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What’s New in 2 Tier ERP

This blog presents key highlights of the new functionalities of SAP S/4 HANA Cloud release 1708 and business cases that can realized for 2 Tier ERP. Let us delve into the features and functions realizable in 2 Tier deployment.

Consolidation of autonomous subsidiaries via Central Finance

 

 

Central Finance is a SAP S/4HANA system, installed as side-car, receiving financial accounting transactions via real-time replication from SAP or non-SAP ERP source systems. From a consolidation perspective, it provides an incremental improvement opportunities like:

  • Centralization of mapping / data harmonization across recording, reporting, planning and consolidation
  • Interface landscape complexity reduction
  • Business model change processing
  • Merger and acquisition on-boarding

Hence for the complex system landscapes like 2 Tier, SAP S/4HANA can be deployed in Tier One as a Central Finance System which holds all financial documents of the entire group and will be a starting point for the centralized financial consolidation.

  • Tier One has SAP S/4HANA On Premise deployed as a Central Finance System.
  • All financial documents from other SAP and non-SAP systems are replicated to the SAP S/4HANA Central Finance system including the financial documents from a SAP S/4HANA cloud system representing a Tier Two system.
  • SAP Central Finance can serve as single source system for the consolidation tool and therefore reduce the number of interfaces feeding the consolidation tool.
  • Alternatively, SAP BPC can also be deployed within the SAP Central Finance system and therefore serve as a real-time consolidation solution integrated in the Central Finance system with real-time access to all master and transactional data.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud subsidiary provides integration capabilities with the SAP S/4HANA Central Finance to Consolidate financial and management reporting. SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Connector and SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server are used as integration technology.

  • Activate Communication Scenario to replicate transactional data via SAP LT Replication Server

Maintain relevant company codes for replication

Warehouse Management

Warehousing Management has become a key differentiator for modern day businesses. The concepts like centralized Warehouse Management and 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) Providers have gained popularity. It becomes imperative for ERP systems to have the capability of addressing Warehousing Management issues of organizations. The 1708 release for SAP S/4 HANA Cloud has addressed the industry’s needs concerning integration with 3rd Party Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). At present, we can integrate an organization’s Sales and Procurement processes with a 3rd Party Warehouse Management System. The complex architecture of Warehouse Management integration in a 2 Tier ERP Scenario due to the interactions of the Headquarter, Subsidiary and 3PL can be easily facilitated.

In the context of 2 Tier ERP, such a feature facilitates the realization of the following business cases:

  1. Centralized Warehouse Management by a 3PL
  2. Warehouse Management by a 3PL specifically for the subsidiary
  3. Warehouse Management by a subsidiary for itself

For more details on Warehouse Management in 2 Tier ERP context you can refer this blog.

 

Whitelisted APIs

Apart from the above features SAP has also released a number of APIs in the Sales and Procurement domain that facilitate 2 Tier ERP deployment. Some of the APIs are Read Purchase Orders, Read Sales Orders. The details of the APIs can be found in this link.

 

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  1. Sven Denecken

    Check also series on 2Tier ERP here: https://blogs.sap.com/2017/06/10/s4hana-cloud-2tiererp-series-10-concluding-the-2-tier-erp-series/

     

     

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