It is a new year and with a new year follows our very new SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2202 release. As always, we bring a large variety of new innovations to our valued cloud customers. These innovations will support your intelligent enterprise and help you to run your business better every day.
In this blog post, I will walk you through a few of my highlights of the new SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2202 release. Have a look at our video to get an overview of the innovations this release brings to you.
Figure 1: The new selection guide makes it easy for your business to choose and understand the delivered planning strategies
Figure 2: The new advanced valuation processes accelerate period-end closing activities
For Environment, Health, and Safety our SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2202 release includes the ‘Greenhouse Gas Report’ template with formatting and additional functions. With this feature, our customers can specify the location and data classifiers that apply to a greenhouse gas report before generating the report file. They also can also edit the unit of measures used for the report or convert values of different units to respond to specific requirements. The system supports the conversion and helps to convert the data automatically. This innovation tremendously improves the look and feel of the report and enhances the filtering and refinement for the data selection for the report.
Staying in the context of Sustainability, it’s important to mention some already existing highlights running on the SAP Business Technology Platform, which is tightly connected to our SAP S/4HANA Cloud core:
Figure 3: The new ‘Greenhouse Gas Report’ template includes new formatting and additional functions that enhance the report
With SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2202, we introduce a new end-to-end process as part of Supply Chain. Using manual planning with freight booking documents in the transportation cockpit, businesses are enabled to perform manual transportation planning even for ocean freight. This extension increases the business scope in the area of maritime transportation and adds a freight booking scenario that gives companies the opportunity to subcontract to freight forwarders.
Furthermore, from now on it is possible to create sales orders and freight units according to freight unit building rules (FUB rules). Companies can now directly assign freight units to a freight booking and distribute to the selected containers. The new release also includes a dangerous goods check for marine.
Figure 4: Perform manual transportation planning with freight booking documents
Another integration scenario we release with Governance, Risk, and Compliance is SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud for advanced financial closing. This integration supports managing user access and ensuring access compliance. User assignments can be provisioned through access requests and access risk analysis can be performed.
The key benefits for SAP S/4HANA Cloud for advanced financial closing are automated access management using auditable access requests and improved risk management that comes with role-level user access risk analysis and cross-system risk analysis.
Figure 6: The integration helps managing user access and ensuring access compliance
Figure 7: Enabling Service Performers to book their time
As part of our project billing capabilities, we enable process extensibility through the timesheet to project billing request and invoice. This feature enables administrators to create a new custom field across multiple business contexts so that the information can flow end-to-end in the Professional Services scenario. Our customers can now leverage in-app extensibility for more flexibility in introducing critical custom fields in the end-to-end billing processes. The innovations of this release will enhance end-user productivity, increase efficiency during project billing and ease the transfer of custom fields detail from the time of the recording to the billing document output.
Figure 8: Process extensibility through the timesheet to project billing request and invoice is enabled
For every sales business unit we enable the triggering of mass changes to sales documents across document categories. For example, you can make changes to multiple sales orders and sales quotations at the same time and in only one step. We also add user-friendly capabilities to filter and prepare the changes, and we allow for transparent job monitoring and efficient postprocessing. Furthermore, the ‘Mass Change of Sales Documents’ app now supports consumption of multiple addresses for a customer for all the sales document categories.
Figure 9: Make changes to multiple sales orders and sales quotations at the same time in only one step
Our SAP Central Invoice Management, inbound processing module, complements SAP Central Invoice Management visibility capabilities with supplier invoice inbound processing. Deployed on our SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) and tightly integrated to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, it enables our customers to manually upload and edit draft invoices. Additionally, it automatically reads the invoice content through a document information extraction service using optical character recognition (OCR) and provides seamless integration to SAP S/4HANA Cloud for further processing. It is an application designed particularly for accounts payable accountants working centrally in an organization, e.g., shared services center.
Figure 10: Manually upload and edit draft invoices with SAP Central Invoice Management, inbound processing module
For Asset Management, our SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2202 release enables external collaboration with service providers and subcontractors. The new ‘Manage Components and Services’ app allows you to view and manage all externally-procured materials and lean services that are required to execute your maintenance orders, in a single place.
You can filter for externally procured components and services by one or more maintenance planning buckets, pending procurement activities, and other criteria. Furthermore, the system displays all non-stock components and lean services that match the selected filter criteria.
Figure 11: Enabling external collaboration with service providers and subcontractors
As for Product Compliance, our release features the new SAP Fiori app ‘Manage Poison Centre Notifications’. This innovation supports poison centers in identifying a mixture in question and providing the best possible assistance to save people's lives. With this feature, you can add the compliance pattern ‘Poison Centre Notification’ for unpackaged products and raw materials. Moreover, our customers are now able to assess products and indicate whether European poison center notification is applicable and assign unique formula identifiers to unpackaged products.
Figure 12: Using the new SAP Fiori app ‘Manage Poison Centre Notifications’ you can add the compliance pattern ‘Poison Centre Notification’ for unpackaged products and raw materials
Figure 13: Experience greater automation for maintenance orders in Two-Tier ERP due to seamless integration of transactional steps like the creation of service orders at the subsidiary
We keep SAP Activate up-to-date and aligned with the product to provide our customers with the best guidance for their SAP S/4HANA Cloud implementation. In this release we have added more coverage for customers deploying Two-tier ERP, including the publication of the new white paper "Two-Tier ERP Deployment for SAP S/4HANA Cloud" that provides four-step path to public cloud.
We invite you all to download this new asset to learn about the Two-Tier ERP, business scenarios available for your organization and to understand how you can maximize your current IT investment while bringing your organization to the cloud.
More in Jan Musil’s Blog Post.
Figure 14: Download the new white paper that provides four-step path to public cloud
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Figure 15: The iRPA Bot store offers hundreds of bots that help you meet your automation goal
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