SAP S/4HANA Cloud Release Strategy
Beginning in the year 2022, SAP S/4HANA Cloud shifted from a quarterly release cycle to a semi-annual release cycle with Continuous Feature Deliveries (CFD) between releases. A semi-annual cycle of major releases provides less disruption for customers, while CFD updates delivered between the major releases enables SAP to provide new capabilities in a non-disruptive manner, faster. For example, instead of waiting to deliver a new feature at the next major release, SAP can make a feature available immediately as a "pre-delivery" with a CFD update. A CFD update is optional for customers; they can choose to enable the new feature as soon as it's released via the SAP Fiori Activate New Features app on the launchpad, or wait until the next major release, at which point it will be automatically activated by SAP.
This strategy also enables SAP to quickly react to feedback and improvement requests submitted by customers and partners in the Influence Portal.
Understanding a Release Reference
The release reference consists of the last two digits of the year and the numerical month. For example, the first release of the year 2022 in February is release 2202. A continuous feature delivery is indicated by a suffix following the release. For example, the first continuous feature delivery after release 2202 is 2202.1, then 2202.2, etc.
Activate New Features via SAP Fiori App
Continuous Feature Delivery (CFD) updates become available in the Activate New Features SAP Fiori app in the launchpad. A customer admin can activate a new feature in the app when it's released, or wait until the next major release, when it will automatically be activated by SAP in their system.
Release Assessment and Scope Dependency (RASD) Tool
The Release Assessment and Scope Dependency (RASD) tool enables customers to understand the impact of changes to the activated scope items in their SAP S/4HANA Cloud system at each release. The tool is personalized for each customer, to ensure they see only the information relevant to their active scope. Information on changes to existing scope, new functionalities, and deprecated functionality is presented. This enables customers to understand the enhancements of each release and the impact on their system.
Features of the Release Assessment and Scope Dependency Tool include:
- Personalized scope analysis for customers based on their active scope.
- Option to view information on previous releases.
- Option to choose country versions or specific tenants for analysis.
- Categorization of changes into functional, API, Deprecated, CDS Views, and Authorizations to provide a quick assessment of a release's impact to a customer's existing scope.
- Recommendations on what to test based on degree of change and impact of change to the customer's active scope.
- Additional information on new scope items the customer may choose to activate based on dependencies between scope items.