S/4 HANA / Current Status regarding SAP EHS Management
Dear all, Dear Community
The new S/4 HANA On Premise version 2021 is now released.
The “help.sap.com” pages are “up to date” so you can check “what is inside” the new release.
With this releases the Product Compliance solution was extended.
Other documentation for the new softare has been updated as well (e.g. check SAP Learning Hub)
Anyhow: With S/4 HANA environment terms are changing. So you have to pay attention here.
The “Product Compliance” solution is planned by SAP to be the follow up solution of EHS classic.
As this software is “new” the concepts used here are new as well and can be a challenge even for an experienced EHS consultant.
Therefore. If somebody use the term “EHS” then in many cases it refers more to the product currently called “Component Extension for SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management” (e.g refer to https://www.sap.com/products/ehs-management-health-safety.html) than the product called “SAP EHS Management as Part of SAP ERP”, e.g. refer to https://www.sap.com/products/product-compliance.html)
Therefore: it is important to understand that in the new S/4 HANA we talk about two different products.
This blog discuss only the “SAP EHS Management as Part of SAP ERP” product and the follow up solution in S/4 HANA.
Therefore: to get the correct picture: it is a good idea to get direct in contact with SAP so that may be you get some help to move to the new S/4 HANA environment and if you have the chance to visit SAP presentations you will get a good picture on roadmap in the area of EHS.
If you are interested in the future of EHS/EHSM: You should now start to learn the new terms/options etc. As mentioned: based on roadmap of SAP SAP will now deploy year by year new cpabilities in SAP S/4 HANA.
Considering the fact, that the “term used” are changing, it is important to understand the new terms as used with S/4 HANA: (In the past we have used e.g. EHS, EHSM etc.). But the situation will get “slightly” more complex (more terms).
Some discussions regarding the change of EHS with S/4 HANA can still be found.
SAP will communicate per year the current future roadmap in context of “EHS applications” based on S/4 HANA to the customers (but only via direct contact with the customer or using some SAP presentations or partially via SAP marketplace).
You as “user” of SAP EHS Management should really try to follow any discussion in any user group (e.g. DSAG, ASUG etc.) to understand the SAP strategy. The changes (old world; new world) will be clearly bigger as the change from SAP 4.6. to SAP Enterprise, to SAP ERP; so this new “EHS” version will be a complete new software. But you (as Customer of SAP) need to think about: how to use the new version. Uutil 2025 you can still use SAP ERP in “compatibility mode) using an S/4 HANA environment (but you need to understand, that S/4 HANA will not support all EHS tools/solutions (refer to different blogs)
PS: We have now some additional blogs here which you should may be check (context of “Product Compliance” and some “YouToube” videos as well