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Intelligent ERP: SAP S/4HANA 1909 Release

Today marks general availability of SAP S/4HANA 1909 – the most comprehensive and intelligent ERP. This blog covers the aspects which build the foundation for a Digital Core, the three categories which make it intelligent, and some selected highlights of our SAP S/4HANA 1909 release which I’d like to share with you.

Watch my video for a first glimpse to find out which highlights our latest release has in store for you.

Foundation of a Digital Core

 

Before I share my top highlights from our SAP S/4HANA 1909 release, I’d like to shed some light on the product fundamentals. What is the foundation for a Digital Core? We consider these four aspects:

  1. An architecture that delivers a scalable foundation to transact at the highest possible automation
  2. A system of intelligence that supports and steers the business using embedded analytics, simulation, prediction, and decision support to run LIVE business
  3. An end-to-end experience that can be faster implemented, consumed, and adapted
  4. An open architecture to allow connectivity and adoption of micro-services

 

What makes the Digital Core intelligent?

  1. A digital age UX: Conversational UI´s and natural language processing allows us to target a hands-free ERP by 2020.
  2. Automation of business processes: Automation mainly addresses companies´ bottom lines and helps to reduce costs. We strive for an automation of 50% of all ERP business processes within the next 3 years.
  3. The next generation of business processes: We provide a streamlined architecture and a technology that did not exist before. We aim to increase the top line by providing an infrastructure which allows us to completely rethink value creation and service tasks.

 

Highlights in SAP S/4HANA 1909

With SAP S/4HANA 1909 we have Innovations in the 5th wave. We’ve further expanded our core and continued to re-architect our data model enabling customers to benefit from the latest innovations.

We bring innovations in all Lines of Business and Industries, but this blog covers only selected innovations for selected LoBs and Industries. You find the entire overview of innovations in the What’s New Document published on the SAP HELP Portal.

 

Manufacturing

In the area of Manufacturing, we now deliver a new predictive material and resource planning (pMRP) application. With this, you are able to forecast component demand with predictive material and resource planning. The benefit here is to Reduce inventory carrying costs. With pMRP, we are using a simplified MRP logic which supports interactive planning with simulations deriving component and capacity demands on all levels. In order to process simulations, the system creates simplified data based on your operative data for material resource planning. This data is used as reference data in pMRP. A set of defined reference data can be used to create multiple simulations.

Figure 1: Forecast component demand with pMRP.

 

Another highlight is the extended functionality for advanced Available to Promise (aATP). The latest release allows further vertical consumption strategies within product allocation sequences. Users can use the same product allocation object several times in a product allocation sequence so that they can model further consumption strategies for the product allocation check. In the backorder processing, we support re-evaluation of alternatives in backorder processing.

 

Finance

In our Line of Business Finance, I’d like to mention group reporting as the first key innovation.  Companies typically face a number of bottlenecks in the group close process which delay the time to close the books and report the financial results. SAP S/4HANA for group reporting has been available since September 2018. The latest release addresses two of these hurdles: intercompany reconciliation and matrix consolidation.

Figure 2: Group Reporting in SAP S/4HANA supports intercompany reconciliation and matrix consolidation.

 

As a second highlight in Finance, we ship financial planning with SAP Analytics Cloud. This single point of access helps finance professionals to analyze financial and non-financial information in a transparent way. It has never been easier to get real-time, actionable business insights, and all of that in a user-friendly way. With SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) being integrated with the SAP S/4HANA environment, we’re delivering a future-proof finance architecture.

If you want to read more about Finance in our SAP S/4HANA 1909 release, please read the Finance blog by Benno Eberle.

 

Sales and Distribution

With SAP S/4HANA 1909, we enable workflow for sales documents. The key benefit of this new feature is to increase sales force efficiency by providing the workflow for sales quotations, for sales orders and for credit memo requests. It is now possible to display and manage approval workflows in “My Inbox”. In addition to this, you receive workflow notifications during the approval workflow processing, and you can adjust the workflow, for credit memo requests, to the new approval status for sales documents. An easy navigation to the sales order document from the approval workflow is now also possible.

Moreover, we also add intelligence to our Sales and Distribution processes. Monitoring delivery performance using predictive analytics in SAP S/4HANA allows for in-time supply of procurement processes to transportation planning, picking, packing, and shipping in the delivery process.

