Have you already made the move to SAP S/4HANA and are now wondering where to next to keep up with the latest SAP S/4HANA innovations?
If you are currently on SAP S/4HANA and have read Let's Talk SAP S/4HANA AnyPremise Upgrade, you will already know that there are many reasons to upgrade. There's some official resources available already, and perhaps now you are looking for more lessons learned guidance from other customers to help you through. Then this is the guide for you!
The latest version of the guide has now been released as of January 2023 with:
All new lessons learned and guidance for upgrades to SAP S/4HANA 2022
New release strategy and compatibility scope through to 2025
Specifics and recommendations for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition
Added a link to blog post SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA upgrades With SAP Readiness Check for SAP S/4HANA upgrade, SAP provides a self-service tool to check the readiness of your existing SAP S/4HANA system in preparation for an upgrade to a selected target SAP S/4HANA release (including the selected feature package stack or support package stack) and to give you an indication of the required efforts. It helps to identify mandatory preparations and possible pre-projects for your system well before the upgrade project starts and enables you to understand respective implications. This early insight means that you can scope and plan your upgrade project with a higher degree of accuracy
June 2021:June 2021 version is now released! The guide has been updated with:
The latest information on upgrading to SAP S/4HANA 2020
Even more lessons learned from customer experiences
A fast track guide to help you move through the document
A revised content format
Links to the latest enablement resources including openSAP microlearning "how to" videos
August 2020:August 2020 version released! The guide has been updated with some early feedback. With end of 2020 coming up fast we wanted to capture first feedback quickly. So you will find:
More guidance on SAP Fiori, SAP Activate, Downtime Optimization, and services from SAP
And perhaps after listening to a few SAP TechEd 2022 Replaysyou are all fired up for planning your upgrade to SAP S/4HANA 2022, SAP Fiori 3, lots more innovations and taking the next step towards your Intelligent Enterprise.
Or maybe you just want to drive more value out of your current SAP S/4HANA solution via Continuous Improvement Projects.
The good news is there is now a comprehensive guide especially for you:
Title page of the Upgrading SAP S/4HANA guide highlighting the January 2023 version and the link to Download the Document
This downloadable guide is based on the latest information available and many lessons learned from SAP customers - just like you - who have already successfully upgraded their SAP S/4HANA release.
The information has been gathered and collated worldwide by myself and other colleagues from SAP S/4HANA RIG, SAP Enterprise Support, SAP S/4HANA Customer Care Program, SAP MCC (Mission Control Center), SAP CoE (Centre of Excellence), and SAP Customer Success.
The good news is that so far most customers complete their upgrade in as little as 3-6 months, based on statistics from the SAP S/4HANA Customer Care Program. Those timeframes are readily achievable providing you do your due diligence beforehand.
So this guide covers a range of advice to assist you Before, During, and After your upgrade including:
Understanding key drivers for upgrading your SAP S/4HANA solution
Deciding on your target SAP S/4HANA release and Feature Package Stack
Key tipping points for deciding on Functional Upgrade vs. Technical Upgrade
Preparing for your project
Example project plans
Evaluating the delta between your current and target SAP S/4HANA release
Considerations in estimating effort to upgrade
Where to find the technical upgrade guide for your target SAP S/4HANA release
Managing and automating regression testing
and last but not least FAQ
You will find listed all the latest and best tools to help you on your journey.
You can even find advice on potentially tricky questions such as what to do about your SAP Fiori architecture if:
You did not set up your SAP Fiori in your initial implementation of SAP S/4HANA
You have seen more and more industry solutions covered, more languages supported, more add-ons embedded.
You have seen flexible business model innovation made achievable, where running multiple industry solutions side-by-side has moved from impossible (with SAP Business Suite) to easy (with SAP S/4HANA).
The evolution of SAP S/4HANA from release 1511 to 2022
And there's still lots more to come on the SAP S/4HANA journey.
Overview of Release Strategy for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition and on-premise
So once you have upgraded your solution - and perhaps even before your next upgrade - you will want to drive more value out of your current SAP S/4HANA release.
So we have a whole chapter to get you started on running Continuous Improvement Projects - whether you want to introduce the latest and greatest innovation scenarios, or just want to do some UX Adoption planning to introduce SAP Fiori to a new group of business users.
You might even want to take advantage of RISEwiithSAP to extend SAP S/4HANA with end-to-end processes and intelligent use cases with SAP BTP such as: SAP Mobile Start; SAP Build Workzone, advanced edition; Intelligent Situation Automation using side-by-side AI capabilities; and many more.
What are our best tips for getting started for your upgrade?
You have so much content delivered to you with SAP S/4HANA, and your upgrade is a great start on your journey of bringing new business value to your colleagues.
Overview of the UX content delivered with SAP S/4HANA including more than 2.8K apps and hundreds of intelligent use cases
So look to make a habit of upgrade and continuous improvement - that's how you can keeping taking advantage of the latest and greatest in the SAP S/4HANA roadmap. And don't forget to capture your own lessons learned!