Intelligent ERP Summary: SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 Release
Shipped on August 5, 2019 this latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers lots of new features and improvements that support the intelligent enterprise.
SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 brings our customers several new and enhanced features that use intelligent technologies. If we look more closely at Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (Intelligent RPA), we can see that it is a strategic area for SAP S/4HANA Cloud as it is a powerful technology that allows us to embed intelligence and automation into end-to-end processes in a scalable way. One example of this in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 is the intelligent approval workflow for purchase requisitions. We will continue to add more Intelligent RPA use cases with each cloud release.
This release also builds on end-to-end business processes in Finance, Procurement, and HR and I am excited to announce the release of US Funds Accounting and Budget Management for Public Sector organizations in the US. This will help government organizations drive rapid finance transformation as well as achieve better monitoring of their business and reduce organizational risk.
What’s more, SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 also includes added value for our customers by including availability in two new countries (Czechia and Thailand) which brings the total number of country versions to 42. With the addition of Czech and Thai as available languages, the total number of languages has now increased to 24. For Service Management, we have added three new countries: France, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Do you want to get an overview of the innovations which we have released with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908? Then read my blog in which I’m sharing the top highlights across all lines of business and industries. You can also get a quick overview of our latest release by watching my video below.
Intelligent Key Business Scenarios
Yannick Peterschmitt provides you with some key intelligent ERP innovations in our 1908 release and sheds a light on some highlights which are planned for future releases. Check out his blog and video and learn more about the intelligent innovations of our 1908 release in Finance with our new app for Revenue Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud, Manufacturing with the new predictive Material and Resource Planning (pMRP), and much more.
SAP Fiori 3
The new “Quartz Light” theme is being introduced by Thomas Reiss – learn about the first step towards a consistent user experience across SAP’s product portfolio and find out how the new SAP Fiori 3 shell header bar and the new theme look in action by watching Thomas Reiss’ video. If you want to get insights into further innovations which are planned for SAP Fiori 3, read Thomas’ blog.
With 1908, we continue to bring you even more capabilities for service management and increase the coverage to France, Switzerland and Netherlands. Parvathy Sankar introduces the innovations around Service Contract Management, Service Order Management and analytics in Service Management in her blog.
Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management
Besides the highlights of Project Cost Prediction by Timeline and Cost Components, Validation & Determination Capabilities for Enterprise Projects and Extensibility Enablement for Work Packages, there are a lot more innovations in Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management which Corina Kinzel shares in her blog and video.
Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Do you want to learn all about the innovations in Manufacturing & Supply Chain? Watch the video and read the blog from Gerhard Welker providing insights into Predictive Material and Resource Planning, Overdue Stock in Transit Situations, Availability Check against Capacity in Product Allocation, and much more.
In his blog, Srivatsan Santhanam provides an overview of the latest and greatest innovations in the area of Hybrid Cloud Deployment. Additionally, Architha Aravindakshan explains the four major innovations which include Centralized Management of Pricing Master and Centralized Financial Closing among others.
Katharina Stopf sheds a light on the innovations in Professional Services: From a new staffing view, to the new contract type for usage-based billing, to the new SAP Fiori app for managing service prices for customer projects – in her video and blog you will get a comprehensive overview of the enhancements which were delivered with 1908.
Sourcing and Procurement
As I already mentioned above, our Intelligent Approval Workflow is just one out of many highlights in in Sourcing and Procurement. Discover in Sai Madhav Suryadevara’s blog and video additional innovations such as Situation Handling for RFQ Submission Deadline, Automation of Business Processes for Purchase Requisitions, Central Sourcing & Central Invoicing, and more.
Intelligent Robotic Process Automation
Do you want to know more about iRPA in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908? Hardeep Tulsi introduces the four components which build the key pillars of SAP’s Intelligent Robotic Process Automation and explains the top three business-driven innovations as part of our latest Cloud release: Mass Change of Names for Commercial Project Attributes, Production Order Operation Confirmation and Physical Inventory Count – Upload Count List.
Read the blog from Holger Steffens if you would like to learn more about the 1908 innovations for SAP Activate such as the new features with the implementation portal, new languages for SAP Best Practices Explorer, enhancements in the Implementation Roadmap for SAP Activate mythology, and much more. In case you are interested in more detail in SAP Activate Content Updates you can dive deeper in Daniel Ciecko’s blog and take a look at the 1908 release notes which he provides.
Are you interested in Finance as part of our SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 release? In the blog and video from Ulrich Hauke you can get insights into Bank Statement Reprocessing Rules, Real-Time Production Costs and Work in Process for Manufacturing Companies, Time Dependent Tax, Revenue Planning Content and Delete Financial Plan Data App, and much more.
Katrin Deissner explains some highlights for Cross Topics. Katrin covers the following topics: Extensibility Templates, Localization, Situation Handling, Analytics, Intelligent Robotic Process Automation and Hybrid Cloud ERP.
For more information on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, check out the following links:
- SAP S/4HANA Cloud release info: http://www.sap.com/s4-cloudrelease
- My 1908 blog on SAP News here
- Press Announcement on SAP News here
- Best practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud here
- SAP S/4HANA Cloud User Community: register here
- Feature Scope Description here
- What’s New here
- Help Portal Product Page here
- Implementation Portal here
- We invite you to share your feedback and ask questions in the SAP Activate JAM space. Get your invite here – http://bit.ly/SAPActivate
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