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What’s New in Central Procurement – SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108

In this blog post, you can find the latest collection of new capabilities and features in the area of Central Procurement – SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 version.

This blog post focuses on features that are delivered as part of enhanced and new applications for the release. 

Please note that with immediate effect the Preliminary What’s New document for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108 is available for customers and partners.

Customers and partners need a valid S-User to access the documents.

Enhanced and New Features:

Process Purchase Requisitions Centrally

What’s New

With this app, you can now do the following:

  • Reset automation status during delta or ad-hoc extraction of purchase requisitions.

  • Create sourcing project from purchase requisitions.

  • Create, view, and edit purchase requisitions in the SAP S/4HANA connected system, using the app Manage Purchase Requisitions – Professional.

  • View and edit the purchase orders created from purchase requisitions in the SAP S/4HANA connected system, using the app Manage Purchase Orders.

 

Manage Workflows for Centrally Managed Purchase Requisitions:

What’s New

With this app, you can now do the following:

  • Set workflow deadline in workdays.

  • Define the workflow steps using the Workflow Administration role.

  • Define review steps in addition to the workflow steps.

 

Manage Purchase Orders Centrally:

What’s New

With this app, you can now do the following:

  • Create, view, and edit purchase orders in the SAP S/4HANA connected system, using the app Manage Purchase Orders.

  • View service entry sheets for a purchase order document.

 

Manage Workflows for Centrally Managed Purchase Orders:

What’s New

With this app, you can now do the following:

  • Set workflow deadline in workdays.

  • Define the workflow steps using the Workflow Administration role.

  • Define review steps in addition to the workflow steps.

 

Manage Central Purchase Contracts:

What’s New

With this app, you can now do the following:

  • Use the filters Material and Material Group on the list page to search for central purchase contracts and central purchase contract hierarchies.

  • Update the field Target Value at the header level with the sum of target values of all the items in the central purchase contract. You can also unassign legal transactions from a central purchase contract.

  • Add header conditions with a validity period for a central purchase contract and central purchase contract hierarchy. You can also define price change reasons and maintain pricing scales for header conditions. Additionally, you can transfer header conditions along with pricing scales to the connected systems.

  • Categorize attachments as internal (SL9) or external (SL1). The attachments marked as internal are not included in the output of the central purchase contract, while attachments marked as external are included in the output. These attachments can be sent to the supplier through the output channels – print, email, and EDI.

  • Navigate from the app My Inbox to the app Manage Central Purchase Contracts to view the details of the relevant central purchase contract.

  • Maintain payment terms and incoterms at the header, item, and distribution levels of a central purchase contract hierarchy. You can also maintain shipping instructions at the item and distribution levels of a central purchase contract hierarchy.

  • View the total consumption (in percentage) at the header level of the central purchase contract hierarchy. Additionally, you can block or unblock items and item distribution lines in a central purchase contract hierarchy. You can also provide the reason for blocking these items and distribution lines.

  • Replicate custom field data at the header, item, and distribution levels of the central purchase contract hierarchy to the respective subordinate central contracts in the hub system.

 

Schedule Update of Price Details for Central Purchase Contracts:

What’s New

With this app, you can schedule jobs to determine and update price trend and price history information of central purchase contract items.

 

Central Sourcing:

Enhancements for Automation of Central Procurement Quotes with Ariba Network (5JT):

The integration scenario Automation of Central Procurement Quotes with Ariba Network (5JT) now supports notes and attachments for central requests for quotation (central RFQs) and central supplier quotations. The central purchaser can add notes and attachments to central RFQs. The notes and attachments that have been added on the header level and item level of the central RFQ are transferred to SAP Ariba Discovery, where they can be viewed by the suppliers.
In SAP Ariba Discovery, suppliers can add new notes and attachments to their quotes.
When the quotes are transferred to SAP S/4HANA Cloud for central procurement, the notes and attachments can be viewed in the central supplier quotations.

 

Enhancements for Central Procurement with SAP Ariba Sourcing (4QN):

The integration scenario Central Procurement with SAP Ariba Sourcing (4QN) now supports notes and attachments for central requests for quotation (central RFQs) and central supplier quotations:
The central purchaser can add notes and attachments to central RFQs. Notes and attachments that have been added on the header level and the item level of the central RFQ are transferred to SAP Ariba Sourcing, where they can be viewed in the sourcing request and sourcing project.
In the sourcing project, sourcing managers can add new notes and attachments and suppliers can add notes and attachments to their bids.
When awarded quotes are transferred to the SAP S/4HANA Cloud hub system, the notes and attachments can be viewed in the central supplier quotations.

 

Guided Sourcing for Central Procurement with SAP Ariba Sourcing (4QN):

With the Central Procurement with SAP Ariba Sourcing (4QN) scenario, you can now integrate SAP S/4HANA Cloud for central procurement with guided sourcing in SAP Ariba Sourcing. Guided sourcing provides a streamlined and intuitive user experience for users of SAP Ariba Sourcing to create and run SAP Ariba Sourcing events.

 

Enhancements for Central Sourcing (3ZF):

The Central Sourcing scenario (3ZF) now supports the following new features: Notes and attachments for central requests for quotation (central RFQs) and central supplier quotations. The central purchaser can add notes and attachments to central RFQs and central supplier quotations both on the header level and the item level.
Business process flow. The central purchaser can now see the business process flow in the central RFQs.

 

This is a brief overview of the new features available in the Central Procurement for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2108.

 

Hope you found this blog post insightful.

Share your feedback and thoughts in the comments section and in case of further questions, please post them on the Central Procurement community page using the link below:

Central Procurement Community Page – Ask a question

For more information on SAP S/4HANA for Central Procurement, check out the below links:

SAP Help Portal Product page

Central Procurement Community Page

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