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Introducing SAP S/4HANA 1709

Following the success of our previous release, SAP S/4HANA 1610, SAP has released SAP S/4HANA 1709 as of September 15th, 2017. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the architectural evolution of the new release, the latest tools which are now available for SAP S/4HANA adoption, and the functional innovations and enhancements.

Watch my video below to gain quick insights into the innovations and enhancements of SAP S/4HANA 1709:

Architectural evolution

The SAP S/4HANA 1709 release is now generally available. This release runs on SAP HANA 2, the second generation of SAP’s in-memory database platform, which supports scale-out and usage of active-active for added performance. This enables customers to benefit from the latest innovations in the database system.

Expanding the core

With SAP S/4HANA 1709, we’ve expanded our core by including, for example, embedded transportation management. Previously, customers had to use two systems and the corresponding integration. Now, all transportation processes come together in one system. This helps to reduce data redundancy enabling customers to run simple.

SAP also added Catch Weight Management. With this feature, customers use a parallel, variable quantity in inventory management to valuate goods’ movements independently of their logistic quantities. Catch Weight Management is specialized in covering the needs of the consumer products industry in general, and the food processing industry in particular, making it easier to convert their existing systems. Therefore, Catch Weight Management provides customers with processes and functions to manage materials in two independent units of measure throughout the main inventory management.

Figure 1: At a glance – The key innovations and enhancements with SAP S/4HANA 1709

Innovating the core

With the new release, there are also some brand-new capabilities. Let me share some favorites, like demand-driven replenishment. With the demand-driven buffer level management, customers can now plan and manage supply chains more efficiently. Providing decoupling points with strategic stock positions, manufacturers can now avoid the so-called “Bull-Whip-Effect”, where the variation in demand increases as you move further up the supply chain from customer to supplier.

Figure 2: Manage buffer levels to avoid “Bull-Whip-Effect”

Another new process is advanced variant configuration. Variant configuration is for manufacturing complex products. The manufacturer must always offer new variants of his products. Often, new variants are created by modifying existing product designs as you process the order. It is important to react quickly to customers’ requirements. With the new functionality in SAP S/4HANA 1709, customers are provided with efficient and transparent application support throughout the business process (end-to-end), which is key for their companies.

Figure 3: Advanced variant configuration

New tools for SAP S/4HANA adoption

If a customer wants to move from an SAP ERP system to SAP S/4HANA, we distinguish between three transition scenarios:

  • New Implementation: When customers migrate from a legacy system to a greenfield implementation or a net-new installation
  • System conversion: When customers want to change their current SAP system to SAP S/4HANA
  • Landscape transformation: For customers who want to consolidate their landscape or carve out selected entities (like a company code) or processes into an SAP S/4HANA system

Figure 4: Three transition scenarios

To improve the experience when adopting SAP S/4HANA, SAP recently launched a new set of tools. The SAP Transformation Navigator helps customers determine their go-to solutions.

Customers can also take advantage of the SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA before making an S/4HANA decision. This tool is available for all customers and included in maintenance. You can initiate the SAP ERP system analysis, getting an overview of the most important aspects and potential requirements of an SAP S/4HANA system conversion (e.g. simplifications, custom code, business functions, add-ons, and transactions).

Figure 5: Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA

Next, customers can leverage the “SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit,” exclusively shipped with SAP S/4HANA. This cockpit supports the transition process for customers who are newly implementing SAP S/4HANA. The tool is based on proven migration technologies and is available for SAP S/4HANA as well as for SAP S/4HANA Cloud. As part of the Migration Cockpit, we have included the SAP S/4HANA Migration Object Modeler, a design tool for enhancements and modifications of pre-defined migration objects for SAP S/4HANA. This will provide more flexibility during the migration process by adding customer specific enhancements.

If you want to get a more detailed overview of our SAP S/4HANA 1709 release, read the “SAP S/4HANA 1709 in 20′” blog by Yannick Peterschmitt or watch his video where he’s guiding you through the key innovations per line of business and industry.

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      Author's profile photo mark chalfen
      mark chalfen

      Some of the links are not working.


      I assume they have not been made public yet.

