Adapting to the Release Upgrade Strategy

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the release upgrade cycle
  • Understand where to find release upgrade resources

Release Upgrade Process

Components of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Release Cycle

Explore the two components of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud release cycle:

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Continuous Delivery Release Strategy

Beginning in the year 2022, SAP S/4HANA Cloud moved from a quarterly release cycle to a semi-annual release cycle with regular deliveries between releases. This method is less disruptive to customers to desire more stability and fewer releases, while satisfying early adopter customers who like trying out new features as they roll out. This strategy also enables SAP to quickly react to feedback and improvement requests submitted by customers and partners in the Influence Portal.

Activate New Features via SAP Fiori App

New feature deliveries become available in the Activate New Features SAP Fiori app in the launchpad. An administrator 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 for all who scope is relevant for the feature.

Feature activation is not transportable, so you must activate a new feature in each system (Development, Test, Production). Feature activation is NOT reversible, so thorough testing of the feature should be done before activating in the Production system.

Release Upgrade Resources

You can find the latest release information, and influence future releases in the following resources:

  • What's New and What's New Viewer in SAP Help Portal
    • A website within the SAP Help Portal with detailed information about new and changed features in the latest release.
    • Enhancements are presented in a standard What's New PDF document, or you can use the filter and search capabilities on the What's New Viewer to find information specific to your needs and download in a CSV or PDF file.
    • Access SAP S/4HANA Cloud What's New in the SAP Help Portal
  • Release Assessment and Scope Dependency (RASD) 2.0 Tool
    • A customer-specific landscape to help customers understand the impact of changes to their active SAP Best Practices scope in SAP S/4HANA Cloud after each release.
    • Personalized analysis provides information on changes to existing scope, new functionality, deprecated functionality, and recommendations on what to test based on the degree of change and impact to scope items.
    • Customers can access the RASD 2.0 with their S-user ID via this link.
    • Customers can also access the RASD 2.0 from SAP for Me in the Portfolio & Products dashboard. Select SAP S/4HANA Cloud > Additional Information > Selected Content.
  • SAP Road Map Explorer
    • An interactive tool with functionality to mix and match different filters to create, save, and share a customized road map with information about current and planned future enhancements.
    • Access SAP Road Map Explorer
  • Customer Influence Portal
    • Enables customers and partners to influence SAP software development decisions by submitting improvement requests for different SAP products. Customers can also get involved in special projects for early adopters and beta testing.
    • Access the Influence Portal

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