Discussing What's New in Cross-Topic Functionalities

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Recall the new cross topic features of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 Release Highlights

It's the year 2024, SAP is delivering the 31st major SaaS ERP release. Public cloud ERP customers have gained an impressive amount of upgrade experience in just a few years. With SaaS, all aspects of a clean core approach and full life-cycle compliance are built into the solution's foundation to give customers a head start in adopting the latest and greatest at availability - and SAP is delivering many innovations.

Bert Schulze, Vice President Cloud ERP Product Success at SAP, shares his selected topics launched with the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 release. Watch this video to discover key innovations and updates:

To summarize, here are the main features presented:

  • Joule for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition
  • Parallel Project Lines
  • SAP User Experience
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Planning Based on Integrated Financial Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition
  • Integrated Risk Management in SAP Financial Compliance Management
  • Integration with SAP IBP for Demand Planning with Enhanced OData API for PIRs
  • New SAP Fiori App for Displaying Serial Number History

One of SAP's top priorities is offering you the best possible user experience. Our natural-language, generative AI copilot Joule will come to life through an Early Adopter Care program in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 after already having launched Joule in SAP Success Factors.

Joule is directly built into SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition and will boost business process efficiency and user experience. You can express your business need in natural language and Joule will grant you quick and seamless access to user enablement content by providing insights on business objects or guiding you to applications. This massively transforms how you interact with the system.

Joule is a comprehensive solution designed to understand the complexities of your business processes and will completely revolutionize how you interact with the system. It provides transparent, role-based access to relevant processes, making interactions intuitive and seamless. By enabling natural conversations between users and systems, Joule enhances productivity and delivers valuable insights. The three supported conversational patterns are:

  • Navigational: Joule helps users find required functionality within SAP systems,
  • Transactional: Joule assists users in completing tasks,
  • Informational: Joule provides insights based on SAP Help documentation data.

You can watch a demo here:

The benefits of Joule are manifold:

  • Faster Work: Streamline tasks with an AI assistant that understands your unique role and serves as your copilot across SAP applications.
  • Smarter Insights: Gain quick answers and intelligent insights on-demand, facilitating faster decision-making.
  • Better Outcomes: Access excellent content for job descriptions, coding assistance, and more with just a simple query.
  • Full Control: Retain full control over decision-making and data privacy while leveraging generative AI in a secure environment.

Register via the Influence Page to become an Early Adopter and test this feature before anyone else.

New Data Migration Approach

In addition to the migration approach "Migrate Data Using Staging Tables", the SAP S/4HANA Cloud migration cockpit now facilitates the direct transfer of business data from an SAP ECC source system to SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition. Using a communication arrangement to connect to the source system, it selects data automatically, i.e., it uses the selection criteria company code and the migration objects to identify and transfer relevant data. A migration object describes how to migrate data for a specific business object to SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition. To adjust the selection of data, the SAP S/4HANA Cloud migration object modeler can be used.  

You can visit the relevant section on the SAP Help Portal (http://help.sap.com/S4_CE_DM) for all related information. 

Intelligent ERP update - SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402

Yannick Peterschmitt from Cloud ERP Product Success Enablement at SAP gives an overview of the intelligent ERP in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 release. Watch this video to learn about key innovations paving the way to the intelligent enterprise:

Here is a list of the main points:

Here is a list of the main updates:

  • Joule for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition
  • Collaboration
  • Process Automation
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud to Cloud Integration

SAP User Experience in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402

Maria Silipo from Cloud ERP Product Success Enablement at SAP gives an overview on SAP user experience in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 release. Watch this video to learn about the main user experience innovations the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 release has in store for you:

To summarize, the main features are:

  • Groups setup outdated - switching to spaces and pages mandatory
  • Merging of spaces and pages
  • Collaborative ERP
  • SAPUI5 Adaptation Projects
  • Joule

Horizon theme improvements

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2208, SAP introduced the Horizon visual theme to offer you a fresh and modern SAP Fiori experience and to help you get your job done faster, more intuitively, and with better outcomes.

Taking your feedback to heart, we've already made continuous improvements to the design in past releases. With this new release, we now implemented even more changes such as:

  • White input fields instead of gray,
  • clearly identifiable buttons,
  • improved contrast, and
  • reduced header size.

