This blog summarizes insights and highlights at a glance for the released #SAP #S4HANA Cloud 1608.

This product version was released on August 29th.

The new scope was developed thanks to the massive contribution from Customers, Co-Innovators, Partners and many teams across SAP. We included several links providing in-depth information about the added functionality.

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The third shipment of this year for the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, includes updates for:

  • SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud
  • SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud
  • SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud


See this video for a quick overview



A comprehensive Highlight overview can be found here.


Extended 4 Quarter Roadmap in the Cloud

In the cloud it is all about transparency. We want to continue to build customer trust and drive innovation adoption by giving more visibility into our product roadmap with a clear focus on business value.

We drive the SAP S/4HANA Cloud roadmap as a frontrunner by sharing the planned innovations and features related to upcoming releases, with a horizon of 4 quarters ahead as demonstrated below.

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The SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608 Roadmap can be viewed here.

Business Innovations with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608

Let’s talk about business processes first. All processes delivered are built on extensible turn-key business scenarios, provided by SAP Activate.

The blog only contains highlights, for a complete list of the existing scope shipped, click here.

Key highlights: SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud 1608

Key highlights: SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud 1605

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud covers the most important business scenarios to run a company, from finance to procurement to manufacturing and supply chain like

  • Streamlined Procure to Pay
  • Accelerated Plan to Product
  • Optimized Order to Cash
  • HR Connectivity
  • Core Finance
  • Project Services


Country availability: 1 country has been added: Switzerland (now covering 13 countries and 10 languages)

Additional business processes for

Streamlined Procure to Pay

  • Supplier Activity Management
  • Supplier Classification and Segmentation
  • SAP Ariba – Sourcing Integration
  • Requisitioning
  • Basic Functionality for Serial Number Management

Accelerated Plan to Product

  • Make-to-Order Production – Semi finished Goods, Planning and Assembly

Optimized Order to Cash

  • Sales Contract Management
  • Credit Memo Processing
  • Debit Memo Processing
  • SAP Fiori Overview Pages for Sales and Distribution
  • Accelerated Customer Returns

Core Finance

  • Accounting and Financial Close – Parallel Ledger
  • Statutory Reporting Framework Reports (not applicable for all countries)
  • Asset Accounting – Parallel Ledger
  • Asset Under Construction – Parallel Ledger
  • SAP Ariba – Integration for Finance
  • Profit and Loss Plan Data Load from File
  • Bank Integration with Financial Services Network (need additional license)

Project Services

  • Customer Project Analysis
  • Utilization Analysis


Enhancements in the areas of Streamlined Procure to Pay for

  • Collaborative Sourcing and Contract Management
  • Operational Purchasing

Enhancements in Basic Production

Enhancements in Order and Contract Management

Enhancements in Core Finance for

  • Accounting and Closing Operations
  • Cost Management and Profitability Analysis
  • Treasury and Financial  Risk Management

Enhancements in Project Services for                        

  • Contract to Cash
  • Project Management

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud 1608 is integrated with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer, SAP Ariba Network and SAP Financial Services Network.


For a complete list of the new scope items shipped with 1608, click here.


Key highlights: SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud 1608

Integrates with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, SAP C4C, SAP Hybris, and SAP Ariba network.

Key highlights: SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud 1605

This edition supports end to end customer project services delivery.

Project planning, costing, staffing, billing and financial accounting are the key pillars.

The solution supports customer with:

  • real time information for better decision-making
  • always accurate financial figures for projects and revenue recognition
  • improve of people utilization and external resources
  • reduce time from projects delivery to cash collection


Supported Countries: 3 new countries have been added: Switzerland, Luxembourg and United Arab Emirates (now covering 17 countries and 10 languages)

Additional business processes for

Project Services

  • Event-Based Revenue Recognition – Project-Based Services
  • Customer Project Analysis
  • Utilization Analysis

Core Finance

  • Ariba – Integration for Finance
  • Bank Integration with Financial Services Network (additional license required)

Enhancements in the areas of Project Services and Finance

  • Contract to Cash
  • Project Based Services (Time Recording with single timesheet process for both employees and contingent workers, Sales Order processing including capability to create credit memo requests)
  • Accounting and Closing Operations
  • Treasury and Financial  Risk Management (additional license required)

SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud is integrated with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP Ariba Network.

For a complete list of the new scope items shipped with 1608, click here.


Key highlights: SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud 1608

This edition leverages the full SAP Hybris Marketing scope in the cloud by extensible out-of-the-box scope for

  • Consumer and Customer Analytics with extensible scores visible in the Contact Profile and available for segmentation
  • Contact Segmentation and Campaign Execution by E-Mail and Text Message with A/B Testing
  • Offer Management with Loyalty through out-of-the box integration to SAP Hybris Marketing, loyalty option


Additional business processes for

  • Offer Management with Loyalty


Enhancements for following business processes

  • Consumer and Customer Analytics
  • Segmentation and Campaign Execution by E-Mail and Text Message


Standardized interfaces for data load and business integration scenarios e.g.

  • Load Social Media for SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud
  • File Based Data Load for SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud
  • Integration with SAP Cloud for Customer
  • Integration with SAP Hybris Commerce
  • SAP ERP Actual and Committed Spend Integration

For a complete list of the new scope items shipped with 1608, click here.

Modular concept of SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Cloud has a modular concept. Customers might want to start their public cloud journey somewhere and expand overtime. To address this our next package will be the SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud, which is launched at the Finance Connect in Las Vegas on August 29th. What is it? SAP S/4HANA Finance Cloud provides basic processes for Procurement, Sales and the integration into HR, as depicted in the Release video above and we will share more information shortly.


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LABS preview – Two-Tier-ERP based on a single codeline with multiple deployment options

And one special topic which is key for our clients in respect to their ERP landscape TCO, and the two-tier ERP approach.


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Many companies still have a patchwork of ERP solutions across their business. Rationalizing these applications can deliver economies of scale via global standardization. As SAP S/4HANA’s code line and platform are similar for cloud and on premise, it is naturally offering a best-in-class two-tier ERP landscape. Just to name a few key advantages: A consistent data model and taxonomy between our cloud and on-premise applications, a single user experience, and native integration.

For a Two-Tier ERP, the combinations are endless. We are showing here one option where the manufacturing plants run their local finance and consolidate on the headquarter level, whereas the manufacturing, inventory process run locally only. This approach would equally apply for example to Warehouse Management or to Retail processes.


Find more information about SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud


More information about SAP S/4HANA Cloud Editions

The following links on the SAP Help Portal are helpful:

  • Understand the complete  scope of the solution with the Feature Scope Description
  • Have a look on What’s New” to see what has been added with the 1608 release
  • Find additional details on 1608 on the SAP Help Portal
  • SAP Best Practices for

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud

SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud

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