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2022 Release Highlights in Seconds: SAP S/4HANA & SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition

The 2022 release is out now! Available as SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, and SAP S/4HANA, it comes with a plethora of new capabilities and improvements bringing simplification, automation, analytics, and user experience to business users.

The teaser video above provides a first impression of the new release and its highlights across all lines of business. The following blog will provide further information on screen images in the teaser.

The short teaser and blog do not cover everything we have delivered in the new release. Be sure to check out To Learn More and delve deeper into the areas of your interest.

Contents

  1. Design – SAP S/4HANA Research & Development
  2. Buy – SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement
  3. Supply – SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain
  4. Make – SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing
  5. Sell – SAP S/4HANA Sales
  6. Maintain – SAP S/4HANA Asset Management
  7. Service – SAP S/4HANA Service
  8. Finance – SAP S/4HANA Finance
  9. People – SAP S/4HANA Human Resources
  10. To Learn More

Design – SAP S/4HANA Research & Development

Project Claim

Variances are a reality of projects of any scale. SAP S/4HANA can help you manage these variances as claims. We have introduced a new Project Claim Overview app. With it, you can view details of claims associated with a project and WBS element. The app also displays user status and system status, along with customer and vendor information. The cause-related information helps you analyze the claims associated with a project and WBS element. We have also enabled an API to read system and user status of claims.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “project claim”.

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Project Claim

Compare Bills of Material (BOM)

We have introduced a number of enhancements to bill of material. One of the highlights here is the new BOM comparison app, which lets you compare:

  • Same BOM with different alternatives and validity dates.
  • BOMs with different plants to know how the production process is different across plants.
  • Different BOM types (Sales order BOM and Material BOM) to understand how “as engineered” product structure differs from “as sold”.
  • BOMs with different BOM usages.
  • Version BOMs and date-effective BOMs.

The app also allows you to analyze the comparison and provides a detailed comparison result.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “bom”.

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Compare Bills of Material

Buy – SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement

Sourcing Project: Supplier Quote Comparison, Cost Breakdown, and Commodities

Identifying and contracting with select suppliers for your direct materials and services is critical in managing the large chunk of costs for private businesses and public organizations alike. We have introduced a new set of capabilities for “Product Sourcing”. One of highlights is the new Manage Sourcing Projects app:

  • Ease of creating and managing multiple cost breakdown templates for the combination of company code, purchase org, material group etc.
  • Collect more granular cost associated with every quoted item in the supplier quotation
  • Ease of comparing granular cost elements of every item across different supplier quotations

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “sourcing project”.

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Compare Supplier Quotations

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Sourcing Project with Commodities

Carbon Footprint Data for Materials in Purchase Requisitioning

With Product Carbon Footprint, you can track the carbon footprint of the products being requested in purchase requisitions. These metrics are vital to achieving your organization’s sustainability goals and are calculated in SAP Product Footprint Management on SAP Business Technology Platform.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “carbon footprint” or more broadly, “carbon” to see other enhancements in this release of SAP S/4HANA.

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Carbon Footprint for Requested Products

Supply – SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain

Improved Package Building & Load Planning

Further rationalization and simplification have been done in supply chain. With this feature, you can create packages using unified package building, a generic packaging layer. Up until now, automatic packing in Logistics General (LO), Transportation Management (TM), and Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) used differing packing engines based on different packing rules. Unified package building enables you to use your preferred packing engine in all three components, for example, to use package building not only in TM but also in LO and EWM.

  • Leverage new consistency checks for package building constraints and minimize the number of pallets while considering constraints such as package attribute, product stacking rules, customer specific requirements, height limits
  • Maximize utilization of containers by considering various constraints such as dimensions, vehicle attributes, stacking rules, loading sequence, flexible split deck
  • Create a load planning manually and gain flexibility by creating multiple load plan PDF Files in batch run

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “package building” and “load plan”.

