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News from SAP Activate – SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1902

We are pleased to announce the availability of the updates to SAP Activate for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1902. This release delivers many updates to the ready-to-run business processes, prescriptive methodology and apps for configuration, testing and extensibility. Here are key highlights for this release, you can learn more in the detailed sections below:

  • Leverage implementation portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud for fast and guided deployments
  • Updated Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1902 available now
  • Refreshed prescriptive guidance for deployment in SAP Activate methodology for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1902
  • New ability to provide feedback to SAP Activate methodology directly in Roadmap Viewer
  • Improvements in the provisioning and preset activities, include changes to the Chart of Accounts adaptation and House Bank setup
  • Configure Your Solution introduces ability to delete unwanted customer records in the first 90 SSCUIs, improved usability across all SSCUIs and ~164 new SSCUIs
  • Testing functionality enhanced, including additional detail about changes to test steps in test scripts aiding the preparation and execution of regression testing

We encourage you to review the SAP Activate Show & Tell session here to learn about the key updates and listen to the more detailed SAP internal Delta Training session for SAP Activate that you can access on  S/4HANA Product Management & Co-Innovation JAM site .

Fast and Guided Implementation using the implementation portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud

SAP Activate will be newly experienced by the implementation portal provided by SAP Cloud ALM for SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Key capabilities of the implementation portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud are the self-guided and content-driven implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud:

  • Perform quick team onboarding and scoping: At the beginning of every deployment project, customer project teams are equipped with release-specific task lists, tasks sequences and assigned roles based on the SAP Activate methodology.
  • Use a fit-to-standard implementation approach: SAP Activate provides all the tools required for fit-to-standard workshops using the implementation portal. Customer project teams get a clear view of the steps required for successful deployment in the cloud at the outset of the project based on content from the SAP Best Practices package for SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

In the new implementation portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, we show you how the project makes use of SAP Activate. The recording is available for replay and the presented slides can be accessed here.

Content Updates for SAP Best Practices Explorer

SAP Best Practices Explorer is the one-stop shop for ready-to-run digitized business processes. View the What’s new by checking out the recently released packages and updates to our portfolio of SAP Best Practices solutions. In addition, you can now find S/4HANA Cloud related content in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Implementation Portal.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1902 Delivery
Updated Content Type BPX SAP.com
SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Update Link Link
SAP Best Practices Package Delivery
Update Content Type BPX SAP.com
SAP Callidus Integration with SAP ERP New Link TBD
SAP Best Practices for SAP analytics with SAP S/4HANA Update Link Link
SAP Best Practices for SAP Integrated Business Planning Update Link Link
SAP Best Practices for SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud Update Link Link
SAP Best Practices for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll Update Link Link

1902 Update for SAP Activate Methodology Roadmap for SAP S/4HANA Cloud

  • Revised the Prepare For Quarterly Upgrade task to include new guidance on BCP transports.  In addition, a chart was added to easily view the Service Center cutoff dates associated with specific services.  Cutoff dates in individual tasks were synchronized with the dates in the chart.
  • Added links to the relevant SAP S/4HANA Cloud forums to both the Fit-to-Standard Analysis and the Solution Configuration tasks to facilitate the use of the improved SAP S/4HANA Cloud Customer Community.
  • Updates to text to support the implementation portal functions.  As of 1902, the content in the SAP Activate roadmap will also be used in the CALM tool.
  • Added a feedback function to the Roadmap Viewer tool to allow for direct online feedback from the customer on the tool and the content.

See the S/4HANA Cloud Release blog for a complete list of changes.

Deployment Experience Updates

Please find below a few highpoints related to the Deployment Experience.

Provisioning / Pre-SetPhase – main changes

Improvements were made to the Configure Your Solution and the SSCUIs to include the following updates:

  • Chart of Account adaptation as a self-service moved to realize phase:
    • SAP provides pre-configured Chart of Accounts as SAP Best Practices, which you can either use as standard or adapt it to your business needs.
    • In case the pre-configured G/L account IDs should be changed, this can be done in a two-step approach in the realize phase before the P system is requested:
      • In the self-service configuration “Define G/L Account Mapping” the new G/L account IDs are defined.
      • Afterwards, in the app “Convert Mapped G/L Accounts” the changes will be executed.  This includes master data, configuration data, and transactional data.
  • Housebank (Account)
    • The HouseBank ID and the Hausbank Account ID will be maintained in the realize phase now and no longer in the preset phase using the SSCUIs in the Manage Your Solution app.
    • Preset Phase Setup Guide

Configure your Solution

Improvements were made to the Configure Your Solution and the SSCUIs to include the following updates:

  • Deletion in SSCUIs

The first 90 SSCUIs will be enabled with a feature to delete unwanted records created by the customer with 1902.  The SSCUIs that have deletion enabled can be identified in the Reference Excel in SAP Activate Roadmap Viewer.  If deletion is possible in an SSCCUI, a delete button appears at the top of the SSCUI.  Depending on the SSCUI, some deletions will not be allowed in order to prevent damage in the Production System.

  • Usability improvements in Configure Your Solution

The following usability improvements are available in 1902:

    • Save filter settings in user specific views and set a default view.
    • An asterisk (*) wildcard can be used in the search.
    • New warning message to inform users when SSCUIs are temporarily on display only.  This happens during scoping or activation of scope extensions.
  • Available SSCUIs in 1902

The number of SSCUIs is continuously growing.  In 1902, approximately 164 new SSCUIs are available providing a total of 1189 SSCUIs.

Testing

For customers, it will be easier to identify what needs to be tested in the regression phase.  Besides the generic S/4HANA Cloud What’s New Viewer, we provide the following with the 1902 release:

  • Information about which test script documents in SAP Best Practices Explorer have been changed (see accelerator in SAP Roadmap Viewer task for regression testing.)
  • Information about changed standard test automats in filter for test processes in “manage your test processes” app.
  • Information about the type of changes done in standard test automats for test automation tool for S/4HANA Cloud (see What’s new document in test automation tool JAM Group, request access here.

Within test automation tool for S/4HANA Cloud, the maintenance of the test user via “manage user” functionality in “test your processes” app gest mandatory, maintenance of test user via SAP Cloud Platform gets depreciated.

In addition, the following main new functionalities are new in test automation tool for S/4HANA Cloud:

  • Manage your test processes: New filter functions, warning message, when turning process steps to custom.
  • Test your processes: Improved up/download of data variants; Re-execute button for failed “Post Upgrade test” plans.
  • Analyze your test processes: Improved filter and wildcard search; Failure reasons at failed process steps.

In 1902, the number of pre-delivered test automats for Best Practice processes increased to 214; for post upgrade tests there are 228 test automats available.

References and Additional Materials

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    • Hi Mark,

      Take a look at this blog, https://blogs.sap.com/2019/02/01/test-your-sap-s4hana-cloud-software/, that has more information on Test Automation. Request for the JAM group can me made by sending an email to, saps4hanacloudtesttool@sap.com