hana s4 version 1610SAP has been continually developing SAP S/4HANA since its release. With SAP S/4HANA Version 1610, SAP is bringing in many new features and improvements across multiple industries.

 

  • Manufacturers will benefit from Integrated Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (SAP PP/DS) in a number of ways. SAP PP/DS integrates capacity planning and material planning into a single system, with a single database, simplifying setup and SAP Basis administration. The system will help companies improve planning and production, making it easier to work with products with long lead times, navigate resource bottlenecks, optimize purchase orders by transport capacity, and more.

 

  • SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) provides major gains in efficiency — particularly for companies with high volume and throughput warehouses, and multiple warehouse types. It provides better utilization of resources and assets, with high visibility, control and tracking.

 

  • Advanced Availability to Promise (ATP) in S/4HANA Version 1610 improves backorder processing. Companies can move beyond first-come, first-served and prioritize order fulfillment around your company’s own needs — for example, by prioritizing orders that are bound by contract over other orders.

 

  • S/4HANA Version 1610 also brings SAP Fiori 2.0 with it. SAP Fiori 2.0 has a rich array of features to streamline the flow of business processes and data, and organize information in a more user-friendly way — particularly for mobile users and multi-screen applications like SAP Digital Boardroom. It also has a number of industry-specific enhancements.

 

SAP S/4HANA Version 1610 — Changing Upgrade Strategy

In many ways SAP S/4HANA Version 1610 is just another SAP application enhancement, however, it does represent a major change in its upgrade strategy. For one thing, SAP is trying to get a little more regular about releases. Historically, SAP has not always been regular about a release strategy for their applications.

 

With S/4HANA, SAP is switching to a regular update schedule: one major update per year, and three quarterly updates. The quarterly updates, called Feature Pack Stacks (FPS) will include minor, but not mandatory functionality enhancements. SAP will continue to release Support Packs (SPS) as needed, but those will only include bug-fixes, with no new functionality. Both FPS and SPS are still SAP upgrades that require business buy-in, but they’re relatively less taxing compared to the major annual update.

 

Getting Ready for SAP S/4HANA Version 1610

Companies should strive to approach SAP HANA upgrades as a regular, repeating schedule, rather than a series of isolated projects. With regular upgrades starting with S/4HANA Version 1610, this will be an easier task. The amount of work that goes into upgrading HANA varies by company, but it is predictable. A qualified SAP partner can help you develop a consistent strategy that fits your company’s needs and minimizes downtime.

 

Companies that haven’t been upgrading regularly should take a deep look at the functionality they need. Although SAP continues to support older versions, new versions of third-party apps and interfaces may require S/4HANA Version 1610 features. Conversely, your third-party products may need to be adjusted or updated as part of your SAP HANA 1610 upgrade. If it’s been awhile since you upgraded your tech stack, your SAP S/4HANA Version 1610 upgrade is a great time to modernize.

 

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About Curtis Gaska - Solution Architect

Curtis Gaska is a solution architect on Symmetry's expert SA team, delivering complete SAP® technical solutions from upgrades to complex landscape implementations. Curtis pairs his sound SAP technical expertise with sales skills to knowledgably advise clients, and prospective clients of Symmetry’s services and product offerings throughout each stage of the sales cycle. Curtis has a unique ability to deliver technical knowledge to create customs solutions per the client requirements, by not only taking the technical specifications into consideration but also the business drivers particular to that organization in turn creating an optimal SAP environment. This skilled approached includes scoping, planning, and execution of various projects including Migrations/Upgrades/Installs, Hosting and ongoing Managed Services. He also stays abreast of the latest technologies such as road mapping solutions for client’s to leverage SAP HANA® in their current environment to then be hosted in Symmetry’s state-of- the -art Datacenter.