Differentiating GROW and RISE with SAP


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the GROW and RISE with SAP enablement packages
  • Describe the components of the GROW and RISE with SAP enablement packages
  • Explain the dimensions of licensing and digital access

GROW with SAP and RISE with SAP

Cloud ERP Product Family

Organizations across different industries have unique needs with some common requirements. All customers expect a high degree of security, must comply with local and government regulations, have a need to manage integrated landscapes with ever-increasing complexity, and require tools that support customizing a solution to their needs. In today's environment, a one-size fits-all solution is simply not feasible. SAP has taken a different approach by assembling a modular cloud portfolio of many different solutions that can be plugged into a single-source of truth. Customers can deploy specific modules or processes in phases over time to build a Cloud ERP that truly adapts and evolves with their organization.

For 50 years, SAP has been working hand in hand with customers across every industry and using this expertise to benchmark and define best-in-class, industry-specific business processes. We have two distinct products that can be deployed as the Cloud ERP core of the organization: SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition and SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition. The enablement packages that accompany the software solutions are GROW with SAP and RISE with SAP, respectively.

For customers who desire standardized processes that are always on the latest release and prefer their cloud provider to manage their infrastructure, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition is the cloud-native ERP that delivers the latest industry best practices and continuous innovation.

For customers who require a high degree of customization in their processes, prefer to innovate at their own pace, and require more control over their solution, SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition is the tailored-to-fit cloud ERP that adapts to an organization's unique transformation.

It's not just about the products - we also have to think about how to enable customers on their journeys to the cloud. For small and midsize customers looking for a solution they can immediately adopt, GROW with SAP is the enablement package accompanying the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition software to provide additional tools to support the transition, accelerated adoption services, a global community of experts, and free learning resources that can help customers go live in as little as four weeks with a greenfield deployment.

For SAP's installed base customers migrating to the cloud, RISE with SAP is the enablement package accompanying the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition software in two different use cases. When SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition is implemented individually in a greenfield or brownfield scenario, and when it's implemented in combination with SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition for a two tier ERP scenario. The combination of both the software and enablement package provides customers with additional tools and resources to support the transition.

SAP Service Delivery Model

SAP delivers and manages the software, support, infrastructure, and technical services under one Service Level Agreement (SLA). This includes maintaining the software availability uptime defined in the SLA and technical system operations, landscape deployment and upgrade installation, in addition to other tasks.

Partners deliver advisory, implementation, and application management services to facilitate a seamless transition to the cloud for customers. This includes guiding a customer through a greenfield, brownfield, or selective data transition by configuring business processes, developing extensions, setting up integrations, migrating data, and conducting business process tests. Other partners in the application management arena support customers by planning and coordinating release upgrade preparation and follow-up activities, and/or delivering continuous application management operations as a third party support service on top of the support SAP provides.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition packages

The GROW with SAP packages have been designed to support the priorities of customers who want to adopt cloud ERP with speed, predictability, and continuous innovation. In addition to the core SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition software, customers receive a voucher for Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) credits that can be used to consume eligible services on the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), entitlements to SAP Build to create apps, automate processes, and design business sites, and enhanced finance and intelligent spend business network (ISBN) capabilities. The SAP BTP CPEA credits provided to each customer vary, as they are based on the annual contract valuation (ACV) of each unique contract.

The base package is targeted to smaller and midsize organizations at a lower price point with complimentary licenses to SAP BTP, some finance entitlements, and access to Ariba Buying, base edition to support sourcing & procurement activities. The premium package is targeted to midsize and larger customers at a higher price point with additional complimentary licenses to SAP BTP, more finance entitlements, access to Ariba Buying, base edition, and SAP Analytics Cloud Planning to support extended planning and analysis activities.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition packages

The RISE with SAP packages have been streamlined and optimized to better support customers migrating to the cloud with a tailored-to-fit cloud ERP that adapts to their unique transformation. Customers have a choice between the Premium edition and Premium Plus edition.

For both editions, customers receive a voucher for CPEA credits that can be used to consume eligible services on SAP BTP, entitlements to SAP Build functionalities to create apps, automate processes, and design business sites, and access to SAP Signavio to support business process planning and improvements, in addition to the core SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition software. The Premium Plus edition adds additional capabilities for generative AI, sustainability, and supplier networks. The SAP BTP CPEA credits provided to each customer vary, as they are based on the annual contract valuation (ACV) of each unique contract.

