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S/4HANA 1709 SPS03 – back on the Mothership again …

Last Update: 4th of June 2020

S/4HANA 1709 SPS03 – back on the Mothership again

Upgrade to S/4HANA 1709 FPS01 – fast track

S/4HANA 1709 FPS02 – the story continues …

Upgrade to S/4HANA 1809 SPSx – the final frontier


In case there is a mismatch in the naming Support Package Stack (SPS) and/or Feature Package Stack (FPS), please refer to the SAP Release Strategy

since I’m back at SAP SE as Platform Architect for Intelligent Data & Analytics, I also checked my “Innovation Landscape” for updates and new Software Stacks.

As SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 will be available by end of February, the Upgrade will take some time until the BPC Add-On is available. As almost everyone uses integrated planning (IP) on BW/4HANA, this will be the majority of the upgrades.

SAP BW/4HANA 2.0, ABAP FND 1809 on HANA and S/4HANA 1809 are sharing now the same SAP Application Stack. Unfortunately the ABAP FND 1809 differs from a NW AS ABAP 7.51 INNOVATION PKG, as it contains additional components in the core ABAP foundation:

  • ABAPFND 1.0
  • MDG_FND 8.03
  • S4FND 8.03

Therefore it is not possible to install the BW/4HANA Starter Add-On on top of the ABAP FND 1809 and convert directly the BW/4HANA 2.0.

Correction of installed software information

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Note 1816146 – Correction of installed software information (CISI)

So, first thing is to create a so called “CISI stack file” (correction of installed software information).
Therefore log on to the Maintenance Planner and check your personal settings as follows:

When you now switch to the main entry screen of the Maintenance Planner for your S/4HANA system, you will see that the Verification option is marked as red and the Plan option is grey at this time. Not always will the correct SPS level recognized from the system information either uploaded as sysinfo XML or direct connection from the LMDB of the Solution Manager on premise.

Compare existing and uploaded system information

Note 2523380 – Improvements to Rectify Erroneous Systems in Maintenance Planner
Note 2717221 – Maintenance Planner: “Unable to find technical system for product Instance XXX of product system YYY”

The editor screen allows you now (see also the following examples):

edit the validated software stack from the stack.xml

overwrite the validated software stack from the stack.xml

delete the software Add-On from the stack.xml

add add an necessary Add-On manually to the stack.xml

Note 2707597 – Installation/Upgrade package for Add-on “ABAPFND” rel. “100” is not available
Note 2744559 – Planning update/conversion to SAP S/4HANA 1809 FPS01 using Maintenance Planner

once you finished the editing of the CISI stack.xml file you can continue with the validation

it can also happen that after the validation of the software stack, that there are still some inconsistencies which also has to be acknowledged.

You can search for these missing Add-On’s in the Download Center and add them manually to the EPS/in directory when the Download Basket is available

finally Activate the changes and download the Correction file for later usage.

apply the CISI file to the S/4HANA backend

to avoid that the made setting are going lost, you must apply the changes to the S/4HANA backend. This is done with the SUM (software update manager) part of the SL Toolset 1.0

A short overview of the usage of the SUM can also be found here – SAP First Guidance – Using the new DMO to migrate to BW on HANA

Now the Installed Product Versions Tap Strip looks much more better and validated to ensure a clean and successful SPS update to higher S/4HANA releases.

Create your target software vector for S/4HANA 1709

Log on to the Maintenance Planner update the system data with the correct information, until you can plan your software change.

If you get unspecific errors in this phase you have to use the “Undo” option and correct your former selections. You can search for possible solutions in the Expert Search under the component BC-UPG-MP

Roland Kramer, SAP Platform Architect for Intelligent Data & Analytics


“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”

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      Author's profile photo David Nguyen
      David Nguyen

      Great job Roland! Thank you for sharing.



      Author's profile photo Bhavesh Patel
      Bhavesh Patel

      Very helpful and informative article Ronald....! Thanks a lot....!!

      Author's profile photo Stefania Iandolo
      Stefania Iandolo

      Hi Ronald

      we need to show in CRM Web UI a BW4HANA 2.0 query .  if my understanding is correct this will be possible if we have the NW7.5 installed on top of BWHANA 2.0

      am i right? thanks Stefania


      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Stefania Iandolo

      Unfortunately, you are absolutely wrong.

      I doubt that you want to show a transactional CRM UI in a BW/4 2.0 Query, rather than you want to use the BW/4 Cockpit and enable a tile to execute a CRM Function.

      Nevertheless, this is a Blog about the S/4 Upgrade and not BW/4 Cockpit usage ... 😉

      See the Document for that - SAP First Guidance – complete functional scope (CFS) for SAP BW/4HANA

      Best Regards Roland


      Author's profile photo Stefania Iandolo
      Stefania Iandolo

      HI Roland

      the Blog as per picture above seems related to BW too.

      Anyways... no of course i don't need to call a transactional CRM screen from BW...what i need to achieve is to show a BW4HANA report in CRM Web UI.

      So I was trying to understand is ii  Java runtime environment can work on BW4HANA 2.0 and from the additional link here  - SAP First Guidance – complete functional scope (CFS) for SAP BW/4HANA i see BI-JAVA is still available..although JAVA Stack is not mandatory.

      So hopefully we will be able to do it.

      regards Stefania