Adapting to the Release Upgrade Strategy

Objectives
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 Feature Delivery (CFD) Release Strategy

Beginning in the year 2022, SAP S/4HANA Cloud moved 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.

Instead of waiting to deliver a new feature at the next major release, SAP can make it 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.

Activate New Features via SAP Fiori App

New 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.

Note
You must first activate a new feature using the Activate New Features app in the Quality system. After testing the feature in the Q system, you then use the Activate New Features app in the Production system to activate the feature. Feature activation is not transported, therefore you must activate a new feature independently in each system. Once a feature is activated, it cannot be deactivated.

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 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.
    • Get started by navigating to SAP Best Practices Explorer and selecting the Cloud Release Assessment and Scope Dependency tile (make sure to log in for the tile to be visible).
  • 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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