Components of the GROW and RISE with SAP Packages

Business Process Optimization (private edition only)

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition customers often have a higher degree of customization in their business processes, so SAP included SAP Signavio Process Insights in both RISE with SAP packages to help organizations assess the speed and efficiency of their existing processes. An organization can easily connect to their SAP ERP applications to SAP Signavio Process Insights to identify focus areas for improving processes in a targeted way with dynamic, real-time reports. Through the integration with SAP Build Process Automation, an organization can start improving their business processes with the recommended actions right away. In addition, the business can compare and contrast the performance of their own processes against a vault of over 300 different key performance indicators (KPIs) derived from the aggregated data of thousands of SAP customers around the world.


Request your own Process Insights Discovery Report here.

In addition, the RISE with SAP packages include entitlements for SAP Signavio Process Manager and SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub. SAP Signavio Process Manager is a professional process modeling solution to document, design, and simulate business processes. SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub acts as a single source of truth where employees across an organization can have a transparent meeting point to combine their work and expertise to manage business process content in a shared location.

Learn more about SAP Signavio business process transformation solutions here.

Extension, Integration, Automation: SAP Build

SAP Build is a low/no-code solution that enables non-developers (and developers) to easily learn how to develop apps, design process automation workflows, and create company web pages to share information. SAP includes licenses for this collection of tools in the GROW and RISE enablement packages to make it as easy as possible for customers to extend and customize their SAP S/4HANA Cloud software on a separate platform to keep their core clean. Customizations built and hosted in a separate platform are not affected by release upgrades applied to the SAP S/4HANA software, which means customers don't have to worry about checking the stability of every single extension they've made after a software upgrade is installed. SAP Build runs on the SAP Business Technology Platform, and consists of SAP Build Apps, SAP Build Process Automation, and SAP Build Work Zone.

SAP Build Apps is a professional application development solution designed for anyone to create apps without code, regardless of role or skill level. The tool provides a drag-and-drop development environment for building sophisticated business apps that are easily integrated with your other SAP applications. SAP Build Apps evolved from SAP AppGyver and other SAP technologies.

Learn more about SAP Build Apps here.

SAP Build Process Automation enables business users to automate workflow processes and tasks without having to write any code. It combines workflow management, robotic process automation (RPA), and embedded AI capabilities with prebuilt process content to help business users adapt, improve, and innovate business processes.

Learn more about SAP Build Process Automation here.

SAP Build Work Zone enables IT professionals and line of business experts to easily build and design engaging business sites for their employees, partners, and customers that provide centralized access to relevant applications, processes, and information on both desktop and mobile devices. Formerly known as SAP Launchpad service, SAP Build Work Zone unifies the SAP Launchpad service and SAP Work Zone into a single low-code business site development solution.

Learn more about SAP Build Work Zone here.

Extension, Integration, Automation: SAP Mobile Start App

SAP Mobile Start is the native mobile app for employees to access their SAP apps, processes, and business data on iOS and Android devices. End users can easily download the app for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, but the app must be configured via SAP Build Work Zone by a partner configuration expert or customer administrator for it to display relevant business data.

SAP Mobile Start helps employees stay up-to-date with the latest information that requires their attention through notifications and widgets that can be easily responded to with a simple "tap". Users can personalize their individual home page, and organizations can add their own customization and branding with the extensible framework. SAP Mobile Start also supports integration with different UI technologies and third-party web apps.

If a customer has opted to purchase a license for SAP Task Center, which runs on the SAP Business Technology Platform to unify workflow tasks across a variety of different software applications, they can take advantage of the SAP Mobile Start integration with SAP Task Center.


Extension, Integration, Automation: Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) Credits

SAP wants to support customers in addressing their varying requirements for integration and extension scenarios by providing a Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) credit voucher that can be applied to eligible services on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). Think of these credits like a prepaid debit card, where you can add additional credits as-needed if you notice your credits are getting low.

Customers can keep track of their credit consumption in SAP for Me anytime, and receive a usage statement monthly. A benefit of purchasing additional CPEA credits to consume SAP BTP services (rather than subscribing to a service individually) is that customers can try different services without having to commit to a full license period. If you change your mind, you can effectively "return" the service and get those credits back to try something else.


View all SAP BTP Services in the SAP Discovery Center.

For CPEA credits purchased in addition to the GROW or RISE with SAP voucher, a customer makes a prepaid investment in cloud credits for the contract duration with an annual commitment to consume SAP BTP services. This model is suitable for customers that have well-established and planned use cases, and who want the flexibility of switching between services.

The customer receives a monthly balance statement with information about the usage consumption of each service and the corresponding costs, and the total monthly cost is deducted from the cloud credits balance. Credits are billed annually in advance and overages are billed in arrears at list price. However, customers can always purchase credits to prevent overages ahead of time.

Advanced Financial Management

The advanced financial management entitlements were included in the GROW and RISE with SAP enablement packages based on feedback from customers on what they needed in addition to the Cloud ERP software. The entitlements vary by public or private edition, and the package purchased.