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Load Plan

Analyze Stock in Date Range

We have been striving to provide great user experience (UX) for business end users on the job. Analyze Stock in Date Range is a new analytic app. With it, you can analyze and monitor goods movements in a single app. More specifically, it lets you:

  • Analyze and monitor goods movement postings for one or more materials in a defined date range
  • Obtain a comprehensive analysis of all goods movements that happened within the defined date range
  • Availability of all stock-identifying fields as dimensions and Additional KPIs (such as absolute and relative posting differences) to increase depth of analysis through aggregations & disaggregation.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “stock in date range”.

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Analyze Stock in Date Range

Make – SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing

Time-Dependent Days of Supply and Safety Stock Levels

With this feature you can use a new safety-stock method: time-dependent days of supply. It enables the use of dynamic, time-dependent stock levels to cover material requirements considering a minimum safety buffer level and a target safety buffer level. Procurement or production is triggered automatically to make stock levels available continuously for material coverage.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “time-dependent”.

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Time-Dependent Safety Stock Levels

Sell – SAP S/4HANA Sales

Advanced Intercompany Sales

It is a common business practice for an international business where a local sales office sells to a customer and an affiliated manufacturing company in another country delivers the goods directly to the customer. The new advanced intercompany sales works behind scenes and quietly keeps the integrity of financial value chain in international logistics across the borders. End users create sales orders in the same way as they have always done. The powerful framework automates intercompany processes to keep track of the transfer of control of goods between borders.

Watch an overview video that illustrates the common scenario and benefits of the new advanced intercompany process.

As intercompany process touches on many aspects of, supply chain, product compliance, international trade, and financials, this release has introduced improvements through the value chain. Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “advanced intercompany sales” and learn all the related improvements.

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Track Sales Order – Intercompany Sales

Seamless Handover between Customer Returns and In-House Repair

With this release it has become easier to initiate the in-house repair process connected seamlessly with the returns process. Depending on your business process for repair and returns, you can initiate the return process first and then follow it up with a repair process, or you can initiate a repair process first and then create a returns order.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “in-house repair”.

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Material Inspection in Warehouse with In-House Repair as a Follow-Up Activity

Maintain – SAP S/4HANA Asset Management

[Update 2022-11-28] You can also learn more about updates in SAP S/4HANA Asset Management in 2022 by watching this YouTube video by my colleague Gerhard Welker .

Non-Stock Materials and Services in Task Lists

Task lists are an important tool in maintenance planning and execution. For maintenance work, you often require parts that are not in your stock and services provided by external contractors. With this release, you can now add non-stock materials and lean services to task list operations. You can add them as a description only or add them from a material master. You can also add an enhanced limit service for unplanned lean services with a value limit.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “task list”.

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Task List with a Non-Stock Material

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Task List with an Enhanced Limit Service Item

UX Improvements – Example: Perform Maintenance Jobs

There have been many improvements for the end users in Asset Management. One of the highlights is added features in the Perform Maintenance Job app for maintenance technicians. The screen images show only part of features: recording of time and recording measuring readings right at the point of maintenance with the app used on a mobile phone.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “perform maintenance” for more about improvements to the app.

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Perform Maintenance Job – Some Features on Mobile Device

Service – SAP S/4HANA Service

[Update 2022-11-22] You can also learn more about updates in SAP S/4HANA Service in 2022 by reading this blog by my colleague Dequan Xu .

Chargeable Diagnosis for Repair

It is common for after-market service of a device, appliance, or piece of equipment where you have an agreement with the customer to let you carry out a diagnosis for the return item before actual repair of the returned item and charge the work for the diagnosis. You can now plan and perform a diagnosis for repair objects that can be charged to the customers.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “diagnosis”.

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Chargeable Diagnosis for Repair

Fiori Apps for Warranty Claims

For many manufacturing industries, it is an important part of the process and profitability to claim reimbursements for the parts and services covered under warranty. SAP S/4HANA has offered capabilities for warranty claims, both supplier- and customer-facing through SAP GUI-based applications (so called “WTY”).

In this release, in addition to these classical applications, we have introduced new Fiori apps for warranty claims including Manage Master Warranty, Manage Supplier Claim, and Manage Customer Claim.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “warranty claim”.

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Supplier-Facing Warranty Claim

Maintenance Service Order

Maintenance Service is a service process that combines the best of SAP S/4HANA Service and Asset Management. This scenario is especially useful for industries where maintenance technicians maintain complex assets owned by their organization (maintenance management) and the same technicians also provide maintenance services for external parties and need to bill these services. The maintenance service order (MSO) and maintenance order (MO) are the core business transactions used in the maintenance service process. When a maintenance service item is released, a corresponding maintenance order is created. After service completion, the billing process is carried out through the Dynamic Item Processor (DIP).

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “maintenance service”.

In addition, we are planning to have an SAP Community livestream on the new Maintenance Order process. All detail in this blog article. All welcome.

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Maintenance Service Order with DIP Profile and Maintenance Order

Finance – SAP S/4HANA Finance

For those who are keen to learn more about 2022 updates in Finance, be sure to check out this blog article with a video dedicated to each main topic within Finance.

Universal Parallel Accounting

This innovative new foundation for finance was first introduced with our SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition.

Universal parallel accounting allows you to prepare and present financial statements for different sets of accounting standards across end-to-end processes using ledgers. For each ledger, you can perform valuations and reporting based on one accounting standard and thus benefit from consistent value flows and full audit trails that fulfill local and group-wide reporting requirements. For example, an international company has the need to simultaneously follow accounting standards for the group and local GAAP, affecting inventory valuation, WIP, asset values, etc.; this approach was only partially available in our classic SAP ERP and earlier releases of SAP S/4HANA.

For SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, use of universal parallel accounting is optional (and currently an option only for a green-field implementation). As it has a wide range of changes throughout the financial processes, we are currently running a dedicated webinar series on these topics through 14th October. There will be 5 sessions, beginning with an overview, and following with dedicated sessions on inventory, overhead, asset and production accounting. You will be able to access recordings if you cannot participate in the live sessions; please see the In-Depth With SAP S/4HANA Series for steps to sign up for a live webinar or to access recordings. (requires SAP Learning Hub license for any edition).Material%20Inventory%20Values

Filtering Material Inventory Values by Ledger

Manage Credit Risk More Efficiently – Innovations in SAP Credit Management

Managing customer creditworthiness is important for reducing the risk of financial losses and to optimize relationships with your business partners. Information needs to be easily accessible and always up to date.

The Manage Credit Accounts app provides a 360° view on all your credit accounts. Combining operational with reporting data, it gathers all details related to a business partner (such as general attributes of a credit account, blocked sales documents, pending credit limit requests) in addition to score and limit trends. Payment trends is a newly embedded Financial Key Figure that drives score and limit determination and will help a credit manager to assess the customer situation easily. With all information available in a single screen, the credit manager can take instant action and make the right decision.

In the new Manage Credit Management Rules app, the credit manager can define rules for different use cases, considering different criteria:

  • Approval hierarchies for credit limit requests
  • Approval hierarchies for Documented Credit Decisions (DCD)
  • Define rounding rules for the calculation of credit limits
  • Assign evaluations to parameter values for the calculation of credit scores
  • Risk adjustments of calculated credit limits based on risk class
  • Define overall country risk

The configuration of the above has been simplified and provides great flexibility for a credit manager to respond to changing market situations.

In addition, this release has extended credit checks to service transactions – for example, service contracts and service orders. Credit checks can be automatically triggered for business partners (payers) when releasing a service order. Negative check results can block the service order from further processing. Documented Credit Decision cases are automatically created for service order items with negative check results. If the check results are positive, the commitment of a business partner is updated accordingly. The commitment is then added into the credit exposure that consumes the available credit limit of the payer.

Refer to What’s New Viewer and search for “credit accounts”, “credit management”, and “credit check”.

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Manage Credit Accounts

People – SAP S/4HANA Human Resources

Personnel Number Blocking & Data Retrieval for Data Protection & Privacy​

Data protection is associated with numerous legal requirements and privacy concerns. In addition to compliance with general data protection acts, it is necessary to consider compliance with industry-specific legislation in different countries/regions. In the majority of cases, compliance with data protection laws is not a product feature; nevertheless, we provide specific features and functions to support compliance with the relevant legal requirements and data protection, for example, functions are available for various applications that simplify the blocking and deletion of personal data by using SAP Information Lifecycle Management (ILM).

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Block Employee After Leaving

SAP Fiori – Self-Services

Human Capital Management (HCM) is now available as a part of SAP S/4HANA. SAP Human Capital Management for SAP S/4HANA provides you with modernized feature set for Human Capital Management that will be enhanced by new features in future.

Note SAP Human Capital Management for SAP S/4HANA is exclusively available to customers who have purchased a separate license.

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Employee Profile

To Learn More

In each section above, you will see links throughout the paragraphs that take you to the respective part of online documentation. You will also see suggested search words that you can use in What’s New Viewer. This is a great way to get more context and bump into related updates in the area of interest.

If you are a developer, you will also notice a number of updates with APIs in What’s New Viewer, which will be important in future-proofing your SAP S/4HANA solution by keeping the “core” of SAP S/4HANA clean of modifications – as always, SAP API Business Hub (https://api.sap.com) contains all the information you need for APIs, integration and extensions.

For those who are keen to learn more about 2022 updates in Finance, be sure to check out this blog article with a video dedicated to each main topic within Finance.

Here is a list of other resources that may be helpful for you.

In addition, we have a livestream planned on YouTube. You do not need to sign up, but if you can make it to the live session, please head to this community page SAP S/4HANA – Release Highlights and let the speakers and others know that you are coming to join the session live.

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      Author's profile photo David Kargman
      David Kargman

      Thanks for sharing.  It would be great to have a separate section including "Intelligent Scenarios". Please advise.

      Author's profile photo Kai Sicker
      Kai Sicker

      What's the best way to find out about interesting changes from the point of a developer?

      For example I would be really interested if there are any changes/improvements to the RAP model.

      Author's profile photo Bjoern Panter
      Bjoern Panter

      Hi Kai,

      Developer Extensibility (aka Embedded Steampunk) is now part of the delivery.

      See the blog

      https://blogs.sap.com/2022/09/05/embedded-steampunk-some-more-details-for-abap-developers/

      and wait some more days for some really cool news.

      Watch the SAP S/4HANA Cloud ABAP Environment | SAP Community

      VGB

      Author's profile photo Noboru OTA
      Noboru OTA
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Kai,

      cc Shavneet Singh 

      In addition to what Christian Vogler notes in the other thread, RAP on the ABAP Platform is listed in the What's New section here.

      The FAQ on RAP list pointers for this and other platforms as below:

      Going beyond RAP, this page on ABAP Platform in Help Portal lists other topics.

      Back to SAP S/4HANA, what might be helpful for you is that you can filter entries of What’s New Viewer for SAP S/4HANA (as listed in this blog) by categories such as "API", "CDS", "Development".

       

      Author's profile photo Arif Demirtaş
      Arif Demirtaş

      Thanks for sharing a useful post.

      Author's profile photo Ramakrishna Potluri
      Ramakrishna Potluri

      Noboru,

      Good to see your blog summarising all new stuff in S4H 2022 release.

      THank you !

      Cheers, Ramki

      Author's profile photo Sanmath Pudale
      Sanmath Pudale

      Useful Blog, THanks

      Author's profile photo Maico Bosch
      Maico Bosch

      Thanks for the update, it is a pity that there is not more development regarding the assetviewer of Plant Maintenance in Fiori.

      At this moment it is not possible to use standard apps when using the assetviewer. Most of the times when selecting an app, GUI application starts up.

      When you are in the structure, select for example create notification, it would be nice that the Request Maintenance app is starting, but instead, the GUI based app starts.

      Do you know when Assetviewer gets a significant update and it will work as good as for instance Ultimo?