Release and Update Cycle of S/4HANA Cloud
SAP is transforming itself into a cloud powerhouse, having a range of cloud applications, working on integration of those cloud solutions onto a single cloud platform. What about the lifecycle events of its core offering, S/4HANA Cloud? How are patches and new innovations are delivered in cloud?
As described in the SAP Activate methodology’s Release and Update Cycle of S/4HANA Cloud deliverable, there are three types of lifecycle event in S/4HANA Cloud: corrections, frequent feature updates, and release upgrades.
A detailed schedule is included in SAP Activate as an accelerator, where you can find the timing of collection of changes applied to the customer’s systems. Green, gold and red colored bars represent corrections, features and upgrades respectively. The update and release upgrade numbers are indicated in the white boxes, where updates are numbered after each major release.
To view a list of corrections included in changes applied, go to the Patch Collection Information note in the useful link section of the schedule accelerator, and download the pdf document that contains a list of affected component ID and description of corrections.
Unlike release upgrade, frequent updates are delivered without too much disruption from customer point of view, similar like corrections or patches. For release upgrade, regression test steps are grouped together in Activate methodology to provide more clear guidance for customer execution during the 2 weeks upgrade period.
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