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Recap: S/4HANA Finance Road Map Update

This was an SAP webcast covering on-premise and cloud.

While you can review the road maps online, it always helps to have SAP explain it.  Below are my rough notes as I heard the webcast.

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March 12 BITI: SAP S/4HANA In-App Extensbility

March 26 BITI: Overview of SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment

March 26 BI: Hybrid Analytics and Analytics Hub – Latest Developments

March 27 BI: Influence of Agility and Big Data Principles to BW/4HANA Architecture

March 28 BI: Overview of Latest BI Features in SAP Cloud Analytics

April 2 BI: A Beginner’s Guide to Use SAP Analytics Cloud for Business Planning

April 3 BI: Smart Predict Update

April 4 BI: Tips & Tricks for Optimizing Story Performance in SAP Analytics Cloud

April 9 BI: Data Protection & Privacy with BW/4HANA

April 10 BI: What’s New with Application Design in SAP Analytics Cloud

April 11 BI: Hybrid Planning Scenarios Built by SAP Analytics Cloud for Planning and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation

April 16 BI: What’s New in Transitioning from SAP BW to SAP BW/4HANA

April 18: INFL: ASUG SAP Analytics Cloud Influence Council Launch for Data Connectivity & Agile Data Preparation

May 22 BITI: Integrating My Inbox with SuccessFactors & Concur at Orica

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For on-premise it covers 1809 for cloud it covers 1811/1902

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The legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change

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Classic report to report process, with right valuation rules, then to closing process

Value added tasks including planning, margin analysis, optimize for future

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Getting insights where margin is

Where is it coming from (products, customers)0

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Compared with SAP ERP profitability analysis

On left, Profitability Analysis is part of the universal journal in S/4HANA

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Integrate balance sheet information in S/4HANA; parts of the margin still on the balance sheet (work in progress included in margin analysis)

Cost of goods sold component split issue now solved

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Ensure in contribution margin include cost of sales into multiple lines

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Present incoming sales order (not yet billed) can be part of predicted revenue (both on premise and cloud)

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Looking at predictive accounting – select individual sales orders, create based on that predictive goods issue/invoice, as a result have a predictive accounting posting, resulting

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Will also have commitment scenarios

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Still have universal journal

Integrated with BPC

When save, it is stored in Universal Journal

SAC Planning – how that part integrates with single source of truth

SAC Planning integrates with OData Service; data persists in SAC

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Re-orgs, cost shifts, need transparency of models and allocation run

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Highlighted on right – bring into universal allocations

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Planned for 1909 – more allocation apps

Harmonized place to manage allocations

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Planned for later – source of allocations

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Issues with reporting

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Different ways of managing hierarchies

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Global hierarchy maintenance, will support time dependency

Advanced financial close – one close process

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Machine learning automation of close processes

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Using embedded Fiori apps to bring information together

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Use Co-Pilot to collaborate

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Machine learning embedded in GR/IR to intelligently resolve GR/IR issue using recommendations

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Accruals management is in 1902, planned for 1909

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Use machine learning to compare accruals, review in the past

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This is how the review looks like

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Continuous group accounting is shown on the bottom; no data upload any more

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Architecture view of group reporting

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Group reporting in Fiori, cash flow statement

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Planned unified reporting platform

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Goal by end of 2019 is to have group reporting on par with BPC

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Focus on 2019, universal allocation

What do you think?

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  • Thanks for sharing Product details.

    However my current experience states that LARGE Organizations who started with implementation of S/4HANA with early versions of S/4, 1610 (e.g.), due to existing system landscape and phased implementation end up using S/4HANA as HANA-DATABASE & data-storage.

    I am seeing a Customer who is still using their legacy applications & manual-process for Transfer-price calculation, Consolidation-process, netting-process etc., instead of Centralizing the Financial process and taking full benefit of S/4HANA.

    Do you have any suggestion for Large-Global Organizations & existing SAP Client-base?

    Thanks & Best-Regards

    • Hi Monika – I am customer still using ECC, so I don’t have any recommendations (sorry); you may want to ask at answers.sap.com

      Thank you for reading and commenting.