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This was an SAP webcast given last week. Unfortunately the link to the slides is now broken on the SAP Support portal so the link is now removed.

Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows SAP had major shipments every 1-2 years

Market wants more continuous innovation

SAP will have feature packages with new functionality to the customer

The customer chooses which features to implement

Figure 2: Source: SAP

Feature package phase, normal correction and changes, see new functionality which is bundled in feature packages which use the support package technology

There are no new tools required to handle

There is no additional charge for feature packs

Features are optional

Focus is “on time to market”

Figure 3: Source: SAP

Latest SP should be implemented

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the different types of packages with respect to impact to platform, kernel changes

Support packages contain corrections and legal changes

  • - Aligned with maintenance phases
  • - Corrections for SP’s are delivered as in the past via notes
  • - There is no kernel or platform update required if you implement SP
  • - SUM and SP manager are used to implement
  • - If compare SP with FP –

Maintenance is similar

Underlying release

Corrections are provided via notes

Intend to keep platform and kernel stable

Feature Packages bundle changes and corrections – incremental fast cycle innovations which are “non-disruptive”

Enhancement packages stick to underlying release / product version

Release packages provide new functionality, architecture changes are possible

  • Has its own maintenance strategy

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Question: How are feature packs different from today's enhancement packs, which, to be honest, aren't easily "consumed"

Answer: Yes, Feature Packages are indeed different from Enhancement Packages. Feature Packages are based on the Support Package Technology and are much smaller than Enhancement Packages. The current slide will provide insight to the differences.

Zero downtime – update landscape with no downtime

Feature package phase lasts 2 years; max 2 years after RTC

No big bang approach

Feature package phase starts with a new release

Here is a direct link to a description of the Feature Packages:

You can also find a definition of "Feature Packages"  using the following link: