SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 FPS 02 – what’s new?
We’d like to share this quarter’s on premise shipment for SAP S/4HANA with you, as SAP is releasing SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 FPS 02 on May 12 2016.
Check this short launch video on the key information about the new product.
Quick update on the shipment strategy for SAP S/4HANA
Let me elude again the shipment strategy for the on-premise product as we get this question frequently: SAP is shipping one key release per year for the on premise market, and 3 successive Feature Pack Stacks (FPS). The most recent release is known as the “1511” release, shipped in November 2015.
The next key release is planned for Q4, and will bring additional simplification and innovation to the core of application.
So back to this release: on May 12 SAP is shipping the Feature Pack Stack 02 (FPS02) for SAP S/4HANA On Premise 1511. What does this mean concretely?
What is the product SAP S/4HANA?
SAP S/4HANA has been launched in February 2015 as SAP’s next-generation business suite designed to help customer operate in the digital economy. This new suite is built on our advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori. To make it a bit more concrete, let me give you a few examples of key innovations of this product, picking the areas Procurement and Inventory Management.
In Procurement, I’d like to mention the inclusion of key capabilities like Self-Service Requisitioning in the heart of the application. So far, the solution for this was SAP SRM. Now this capability is supported at the core of the ERP. Beside this, note the very high coverage of Fiori Apps for central role like Purchaser, and the usage of the newest controls like Object Pages, My Inbox, KPI Tiles, for those applications. You can find more details about this on the Fiori Library.
One key innovations in inventory management is the ability to manage high volume back flush (parallel production combined postings), and other one is the broader support of the “segment of one”, so the ability to build and manage micro segments that allow to target each customer uniquely.
These are only a few example of SAP S/4HANA innovations. If you want to get more knowledgeable on this new suite, have a look at the SAP Learning Hub curriculum for S/4HANA.
What is the content of the Feature Pack Stack 02 shipped on May 12?
Here is an overview of the new features or functionalities in the product:
- Enhancement of Intrastat: enhancement of the core application and ability to send declaration to more countries (Estonia,…)
- Verify Nota Fiscal (for example, tax calculation, transport and product information)
- Factoring in Accounts Payable: new functions are provided for non-notified factoring
- Smart business modeler: new feature for the creation of own tiles are now provided
- Master data: new “Product Master” app to manage master data in SAP S/4HANA
On the Industry side:
- Enhancements in Curriculum Management, Grading and Advising in SAP Higher Education and Research
- Virtual data modeler for SAP Utilities that give direct access to SAP S/4HANA data for embedded reporting
Country specific update:
- India: Create and Manage Outgoing Excise Invoices
- China: manage outgoing checks and checkbooks
New on integration and extensibility:
- Integration with SAP SuccessFactorsCentral for employee and organisational data integration
- Operational Load from SAP Hybris Reporting into SAP Revenue Accounting
- New UI generation feature for customer business object
Check the feature scope description (FSD) for more details on the application, it will explain the new content coming with FPS 02 as well. If you want to get even more details on this FPS02, read the “What’s new” document that has been published.
What is new regarding User Experience with FPS02?
SAP Fiori is the new user experience (UX) for SAP software. SAP Fiori UX represents a personalized, responsive and simple user experience across devices and deployment options. SAP S/4HANA new innovations are all leveraging this innovative, people-centric technology, with new or enhanced applications coming regularly to the market.
Linked to the Higher Education and Research enhancements mentioned above, SAP is shipping new apps for the “Student” like “My Courses”, “My timetable” or “My Results”. For the role “Billing clerk” the new apps “Create Excise Invoice” and “Manage Outgoing excise invoice” were added.
And there are more new user experiences with this FPS02, in areas like Procurement, Account Receivable or Goods and Service confirmation
Example of new Fiori App with FPS02: Create Purchase Requisition
Check the Fiori Library if you want to get the complete list of new or enhanced apps with FPS02.
More details on the next release? Check the roadmap update
Check the SAP S/4HANA roadmap document available in the Service Marketplace. Go to “Product Road Map”, then “Cross Topics”, and you will find it there.
The next blog update is planned for the cloud product in a couple days, let’s stay connected.
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