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In April 2020, SAP enhanced SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition by delivering business content and updated services as part of the subscription. SAP for the first time bundles into the technical offering of software capabilities the ability to immediately consume a pre-defined scope of pre-activated SAP Best Practices business processes virtually “out-of-the-box”.

With the offering of a pre-configured business template usable by customers and partners as a foundation to jumpstart their implementation project, SAP significantly contributes to the key cloud principles:

  1. Reduce Time-to-Value

  2. Reduce Total Cost of Ownership by reducing cost for implementation

  3. Contribute to the speed to leverage New Innovation

The enterprise management layer for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition (EML) allows customers to execute business processes based on SAP Best Practices. However, we’ve gone one step beyond. Where the standard SAP Best Practices typically focus on national companies running operations within one country only, the EML focuses towards international customers that run subsidiaries within multiple countries around the globe.

The design of the EML is truly built for global corporations with a global ledger structure and the need to report on corporate accounting principles but as well on local accounting principles within the individual countries. Hence, all legal entities pre-configured within EML (in SAP terminology called company codes), come with two parallel ledgers pre-defined in addition to the leading group ledger. The two parallel ledgers allow customers to reflect local accounting principles per country as well as the ability to report accounting values for deviating fiscal year variants that can be reflected within the second parallel ledger. This ledger often is referred to as “tax-ledger”.

While the main focus of the EML offering for S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition is on international customers, on request customers can receive an EML version focusing towards a national setup. This national setup is a single-country template with leading accounting principle based on the country selected. One parallel ledger will be pre-activated representing international accounting principles.

The currently available country versions pre-configured within the international setup of the EML for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition on release 1909 are covering 42 country versions and pre-installed 24 system languages


The underlying S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition technically supports more country versions then the mentioned 42. However, pre-configured business processes are not available to be consumed “out-of-the-box” for those countries. Customers can manually enhance the template at any point in time to include further countries beyond the pre-configured scope of EML.

Further Information

Latest information on EML and/or technical extensibility guide for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition can be found here:

2921887 - Enterprise management layer for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition

2920697 - Extensibility Guide for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, extended edition



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