are incurred if the portal is not accessed, e.g. at night
  • Individual Cloud Foundation: The setup is optimized for the individual use case, e.g. global presence vs. regional presence. Data storage in EU vs. in DE.
  • Google Cloud Platform services: This allows us to use directly other Google Cloud Platform services, e.g. BigData, but especially Vertex AI, enabling you to equip your B2B platform with the full power of Google’s AI capabilities.
  • Frontend already onboard: The frontend is headless, based on Next.js and is responsive with comprehensive support for mobile devices. Calls to the underlying S4INFINITY services, extensions, MACH solutions and your own solution landscape are aggregated via the GraphQL layer. The front end is also provided as a container and is also available in the source code so that you can also have your own IT department carry out the further development of the front end.

S4INFINITY is designed for use on the Google Cloud. The respective components are containerized and ready for use in the cloud.

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The individual S/4HANA EXTENSIONS are mapped using microservices. The S4INFINITY Core is the central microservice for operating the portal and accessing the Business Partner API. The functionality of the S4INFINITY Core is 100% covered by the S/4HANA Business Partner API.

We provide the S4INFINITY Core and the extensions as executable containers that can be deployed in your Google Cloud Platform. We set up and maintain the associated Cloud Foundation and the runtime environment for your company.

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This results in the following advantages for you:

  • Cost transparency: You only pay the operating costs incurred. We do not charge any additional costs. By using “serverless”, no costs are incurred if the portal is not accessed, e.g. at night
  • Individual Cloud Foundation: The setup is optimized for the individual use case, e.g. global presence vs. regional presence. Data storage in EU vs. in DE.
  • Google Cloud Platform services: This allows us to use directly other Google Cloud Platform services, e.g. BigData, but especially Vertex AI, enabling you to equip your B2B platform with the full power of Google’s AI capabilities.
  • Frontend already onboard: The frontend is headless, based on Next.js and

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    is responsive with comprehensive support for mobile devices. Calls to the underlying S4INFINITY services, extensions, MACH solutions and your own solution landscape are aggregated via the GraphQL layer. The frontend is also provided as a container and is also available in the source code so that you can also have your own IT department carry out the further development of the frontend.

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That costs a fortune again? – No!

We have deliberately designed S4INFINITY to be lightweight and use standards as much as possible. Our aim is to keep project runtimes and costs as low as possible. This is so that your budget is not already exhausted when you have just built an MVP, but so that you can really implement innovations with the help of your investment. A standard project can go live after just a few days. And even if you are planning a greenfield commerce B2B portal, the existing S4 integration, the MACH architecture, the already existing frontend and the existing pre-integrations such as the CMS extension make very fast and cost-effective projects possible.

WOW!

The S4INFINITY WoW effect:

  • Standard project from as little as €25,000*
    *plus own GCP costs and service fees
  • Very short time-to-market
  • Cost-effective and future-proof customization
  • Cost-effective scaling through pay-per-use

S4INFINITY – Interview of the 14th of June 2024 with Ingo Ax

All about the evolution, the core elements, which use cases S4INFINITY covers and the next steps. (in German)

Experience S4INFINITY live!

Would you like to find out more about S4INFINITY or experience a demo? Feel free to contact us or simply book a demo appointment!

Mail: sales@codeitlabs.com
Phone: +49 151 42426466

Ingo Ax, Managing Director CodeitLabs GmbH

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