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Road Map: Overview and Strategy for SAP S/4HANA On Premise Webcast Recap

This was an ASUG webcast last week. Don’t forget to join us August 8 BI: SAP S/4HANA and SAP Analytics (Focus on SAP Analytics Cloud): Where to Do What?

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Focus for this is on-premise


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Legal disclaimer applies; plans are subject to change


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S/4HANA 4 years of innovation

The stack has consolidated without middleware

Real time analytics and inventory

Technology produces a lot of data

Segment of one

Will process more transactions than we ever have in ERP

Need a high degree of automation

Change the way the user interacts with the system

Next release will be the fifth release


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The road map is 100 pages

The gist, overarching themes in the system

Going into an intelligent ERP

Will depend on a high degree of automation

Start at lowest levels with robotics; go beyond with machine learning, then about redesign processes due to automation

What does automation due to the end user? User will change; will go into a process of analytics, exception management


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RPA – SAP released RPA – Intelligent RPA, start using intelligent technologies to overcome typos

Not work with the screens

RPA spans beyond SAP; automate end to end process

Use machine learning – tries to use intelligent technologies to make sense of data that is not ready for processing otherwise

Working on scenario – unstructured data to transaction – sales orders come in by PDF; analyze data by PDF and out of that comes a sales order

In house procurement – being built – take a picture of equipment, and do an in house procurement based on that picture


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What do to address end user?

Exception management – situation handling – create programs to bring attention to end user

In middle, pyramid approach, enter solution at top level (Fiori apps) and bring in embedded analytics – overview pages, analysis path frameworks, then navigate to the transactions – new way of working – still find ways things to work on

User experience – speech interaction with co-pilot, modern interaction with technologies


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Finance strategy from traditional process where work is in operations, S/4HANA has no reconciliation with analytics, some tasks are obsolete

Increase real time insights

One step further with predictive algorithms to go into a predictive finance

Going away from clerical finance to analytical


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Top is above section what is already delivered

GR/IR cockpit

Below line – what is coming in 1-2 years

Predictive PO; analyze org change impacts


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Road map – in house procurement

Integrate Ariba better and Fieldglass


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Upcoming is Fiori app for sales order; one of the most central objects

Create sales order from unstructured data

Cash application for contract accounting


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Integrating with customer service capabilities

Ticket categorization is planned with machine learning


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Highlight is real time inventory; exception management is costly for inventory – avoid in first place

Trying blockchain for ocean shipping (controlling the title)

Overview pages for transportation management (will have insight to action)


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MRP cockpit

Demand driven


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Machine learning classification for documents


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Asset Management; building Fiori


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More functional details for 1909

Take intelligence serious; across all functional domains


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Integration – started building out amongst all of SAP solutions

With SuccessFactors, Cloud for Customer

Charter projects with charter clients

To allow customers to integrate rapidly


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How to integrate experience management with S/4HANA

Combination of 2 data sets will make a difference

Getting feedback on a product launch, feedback, will drive faster innovation cycles


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Operational excellence, one code line “leverage best of both worlds”

Tools have improved


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One code line is how execute

Cloud or on premise is a choice

Cloud is about standardization


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Focus on how you can implement

Program – S/4HANA movement, looking into overall chain of how implement

Define strategy – business value advisor, white paper, customer success flipbook

S/4HANA manifesto – joint learning of several projects – conversion or new install?

Custom code adaptation improved

Analyzed most impacted simplification items, and started improved tools

Guide of how to react on certain inconsistencies in finance migration

Invested in down time optimization


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1909 is coming in September; in last days of development

Next year 2 feature packages

Link to the road map is here

Replay is here.


Q: Intelligent embedded in S/4HANA – do customers have to buy Leonardo?

A: Optional

Q: Is automated migration available from SRM to S/4HANA?

A: No automation at this point; it is a project like taking it over

Q: Support life cycle for S/4HANA?

A: S/4HANA has a 5 year maintenance window

No communication about an end for S/4HANA

Q: C/4HANA vs S/4HANA sales functionality?

A: C/4HANA includes marketing and front office capabilities

S/4HANA is extended from traditional SD

Q: key difference between cloud S/4HANA and on-premise?

A: How consume, scope

Slides are attached here 

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      Author's profile photo Andrea Bosoni
      Andrea Bosoni

      Hi Tammy, could you share the slides pasted above as well? Cannot find them in the main roadmap document. Thanks in advance!


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Andrea - unfortunately I do not have the slides.  I can try to ask.  Usually SAP does not want ASUG to post road map slides.  I will try

      Author's profile photo Andrea Bosoni
      Andrea Bosoni

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hello Andrea - the speaker shared his slides, and I posted them here on ASUG's site, attached to this blog:

      Thank you for reading.

      Author's profile photo Andrea Bosoni
      Andrea Bosoni

      Many thanks Tammy!

      Author's profile photo Shilpi Agarwal
      Shilpi Agarwal

      Hi Tammy,


      Would you know when is "In house Repair functionality" expected to be available on 1909 S4H On Prem.?

      Best Regards


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Shilpi -

      Thank you for reading/commenting

      I am not watching this functionality that closely, so I recommend asking this as a question at

      Thank you

      Author's profile photo Maria Antonieta Lopez
      Maria Antonieta Lopez

      AWESOME as Always

      In one word HELPFUL   Thanks Tammy