FPS1 Update

With SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 (initial shipment stack) I published a Blog explaining the status of dedicated Business Functions and their behavior within the system conversion: SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition system conversion: Additional remarks regarding Business Functions

With SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 Feature Pack Stack 1 (FPS1) there are some changes which I want to make available within this blog. More or less the text of the blog is similar to the initial blog – I´ve updated the figures with the current FPS1 state.

Kind Regards,
Frank

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Introduction

As a first step within the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise system conversion the customer will execute the Maintenance Planner. The Maintenance Planner checks the system with regards to business functions, industry solutions, and add-ons. If there is no valid path for the conversion (for example, the add-on is not released yet), the Maintenance Planner prevents the conversion.

  • For more details see Conversion Guide (SAP Help) or the related SCN Blog (The System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 – Technical procedure and semantic adaption tasks SCN Link).
  • It is recommended to get familiar with the SAP S/4HANA system conversion basic information.
  • The following SCN Blog provides specific information about the role of Business Functions within SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 and is based on the basic understanding of the system conversion process.

Business Functions

A business function is a building block of a business function set. From a business perspective, it represents a self-contained function that you can switch on. From a technical point of view, it is a set of switches that assign repository objects to the business function. Business functions are switched on at a system level. For more details regarding Business Functions see SAP Help: Link

Business Functions Sets

The business functions are grouped in business function sets in your ABAP-based ECC system. There are two types of business functions sets:

  • For most Industry Business Solutions, there is one business function set for each industry. You use this to change your clients of an ECC system over to the applications and solutions tailored for an industry. This business function set covers all industry business functions that can be used for an industry solution to be used exclusively on one system/one instance.
  • In addition to the industry-specific business function sets, there is a general business function set. This contains the Enterprise business functions and the Enterprise Extensions. These contain functions for the standard applications of Accounting, Logistics, Human Capital Management, and some additional industry-specific applications.

A business function set is activated when you have activated at least one of the related business functions. We therefore recommend that you activate the business function set when you start configuring your system, since the required industry-specific view of your Implementation Guide is only created once you have activated the related business function.For more details regarding SAP ERP Business Functions and Industry Business Solutions see SAP Help:Link

Business Functions Status in SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511

Business Functions can have the following status:

  • Always on,
  • Customer switchable,
  • Always off.


During the system conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 the following figure gives an overview about the handling of different status of Business Functions.

Start Release (SAP Business Suite)

Target Release (SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511)

State

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise state

Conversion

New State

Remark

ON

ALWAYS_OFF

NO

See SAP Note 2240359

OFF

ALWAYS_ON

YES

ON

See SAP Note 2240360

ON

Customer_Switchable

YES

ON

OFF

Customer_Switchable

YES

OFF


ALWAYS OFF in SAP S/4HANA

If a business function was switched “ON” in the Business Suite start release system, but defined as “always_off” in the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition target release, then a system conversion is not possible with this release (for Business Functions where the status cannot be reverted on start release). See aswell SAP Note 2240359 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 Feature Pack Stack 1 (FPS1): Always-Off Business Functions

Find attached the list of Business Functions which are in state ALWAYS_OFF in SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 FPS1 (as well included in SAP note as attachment):

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Note 1:
In this constellation it is not possible to convert this system and start a conversion program with the target of productive use. If the intention is a proof of concept to experience SAP S/4HANA it is possible to convert the system by applying a workaround in a non-productive testing environment.


Note 2:

The status of following Business Functions which are currently (SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511) in state “always_off” are planned to be changed. Find attached the list of Business Functions which are planned to be changed.


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ALWAYS ON in SAP S/4HANA

If a business function was switched “OFF” in the start release system, but defined as “always_on” in the target release, then the business function will be activated during the conversion. See aswell SAP Note 2240360 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 Feature Pack Stack 1 (FPS1): Always-On Business Functions. Find attached the list of Business Functions which are in state ALWAYS_ON in SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 FPS1 (as well included in SAP note as attachment):

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Note 1: See SAP Help Portal: http://help.sap.com/s4hana_op_1511 –> Conversion Guide

CUSTOMER SWITCHABLE in SAP S/4HANA

If a business function is defined as “customer_switchable” in the target release (SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511), then the business function status remains unchanged from the status on start release.

Future roadmap and related Business Functions

For the following applications and industries there is a future roadmap. See additionally the following SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Roadmap: Link

  • Commodity Management
  • Additional Industries:
    • Healthcare
    • Retail / Fashion
    • Oil & Gas
    • IS-U (WASTE) – (*Roadmap still to be defined
    • IS Media (*Roadmap still to be defined)

The Business Functions related to these applications and industries are accordingly as well on a roadmap to be adapted. Find attached the list of Business Functions which related to these applications and industries.

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Related information sources

Guides/Documentation

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 documentation

Link

Conversion Guide for SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511

PDF

Simplification List for SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511

PDF

The System Conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 – Technical procedure and semantic adaption tasks – SCN Blog

LINK

Related SAP Notes

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511: Release Information Note

SAP Note 2189824

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511: Restriction Note

SAP Note 2214213

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511: Compatible Add-ons

SAP Note 2214409

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511: Always-Off Business Functions

SAP Note 2242524   

SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511: Always-On Business Functions

SAP Note 2242526   




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  1. Daniel Klein

    Hi Frank,

    thanks for the blog.

    Is there a reason why these two Business Functions have an additional suffix “_ALWAYS_OFF” in the listing instead of the original name?:

    • LOG_SD_ANALYTICS_01_ALWAYS_OFF
    • LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS_ALWAYS_OFF

    But the more important question is:

    Any ETA on your “Note 2” for section ALWAYS_OFF? How are the chances to see e.g. LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS getting off the list with FPS02 in May? We have it activated and hope we get the opportunity for a system conversion ASAP.

    Regards

    Daniel

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    1. Frank Wagner Post author

      Hello Daniel,

      let me start with the last question – I made an error in my listing. Good news is that my fault is that I listed LOG_SD_ANALYTICS_01 and LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS wrongly I the list of Business Functions planned to be changed. They are already changed with FPS1! Their status is customer_switchable and obsolete. So these Business Functions do not block the system conversion in case the customer does have these BF active on start release. From a scope perspective the functionality behind these Business Functions are not in scope of SAP S/4HANA. Sorry for the mistake in my list.

      The Business Functions LOG_SD_ANALYTICS_01_ALWAYS_OFF and LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS_ALWAYS_OFF are technical vehicles to do this adaption. They do carry now the technical switches – the switches have been moved from LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS to LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS_ALWAYS_OFF. With that it was possible to change the status to customer_switchable for LOG_SD_EACOMPLAINTS.

      Kind Regards,

      Frank

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  2. Marc-Oliver Wiedemann

    Hi Frank,

    a partner raised the question if it is possible to install S/4HANA without setting the DIMP switch. According to his understanding this is not a valid option. But he became insecure due to misleading information from various sources.

    Could you please elaborate on that ?

    Regards,

    Marc

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    1. Frank Wagner Post author

      Hello Marc,

      The DIMP solution is automatically included in SAP S/4HANA, on-premsie edition 1511. Technically this is done via setting the Business Function  DIMP_SDUD to ALWAYS_ON (see aswell SAP Note 2240360).

      If a business function was switched off in the start release system, but defined as always_on in the target release, then the business function will be automatically activated during the conversion.

      In this sense a S/4HANA customer does have the opportunity to use the DIMP functionailty. Based on the above described mechanism it is not possible not to switch on DIMP within SAP S/4HANA, on-premsie edition 1511.

      Hope that does answer your question.

      Kind Reagrds,

      Frank

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