SAP has indeed released S/4HANA 1709 in September 2017, which happens to be its third release of S/4HANA core. The previous releases of 1511 and 1610 S/4HANA Enterprise Management had, of course, laid the building blocks e.g. core data-model changes, FIORI Analytical Applications; VDM’s starting of Integrated / Embedded Solutions. In the current release, SAP has no doubt added a few more pillars for digital transformation with IoT, Machine-Learning, Big Data Analytics apart from many others.
What there is to know about SAP S/HANA?
SAP S/4HANA has remarkably already reached a milestone of 1000 live customers and with each of the release, SAP is providing broader industry coverage and also goes to the platform for Digital Transformation.
The core values in S/4HANA are still, of course, the same and untouched. S/4HANA is still outstanding in Real-Time Analytics, Simulation, and also being able to handle multiple dimensions simultaneously.
Key Changes in the area of Finance
SAP no doubt has had concrete plans to introduce a new soft close and prediction functionality that along with the financial closing cockpit does provide the ability to close the books making use of an abbreviated closing procedure.
Key innovations in the SAP Logistics area
SAP does provide innovation in the logistics areas well with the focus on new areas such as quality management, EWM and some specific functionality that are Available-to-Promise and Advanced Variant Configuration.
With SAP S/4HANA 1610, SAP does, of course, enable EWM as a side by side with the core.
Three different approaches to move to SAP S/4HANA:-
Clients who are already on any version of S/4HANA / suite on HANA will also need to go through a DB upgrade as S/4HANA 1709 is for HANA 2 DB. This path is shown below.
To improve the experience when adopting SAP S/4HANA, SAP recently launched a new set of tools. The SAP Transformation Navigator, which helps customers determine their go-to solutions.
SAP S/4HANA 1709 appears to be a key release and will be a version many clients will be looking to upgrade to from their current SAP release.
SAP S/4HANA has successfully reached a very important milestone of 1000 live customers and these are well across various industries and geographical distribution.
Although this current release does not offer earth-shattering new features as such, it does provide an extension/addition to the key offerings in each area. The product has actually got stabilized and does offer far more clarity and also a more predictable path for client IT teams to proceed with digital transformation. This will make 1709 the go to release the version for most EHP series of clients.
All in all the new release does promise to be another exciting solution and further affirm the market leadership of the SAP. It will also be able to create a lot of new projects and also work for SAP Consultants, especially those who have indeed managed to already acquire S/4HANA experience.