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SAP S/4HANA Cloud, ABAP® environment, offers new extensibility options for ERP solutions
SAP releases a dedicated development environment for the ABAP® programming language on SAP S/4HANA Cloud that lets customers and partners adjust and extend their public cloud enterprise solutions while keeping a standardized and clean application core. This new environment offers an extensibility option to the established SAP BTP, ABAP environment, also known as Steampunk.
The new environment targets extension projects that require tight integration with operational processes running on SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Customers can now implement these projects directly on the SAP S/4HANA Cloud stack, ensuring optimized performance and quick realization.
The new environment also makes project upgrades easier and stabler. It provides a true cloud-ready development style based on the ABAP programming language using the ABAP RESTful application programming model, locally published APIs, and SAP Fiori design system.
Partners will be able to use this platform to create verticalized partner solutions that provide deep industry functionality for customers of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
Integration, extension use cases for the RISE with SAP offering aid cloud-based digital transformation
SAP shares the first set of actionable use cases for the RISE with SAP offering, covering the integration, extension, and database and analytics capabilities of SAP BTP. The use cases provide additional functionality, such as custom code migration support and side-by-side extensibility, as well as reference architectures for topics such as data federation from hyperscaler services. SAP launched RISE with SAP earlier this year to accelerate customers’ digital transformations in the cloud. Use cases help guide customers through their cloud transformation journeys.
SAP also announces that RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, customer data center option with Dell Technologies APEX is now available.
Missions on the SAP Discovery Center portal enable customers and partners to implement and deploy use cases for RISE with SAP on SAP BTP. Customers can design a user-centered diagram using standard iconography and automatically receive key learning content and cards on their mission project board. The solution diagram editor in SAP Discovery Center then builds and customizes the use case. Costs for the use case can be calculated directly from within SAP Discovery Center.
Explore all actionable use cases as well as use cases for SAP BTP showcased at the SAP TechEd conference in 2021 on SAP Discovery Center.
Learn more about the new RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, customer data center option with Dell Technologies APEX in this blog post.
SAP Integration Suite adds integration packs for SAP API Business Hub, Google Cloud Platform option
The latest SAP Integration Suite update provides additional ways to integrate SAP and non-SAP applications. Integration packs and adapters will be also available as “community content” on SAP API Business Hub. One example: an integration between SAP Ariba solutions and non-SAP systems, which enables a third-party invoice status integration.
Prepackaged integration packs on SAP API Business Hub are easy for developers and system integrators to find and deploy. They contain multiple integration scenario descriptions, mappings between source and target interfaces, interface descriptions, preconfigured adapters, user documentation, and more. Highlights include:
- Additional document compliance scenarios, such as integration between SAP S/4HANA and Facele (for Chile), Olimpia (for Colombia), and MasterEDI (for Mexico)
- Integration between the SAP Marketing Cloud solution and Qualtrics software
- Integration with Amazon Seller Central for sales transaction data
SAP Integration Suite will be available on Google Cloud Platform for Cloud Integration, Integration Advisor, and API Management by the end of 2021. It is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Alibaba Cloud.
SAP HANA Cloud now available on Google Cloud Platform
SAP HANA Cloud, the cloud-based database for SAP BTP, continues to expand deployment options for customers by supporting Google Cloud Platform. Support for Google Cloud Platform gives SAP HANA Cloud customers more choice for their database-as-a-service.
This enables a multi-cloud experience and adds to other cloud deployment options on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Alibaba Cloud. To assist EU customers in complying with local regulations, SAP offers an EU-only access option for SAP HANA Cloud in a dedicated region on AWS in Europe. SAP HANA Cloud continues to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and optimize price and performance for customers through automation, operational efficiencies, and innovative technologies.
New extensions for SAP HANA Cloud enable real-time replication in the cloud
SAP plans to release new dynamic extension capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud to help customers move workloads to the cloud from their on-premise systems in real time. Users benefit from lower latency as well as the scalability, elasticity, and lower total cost of ownership of SAP HANA Cloud. This hybrid model lets customers transition to the cloud at their own pace while maximizing their previous investments in on-premise SAP HANA software.
Configuration localization toolkit enhances localization for SAP S/4HANA Cloud
SAP announces support in SAP S/4HANA Cloud for local version creation in customer implementation projects in countries and regions not covered by an SAP-delivered localization. This update empowers customers and partners to realize their localization needs independently.
Customers can use the configuration localization tool in the SAP Central Business Configuration tool to create new local versions, providing “rest of world” coverage. Customers can also use the localization toolkit for SAP S/4HANA Cloud to meet local requirements for payment formats, custom forms, compliance reporting, indirect tax calculation, and more. It also supports customers with best practices for implementing changes.
SAP plans to release 16 new local versions of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, adding to the 43 local versions already available. Local versions help enterprises scale their business processes across the globe and maintain compliance with legal and regulatory mandates in countries where they operate.
SAP IBP for Supply Chain deployments move to SAP HANA Cloud to improve processing, capacity
SAP announces that the SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain (SAP IBP for Supply Chain) solution can now run on SAP HANA Cloud, helping to boost overall infrastructure scalability. This move enables a completely elastic and self-adjusting cloud infrastructure that can increase the peak processing capacity of SAP IBP by a factor of 10 or more.
