EHP 6 for SAP ERP 6.0

According to a survey conducted by the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG), interest in SAP ERP 6.0 is high: 86% of the respondents reported running an SAP ERP 6.0 system, and 62% were planning to invest in their SAP ERP system in 2012.

The SAP ERP application comprises SAP ERP Financials, SAP ERP Human Capital Management, SAP ERP Operations, and SAP ERP Corporate Services. It also includes a number of components, such as FI (financial accounting), MM (materials management), CO (controlling), SD (sales and distribution), PS (project system), QM (quality management), and LE (logistics).

SAP ERP Human Capital Management covers processes like personnel analysis, employee and process management, and workforce deployment. SAP ERP Operations handles operative processes, including procurement, logistics, product development, manufacturing, sales, and service. Finally, SAP ERP Corporate Services integrates processes in real estate management, enterprise asset management, project and portfolio management, travel management, environmental protection, and occupational health and safety.

To keep SAP ERP up-to-date, SAP offers special enhancement packages (EHPs) that add specific functions to the application. Five EHPs have been released thus far, and the sixth is already in its ramp-up phase.

DSAG: Many customers know nothing about the EHPs

When it comes to awareness of the EHPs, however, there’s still a lot of work to be done: The DSAG survey also indicated that over half of SAP’s customers don’t know enough about their functions or have difficulty installing the packages.

This is where SAP’s solution browser comes in, providing a tool customers can use to call up all of the functions of each individual EHP.

The browser works like this: First, you select one of the applications you use. You can choose from SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM), SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM), and SAP Solution Manager.

The functional areas, meanwhile, include SAP Business Suite, SAP ERP, SAP Enterprise Asset Management, SAP ERP Financials, SAP ERP Human Capital Management, the SAP Business Suite foundation topics, procurement, product development and collaboration, shared service delivery, a variety of industries, and cross-functional operations like manufacturing, sales, and customer service. Try out SAP’s solution browser for yourself.

In our solution browser test, we selected SAP ERP. You can also choose from the following releases:

  • SAP R/3 4.0 B
  • SAP R/3 4.5 B
  • SAP R/3 4.6 B
  • SAP R/3 4.6 C
  • SAP R/3 Enterprise
  • SAP ERP 2004
  • SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 2 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 3 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 4 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 5 for SAP ERP 6.0

After selecting your starting release, you need to choose a target release. The EHPs listed below are available:

  • SAP EHP 2 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 3 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 4 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 5 for SAP ERP 6.0
  • SAP EHP 6 for SAP ERP 6.0

If you select EHP 6, you’ll receive an overview of its new functions, such as the ability to conduct analyses of archived and non-archived order items with CJI3 transactions.

A number of improvements have been made in the area of project management, as well: For instance, users can now generate candidate lists and automatic forecasts for staffing levels. Personal Objects Worklists, meanwhile, provide managers with better overviews, and Cross-Application Time Sheets (CATS) make planning easier. Two additional functions – Exclude Material Master Data and Exclude Purchase Order History – also enable users to hide the GR Quantity, PO Exists, and PO IDs fields in Project Builder.

In addition, EHP 6 gives users the option of creating a preliminary invoice before completing the final version and searching for specific items within SAP ERP Operations.