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The SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608 release is less than two weeks away and we want to give you an idea of what innovations and enhancements are being delivered in 1608. Anyway you are able to see that we have put lots of innovations into this release to provide more functionality to our customers and accelerate our path to the cloud.

Our new accelerated extended four quarter roadmap

We want to build customer trust and drive innovation adoption by showing the evolution path of our product and solution landscape with a focus on business value and share more insights about upcoming innovations with customers. To mitigate this we accelerated the SAP S/4HANA Cloud roadmaps by unleashing the planned innovations and feature related to upcoming releases, with a plan of four quarters ahead. You will find this new roadmap being launched August 29th with the RTC of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1608 release.

For this release the scope will be significantly enriched across all LOBs. From the more than 30 scope items, 3 additional localizations and many more self-service UI´s we have selected a few highlights for you per edition.

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud

With the advanced Available to Promise (aATP) comes the ‘Release for Delivery’ app, which minimizes the impact of material shortages by supporting the users to efficiently work and keep their deadlines. It allows any user to easily gatekeep which sales order requirements should be delivered and efficiently distribute the available stock to the most important sales order requirements. An automated selection of work lists according to the user specific area of responsibility avoids dependencies and double work.

Based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP RealSpend uses cloud technology to pull data from core financial reporting systems, allowing organizations to perform ad hoc spend analysis and other “on-the-fly” calculations enabling live business processing. This app enhances traditional ERP data model with future data to provide real-time insight into the forecast of the company. Managers are enabled to anticipate upcoming spent more precisely improving their ability to make informed decisions and the tagging engine allows managers to create their own analytical models on the fly.

SAP S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud

The event-based revenue recognition in project-based services will be launched with the 1608 release. With this functionality costs and revenues will easily be realized in one single picture with real time accurate data and at any time. A real-time income statement and costs of sales reporting by posting revenue recognition with prima nota supports the increase in transparency. Also the cost management reporting will be enhanced with reporting attributes derived for all revenue recognition postings. And last but not least will the audit efforts be reduced through a transparent link between every revenue recognition posting and prima nota.

SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud

The Customer Journey Manager will be launched with 1608 release based on the great feedback obtained in the current Beta phase. It enables marketers to design their strategic marketing activities, and to orchestrate marketing campaigns and other related activities such as service calls and lead generation.

Profiles is, of course, a very hot and important topic. Therefore, you may not be surprised to find it very visible in SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud 1608, most prominently through a new profiles application and through the integration with SAP Hybris Profile for Web tracking to enable even better personalized targeting.

There is great news also in analytics. SAP’s new generation of Cloud analytics, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (f.k.a. Cloud for Analytics), can be connected to SAP S/4HANA Marketing Cloud for state-of-the art data visualization and storytelling. In addition, the SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics will be made available for flexible day-to-day reporting.

Find more 1608 release highlights here. Stay tuned for a more detailed information on the 1608 release coming up on August 29th.

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