The entitlements include:

  • Group Reporting, which supports the end-to-end consolidation and corporate reporting cycle, while ensuring the business meets regulatory requirements. It accelerates the group financial close through seamless integration with entity-level financial data, which eliminates reconciliation efforts, and drives user efficiency through greater automation, central monitoring, and control. 
  • Group Reporting Data Collection, which supports customers in gathering financial data for each business unit as part of the data preparation process for group reporting.
  • Advanced Financial Close, which is used to support the planning, execution, monitoring and analysis of period-end closing tasks for all entities (i.e. typically the headquarters & subsidiaries) of a corporation for a faster and more accurate financial close.
  • Digital Access, which offers a simplified model to license the indirect use of S/4HANA Cloud by non-SAP software applications, based on the number of documents created by those applications.
  • Cash Management, which helps treasurers and cash managers simplify and automate their daily cash operations. Please note, cash management doesn't include SAP Multi-Bank Connectivity.
  • Receivables Management, which enables the proactive assessment of customer credit risk and streamlines cash collections. With integrated dispute management, companies can proactively follow up on underpayments and disputes.
  • Central Invoice Management, which is a unified invoice solution built on SAP Business Technology Platform that enables customers to process invoices faster and more accurately with a centralized view of all invoices from across your organization.

Intelligent Spend Business Network (ISBN)

Ariba Buying, base edition is an embedded feature included in both the Base and Premium packages for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition, because it supports the SAP Ariba Buying (4AI) business process. An employee using Ariba Buying for sourcing and procurement will experience a guided process for finding and ordering the items they need for work. For example, office supplies or laptops for employees in the organization.

SAP Business Network Supplier Portal is included in the Premium Plus package for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition to simplify business process compliance through automation and improve supply chain management overall. Businesses can automate compliance workflows, ensure they are adhering to regulatory requirements and internal policies, and communicate through secure and transparent channels with their suppliers.

Learn more about SAP Business Network here.

Data and Analytics

SAP Analytics Cloud Planning is designed to help businesses create strategic alignment across all departments, crowdsource plans across the business, and make confident decisions with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC). While there are embedded SAC features in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition, SAC Planning would be accessed through a separate tenant in SAP Business Technology Platform to provide the budgeting and forecasting, predictive planning, and collaborative planning capabilities. Customers can use the tool to deliver timely plans, budgets, forecasts, and reports with better accuracy, automate forecasts with predictive analytics and machine learning, and simulate multiple plan outcomes to see the impact of possible changes to their business.

Learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud Planning here.

SAP Datasphere is a comprehensive service that delivers access to mission-critical business data beyond just the core ERP. It provides a semantically-rich data layer that can read and consume data across a customer's entire integrated landscape. This means customers can access and model their data across the landscape of SAP and non-SAP sources, regardless of the application in which it lives, with centralized governance, privacy, and compliance built-in. Harmonizing data from many sources on different platforms isn't an easy task - it takes a powerful set of tools to make the connections and pull the data into a central location with modeling capabilities where it actually makes sense when viewed by the end user.

Learn more about SAP Datasphere here.

SAP Business AI is a product that combines artificial intelligence with the business data and business processes already in the organization's ERP system, while maintaining ethical and data privacy standards. The AI trains itself on the organization's company and industry data to help customers identify where to optimize, automate, and make better-informed decisions overall. For example, SAP Joule is a digital assistant that can help end-users complete their daily tasks more efficiently by suggesting which app to navigate to next, providing support when asked, or displaying descriptive information about business objects the user is currently working with.

Learn more about SAP Business AI here.

Sustainability (private edition only)

Both SAP Sustainability Control Tower and SAP Sustainability Footprint Management are included in the Premium Plus edition of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition to enable organizations to address two major components of sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data, and carbon footprint.

For ESG data, SAP Sustainability Control Tower enables organizations to gather auditable and compliant data through automation and provides insights on where the business can embed sustainability into their core processes.

For carbon footprint, SAP Sustainability Footprint Management enables customers to get an accurate carbon footprint of their business as a whole and their products, with insights into where they can decarbonize across the entire value chain.

Learn more about SAP's sustainability solutions here.

Acceleration Service: SAP Baseline Activation Service for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition

The SAP Baseline Activation Service for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition is a service that provides a pre-configured exploration environment within a short period of time, personalized to the customer and enriched with the customer's own sample data to help them visualize and consume the SAP Best Practice business processes. Ideally, the environment could later become the customer's productive environment, where they could expand on the foundation by deploying additional functionality in future iterations.

