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.