SAP S/4HANA cookbook: Guiding you through your implementation
What is this blog about ?
In 2015, SAP launched the first version of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), the next generation business suite designed to help customers run simple in the digital economy.
To help customers and partners implement SAP S/4HANA, we released a structured and regularly updated guide, the SAP S/4HANA cookbook, that links to relevant information around the implementation of SAP S/4HANA.
Think of it as an entry point that guides you to all relevant information related to the implementation of SAP S/4HANA – not only the standard SAP documentation but also to SAP Best Practices, how-to guides, whitepapers and other background information.
Typical target audiences are project leads, solution architects, and similar profiles.
What content can you expect to find in the SAP S/4HANA cookbook ?
Since SAP S/4HANA is at an early stage in the software lifecycle, the cookbook will have a living content structure that will be adapted over time.
The cookbook consists of a small set of HTML pages that contain summary information and hyperlinks to more detailed documents that let you dive into the respective subject matter.
Currently, we have the following high-level content structure:
SAP S/4HANA cookbook: First glimpse
Since every implementation project is different, you might not find the exactly measured ingredients for your specific SAP S/4HANA implementation in those contents, but you hopefully will get a good understanding what you need to watch out for when preparing your personal SAP S/4HANA menu.
As said above, the journey has just started, and the itinerary will contain iterative content updates. Therefore, please regularly check back for new content.
Where and when was the cookbook published ?
The first version of the cookbook was released end of July 2015. Since then, we had continuous updates and will further enhance it towards the launch of the next release of SAP S/4HANA in Q4/2015.
The cookbook is part of the SAP S/4HANA community (see above for the links to the respective entry pages of the cookbook). In this community, you can also raise your questions about SAP S/4HANA.
If you have comments about the cookbook itself, please use the commenting function of this blog.
Best and stay tuned,
Great Joerg. Thanks for the information.
Can we also add, SAP Simple Finance for CLOUD (2.0) as it seems to be in GA starting 13.07.2015, Am I correct ?
let me jump in for Jörg.
In the upcoming S/4HANA Cookbook we would like to focus on the SAP S/4HANA On-Premise Edition and the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Edition.
For example Yannicks blog: SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition 1506: what is the scope?
does contain information about the SAP S/4HANA cloud edition 1506 with the three offerings:
These offerings contain are simple finance application functionalities. If you are interested in the financial details you can address this for example via Yannicks blog.
I´m not sure if your question goes in the the direction to operate a SAP Simple Finance, on-premise edition in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC). For more details about this offering possibly the SAP SImple Finance SCN is the right place.
SAP S/4HANA Finance
However these kind of offerings will not be covered in the SAP S/4HANA Cookbook. Like mentioned here we are focusing on the SAP S/4HANA on-premise and cloud edition.
Is there a link to the cookbook itself, or will we have to the SAP S/4HANA community for blogs with "SAP S/4HANA cookbook" in the title ? I prefer the former, because otherwise there will be a lot of out of date content and potentially misleading content.
there is an upcoming re-structuring of SAP SCN in Q3 so let see what comes out her, but let me state some general ideas about the SAP S/4HANA cookbook.
Hope that answer your question.
the screenshot above actually shows the start page of the cookbook (it's still a draft and might change a bit).
It's a regular SCN document i.e. you will be able to reach the cookbook start page via a URL like scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-XXXXX. Further 'stable' and hopefully always up-to-date URLs will go out from this page to other sub-pages and assets (blogs, documents, white papers, ...) so you don't need to search the whole community.
As Frank said, there are some upcoming changes to the SCN infrastructure so we might need to adapt some of the page structures in the future.
And finally, as said in my blog above, the contents of the cookbook will follow an iterative approach - so please don't expect that we cover 'everything you ever wanted to know about S/4HANA' in the very first versions 😉 .
Thanks for the clarification. 🙂
Looking forward to this cookbook. Thank you.
Echo! Thanks for the post in advance
Is there a cookbook or a configuration guide for S/4 Hana Cloud edition? the prupose would be to feel what the configuration options and possibilities are.
Many thanks on advance,
this feature description (SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition – SAP Help Portal Page) covers scope and configuration possibilities to a certain extent.
Customer specific configuration in the cloud is done via Guided Configuration (early summary e.g. here).
Hope this helps a bit.
Side note: On-premise implementations have of course much more freedom for configuration.
Thank you very much Joerg,
I have checked but would expect deeper content on the standard options of S/4 Hana Cloud (material supply requirements calculation, approvals for procure-to-pay for instance).
Do you have any idea why there are so many more options for configuration in the on-premise version, provided the options are standard?
I'm no SRM / logistics expert, but in the upcoming 1511 release of S/4HANA, there are some features that go in the direction you ask (see SAP S/4HANA Cookbook: What is SAP S/4HANA > Functional Capabilities > Simple Logistics).
Wrt, configuration flexibility on-premise & cloud, see e.g. the S/4HANA FAQs (e.g.#9).
Can you provide us with a date of when the SAP S/4HANA: Know your implementation options in detail will be added to the cookbook in Q4 of 2015.
I would also like to check if the cookbook is going to make use of the SAP Activate methodology and incorporate this into it for ease of use?
can't tell you an exact date in Q4 for the 'implementations options in detail' yet, sorry.
And yes, we plan to align the cookbook and SAP Activate (www.sap.com/activate).
Could you please let us know about SAP SIMPLE LOGISTICS(SLOG).
when will be the release and material availability on this?
Also can you brief up how can normal SAP functional consultants can grow up with this new release on career point of view.
the initial wave of 'sLOG functionality' was delivered with SAP S/4HANA 1511 in November 2015. sLOG was a project name which has been replaced by 'Materials Management & Operations' by now (see e.g. here or in other blogs in the S/4HANA space in SCN)
For consultants, there are also some mentions in the S/4HANA space e.g. here.
Thanks for quick reply.
I am SAP SD consultant could you please suggest me how can i upgrade my skill with S/4 HANA, through any open course or certification etc.
What exactly we need to learn to get into this path.
Very informative post. Thanks Joerg!
Thanks for the info, question from my side is
I have been unable locate any documentation to support this.
please see the admin guide of S/4HANA 1610 (on-premise):