Supply chain planning often must consider billions of nodes across an extended supply chain, requiring extensive hardware and memory footprints. This update removes hardware bottlenecks so customers can benefit from faster decision-making capacity across comprehensive scenarios, globally optimized planning options, and more-extensive supply chain networks. The update supports more agile planning, resilient growth, and business continuity for SAP customers in the face of widespread supply chain disruptions and the ongoing semiconductor shortage.
SAP BW bridge facilitates more successful, streamlined public cloud migrations
The new SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP Business Warehouse bridge lets organizations move data from the SAP BW application to the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solution. This can help customers innovate and extend their data reach in the public cloud while leveraging existing environments. In early 2022, SAP plans to add new capabilities to simplify SAP BW-based integration and staging moves by employing a tool-based approach.
SAP Analytics Cloud further simplifies data analysis and reporting
SAP makes the data analyzer feature readily accessible in the Q4 2021 release of the SAP Analytics Cloud solution, simplifying exploration and insight discovery. Analysts can access data directly in SAP HANA and SAP BW without having to predefine a data model in SAP Analytics Cloud.
In Q1 2022, SAP Analytics Cloud plans to support scheduled report personalization or “bursting”. This capability uses model access restrictions, live data authorizations, and language and profile information to personalize and deliver information for report recipients. Together with the recent release of paginated reports and formatted pages, this update gives customers a comprehensive enterprise reporting solution in the cloud.
SAP integrates Emarsys, SAP Commerce Cloud for connected retail experiences across channels
SAP announces a new option for customers to integrate their SAP Commerce Cloud solution in the public cloud with the SAP Emarsys® Customer Engagement platform. Connecting commerce and marketing solutions is crucial for retailers to deliver a customer experience that increases conversions and loyalty through efforts such as abandoned cart campaigns, tailored product recommendations, and new customer welcome series.
The new integration feature connects the online store and automatically syncs customers, events, and products between the SAP Commerce Cloud solution in the public cloud and SAP Emarsys Customer Engagement in real time. This means e-commerce data can be used for segmentation, event triggering, and messaging personalization in the buying cycle, when it matters most.
Learn more about SAP Emarsys Customer Engagement for SAP Commerce Cloud and check out how Salling Group used it to unlock the power of customer-centric personalization
Two new SAP industry cloud solutions for retail improve transparency in sales, inventory management
SAP launches two industry cloud solutions for retail that improve transparency in sales and inventory management to deliver a great customer experience while keeping store management processes under control:
- The SAP Intelligent Returns Management solution optimizes returns for the retail and fashion industry, maximizing margin and improving customer experience.
- SAP Order Management Foundation enables omnichannel order management, including collecting orders captured in one or several customer channels. It supports any combination of physical and subscription products with pricing and sourcing information and orchestrates multisystem fulfillment.
SAP announced its industry cloud a year ago as the open innovation space where SAP and its partners build modular solutions that make a difference for customers. With exactly one industry cloud — as well as many industry cloud solutions available and in the pipeline — SAP avoids industry siloes and offers customers the flexibility to capture new opportunities in adjacent industries. Today, customers can find 40 industry cloud solutions from SAP and another 130 partner solutions on SAP Store. The SAP Road Map Explorer tool outlines SAP’s innovation path so partners and customers can see the way forward.
SAP partners interested in building industry cloud solutions can review the architecture and development guide for industry cloud solutions and visit the SAP PartnerEdge® site to learn about next steps.
Single workflow inbox with SAP Task Center, further updates on SAP’s integration strategy
SAP continues delivering against its integration road map by making the SAP Task Center service, an integrated workflow inbox across multiple solutions, generally available. SAP Task Center creates a single access point for users’ assigned workflow tasks, resulting in faster approval times.
SAP Task Center combines various powerful SAP BTP capabilities, including harmonized domain models across SAP solutions, a standardized task provider API, and consistent security and identity management. SAP plans to include SAP Task Center, which comes with a Web front end, as part of SAP BTP and make it available in the recently launched SAP Mobile Start app.
Further functional integration updates along SAP’s end-to-end business processes include:
- Recruit to retire: The SAP SuccessFactors® Employee Central solution transfers new-hire information from the SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting solution or SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding solution. Making this process configurable increases its flexibility and improves the HR administrator’s user experience.
- Source to pay: The SAP S/4HANA solution for central procurement offers a centralized sourcing and contracts capability that lets organizations scale purchasing processes through a centralized procurement system. Users can now run centralized strategic sourcing and contract negotiation activities to find the most cost-eﬀective bids with millions of suppliers on Ariba Network.
- Lead to cash: A new solution business scenario considers the process from initial quoting and fulfilment to billing, accounting, controlling, and revenue recognition. Flexible quoting in the SAP CPQ solution is key as it allows the bundling of physical goods along with services and subscriptions. It is linked to follow-up processes in SAP S/4HANA.
- Design to operate: Simplified integration between the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) and the SAP Extended Warehouse Management applications supports mixed warehouse scenarios in one freight order. Through SAP S/4HANA, all parties have improved freight visibility, leading to better asset utilization, lower CO2 emissions, and increased savings. Integration of SAP TM enables efficient, direct delivery to stores and more distribution options.
Learn more about SAP’s integration strategy in this blog post.