SAP S/4HANA — Choosing the RIGHT “END Release” —> 1503/1605 vs 1511/1610
1) The latest version of SAP S/4HANA Finance is 1605 released in May 2016.
2) The latest version of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Edition is 1511 Feature Pack Stack 02 [ FPS02] – released in May 2016. The next MAJOR release of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Edition is 1610 (expected end of Oct 2016).
* Whether we will have quarterly release FPS03 in Aug-End is yet to be known.
1) If for some reason (mentioned below), one decides to implement SAP S/4HANA Finance, it is advised to compare S/4HANA Finance 1605 over 1503.
2) For clients looking for logistics innovations – the latest release to refer to is SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Edition 1511 FPS02 .
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Why understanding the “END-RELEASE” is important!!
• Name SAP S/4HANA is associated (loosely used) with both release SAP S/4HANA 1511 & SAP S/4HANA 1503
• Optimizations in Finance Area can be realized using any of TWO ways :
o Simple Finance – S/4HANA 1503 aka sFIN 2.0 ( Suite on HANA + sFIN)
o Finance in S/4HANA 1511 RELEASE (S/4HANA 1511)
• Finance related optimizations are available in both releases. Hence, it is important to understand what is the difference in Finance as well as other areas in both these versions.
• with release of 1511, for work-in-Progress RFPs, Proposals & Projects in preparation phase – it is worth to REVISIT the “Proposed Solution” If the solutioning was done with base as SoH+sFIN 2.0 (aka 1503), then it’s suggested to revisit the decision – with respect to “End-Release” (i.e. 1503 or 1511…), project plan, efforts, functionalities and so on….
Comparing SAP S/4HANA 1503 vs SAP S/4HANA 1511 !!
Frankly speaking, actually comparing these two release is like comparing a horse to an Elephant … (I like both animals btw so no offence)… however since the name SAP S/4HANA continues to be associated with both releases – 1503 & 1511, it becomes a necessity to compare these two versions – especially in the interest of clients & Projects
• Planning to adopt / migrate to SAP S/4HANA
• In-Flight Projects who are in Project-Preparation phase
• Want to know the functionality and technical difference between the two.
Who may prefer to OPT for 1511 (or future release) over 1503 !!
• Business where Sales, Manufacturing, Procurement processes are critical and important – e.g. Manufacturing Companies
• Business wanting benefits from Simplification and innovations in Logistics Area
• S&MB looking for adopting SAP S/4HANA and DIMP Processes
Who may prefer to OPT for 1503 over 1511 !!
• Business where Finance is a critical area and company looking for innovations and optimizations ONLY in Finance area!!
• Financial Reporting is a Key pain area and companies looking for a “Consolidated and Central” Financial reporting!!
Parameters to consider ??
So, What are the KEY Differences!!
(A) Finance Innovations in SAP S/4HANA 1511 (Over 1503)
(B) Other Difference between SAP S/4HANA 1503 & SAP S/4HANA 1511
(C) Logistics Innovations in SAP S/4HANA 1511 & “Expected” Innovations in 1610.
(D) Finally THE Release Management ROADMAP…...
& now some feedback / questions which I would like to receive :
(a) Have you come across such a situation / query ?
(b) Should I have incorporated any other dimension ?
(c) Is the information for comparison element at required level or should I have compared it differently ?
I would be glad to know your views and suggestions….