      Author's profile photo Yannick Peterschmitt
      Yannick Peterschmitt

      Hi Mark, hope all is well. You are right, we will update the links and add more information in the coming days. So stay tuned as we have a lot of information to share on S4HANA 1709. Thanks Yannick

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for the info. Hope to see all working well. Also expecting some better fiori apps in this release. Is there any update on SAP copilot?

      Author's profile photo Sudarshan Survepalli
      Sudarshan Survepalli

      Hi there- is co-pilot released with this on-prem version?

      Author's profile photo Suman Biswas
      Suman Biswas

      Any specific news for  SAP Utilities in S4 Hana 1709?

      Author's profile photo Michael Ernzerhoff
      Michael Ernzerhoff

      Yes,  please visit Under SAP S/4HANA, there is a dedicated subsection

      What's New for SAP S/4HANA 1709

      Utilities-specific features


      Author's profile photo Anand Sharma
      Anand Sharma

      Hi Michael,


      Any specific news for the  Contract Accounts Receivable and Payble FICA module in the S4 HANA 1709 release.

      Thanks in advance for your reply.



      Author's profile photo Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed
      Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed

      Hello Everyone,

      We are facing an issue after Upgrade to S4 HANA 1709.

      System is not syncing to Maintenance Planner via LMDB showing "No CR product instance for installed product instance; SAP Note 1751175"


      CR Content already updated on Solution Manager (SLD)


      Please advise how to sync system with Maintenance Planner?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Siraj,


      Please upload the data from LMDB to Maintenance planner.

      And let me know if any issues.

      Author's profile photo Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed
      Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed

      Hi Bhanu,


      When I try to upload data from LMDB to MP it shows "The system constellation is empty".


      Please note CR Content is already up to date.

      Author's profile photo anil nallamuthu
      anil nallamuthu

      Hello Muhammad ,

      Can u provide document  of that upgrade please i have to do upgrade in our system .it might help me alot .

      thanks in advance .

      my mail id is

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Siraj,


      You need to re-sync SLD and LMDB.




      Author's profile photo Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed
      Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed

      Hi Bhani,

      The system was successfully registered via RZ70.

      But on LMDB --> Under product Instance it shows Numbers instead of product details and shows error

      " No CR product instance for installed product instance; SAP Note 1751175"

      Author's profile photo Sanketh Teegala
      Sanketh Teegala



      Can you please let me know what are the HANA database requirements to upgrade to S4HANA 1709.

      Currently we are on S/4HANA 1610, we want to upgrade to S/4HANA 1709 .




      Author's profile photo Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed
      Muhammad Shiraz Ahmed

      Hi sanketh,

      Please upgrade service pack 02 for HANA database.



      Author's profile photo Sanketh Teegala
      Sanketh Teegala

      Thanks for the reply Shiraz.


      Can you please let me know if there is any document which provides the pre-requisite for hana database for upgrading to S4HANA 1709.




      Author's profile photo Ami Selarka
      Ami Selarka


      Can you please share link to cookbook for 1709?

      Author's profile photo Sanket Dias
      Sanket Dias

      Hi Guys,

      Don't forget to check the sap note "2491467 - SAP S/4HANA 1709: Restriction Note"  for restrictions in different areas in 1709(functional/technical/performance).



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member



      Can you please tell me whether SAP S/4 HANA 1709  has come out with country specific versions for Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal. Morocco, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana. It has come out in South Africa that we can view.

      Author's profile photo Kokila De Silva
      Kokila De Silva

      For the benefit of customers from the Fashion industry, we did a quick take on what the 1709 release means for a fashion company:

      Let us know if you have any question in the comments area.

      Author's profile photo Rafal Starczewski
      Rafal Starczewski

      Hello Rudolf,

      I have a question about EWM embeded in S/4. Do You think is possible to integrate SAP ERP 6.0 with S/4HANA including embedded EWM?

      Author's profile photo Kishore babu Kamarthapu
      Kishore babu Kamarthapu



      Can you also share 1610 to 1709 differences.

      Best Regards,

      Kishore K

      Author's profile photo Sachin Ghogale
      Sachin Ghogale


      Can you please let me know if Characteristic planning is supported in 1709 ?

      Characteristics planning I mean by is use of following t. codes for KMAT materials.

      MDP1, MDp2, MDP3.