Overview: SAP EHS Management in context of Enhancement Package / Support Package
In context of SAP EHS Management (classic) changes in the software are delivered by SAP using either a:
- Support Package
- or Enhancement Package
The strategy of SAP is “easy” but sometimes misinterpreted.
A support package combines simply:
- a list of error fixes
- and can contain new software based on legal demand (e.g. REACh…)
An Enhancement Package contains “add on software” which enhances the functionality but is not legal driven.
SAP is roughly providing two support packages per year. Regarding new “Enhancement Package”: roughly once a year a new EnhancementPpackage is available but this neednot always enhance EHS (e.g. no extension happened in Enhancement Package 1 and 4 regarding EHS).
The test approach regarding the delivery of a “Support Package” and an “Enhancement Package” is different. Regarding an Enhancement Package a more intensive test of the new software is done and a ramp up phase is used.
In context of SAP EHS Management new features are delivered with:
- Enhancement Package 3
- Enhancement Package 5
- Enhancement Package 6
- Enhancement Package 7
If you check SAP marketplace you will see that per “Package” a different maointenance startegy is used (that means support packages are deliverd for the packages at different times). Therefore to get “state of the art” software (including legal changes) you need “only” download the recent combination of Enhancement Package / Support Package.
There is only one important “but”:
To make use of the new features, you must activate via customizing the corresponding Business Function. After doing that you can get updates in customizing; delivered are sometimes “default” implementations of the new features but not in all cases. Only within a project you can make sure which of the new features should be used and how etc. If you are planning to use one of the new feature you need to have a “plan” to analyse what is new, how to use the new feature; then to develop test etc. the new stuff.
Now what are the reasons to use the functionality (in theory you can use SAP ECC 6.0 with out any ! Enhancement Package and you can still fulfill all legal requirements):
Main drivers are the new features. If you use them properly you can gain new benefits and save money.
If you check: http://help.sap.com/erp2005_ehp_06/helpdata/en/bf/57cec7cb1343f4877cb762029876ce/content.htm?frameset=/en/46/4afb86d8d551ede10000000a114a6b/frameset.htm
Chapter “Environment, Health and Safety” and subchapters you will realize that there are these business functions available:
|Business Fucntion||Related Enhancement Package||Important new fetaures|
|LOG_EHS_GLM_CI_4||Enhancement Package 7||Improvements in the area of GLM|
|LOG_EHS_PS_CI_3||Enhancement Package 6||
Improvements in the area of GLM
Improvements in the area of CG02
Improvements in the area of SVT
|LOG_EHS_DG_CI_3||Enhancement Package 6||Improvements in the area of DG|
|LOG_EHS_CI_2||Enhancement Package 5||
Improvement in area of SVT
Improvement in area of OH
|OPS_EHS_CI_1||Enhancement Package 3||
Improvement performance Expert Server
Improvement in area of OCC
Improvement in area of WWI
Improvement in area of DG
New flexible hazardous substance check
Improvement in CG02/CG02BD
Improvement in inheritance
Improvement in area of SVT
Improvement in area of GLM
Especially the improvements in the area of GLM, SVT and CG02/CG02BD but DG as well are reasons why a company should check if there is a benefit in installing the software and activating the business function.
At the end you need a project to select the right function to be used and to describe how it should be used etc.
I am not aware of any kind of depedency between the business functions. You can acticvate them independent from each other.
Regarding enhancement options here: please check: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-45836#comment-386163
There is a new document in place referring to the changes in GLM as mentioned above. It is really worth to read it:
Just be mindful that your comments above only apply to the EH&S classic elements. The new components (ie. Incident Management, Risk Assessment, Product Compliance, etc.) are all delivered as Component Extension releases outside of the Enhancement pack release concept for ECC (eg. Component Extension Set 1, 2,3,4). There is technical prerequisite for the ECC system to be on a minimum of enhancement pack 5 however.
thanks for your remark.
In my opinion the Component Extension product line will get bigger over the next years. Discussions in this FORUM showed that is is used more and more. Actually we have "Component Extension 4.0" in Ramp Up. My assumption is still this: after some extensions this new solution might be bundled "different" (may be as part of ECC ?) and we will "loose" the version number and may be we will get "Enhancement Packages" here as well. We will see.