Evaluating the Necessity for a New Extensibility Model

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate classic extensibility and its challenges

Classic Extensibility

Classical Extensibility and the Issue It Presents with Cloud Native

Classic extensibility options present problems with SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud being built from the ground up, consistent with cloud native principles, there are no customer-specific update projects. Software updates are pushed to all customers simultaneously. However, as mentioned previously in Unit 1, Lesson 2, Introducing the Clean Core Approach, extensibility is an important and necessary feature in SAP solutions and SAP S/4HANA Cloud is no exception. Extensibility enables customers to create a competitive advantage by customizing their business processes and allows partners to enrich ERP with tailor-made solutions.

The classical extensibility techniques discussed in Unit 1 that customers used in the past are not consistent with cloud native. An evolved framework is necessary – a framework that allows customers to continue to reap competitive advantage through differentiation via extensions, while also being able to receive SAP S/4HANA Cloud software updates smoothly and without disruption. The answer to this is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud extensibility model, which helps customers keep and maintain a clean core even when building extensions.

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