Update: SAP Business Suite

Feature Article | July 6, 2011 by Christiane Stagge

Innovations 2010 includes all of the enhancement packages for SAP ERP, SAP CRM, and the rest of SAP Business Suite (image: Fotolia)

Innovations 2010 includes EHPs for ERP, CRM, and the rest of SAP Business Suite (image: Fotolia)

Industry-specific solutions, platform enhancements, new BI functions – Innovations 2010, also known as BS7 i2010, comprises all of the latest releases and enhancement packages for SAP Business Suite.

SAP Business Suite itself, meanwhile, consists of the following core applications:

  • SAP ERP
  • SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)
  • SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM)
  • SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM)
  • SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM)

With this comprehensive package, companies no longer need to assemble their software from individual components; for more, check out the article “One for All: 365 Days of SAP Business Suite.”

Innovations 2010 refers to all of the updates and enhancement packages for SAP Business Suite, such as EHP 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7, EHP 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, and all of the EHPs for SAP CRM, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and SAP PLM. Most of the enhancement packages, however, are still in the ramp-up phase.

A simple maxim sums up the idea behind these packages: “innovation without disruption.” By updating SAP Business Suite regularly in this way, SAP has made expensive, time-consuming release upgrades a thing of the past.

To read more about the reduced time and effort required to install enhancement packages, don’t forget our article “EHP Just a Few Clicks Away.” Meanwhile, EHPs also offer full flexibility by giving companies the choice of performing a comprehensive installation or selecting which packages to activate and use.

Next page: In-memory technology and Web 2.0 – new functions in SAP Business Suite 7

Collaboration functions and Web 2.0: the enhancement package for SAP CRM 7.0 offers numerous new functions (screenshot: SAP AG)

Collaboration functions and Web 2.0: the enhancement package for SAP CRM 7.0 offers numerous new functions (screenshot: SAP AG)

We’ve got updates: in-memory technology, Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is increasingly finding its way into the world of business, as SAP Business Suite’s collaboration functions demonstrate. Much like on Facebook, employees can use them to connect with one another through a internal company portal, share files, and view the current status of projects.

Meanwhile, the in-memory technology at the heart of SAP HANA stores data directly in server RAM, which enables users to analyze business data in near real time. The related BI functions which the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 solutions provide also make it possible to generate more accurate forecasts.

Finance departments can look forward to functions designed to make their work easier. Master data governance, for example, makes it possible to track and document changes while taking all of the applicable legal regulations into account. Financial service providers, telecommunications firms, and utility companies now have a way to create convergent price rates and invoices, as well as functions for cost, profit analysis, and cost center management. In addition, SAP for Banking now offers extended options in connection with the legal provisions of Basel II.

For manufacturing departments, lean planning helps ensure improved quality inspections and notifies users in time when stocks are about to reach excessive levels in production. The corresponding enhancement packages give users ways to integrate and coordinate processes with external manufacturing partners. In addition, SAP has made improvements along the procurement chain by optimizing vendor management and added new functions that include synchronized bills of materials.

The new EHPs for SAP Business Suite also enable product developers to transfer their construction and production structures to their manufacturing departments. This includes data on prices, quality, and CO2 emission profiles.

To ensure more streamlined company management, a shared service center provides central access to IT employees and gives admins a central location for incorporating new functions into their systems.

Marketing departments, meanwhile, receive enhanced functions for trade promotion management, and consumer products companies can already benefit from in-memory technology today in the form of real-time overviews of their advertising expense subsidies.

Terms of use

Innovations 2010 for SAP Business Suite is only available to customers using SAP ERP 6.0 (with EHP 4) and SAP PLM 7.0, SAP CRM 7.0, SAP SRM 7.0, and SAP SCM 7.0. Those who still have SAP PLM 4.0, SAP CRM 4.0, SAP SRM 3.0, and SAP SCM 4.1 installed can upgrade directly to version 7.0 of each application. Remember – doing so may require adjustments to your hardware, operating systems, or databases. If you use the applications in different languages, you may also have to carry out a Unicode conversion. For more on what to keep in mind when considering an upgrade, check out the article “From ERP 6.0 to Business Suite 7.”

Next page: SAP Business Suite in detail

Innovations 2010 provides human resource departments with talent management functions (screenshot: SAP AG)

Innovations 2010 provides human resource departments with talent management functions (screenshot: SAP AG)

SAP Business Suite in detail

From finances to human resource management, SAP ERP covers companies’ core areas with the following solutions:

  • SAP ERP Financials
  • SAP ERP Human Capital Management
  • SAP ERP Operations
  • SAP ERP Corporate Services

Plus, enhancement package 5 brings numerous functions to SAP ERP 6.0, such as integrated BI features from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. EHP 5 also augments the application with support for Apple’s browser, Safari, and programs from Adobe. To read more about EHP 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, click over to the article “Preview: EHP 5.”

SAP SCM 7.0

The latest release of this application offers cross-plant planning, as well as enhanced Production Planning (PP) and Detailed Scheduling (DS) components. Its new forecasting algorithm also makes better use of point-of-sale data, which facilitates faster detection of structural changes. Meanwhile, SAP SCM’s vendor-managed inventory (VMI) function enables users to improve in coordinating their material requirements and working with vendors. An upload / download center accelerates the process of sharing data, and with customer master data integrated directly into the system, users can generate sales forecasts. This enhanced integration of master data has also been added in service of more efficient container resource planning. Finally, SAP SCM Extended Warehouse Management now supports RFID and graphical warehouse mapping.

SAP SCM 7.0 also provides coordinated functions for the chemical, consumer products, pharmaceutical, and oil and mining industries.

SAP SRM 7.0

SAP SRM 7.0 features a personalized interface designed to ensure that users only have access to the functions they really need for their work. The ability to access master data management catalogs and manage their content is also new in the latest version.

SAP CRM 7.0

SAP CRM 7.0 contains an array of new functions, such as enhanced methods of viewing table contents from pie and bar charts. Its user interface is based on a Web client.

With the application, employees can generate package prices and manage follow-up documents. SAP has also augmented its contract management component, which makes it possible to simulate changes in opportunities.

Those who work in sales can use the territory management function of SAP CRM 7.0 to keep a closer eye on their areas in the field. The application also supports direct call-center integration and gives users the chance to arrange customers’ addresses in thematic categories. Its service management functions, meanwhile, are in line with ITIL and other standards.

As an added advantage, employees can feed bills of materials from SAP ERP directly into SAP CRM 7.0.

Upon installing the latest enhancement package, companies can utilize Web 2.0 functions and collaboration methods similar to Facebook. The EHP also contains special tools admins can use to tailor the application to the needs of individual departments. The application’s personalized functions, meanwhile, include a favorites list and a message area that presents all of the correspondence the user receives from colleagues.

For more information on EHP 1 for SAP CRM 7.0, check out the article “Facebook Opportunities with SAP CRM 7.0.”

SAP PLM 7.0

The new release of this application boasts a Web-based user interface, as well as SAP PLM Objects Navigator, improved search functionality, collaboration functions, and a revamped interface for material masters and bills of materials.

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