Upgrading SAP S/4HANA and Integrating new embedded Products
Since the introduction of SAP S/4HANA, SAP supports customers planning and running the implementation of SAP S/4HANA or the transition from ERP to SAP S/4HANA project with the Road Map “Transition to SAP S/4HANA”.
Having a great base of more than 2000 SAP customers where SAP S/4HANA On-Premise is already well established, SAP now also focusses on supporting those customers during their upgrade journey. The new road map “SAP S/4HANA Upgrade and Product Integration” provides an end-to-end documentation for customers upgrading their SAP S/4HANA On-Premise solution to the newest release.
With every new release of SAP S/4HANA, new features and functional enhancements are shipped to the customer which can be activated and configured. More than that, SAP offers additional products which can be integrated with SAP S/4HANA (that is: they can run embedded in SAP S/4HANA). This road map version covers the implementation of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) in SAP S/4HANA. More embedded products will be covered in future.
In the current road map SAP S/4HANA Upgrade and Product Integration release 18Q4, the following scenarios can be selected:
- Upgrade of SAP S/4HANA to release 1809 (with functional enhancements)
- Implementation of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) embedded in SAP S/4HANA
- Combination of Upgrade of SAP S/4HANA and implementation of SAP EWM
The first road map picture illustrates the activities which may be required for a pure (technical) Upgrade of SAP S/4HANA. If the customer plans to implement features and functional enhancements which are shipped with every new release, a fit gap analysis and delta design have to be performed. Integration design and sizing adaption may also be recommended (light-coloured boxes).
For the implementation of a new embedded solution or the transition from a stand-alone to an SAP S/4HANA embedded solution, nearly all activities that were performed during the SAP S/4HANA implementation project potentionally need to be considered. It may be a good option to combine the implemention/transition with the upgrade to the new SAP S/4HANA release.
Access the SAP Roadmap Viewer and use the filter functionality to select the right scenario for your end-to-end project. You will find 2 road map ppts in the download area reflecting the different scenarios, which you may adapt to the project setup, and the project template as well as the offline version of the road map text.
New road map releases and a change log will be reported in this blog.
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