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A Glimpse of Innovations in S/4HANA cloud public 2308 release

By: Kiran Bhat

New Releases. New and more innovations. On July 26th, 2023, SAP unveiled a new Cloud version 2308 with sweeping innovations and collaborations that enable customers to tackle an uncertain future and future proof end to end business process embedded with Artificial Intelligence for business. S/4HANA Cloud is an intelligent ERP, a software designed as SaaS (software as a services) adopting a new innovations release by release using technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) to align with fast changing world. Customers can benefit from SAP Business AI built into your core business processes — connecting finance, supply chain, procurement, sales, marketing, human resources, and IT. As technology is evolving so rapidly AI and Automation are going to be a key factor in business transformations. Let’s look at the highlights of a few selected innovations from different lines of business (LoB) in the new release S/4HANA Cloud 2308.

Enhanced User Experience:The entry page for all users on the new systems of the SAP Fiori launchpad now is My Home in SAP S/4HANA Cloud. The SAP Fiori launchpad is a real time, role based, and personalized environment where all your SAP Fiori applications run. The entry page is the heart of the SAP Fiori launchpad and it is where SAP Fiori apps can be opened. With My Home in SAP S/4HANA Cloud feature multiple personalization options are included to ease and enhance your user experience. My Home in SAP S/4HANA Cloud follows a modular approach to meet the needs of different roles. My Home is the standard entry page for Fiori launchpad, and it is divided into different sections like To Dos, Pages, Apps and Activities, and Insights on this page. Following the “Make it Mine” approach, users can personalize the entry page to hide or display specific sections as well as the content maintained within these sections. The entry page is designed to work across all devices and users can personalize the launchpad to suit the way you work. Users can adapt and change your launchpad pages according to the way you want to work.

SAP Collaboration Manager:Former SAP co-pilot was replaced with the SAP collaboration manager with new innovations. Co-workers can instantly start chatting & collaborating within the Fiori by linking & sharing the screens, taking screenshots, highlighting & annotating, and receiving the chat notification from co-workers etc.

Integration with Microsoft Teams: With this feature, customers can enable the integration with Microsoft Teams. This feature allows your users to collaborate with co-workers by directly sharing a link to a business application in the SAP system, simply by choosing Share: Microsoft Teams with the options As Chat and As Tab. As Chat Collaborate and quickly resolve issues, if necessary, simply by using Microsoft Teams chat to share a direct link with co-workers. You can provide them with access to a specific state of an SAP Fiori application, for example, so they can easily process any requests you have or tasks that come up. As Tab work efficiently with a group of co-workers on specific content that you share in the form of a Microsoft Teams tab. Use the Microsoft Teams environment to work on the same context of an SAP Fiori application and use the tab conversation option in parallel to share ideas, discuss, and collaborate.

Role-Based Access to Price Elements in Sales: With this feature, you can set up the system to automatically control the access that business users have to price elements in a returns order, credit memo request, or debit memo request. The system controls the access based on your configuration of access levels and your settings for any role that has the business catalog assigned. This can be helpful when certain information, such as the profit margin, should stay hidden for certain users or when not all users should be able to edit specific price elements.

Profit Center Derivation in Sales Documents: With this feature, you can derive the profit center in sales orders or sales order items out of multiple dimensions and not only out of the material master. These dimensions can be product groups, customer groups, sales regions, or distribution channels. You can define your own profit center derivation rules using the app Manage Substitution and Validation Rules – Journal Entries 

Sales Units in Review Availability Check Result: With this function, the Review Availability Check Result has been enhanced to enable you to display availability check results in sales units.

Advanced order splitting for production orders: this feature enables the existing production orders to be split into two separate orders – Parent & Child order. For production orders that are settled by event-based production cost posting, the system reposts the proportional actual costs determined by the split quantity from the parent to the child order. For production orders that are settled by period-based production cost posting, you still need to distribute the costs at order split using a by-product.

Now with the release the purchaser is enabled to collect and manage the supplier carbon footprint data, if available during the sourcing process. Sourcing managers can now make an informed decision based on the price, quality, and low carbon amount to contribute to a greener future.

Product Compliance features enable & support compliance requirements related to environments, social and governance. With introduction of new Fiori app process compliance disclosure for suppliers to collect & consolidate the incoming compliance data for suppliers.

With this release, you can now replicate org. elements like purchasing organization and purchasing group using SAP Master Data Integration. When SAP S/4HANA Cloud is integrated with SAP Master Data Integration, you can replicate master data between SAP S/4HANA Cloud and other products and systems.

Wave Management: This feature enables grouping of warehouse tasks in cost efficient way. The warehouse combines warehouse request items for outbound deliveries into waves. You can also split warehouse request items from warehouse requests for outbound deliveries into waves. Waves can be scheduled using a wave template and this can be monitored. These waves must be picked and processed at roughly the same time.

Direct Replenishment: With this feature, you can configure direct replenishment so that a warehouse worker can perform direct replenishment via exception code using a radio frequency (RF) device.

Mass Processing for Warehouse Product: With this feature, you can create and maintain warehouse attributes and storage type attributes of multiple warehouse products using the Mass Processing and Mass Maintenance apps.

Many new innovations, features across the various line of business (LOBs) have been released with S/4HANA Cloud public edition 2308 and suggested to further discover and explore the latest SAP S/4HANA Cloud public edition by visiting SAP. If you have any questions or need help with S/4HANA Cloud, please contact TeamASAR!

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