The Baseline Activation Service is an ideal starting point for small and midsize customers or subsidiaries of large organizations who need to get up and running on SAP S/4HANA Cloud as quickly as possible. The predefined scope is a selection of Finance-led Administrative ERP business processes, which are already used by the majority of our customers. Finance-led Administrative ERP covers core processes in the Finance, Sales, and Procurement lines of business with one company and one legal entity. The scope is fixed and meant to be a foundation that would be followed by implementation of additional scope in the future.

While we have to gather the customer's configuration data to define the business processes, no customizations or extensions are included in the service - this is what enables us to deliver a fully-functional system in 4-6 weeks. The activation, configuration, and testing is completed in a public cloud 3-system landscape for a nominal fee on top of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition solution cost. The setup procedure uses automation accelerators to simplify the onboarding process from provisioning to go-live, and is fundamentally different than the standard implementation process that follows the SAP Activate Methodology roadmap.

Subscription Licensing

Digital Access in the past and present

In the past, software companies could predominantly license access to software solutions based on direct human access, as humans were the primary users, and solutions were contained within the company's on premise server(s). Today, it's common to find organizations with a mixture of cloud and on premise solutions targeting specific business areas that need to be integrated with each other, often from different providers. Instead of humans being the primary software users, we find other devices and technologies sending the highest volume of access requests. Because of this shift, the licensing model needed to change accordingly.

We categorize accessing the digital core, meaning all deployments of SAP S/4HANA, including SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition and SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition, into three categories:

  • Direct Human Access
  • Digital Access / Indirect Human Access
  • SAP Application Access

Direct Human Access

Direct human access refers to a human with a unique user ID logging into any deployment of SAP S/4HANA directly and creating documents. The individual user ID covers all activities in the digital core, and therefore will continue to be licensed on the number of users. However, some humans access SAP S/4HANA indirectly through a non-SAP intermediary software. This could include a non-SAP front-end, a custom solution, or any other non-SAP application, and is considered indirect human access. In the case of process automation, access to SAP S/4HANA with attended third-party bots is considered direct human access when the bot is acting on behalf of a human.

Digital Access / Indirect Human Access

The Digital Access license model combines indirect human access with nonhuman devices, automation bots, automated systems, or other third party solutions accessing SAP S/4HANA and creating documents. This is an outcome-based license where humans or non-humans create a specific set of documents through intermediary non-SAP software. Pricing is based on the number of documents associated to nine specific document types. It's important to understand the document types themselves are not counted for digital access, it's the creation of document items for these nine document types. The pricing model is also tiered to make the software affordable for companies of all sizes. In the case of process automation, access to SAP S/4HANA with unattended third-party bots requires additional licensing through Digital Access.

SAP Application Access

SAP application access is when SAP S/4HANA is accessed through an SAP line of business (LoB) application, an industry application, or SAP solution extensions (Solex). You might think documents created through these applications would be considered Digital Access, but they aren't because each application is licensed separately, and therefore all documents created through them are covered within the license of each individual application. To explain it differently, the applications are not creating documents within SAP S/4HANA, they are creating documents within the original LoB, industry, or Solex application and transferring the created documents to SAP S/4HANA.

An alternate use case is if the application happens to already be included in the license purchased for the core ERP software. For SAP S/4HANA Cloud (public and private editions), SAP Build Process Automation is included in both the GROW and RISE with SAP packages. Because of this, process automation bots within SAP Build (attended or unattended) are considered SAP application access and do not require additional licensing.

Document Types relevant for Digital Access License

The creation of some document items are weighted differently than others. Please refer to the graphic to see how document items are weighted for the different document types. Additional information can be found in the SAP Help Portal here.

  • Only creation of document items for the 9 document types are counted for the Digital Access license. Viewing (read), updating (write), and deleting documents are not counted. Document items created for document types outside the list of nine types are not counted either.
  • Only the total number of document items is counted for the license, regardless of type.

Measuring & Reporting on Digital Access

Existing SAP ECC (Enterprise Central Component) and SAP S/4HANA customers considering any deployment of SAP S/4HANA can take advantage of the Digital Access Evaluation Service provided by SAP's Global License Audit and Compliance (GLAC) team at NO COST. This service is designed to help customers determine the estimated initial number of digital access documents.

Measuring digital access documents uses the SAP Passport technology, which is already in place for end-to-end system tracing and monitoring in distributed system landscapes. Please refer to the technical prerequisites for measurability and the conversion options for existing licenses.

Customers who have implemented any deployment of SAP S/4HANA can keep track of their ongoing digital access document consumption with two reporting tools:

  • Use the License Compliance Digital Access app in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition.
  • Use the report RSUVM_DAC in SAP S/4HANA or SAP S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition.
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