 

Extended Warehouse Management

As part of extended warehouse management, we now provide a better integration between production and warehouse processes. With this feature, you can have a seamless integration between repetitive manufacturing and warehouse management.

Via kanban, a new replenishment strategy is available for stock transfer. Having this replenishment strategy in place, warehouse tasks to replenish a kanban container are automatically created when you set the kanban container to empty. You can confirm the warehouse tasks either in a kanban app or in extended warehouse management.

 

Environment, Health & Safety

The new emissions forecasting capability as part of environment, health & safety helps to visualize environmental risks. Based on historical data, the system forecasts the emission data values via machine learning time-series predictive models. The values are shown graphically on the US for a given period in the future.

 

Product Compliance

With the new analytics SAP Fiori app “Impact of Monitoring Lists”, you can monitor substances and analyze their impact on sales, suppliers, and production. This integration of dangerous goods management into sales and delivery processing helps you to check relevant classified products during sales quotation and sales order processing. In case no compliant transport is possible, sales items will get blocked.

 

Inventory Management

Further, we have enhanced the SAP Fiori app “Slow or Non-Moving Materials” enabling users to display a prediction for slow or non-moving materials with regard to the future development of a material.

Additionally, we have also released a new app for inventory analysis displaying obsolete stock. The Dead Stock Analysis” app supports you in your daily work, for example, as an inventory manager, to achieve maximum inventory accuracy and subsequently to optimize the inventory situation in your stock.

 

R&D / Engineering

Access-control management helps to improve compliance with internal and external (customer provided) guidelines and regulations. With this, you can protect data and control access in the early and detail-design phases, such as 2D and 3D design documents, parts, or product structures, which are confidential or strictly confidential.

 

Sourcing and Procurement

Intelligence is brought to our Line of Business Sourcing and Procurement by our digital assistant the SAP CoPilot and the help to execute procurement processes. On top, the LoB also makes use of new machine learning algorithms to automate processes and resolve issues. It’s all about intelligence!

 

Industry to Core – Utilities

In order to reduce data redundancy, we have expanded our core. Let me point out the sector Utilities. With SAP S/4HANA Utilities Product Simplification we bring new energy products. This provides product managers with an intuitive user experience and a central product management tool to define and manage energy products.

Another feature in this area is the simplified management of sales contracts for utilities. By eliminating the need to replicate data and removing middleware you can easily simplify your system architecture.  The feature allows for simpler process configuration and a 360-degree overview of utilities sales contract management.

 

 

For more information on SAP S/4HANA 1909, check out the following links:

 

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      Author's profile photo amarjeet kumar
      amarjeet kumar

      Thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Efrain Antonio Pacheco
      Efrain Antonio Pacheco

      What about Service (former Customer Management add-on)?

      Author's profile photo SOMASEKHARA RAO KOLISETTY
      SOMASEKHARA RAO KOLISETTY

      Thanks for your updates..

      Author's profile photo Vikas Yadav
      Vikas Yadav

      Superb...

      Author's profile photo Harish Menaria
      Harish Menaria

      ?

      Author's profile photo RAJESH SHARMA
      RAJESH SHARMA

      Thanks for sharing information sir

      Author's profile photo RAJIB BANERJEE
      RAJIB BANERJEE

      The woekflows in sales and distribution would be helpful.

      Author's profile photo Christian Vogler
      Christian Vogler

      Hello,

      thanks for your feedback! For more information about workflows in SD, please have also a look at the SAP Help portal, for example "How you can manage sales document workflows":

      https://help.sap.com/viewer/7b24a64d9d0941bda1afa753263d9e39/1909.000/en-US/82db0a77a4ee48cda01f873d5a416bd2.html?q=workflo

      Best Regards, Christian

       

      Author's profile photo muralimohan bukkitla
      muralimohan bukkitla

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for sharing the latest updates.

      Best Regards,

      Murali

      Author's profile photo Shareeq Hussain K M
      Shareeq Hussain K M

      Thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Viswanadh Akella
      Viswanadh Akella

      Thanks for insights. Do we have highlights regarding integrated of S4HANA 1909 with RAR? AS RAR is now core of S4H

       

      Author's profile photo Christian Vogler
      Christian Vogler

      Hello,

      for more information about the Finance Topics, please have a look at this blog series:

      https://blogs.sap.com/2019/09/20/sap-s4hana-1909-the-leapfrog-for-finance-professionals-to-drive-enterprise-transformation/

      Best Regards,

      Christian

      Author's profile photo ROHIT ASWAL
      ROHIT ASWAL

      There is any new MRP workflow itroduced in this release.

