SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences – Release Plan
To combat the global threat of drug counterfeiting pharmaceutical manufacturers are enabling their medical products for verification and tracing by uniquely marking each product pack they produce with a serial number. Likewise, wholesale distributors and dispensers invest in capabilities to manage the data volumes they receive for serialized products, and to enable traceability and verification of individual product packs in their markets.
SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences is a SaaS industry network that supports SAP customers to exchange information for serialized pharmaceutical products along the supply chain and with government agencies globally.
SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences provides two customer environments, STAGING and PRODUCTION. During customer and business partner onboarding, the staging environment is connected to the customers and their business partners’ test systems. Upon go live the connections are transported into the production environment for productive use.
As a true SaaS, SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences releases quarterly updates in a fixed schedule. Each release follows a standardized sequence of events:
- Day x Production Deployment
- Day x-15 Staging Deployment (changed from x-16 with 2208)
- Day x-30 Release Announcement ten working days before Staging deployment
The list below shows past release dates and the upcoming release schedule.
|Release Year||Release||Release Count||Dates for Staging / Production||Status / Comments|
|2024||2411||28||November 8* / November 23||PLANNED|
|2408||27||August 9 / Aug 24||PLANNED|
|2405||26||May 10 / May 25||PLANNED|
|2402||25||February 9 / February 24||PLANNED|
|2023||2311||24||November 3* / November 25||COMPLETED|
|2308||23||August 11 / August 26||COMPLETED|
|2305||22||May 12 / May 27||COMPLETED|
|2302||21||February 10 / February 25||COMPLETED|
|2022||2211||20||November 11 / November 26||COMPLETED|
|2208||19||August 12 / August 27||COMPLETED|
|2205||18||May 12 / May 28||COMPLETED|
|2202||17||February 10 / February 26||COMPLETED|
|2021||2111||16||October 21 / Oct. 28 and Dec 4||COMPLETED
(due to Cloud Foundry Introduction)
|2108||15||August 5 / August 21||COMPLETED|
|2105||14||May 6 / May 22||COMPLETED|
|2102||13||February 4 / February 20||COMPLETED|
|2020||2011||12||November 5 / November 21||COMPLETED|
|2008||11||August 6 / August 22||COMPLETED|
|2005||10||May 7 / May 23||COMPLETED|
|2002||9||February 6 / February 22||COMPLETED|
|2019||1911||8||November 7 / November 23||COMPLETED|
|1908||7||August 8 / August 24||COMPLETED|
|1905||6||May 9 / May 25||COMPLETED|
|1902||5||February 7 / March 9||COMPLETED|
* The deployment for staging release 2311 is planned to be executed three weeks before deployment to production due to original U.S. DSCSA Deadline on Nov. 27. Even though an enforcement discretion was granted by FDA in late August 2023, ICH team decided to keep that schedule. For the new DSCSA deadline in Nov. 2024, ICH will keep a two week STAGING period for 2411 as no new capabilities are planned with that release that may impact U.S. DSCSA capabilities.
1810 (Nov 2018)
1804 (April 2018)
1710 FP1 (Jan 2018)
1710 (October 2017, initial release)