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SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management – Release Plan

Clinical trials are an essential means to ensure patients’ safety and drug efficacy. One of the most critical steps of a successful clinical trial is how the trial is designed, planned, and executed. The smooth management of clinical supplies is crucial to avoid any delay in medication delivery to patients or supply shortages while at the same time not producing costly overages and wastage.   

For these reasons, SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management has been developed as a frontrunner for the Industry Cloud for Life Sciences providing support for end-to-end clinical process operations, and visibility to plan, source, manufacture, distribute and reconcile supplies for clinical R&D.  

To cover customer needs best, SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management has been designed as a cloud solution integrating with an SAP S/4HANA add-on:  

  • Two modules of SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management are cloud modules based on SAP BTP covering study management, planning and demand forecasting.  
  • Two modules of SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management are part of an SAP S/4HANA Life Sciences add-on covering the specific blinding and randomization needs for clinical trials to facilitate manufacturing, packaging, labelling, and shipments of clinical supplies. 

Release Schedule

  • Every year, releases are planned for Q2 and Q4.  
  • Every release will support two SAP S/4HANA back-end releases at a time, which will be the SAP S/4HANA release where it was originally implemented AND the succeeding SAP S/4HANA release.
  • There will be only one cloud release live in production at any point in time which is always the most recent generally available cloud release. In case customers do not upgrade to the latest compatible SAP S/4HANA version, an interoperability of new cloud releases towards older supported SAP S/4HANA releases will be provided but there will be of course a limitation to the functional scope as supported by their installed SAP S/4HANA release.  

SAP Intelligent Clinical Supply Management 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 applied into the production environment for productive use accordingly 

Each cloud release follows a standardized sequence of events: 

  • Day x: Staging Deployment
  • Day x+2 months: Production Deployment  

 SAP S/4HANA Life Science add-on releases are available for download at the RTC date.  

The list below shows past release dates and the upcoming release schedule (DISCLAIMER: This is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time without notice):

 
Release Year  Cloud   SAP S/4HANA Life Science add-on  SAP S/4HANA version compatibility  Dates for Staging (Cloud) /
RTC (Add-on) 
Dates for Production (Cloud)  Status / Comments 
2022  2210  2210  SAP S/4HANA 2021 FP01  October 31    COMPLETED 
2023 2306   2306  SAP S/4HANA 2021 FP02  June 30  August 31  COMPLETED 
2310 

SAP S/4HANA 2021 FP02

SAP S/4HANA 2022 FP02 

October 16    COMPLETED
 
2024 2406  2406 

SAP S/4HANA 2021 FP02 

SAP S/4HANA 2022 FP02 

June  August  PLANNED 
24xx  24xx 

SAP S/4HANA 2021 FP02

SAP S/4HANA 2022 FP02 

SAP S/4HANA 2023 FP01 

Q4  tbd  PLANNED 

 

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