On June 18, and right on time for an important milestone in the cloud, SAP has released SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 to the market. I’d like to give an overview of the functional scope of the solution. First of all, SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 includes three cloud offerings:
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud project services edition
- SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition
SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition 1506
In this edition, SAP S/4HANA is enabling two key processes for marketing experts: the analysis of business partners, going from the access of the business partner fact sheet, to the ability to engage with contacts via selection criteria. The second scenario is covering the email campaign management process, from the creation of the segmentation model to the creation of the campaign to the analysis of the success of the campaign.
Picture 1: Engage with your contacts with SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 (click to enlarge)
SAP S/4HANA, cloud project services edition
The solution is designed to support the professional services industry in the management of their projects. The scope is going from the project set-up (duration, staffing…), the project execution (time entry, collaboration…), to billing and invoicing (time and materials…).
The solution provides a central monitoring of all the projects with metrics like plan versus actual analysis, work in progress, etc. It includes Financials capabilities to manage processes around the project itself, like receivables and payments, financial planning and operations, or accounting and closing.
To better manage the procurement part of a project, the solution offers end-to-end scenarios like procure to pay, or invoice to pay. In addition, customers using SAP S/4HANA can take advantage of the native integration to the Ariba Network, SAP’s cloud-based B2B sourcing and procurement marketplace.
Picture 2: Create a customer project with SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 (click to enlarge)
SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition 1506
SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition 1506 provides business scenarios that allow to manage your company end-to-end, from Procurement to Financials to Services. Here is an overview of the scope of this solution, presented in end-to-end business processes and their key steps:
- Accounting and Financial close: General Ledger Accounting, Period-End Closing in Financial Accounting, Asset Accounting…
- Cost and Profitability Management: overhead Cost Accounting Actual, Internal Order Actual,…
- Treasury and Financial Risk Management: Cash and Liquidity Management, Payments and Bank Communications…
- Procure-to-Pay: quotation for Procurement, Consumable Purchasing,…
- Order-to-cash: Credit Management, Sales Order Processing, Free of Charge Delivery, Returns and Complaints, Sales Quotation
- Plan to product: Internal Product Development, Logistics Planning, Repetitive Manufacturing,…
- Request to Service: Internal Maintenance, Sales Oder with Fixed Price, Service with time and material billing, Service with contract with periodic billing,…
Note that the cloud solution for Human Capital Management is SuccessFactors (more details below).
Picture 3: Create a purchase order with SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 (click to enlarge)
Picture 4: Visualize cash positions with SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 (click to enlarge)
SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 and integration to cloud solutions from SAP
Let me just pick two examples here: the integration to SuccessFactors and to Ariba Network. Note that SAP supports the native integration to other cloud solutions like SAP JAM for Enterprise Collaboration.
In the case of SuccessFactors, the solution comprise integration of employee and employment data, transfer of working time to controlling… giving SAP S/4HANA cloud customers the ability to leverage all the capabilities of SuccessFactors. For the S/4HANA and Ariba integration, SAP is providing the ability to send a purchase order to the Ariba Network and receive the invoice from a supplier that is member of the Ariba Network.
Picture 4: SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 and cloud integration examples
What is next for SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition scope and integration perspective? Get more information about the roadmap for SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition in the SAP Service Marketplace http://service.sap.com/roadmaps, go to “Cross Topics” and then “SAP S/4HANA”.
Now it is your turn!
Get your own user now in the SAP S/4HANA trial environment www.sap.com/s4hana-trial and test drive SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition. You will be able to run all the scenarios described above, jumping in the shoes of a Project Manager, Marketing Expert, Cash Manager and more.
Stay tuned for a complementary blog to be published very soon for SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506 with a focus on “cloud qualities”: how are they defined, what does it mean for SAP, what does it mean for customers and partners.
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