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This was a SAP Community Call hosted by SAP Mentors, specifically Chris Kernaghan and Maria Farrales

Abstract/Description: This webinar will give you an introduction to the innovations coming with SAP S/4HANA 1709 (on-premise) release, designed for enterprises across industries that need a deep and broad level of functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility in customization. With SAP S/4HANA 1709, we bring the next wave of simplification and innovations to the core business functions of enterprises. This webinar will give you an introduction to the product offering, covering the core business scenarios of an enterprise as well as functionality for lines of businesses and industries.

Presenter: Christian Vogler, SAP S/4HANA Product Management & Co-Innovation, SAP SE

Recording can be found here.

Christian provided an overview of what is planned to be delivered.  He said the presentation is just a snapshot, and subject to change

Release to customer is planned September 15

Source: SAP

The usual Legal Disclaimer applies

Key Innovations

1709 is an entire ERP solution


Innovation Discovery:


Figure 3: Source: SAP

First release was in 2015

Cloud first and simplification of core

SAP HANA as the database

Support OLAP/OLTP in same system

Only one code line for cloud/on-premise

Figure 4: Source: SAP

New embedded transportation management

Extension of industries including commodity management

Introduce machine learning, available in cash management and procurement

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 covers landscape consolidation

Covers “what is in and what is out”

Operational reporting is in S/4HANA

SRM: bring back parts to core and some to Ariba

Supply chain – PP/DS in Core, global ATP not to core

CRM: Some move to hybris and other to core

Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 covers the release strategy

One on-premise deliver per year

SAP supports each release for 5 years, and provide SP and Feature Pack releases

Figure 7: Source: SAP

S4 is not the legal successor of any SAP ERP

Three scenarios, not an upgrade

New implementation, system conversion, and landscape transformation (consolidate landscape)

See this blog

Figure 8: Source: SAP

SAP recommends go directly to 1709

Figure 9: Source: SAP

Readiness check is a new tool, available through maintenance, customer can initiate, analyze SAP system and helps customer to give customer overview of potential requirements of S4

Recommend Fiori apps to replace SAP transactions

Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows a result of readiness check

Figure 11: Source: SAP

New simplification items in Figure 11

Link to simplification items (may require S-USER access)

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New in 1709 is the migration cockpit

Purpose is to support transition process for customers

Design tool for enhancements and modifications

Key Innovations

New industries, enhancements to line of business, integration and tools

Figure 13: Source: SAP

Active consumption of HANA 2 – this is mandatory for the 1709 release

1709 release will not support SAP HANA 1; will force customers to upgrade SAP HANA as well.

Figure 14: Source: SAP

First make a database upgrade and then upgrade to 1709

Figure 15: Source: SAP

Link to S/4HANA Compatibility Scope Matrix

SAP Note Compatibility Matrix

Figure 15 covers compatibility packages

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Goal of asset management is to reduce reactive maintenance

Fiori app for report and repair malfunction

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Time to repair is covered

Figure 18: Source: SAP

Sourcing and Procurement has new innovations and enhancements

Display of document flow in purchase requisitions

Figure 19: Source: SAP

Figure 19 shows the purchase requisition document flow on the left and the analytic on the right

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Five key areas for Finance innovations

Figure 21: Source: SAP


Industry enhancements just listed; not much discussion in the webinar


For more information, be sure to look at the "Run" theme at SAP TechEd.

More Community Calls are planned for September, including getting ready for SAP TechEd.
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