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Intelligent ERP Update: SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Content in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911 – (Deep Dive)

Highlights of the SAP Intelligent RPA Best Practices Content with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911 Release

 

This blog provides an overview of the innovations which are released as part of our SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911 shipment for Intelligent Robotic Process Automation using SAP Best Practices Explorer “SAP Best Practices for SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Integration with SAP S/4HANA“.

SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation with SAP S/4HANA Best Practices Content are the ready-made accelerators predefined bot content which can be used by customers to realize automation for business scenarios.   Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Best Practices Content with SAP S/4HANA contain automation with integration API information, how-to documents & step-by-step process documents for automation of business scenarios.

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911, we provide new innovations with Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Best Practices Content for Procurement, Finance and Project based services using SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation running on SAP cloud platform to automate business processes within SAP S/4HANA on premise and S/4HANA Cloud.

SAP Intelligent RPA allowing to deploy Digital Assistants & Digital Workers

  • SAP Intelligent RPA is using native APIs.
  • Digital Assistant (Attended Bot) interactions are natural with Conversational AI.
  • Digital Workers (Unattended Bot) automations get smarter with Data Intelligence and Machine Learning. Digital Assistants to gather info from various apps and data silos providing better efficiency and improved customer experience.

Intelligent Robotic Process Automation helps run repetitive, tasks that span across systems (SAP and non-SAP).

Building blocks of SAP intelligent RPA for Live Processes

 

 

SAP Leonardo AI Business Services provide strategic machine learning capabilities that automate and optimize processes and enrich the customer experience across the intelligent suite. They are provided as re-usable services for SAP Cloud Platform customers.

  • Service Ticket Intelligence – Automatic ticket classification and solution recommendation
  • Document Information Extraction- Automatically extract information from unstructured documents.
  • Document Classification – Classification of unstructured documents.
  • Data Attribute Recommendation – Automates creation, maintenance, and management of structured data.

We’re releasing even more advanced SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation features and content in this release that motivates enterprises to run independent ERP systems in cloud.

Users can download our best practices for SAP RPA content from here – Software Center-IRPA S/4 Content.

Let’s take a look at the intelligent enterprise, automation and a process excellence framework to help you understand how SAP can deliver automation in a way that keeps complexity down, is scalable, and valuable.

Important Components that are newly added to SAP’s Intelligent Robotic Process Automation to drive efficiency for autonomous intelligence.

Easier interoperability with Conversational AI (Interact and Execute)

Easier interoperability with Conversational AI making interactions with businesses without interacting with a human agent.  Provide an easy interface to access complex data information from Conversational AI to Intelligent RPA Bot and vice versa.

More information about this innovation can be found atCAI Tools SAP  Navigate to  => Docs,

Scroll down to  => Concepts of SAP Conversational AI, Understand documentation on  => code-and-webhook.

Desktop Studio Improvements such as Desktop Studio Improved support for ALVGRID  and GUI Toolbar control

SAP Intelligent BPM 

Design, model and orchestrate structured processes including workflow and decision management.

Business Process Management (BPM) deals with orchestrating the end-to-end process. Strategic initiative, holistic, structured approach to foster teamwork, streamlines collaboration and production workflows.

SAP Best Practices pre-built bots for SAP Intelligent RPA with SAP S/4HANA.

 

Top 3 business driven innovations to automate your business processes using SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation capabilities with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

  1. Mass Asset Retirement by Scrapping
  2. Automatic Upload of Supplier Invoices.
  3. Import and Export Project Financial Plan Data.

Let’s take deeper look at the first business driven innovation for Finance using SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation content with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Mass Asset Retirement by Scrapping (‏4I6‏)

The solution provides increased efficiency and automation for Asset Accountants to find millions of assets that may need to retire. Retiring assets regularly ensures that no further depreciation takes place.

Improve user productivity where Asset retirement process by scrapping is accelerated and improved by a digital assistant.

  • Speeds up the time taken to retire the assets.
  • Faster processing time for transactions
  • Increase efficiency for Asset Accountants
  • Increase speed of transformation by utilizing Intelligent bots to retire assets by scrapping and eliminate repetitive tasks
  • Efficient method reduces input time with minimal user intervention.

SAP Intelligent RPA Automation bot gets information about assets and posts asset retirements by scrapping with no revenue earned via the available Fiori app. It collects and classifies success and error cases that occur during the process and writes the results of each posted retirement in Audit excel file. Business user can easily review all results after the bot has finished processing.

More Information about this innovation can be found at –

Best Practices Explorer (SAP Best Practices for SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Integration with SAP S/4HANA)

Scroll down to Finance => Mass Asset Retirement by Scrapping (‏4I6‏)

Specific scope-item links, including documentation.

Reference to S/4HANA Cloud Best Practices Scope item J62 (Post Retirement by Scrapping)

Let’s take deeper look at the second business driven innovation for Procurement using SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation content with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Automatic Upload of Supplier Invoices (‏4HZ‏)

With this scope item, we deliver more advanced automation features, allowing a Accounts Payable Accountant to manage the Invoices received from suppliers in different formats via mail.

SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation content provides a efficient way to upload these supplier invoices eliminating time consuming process with manual interventions.

  • Solution have the ability to post the numerous supplier invoices at one time
  • Useful for Accounts Payable processes that can have invoices reported on at intervals from suppliers
  • Increased efficiency and Increased speed of transformation

Business User confirm the receipt of materials/products, the supplier sends the invoice of item procured referencing the purchase order. These invoice can be sent to the buyer either physically or electronically as attachment through emails.

Through bots, the processing of such emails and reading both structured and unstructured data from email attachments can be automated thereby streamlining the entire process with minimal to no manual effort.

Communication Scenario has to be set up in S/4HANA system for the Supplier Invoice Integration (SAP_COM_0057). See for more detail documentation here and SAP help documentation URL

More Information about this innovation can be found at –

Best Practices Explorer (SAP Best Practices for SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Integration with SAP S/4HANA

Scroll down to Sourcing and Procurement  => Automatic Upload of Supplier Invoices (‏4HZ‏)

Specific scope-item links, including documentation.

Reference to S/4HANA Cloud Best Practices Scope item  J60 – Accounts Payables

Let’s take deeper look at the third business driven innovation for enterprise project based services using SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation content with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Import Project Financial Plan Data (‏4GL‏)

Solution capabilities empower Project Financial Controllers in making better decisions during project cost related activities with a self-driving automation solution.

SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation content  improve the process efficiency by automation the Project Budgeting and Cost Planning based on cost forecast.

  • Quicker turnaround by automating the Project Plan cost upload by eliminating the manual project planning and budgeting excel template creation tasks to allocate funds in several cost categories in different cost component.
  • Automated Import of Financial plan data that allows volume data to be managed effectively
  • Reduction in total overall time required to execute the financial project cost activities
  • Audit Log capabilities with the status of each records being imported in the system
  • Reduce human error while entering data
  • Automation bot support Digital Assistant (Attended Bot) and Digital Worker (Un-Attended Bot)

Communication Scenario for Planning Integration (SAP_COM_0087) has to be set up in S/4HANA system.  See for more details documentation here and SAP help documentation URL

SAP S/4HANA Cloud business user in the financial controlling roles for enterprise projects predicts the costs of the project. The values predicted will be acting as guiding value for the financial controller to upload the plan costs.

The predicted costs will be read by the bot using the application CDS views to fetch data from Table ACDOCP.

Automation bot proposes the business user to upload the budget/plan costs equal to the costs presented in the upper prediction category.  Once the business user approves the proposal, the costs will be uploaded to the S/4HANA system, relieving the user of undergoing a tedious manual process documents (ex. create excel sheet.).

Export Project Financial Plan Data (‏4HP‏)

The bot skill reads the project’s predicted costs and exports the predicted costs into the project planning or budgeting excel templates

More Information about this innovation can be found at –

Best Practices Explorer (SAP Best Practices for SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation Integration with SAP S/4HANA)

Scroll down to Professional Services  => Import Project Financial Plan Data (‏4GL‏)

Scroll down to Professional Services  => Export Project Financial Plan Data (‏4HP‏)

Specific scope-item links, including documentation.

Reference to S/4HANA Cloud Best Practices Scope item  Project Financial Control (1NT)‎

Stay tuned for more updates in the next quarters!

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
  • Oliver Betz’ article on SAP News  here
  • Early Release Webinar Series   here
  • Sven Denecken’s blog on Intelligent ERP Update: SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911 Release here
  • Sven Denecken’s blog on Intelligent ERP Update: SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 Release here
  • Sven Denecken’s 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

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