Spaces and pages and My Home

The groups setup on the SAP Fiori launchpad is now officially outdated; spaces and pages are the only available layout option as of this release.

Switching to spaces and pages has now become crucial to avoid a blank screen on the SAP Fiori launchpad-and note, the "switch" does not happen automatically, but has to be done manually. SAP is granting a grace period until June 2024 to all customers who haven't switched to spaces and pages yet. During this grace period, there's no guarantee that the group-based content is up to date. At the end of this grace period, SAP will change the settings in development and test systems first, and eventually also in production systems to display spaces and pages as default without the option for administrators and business users to switch back to groups. The administrators of affected customers will be informed about these changes in due time.

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402, we ship a new functionality to merge spaces and pages which can be used to e.g., reduce the number of duplicate apps, pages, or spaces for users. This can also be helpful if you want to enrich SAP-delivered spaces or pages with customer-defined content.

Switching to spaces and pages will not only give you a new layout option to structure the access to apps following work processes in an intuitive and efficient way; it also enables you to use the My Home entry page in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition. Users benefit from a personalized interface tailored to their needs, with important to-dos and insights readily accessible. Designed for efficiency across devices, the My Home ensures quick task execution through intuitive app organization.

With the 2402 release, we offer an increased level of personalization to make the user experience even more straightforward. This includes:

  • The harmonization of blank state,
  • Consistent group creation via drag and drop,
  • A total re-design of the app section,
  • And an increased language support for system news.

For new customers, spaces and pages and My Home are the default and they will benefit from them immediately.

You can find more details in the following video:

Efficiency features in SAP Collaboration Manager

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2302, we introduced the SAP Collaboration Manager. This cloud-based, innovative collaboration feature replaced the human-to-human chat function of the former SAP CoPilot in the three-system landscape and offers a seamlessly integrated collaboration experience directly inside the SAP Fiori launchpad, increasing overall user efficiency. Since then, we've been continuously enhancing the SAP Collaboration Manager to offer more capabilities such as creating chats and inviting your co-workers to collaborate without any system switch over, taking screenshots and annotating or highlighting them, and linking your chat to any screen for reference.

In this release, we offer even more enhancements:

  • Add My Home "Insights" cards,
  • Mark notes and chats as "Read" or "Unread",
  • Add notes and chats to "Favorites".

User collaboration in My Home

The My Home in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition offers a new collaboration feature with Microsoft Teams. Based on contact information in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition, you can now directly trigger a Microsoft Teams chat or voice/video call and start collaborating.

Watch the video to learn more on how to collaborate based on contact cards

Another feature of the collaborative ERP is now generally available: We enable you to share your most relevant business data using cards in Microsoft Teams chats. Through the cards, recipients of the message can directly edit the data in the collaborative stage view in Microsoft Teams embedded in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition.

Here you can watch a video for the MS Teams chat collaboration:

SAP UI5 Adaption Projects in SAP Business Application Studio

As of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402, developers can use on-stack developer extensibility to work with SAPUI5 Adaptation Projects in SAP Business Application Studio (SAP BAS) to create variants of standard SAP Fiori applications using an easy-to-use project wizard.

As of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402, developers can use on-stack developer extensibility to work with SAPUI5 Adaptation Projects in SAP Business Application Studio (SAP BAS) to create variants of standard SAP Fiori applications using an easy-to-use project wizard.

In a UI adaptation project, you can extend the original code to define changes that fulfill the specific business requirements of different business roles, user groups, organizational units, and countries. For example, you might want to simplify and streamline a specific process by hiding fields not required by casual users, visualizing data as a chart, or changing a responsive table to a grid table to make information easier to process. After deployment, both the original application and your adapted application exist in parallel and can be made available to the relevant users through uniquely named application tiles in SAP Fiori launchpad/My Home. However, note that standard applications need to be enabled for the adaptation. As a partner, you can enable your custom apps for adaptation projects and allow your customers to take advantage of adaptation projects in this context.

To learn more, refer to the following video:

Artificial Intelligence in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402

Syed Talal Hussain from Cloud ERP Product Success Enablement at SAP gives an overview on artificial intelligence and technologies in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 release. Watch this video to learn about the main innovations:

Summarizing, the key points are:

  • Joule
  • Multi-model management
  • Provision of input recommendations for sales order completion.

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