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EHPs: Finding the Right SAP Innovations for Your Business

November 25, 2014 by Andreas Schmitz 0

New SAP enhancement packages — EHP 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 and EHP 3 for SAP CRM 7.0, SAP SCM 7.0, and SAP SRM 7.0 — are packed with more than 750 innovations.

Companies can find the right innovations for their business on the SAP Service Marketplace, using tools such as the innovation discovery service for SAP products.

SAP has aggressively released several different enhancement packages — EHP 7 and EHP 3 — over the past year, comprising more than 750 different innovations that are now available to customers running SAP ERP 6.0 and the 7.0 versions of SAP CRM, SAP SCM, and SAP SRM. With so many innovations packed into EHP 7 and EHP 3, though, it’s important to understand which will benefit an organization most.

While innovations are decidedly a good thing, “no company needs every single one of these new functions,” says SAP’s Wassilios Lolas.

Fortunately, the SAP Service Marketplace offers tools that customers can use to evaluate each of the different innovations. The innovation discovery service for SAP products, for example, helps customers identify those functions that could be relevant for their company.

A search engine for EHP innovations

The innovation discovery self-service tool is a search engine on SAP Service Marketplace that can be used by all licensees. Already nearly 14,000 users at 1,200 customers already take advantage of this analysis option. Customers can use the tool to get generic information about SAP innovations or procure a list of specific, tailor-made recommendations or enhancements based on their system landscape.

“With the innovation discovery service, customers can first display a list of all analyzable live SAP Business Suite systems, and then pick out those systems they want to look at more closely,” Lolas explains. The prerequisites? The user needs read or write authorization for the systems in question, and the systems need to have transferred data to SAP within the last 12 months via the Early Watch Alert (EWA).

How it works

For example, a user looking for new cross-industry functions related to accounting and deal closings — in other words, special enhancements in the area of finance — is displayed a list of 59 innovations. A check mark beside “No Additional Licenses” tells the user that 43 of these innovations are included in the scope of the software he or she has already licensed (Enterprise Foundation license). “Our filters ensure that customers can very quickly call up only what they truly need,” says Lolas.

SAP has also made two new enhancements to the tool itself:

  1. The “Return to Standard” function informs the customer if SAP innovations exist in the standard for the customer’s modified or copied transactions, and proposes these for the customer’s system.
  2. Users can save the innovations they deem interesting as “favorites,” forward them via e-mail, or download them directly. This way, for example, they can inform colleagues about interesting new developments.

The benefit of the innovation discovery tool is that it is a ‘one-stop shop’ where customers can learn about important business-relevant enhancements and innovations and discover the added value these innovations can bring to their business.

And, when it comes time to actually implement SAP innovations, a look at the can be very helpful. This tool provides companies interested in implementing a particular innovation with important information about the possible technical interdependencies between their systems.

SAP Enterprise Support customers would also do well to familiarize themselves with the in SAP Solution Manager. It helps companies substantially reduce their project run times and testing effort.

Interested in finding out more? Want to learn about other available SAP offerings? Visit the SAP Service Marketplace at service.sap.com/FindInnovation.

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