      Author's profile photo Nikos Giannopoulos
      Nikos Giannopoulos

      @Rohit Aswal Good evening.

      What do you mean by that? Could I kindly request you that you share some more information?

      Best regards

      Nikos Giannopoulos

      Author's profile photo sridhar s
      sridhar s

      Nice speech about S4Hana 1909

      Author's profile photo Reimund Lips
      Reimund Lips

      Nice, but not the big 'wow'

      Author's profile photo Sangeeta Majumdar
      Sangeeta Majumdar

      Thanks for sharing . Can you please share some more details on the S4 HANA 1909 EWM and QM integration functionalities. Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Christian Vogler
      Christian Vogler

      Hello,

      you find more information concerning SAP Extended Warehouse Management and SAP S/4HANA 1909 in the Blog series from Joerg Michaelis:

      https://blogs.sap.com/2019/10/10/sap-extended-warehouse-management-1909-development-updates-part-3-innovations/

      See also the Feature Scope Description (pages 162, 411):

      https://help.sap.com/doc/e2048712f0ab45e791e6d15ba5e20c68/1909.000/en-US/FSD_OP1909.pdf

       

      Best Regards,

      Christian

      Author's profile photo Andrzej Krason
      Andrzej Krason

      Hello Sven,

      Do you know by any chance why Building Blocks for 1909 are not yet available on https://rapid.sap.com/bp/#/browse/categories/sap_s%254hana/areas/on-premise/packageversions/BP_OP_ENTPR/S4HANA/1909/CH/6/DEhttps://rapid.sap.com/bp/#/browse/categories/sap_s%254hana/areas/on-premise/packageversions/BP_OP_ENTPR/S4HANA/1909/CH/6/DE ?

      We are already more than a month into commercial availability of this version of software but I cannot get knowledge of new BBlocks (I'm not speaking about Scope Items) by reading the relevant "Configuration guide.doc."

      Andrzej

      Author's profile photo Nikos Giannopoulos
      Nikos Giannopoulos

      Christian, good evening

      May I ask you if these capabilities are only available in the cloud release or they are available on the premise release too? I am particularly interested in pMRP, integration between EWM and repetitive manufacturing, and sourcing and procurement. To be more precise: (a) pMRP works through FIORI apps or can it be called ghrouth some transactions on S/4 HANA? (b) the integration between repetitive manufacturing works only with EWM or can it work with the classic WM as well? And, finally, (c) in sourcing and procurement I have read that there is a new functionality of release procedure depending on the importance of POs, which the system "learns" through AI. Is that correct?

      Author's profile photo Damodar Damodar
      Damodar Damodar

      Hi,

      Elimination of middleware for sales contract in Utility does it mean that customer management which is part of s/4 will be front end app? How C4 will be placed? Any idea when C4 and when customer management?

       

      Regards
      Damo

      Author's profile photo Sandeep Chavan
      Sandeep Chavan

      Hi,

      Very nice blog explaining the features of 1909 across modules.

      Is there a consolidated list of all Intelligent Apps available somewhere? I have always struggled to find out this list and also the supported machine learning services that have to be procured separately. Any direction will be really appreciated.

      Regards,

      Sandeep

      Author's profile photo Amaury Van Espen
      Amaury Van Espen

      Dear Sven Denecken

      the link provided for "Help Portal Product Page" at the end of blog post is dead.

      Could you provide the right one please.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Amaury

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      Thulasidass Muniasamy

      Wonderful for sharing

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      Vivek Chaudhary

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      Venkatanarasaiah Reddymalla

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      janardan Dash

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      Kishor kumar CH

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      Janardan Dash

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      Kanayochukwu Ezeh

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      Sivakumar Sathiyamoorthy

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      Krishnakumar V

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      Haris MOHAMMED

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      Jenifer Nisha

      Good one!!

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      Kishor kumar CH

      Intelligencce of Automation with Hana is a revolutionary idea.