SAP has released the second “Feature Pack Stack” (FPS), SAP S/4HANA 1610 FPS02 for the 1610 release, on May 10, 2017.
With FPS02, SAP S/4HANA 1610 has reached the stable stack for the 1610 release. This means that no bigger functional or technological changes – especially of incompatible nature – are expected anymore in SAP S/4HANA 1610. Future SPs of SAP S/4HANA 1610 will mostly contain maintenance and legal changes, while new innovations will be delivered in future releases of SAP S/4HANA.
This blog highlights some of the key innovations of this FPS02 shipment.
SAP’s second shipment this year includes again innovations and enhancements for the following areas:
- Line of Business
- Integration and Tools
The picture below provides an overview of the key innovations that were shipped with SAP S/4HANA 1610: The marked ones play an important role for this feature package as there have been major enhancements.
Picture 1: The highlights at a glance
Let’s take a deeper look at the improvements for the different industry solutions.
With FPS02, we introduce / enhanced:
Empties Management functionalities: With this feature, you can record and manage the procurement of returnable packaging, whose administration and deposit requirements you want to map. You can use Empties Management to handle both the procurement and the sales process for empties (including returns). You can monitor and keep track of the movement of the empties between suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, and customers. Empties Management is integrated in Materials Management (MM) and Sales and Distribution (SD).
Direct Store Delivery (Backend): With this feature, you can manage and support the central (backend) activities to distribute goods directly to the end customer for the Direct Store Delivery (DSD) process. The DSD process is based on a specific DSD tour scenario, a type of cycle. This tour scenario starts in the distribution center with order processing and the related shipment preparations, followed by physical delivery of the goods to the customer, and ends with the system processing of the tour data in the distribution center. The DSD backend process is the basis for integrating a mobile solution. Alternatively, a paper-based DSD process is also supported.
Oil & Gas
With FPS02, we enhanced Production and Revenue Accounting (PRA) and the Inventory planning workbench (IPW).
Waste & Recycling
With SAP S/4HANA 1610 FPS02, SAP Waste and Recycling is released. In order to be able to use SAP Waste and Recycling, you must activate the Business Functions (ISU_WASTE_1, ISU_WASTE_RCI, ISU_WASTE_C&I, ISU_WASTE_2, ISU_WASTE_3, ISU_WASTE_4).
Line of Business
There have been many innovations for all the lines of business. In the following, I will go exemplary into details for Finance.
With the new interface from Third-Party System to Central Finance, you can replicate financial accounting data from a third-party system to the Central Finance system. You can transfer the following kind of documents:
- General journal entries (including source references, segment, profit center, division and trading partner)
- Documents with business partner, like customers and suppliers (including source references, segment, profit center, division, trading partner, discount, payment information, product tax, withholding tax).
Picture 2: Interface from Third-Party System to Central Finance
Integration and Tools
The SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit is THE migration tool to support customers in the migration process with the “New Implementation” transition scenario. The tool is based on proven migration technologies and is available for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Edition and for SAP S/4HANA 1610. It is shipped exclusively with SAP S/4HANA.
SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511
The previously mentioned availability of SAP S/4HANA 1610 stable stack also means that the system conversion option to the predecessor release SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 will be phased out. Customers doing new system conversions to SAP S/4HANA are highly recommended to convert to more recent SAP S/4HANA releases.
However the conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 will still be possible for a period of one year and will no longer be supported with the availability of FPS02 of the next SAP S/4HANA release 1709 in May 2018.
Please note that this affects only the system conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511. New installations of SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 systems will still be possible after May 2018 and maintenance of SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 will continue as per the officially communicated maintenance timelines. Yet the recommendation to apply a later release of SAP S/4HANA as well applies for new system installs
For more information on SAP S/4HANA 1610 FPS02, check out the following links:
- Getting Started
- Installation Guide
- Upgrade Guide
- Conversion Guide
- UI Technology Guide
- Security Guide
- Operations Guide
SAP Fiori Cloud for SAP S/4HANA
SAP NetWeaver for SAP S/4HANA
SAP HANA 2.0 Support