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Julien Delvat

SAP S/4HANA Cloud: the roadmap

Julien Delvat , SAP S/4HANA Consultant

Published in 5 Categories - Monday 15 August 2016

In order to sustain a rapid innovation cycle, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Edition is SAP’s first application to break from the traditional yearly release schedule to follow a quarterly innovation cycle. In that context, knowing what’s on the horizon and how to stay informed becomes much more important for customers looking at an implementation project.

Keep up with the schedule!

As a true SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), one of the key characteristics of S/4HANA Cloud Edition is the constant delivery of new features. As we speak, version 1605 (i.e. May 2016) has just been released and version 1608 (for August 2016) is around the corner.

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SAP S/4HANA Delivery Schedule. Source: SAP

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The features are published regularly on the SAP service marketplace [1]. These are divided between:

  • Today (already released) “Recent innovations for our solutions that have been launched in the past weeks or months and can already be activated”; 
  • Planned (usually delivered in release +1 ) “Planned innovations for our solutions that are expected to be launched in the short term or midterm”;
  • Future (usually delivered in release +2 or more)  “Future direction provides a long-term perspective on high-level development plans for innovations for our solutions – inspired by your requirements."

Note that all features planned on the road maps are not guaranteed until officially released.

What’s new in 1605?

For the S/4HANA Cloud Edition, select “Cross Topics” and “SAP S/4HANA Cloud” [2]. The current edition supports the following processes:

  • Streamlined Procure to Pay
    • Sourcing and Contract Management
    • Operational Procurement
    • Inventory Management
    • Invoice and Payables Management
  • Accelerated Plan to Product
    • Project Control
    • Basic Production Planning
    • Basic Production Processing
    • Inventory Management
    • Maintenance Management
  • Optimized Order to Cash
    • Order and Contract Management
    • Inventory Management
    • Receivables Processing
  • HR Connectivity
    • Time Recording
  • Core Finance
    • Accounting and Closing Operations
    • Cost Management and Profitability Analysis
  • Project Services
    • Contract to Cash
    • Time and Expense Management
    • Project Management

The detailed scope varies depending on the edition you have selected, either Marketing Cloud, Professional Services Cloud, or Enterprise Management Cloud. Detailed information can be found on the SAP User Assistance website [3].

Influence what’s next

S/4HANA Cloud Edition is still a young solution that may not already cover all your functional requirements. SAP solution management and developers are working very closely with early customers and Lighthouse partners, like Bluefin Solutions, to prioritize the relevant features. If you identify a critical feature that isn’t already part of the published road map, contact a Lighthouse partner and work together with them to make sure they are delivered in line with your project plans.

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