Central Finance and SAP S/4HANA

Central Finance and SAP S/4HANAWith Central Finance, SAP provides a lean deployment option for SAP S/4HANA. In this guide, see how Central Finance works, what it can do, and when to deploy it. Want to keep your existing ERP landscape? Learn how. Regularly undergo mergers and acquisitions? Plan ahead! Ground yourself in the system architecture and get step-by-step instructions for implementation. With details on Central Finance operations, master data management, and reporting, this is your one-stop shop for everything Central Finance.

  • See how Central Finance taps into SAP S/4HANA to improve financial processes and reporting
  • Set up and operate a Central Finance landscape
  • Use Central Finance to achieve your company’s finance and IT goals

What You Will Learn?

Getting Started

Discover how Central Finance with SAP S/4HANA works and what it offers. Examine the technical foundation underneath a Central Finance deployment and take a comprehensive look at how Central Finance impacts your financial processes.


Choose a deployment option—cloud, on-premise, or hybrid—and walk through your implementation from project planning and system setup through business mapping and the initial data load.

Next Steps

Use Central Finance as a stepping stone! Whether your organization’s goals include operational or IT transformation or mergers and acquisitions, see how Central Finance can help support you.

Book’s Highlights

  • Architecture
  • Financial processes
  • Deployment
  • Implementation
  • Operations
  • Master data management
  • Reporting
  • Mergers and integrations
  • Digital transformation
  • Business cases

About the Authors of This SAP FI Book

Carsten Hilker is the global solution owner for Central Finance. He is the emcee and host of the annual SAP Financial Excellence Forum, an annual event for SAP customers to network and interact with domain experts and thought leaders in finance and management accounting. Carsten has been working in the field of financial and management accounting for more than 20 years in various roles including development, consulting, and product management. His past and current professional affiliations include ASUG, IMA, CAM-I, the Resource Consumption Accounting Institute (RCA-I), Society of Cost Management (SCM), and the International Controller Association (ICV).

Javaid Awan the global solution owner for Central Finance and is a qualified accountant with 25 years hands-on experience in software applications. He has held roles as a member of IT leadership teams, CIO, transformation director, DevOps director, chief architect, and head of shared services, and he has led large-scale delivery for major transformations globally. Javaid has worked in finance, treasury, sales, HR, procurement, supply chain, and analytics in the consumer goods, life sciences, oil and gas, telecoms, media, manufacturing, and public sector industries.

Julien Delvat is responsible for managing TruQua’s SAP S/4HANA practice and solution portfolio while providing clients with industry guidance, roadmap strategies, implementation insights, and best practices for their financial transformation and optimization journeys with SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and Central Finance. Julien has more than 16 years of experience delivering innovative SAP solutions for organizations across the globe for industries such as consumer products, automotive, and high-tech.

Julien is well-known in the SAP world as an SAP Mentor, blogger, speaker, volunteer, and panelist at industry conferences. He has worked with a variety of companies guiding them through the enterprise digitization process, empowering knowledge workers, modernizing IT infrastructure, teaching the workforce how to utilize their data, and providing superior user experiences.

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