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OverviewWhat is an Enhancement Package and what advantages do they offer over traditional upgrades? Update SAP ERP 6.0 or upgrade SAP R/3? establishes clarity in the complex world of software versions. Nearly 95,000 customers all over the world rely on SAP software. And it has never been easier to keep software up-to-date. Since 2006, customers have had the opportunity to update their existing software applications to the latest version via enhancement packages (EHPs). And they did. More than 5,300 customers have already installed the enhancement packages for ERP 6.0 to benefit from the newest capabilities available. In addition to EHP5 for the ERP application, SAP plans to release EHP1 for CRM 7.0, SRM 7.0, SCM 7.0 and PLM 7.0.

Enhancement packages represent a new software delivery strategy which allows customers to modernize and innovate their business processes without the need of traditional upgrades. Enhancement packages for ERP include functional enhancements, industry-specific enhancements, UI simplifications, and enterprise service bundles. The first four generations of enhancement packages for ERP 6.0 have been delivered and successfully adopted in the market.

Enhancement Package vs Support Packages

SAP enhancement packages are optional packages that deliver new or improved business functions which can be selectively deployed. Support Packages on the other hand, contain corrections like bug fixes and legal or tax changes and are therefore mandatory. SAP recommends installing enhancement packages when applying a regular support package as a maintenance activity. This combined approach reduces the downtime and manual effort for the whole installation procedure and for the testing efforts.

About SAP Business Suite 7In 2009 SAP introduced Business Suite 7, a set of modular but integrated applications, designed as a long-term, sustainable platform. As shown in the figure Business Suite consists of the go-to releases of five core applications, the most recent industry and supplementary applications available since November 21, 2008 and the components of the SAP Net Weaver technology platform that support the above applications.

The SAP WaySAP Business Suite Innovation Road Map

Long-Term PredictabilityMaintenance Extension for SAP Business SuiteTo manifest the long-term predictability of the Business Suite and in support of the Innovation strategy and Roadmap the standard maintenance will be extended.SAP extends mainstream maintenance for the Business Suite core applications to December 2020

Implementing SAP Enhancement PackageInstall EHP with regular maintenance activities of applying SP-Stacks

SAP EHP 7 for SAP ERP 6.0

SAP Enhancement Package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 contains more than 750 business functions. The key new features are SAP Fiori, MRP runs, and data aging objects.

Enhancement packages give enterprises the flexibility to extend their SAP software by adding only those functions and technical improvements that they actually need. And, because SAP enhancement packages are simply imported into the existing SAP system landscape, customers incur only a fraction of the effort, cost, and downtime that a functional and technical ERP upgrade would entail.

Customers activate the new business functions that they want to use via the Switch Framework. The enhancement packages contain new functions for both generic and industry-specific processes. They are usually delivered to customers every two years and bundle all the new and enhanced business software functionalities that SAP has delivered either on an ongoing basis or quarterly in the form of In-Advance Shipments or Service Packs in the period since the last enhancement package was shipped.

The new functions in EHP 7 for SAP ERP 6Enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 offers more than 100 new functions and is the first enhancement package to be optimized for both the SAP HANA database and the traditional certified databases.

SAP has extended mainstream maintenance for the SAP Business Suite and the enhancement packages to the end of 2020, which means that customers software investments are safe.

The enhancement packages reduce the adjustment effort required for customers who subsequently migrate their SAP Business Suite to the SAP HANA in-memory platform

Enhancement packages are cumulative. Thus, enhancement package 7 contains all the previously delivered enhancements as well as the new ones: That adds up to a grand total of more than 750 functions.

Since enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, customers have had the option of deactivating certain business functions that were previously activated.

Coinciding with the release of the new enhancement package for SAP ERP, SAP has also shipped enhancement package 3 for SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM 7.0), SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM 7.0), and SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM 7.0), which are also optimized for SAP HANA.

The new functions in SAP enhancement package 7 include the current version of the SAP Commodity Management and SAP Convergent Charging 4.0 solutions. Participation in the SAP Ramp-Up program is mandatory for customers wishing to implement these solutions.

SAP enhancement package 7 also includes numerous new functions for financial accounting, logistics , human resources, and quality management, as well as cross-application functions and improvements for SAP Master Data Governance and manager self-service (MSS).

Three key new features with EHP 7The three most important new features in the current enhancement package are the SAP Fiori collection of apps, MRP (Material requirements planning) runs powered by SAP HANA, and technologies for implementing data aging concepts with SAP HANA. What practical benefits do they offer business users?

1. SAP Fiori in actionThe current collection of 25 role-based productivity apps in SAP Fiori empower end users to perform recurring daily tasks with enhanced speed and efficiency across devices whether theyre working on a desktop PC, smartphone, tablet, or notebook. The apps offer role-based processes that are personalized for specific user groups in the organization and that are intuitive to operate. This means that users can complete all their tasks simply and conveniently in a single user interface no matter how many different SAP applications they work with.

For example, sales representatives need to access data sets from SAP CRM when they want to contact a customer; but they also need to access SAP ERP to create sales orders. SAP Fiori bundles the CRM and ERP transactions that the sales rep needs on a single user interface, which can be configured with ease to suit his or her personal requirements. There is also a context-based and role-based search function that helps end users find information that they are authorized to access, quickly and easily. The search function can be used in connection with SAP HANA, as can SAP Fiori apps that visualize reports.

2. Faster MRP runs

Another important innovation in SAP enhancement package 7 is the option to use SAP HANA Live to check on material availability and inventory days of supply in real time at exploded-view level. There is also an option to perform ad-hoc simulations. Leveraging these options makes it possible to speed up complex MRP runs and capacity planning dramatically.

For example, one customer who previously had to schedule between eight hours and an entire night for an MRP run can now complete the process in less than 30 minutes thanks to SAP HANA. As a result, this customer can perform multiple MRP runs in a single day, a feat that would have been virtually unthinkable before. These improvements mean that enterprises can adapt their production planning and control very quickly and flexibly in response to changing customer requirements or to exceptional situations in the manufacturing process. Plant and business managers can see straight away whether they need to schedule a production order to a different machine or plant, and whether they could save money by sourcing parts directly from a supplier rather than through the plants own warehouse.

3. Data aging: real-time access to ERP dataThe data aging objects for SAP Business Suite applications running on the SAP HANA in-memory platform make it possible to efficiently implement a data aging strategy. This gives end users near real-time access to data that is frequently required in day-to-day operations such as the financial results for the last two years. On the technical side, raw data from the ERP system that is stored in the database is flagged and loaded into the main memory of the in-memory platform according to the hot storage principle, where it is kept in highly compressed form to enable rapid delivery of query results. Data that is only required infrequently or rarely remains in the SAP HANA database where it is accessed via SQL queries.

Tools provide overview of new ERP, CRM, and SCM functionsIt is often difficult for IT managers to pinpoint which functions are relevant for their SAP landscape and which are likely to add real business value. SAP offers two useful tools to help customers speed up the decision-making process. The first is SAP solution browser, which gives IT managers a fast and precise overview of all the new functions in the current enhancement packages for SAP ERP, SAP CRM, and SAP SCM that are relevant for their system landscape. The second is the SAP business function prediction self-service

tool, which based on a transaction analysis in an SAP system provides a tailored

recommendation about which of the new business functions delivered by enhancement packages will bring the greatest business value to the customer.

ConclusionSAP offers evolutionary and break-through innovation for the SAP Business Suite

Innovations will be delivered continuously and non-disruptivelyThe Long Term Predictability with the SAP Business Suite in un-matched in the industry

SAP Business Suite remains the future-proof choice for best-run businesses