It is always fun being on the leading edge of implementing new software solutions and Simple Finance living up to that standard. There are extra challenges and learning opportunities for both the user, the implementer, and SAP. In this post I wanted to talk a about the new naming conventions for Simple Finance and hopefully eliminate some of the confusion.
As most of you probably know with the introduction of SAP S/4 HANA SAP is shifting to a cloud first development schedule. S/4 HANA will be available both on premise and in the cloud. However, due to the industry standard of multi-tenant cloud offerings deploying updates on a quarterly basis new functionality will be first deployed in the cloud and then rolled back into the On Premise additions. Since Simple Finance is the first piece of S/4 we are seeing the naming change to denote more of that philosophy.
Simple Finance was first released as SAP Simple Finance Add-on 1.0. This version contained some of the new functionality for simple finance however, it did not incorporate all of the table structure simplification and fiori apps that would come with the next version SAP Simple Finance Add-on 2.0 and be the base for S/4.
Coinciding with the release of Simple Finance 2.0 SAP took the opportunity to rename the product to be more in line with their future cloud first strategy. Simple Finance Add-on 2.0 was renamed to Simple Finance On-Premise Edition 1503 – The edition numbers represent the year and month of release. The support packs for a given On-Premise edition have also been renamed to include the year and month of release.
|Old Name Simple Finance add-on||New Name Simple Finance, on Premise Edition|
|2.0 – Released||1503 – Released|
|3.0 – Planned||1602 – Planned|
|Product Version||Old Support Pack Stack #||New Support Pack Stack #|
|SAP Simple Finance 1503||SPS 00||Initial Shipment Stack|
|SAP Simple Finance 1503||SPS 01||SPS 1505|
|SAP Simple Finance 1503||SPS 02||SPS 1508 (planned)|
|SAP Simple Finance 1503||SPS 03||SPS 1511 (planned)|
This note outlines the name changes in more detail: