In one of my earlier blogs I had shared a document that stated “what is SAP S/4HANA 1511 & WHAT it is NOT !!!”
Continuing with the study and analysis of innovations in SAP S/4HANA 1511 MMO – Materials Management & Operations ( Simple !??! Logistics) area, I share below my findings further :
The Key Principles : SAP HANA based products
Followed by SAP for and in SAP HANA based products :
- Re-Architecture for HANA
- Consolidation of Existing Functionality
- New Innovation based on and utilizing the HANA-Capabilities
- Retiring of Obsolete Functionality
- (A) At “Solution Stack” level à The same is visible in >> what SAP “DIGITAL CORE” and supported by EXTENDED Line-of-Business(LOB) Solutions
- The Digital CORE = SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Solution
- Line-Of-Business Solutions
- § LOB Sales like BRIM, Sales Planning & Performance
- § LOB Sourcing & Procurement like Supplier Collaboration, Business network…. And so on
- (B) Within a particular solution, in our case – SAP S/4HANA 1511 Edition, this results into the Technical impact as : Functionality Consolidation, Obsolete – Replaced by, Not-Supported, Available in 1511 but NOT in S/4 Architecture
Solution Landscape – with S/4HANA 1511
For customers who plan to migrate to SAP S/4HANA 1511 release the suggestive solution landscape would look like a “bundle” of applications & add-ons” natively integrated and orchestrated for an “end-to-End” process. [ *Solution consolidation in SCM & Manufacturing, will be added to the diagram soon ]
SAP S/4HANA 1511 in a NUT-Shell….
Summarizing key changes within S/4HANA
|Simplified Operational Analytics – thru ODATA & ABAP Managed CDS||DIMP Added to the CORE||Simplified inventory management data model – Introduction of LARGE TABLE — MATDOC||The Business Partner approach is Mandatory in SAP S/4HANA.|
|Foreign trade are covered by SAP Global Trade Services (GTS) with Restrictions||Long Material Number with restrictions||On-the-fly calculation of stock. Aggregates and indices removed||Material Master : Simplified and supports the optimized MRP functionality|
|Billing – Simplified Output Management – thru Adobe Document Server and Adobe Forms “ONLY”||It is mandatory for manufacturing BOMs to maintain the product version for correct BOM explosion- as Only BOMs with valid production version are considered during BOM explosion||Material Valuation : Statistical MAP – significant increase of transactional data throughput for goods movements, by deactivating the statistical moving average. – “soft-lock”
Caution: Activation is OPTIONAL & once activated, the deactivation is not possible & update of Unit-Cost of Material ONLY thru MR21
|The tools that support an automated migration from FI-AR Credit Management to FIN-FSCM Credit Management cannot be used in 1511|
|Supports optimized Order Processing – Status Tables removed and status now captured in respective Documents (Order, Delivery, Billing) – HEADER & DETAIL tables||Optimized process for REBATE Processing – VBOX (especially useful for CRM-TPM Customers)
Rebate Processing >>Settlement Mgmt
|Tighter integration between sFIN & simplified logistics.||Simplification Database that summarizes all changes and new innovations|
|Commodity Management NOT Supported in S/4HANA 1511 SPS00||Contract Billing is not available in SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511||Co-Deployment with SAP SRM is Not Supported||The ITS services for the Internet Application Components (IAC) in QM are not available|
|Optimized Pricing – Introduction on NEW table for PRICING PRCD_ELEMENTS
CDS VIEW V_KNOV
|Material Ledger has become obligatorily active, Actual Costing is not. Activation of Actual Costing is still optional||Optimized MRP-LIVE in HANA, Simplified Sourcing Optimized MRP Subcontractors SOP replaced by >> IBP||“New” Service Type Material|
Analysis of other areas can be further added to findings…. however I am sure the similar principles have been followed and will be followed in other modules too (where changes are expected)….
THE READING on the WALL !!
While SAP S/4HANA 1511 release do promise many simplifications and innovations, it would be worth a wait for the product to stabilize and incorporate full-listing of new innovations (as promised and mentioned in Road-MAP – especially in SAP High-end products like SCM, SRM, CRM and so on ).
While business and clients may want to adopt a more “cautious” approach, they cannot effort to “simply-sit-and-watch”, and they sure need to start “planning” their journey and road-map if they wish to (in near future) adopt SAP HANA based products….Why ?? check this blog…
For New Clients too, adopting the technology while it’s “still evolving” can give a good platform to start however one would definitely want to be in “study-mode” and watch and learn from the frequent updates and modifications that are currently being introduced in the product.
Many of large existing clients with complex landscape and heavily customized systems, a Landscape Consolidation roadmap and or a Green-field implementation approach might be more appealing rather than “Complex Conversion & migration projects”
Move towards adopting SAP S/4HANA should be looked as not just TECHNICAL but rather a “Business Transformation” Project.
Look forward to your comments and views…