SAP S/4 HANA 1610 comes with some extra features which could be beneficial for many organizations. First of all SAP has decided to include LiveCache in the standard ERP system (S/4 1610) which is based on a HANA database.
What is LiveCache and why is it in S/4 HANA 1610 ?
LiveCache (or LCA) is an object-based enhancement of the SAP MaxDB database system. With other words >> It is capable for managing complex objects in applications in which large quantities of data must be constantly available and changeable.
Basically in APO it was used for SNP (Supply Network Planning) and PP/DS (Production Planning Detailed Scheduling).
So you may ask yourself why we need it in S/4 HANA 1610. The answer is basically simple; the roadmap of SAP S/4 HANA shows that the functionalities of PP/DS will be in the S/4 HANA digital core instead of a different server. All the possible heuristics in PP/DS are now available in S/4 HANA 1610 which means that technically LiveCache is needed.