Features of SAP S/4HANA 2023

Features of SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA, an Overview

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In 2015, SAP released its flagship product, SAP S/4HANA. It is built on top of SAP’s evolving intelligent database, HANA, to leverage business efficiency. Leveraging the technological expertise of HANA, SAP S/4HANA contains all the required functional modules to run a hassle-free business. To stay competitive and current, it is also embedded with groundbreaking AI, Machine Learning (ML), and automation tools, which was a privilege to legacy SAP customers running on ECC 

Data without being acted upon is of NO USE

SAP S/4HANA has the capacity to analyze loads of data in real time, which helps enterprises to make quicker decisions and stay nimble over uncertainties. Since 2015, there was no stepping back for SAP as it started rigging S/4HANA with emerging technologies, aligning businesses well with the changing IT landscape.  

SAP S/4HANA 2023:

SAP S/4HANA 2023, the recent version of S/4HANA, came up with its own perks. Fast-tracking the transition to cloud, SAP provides multiple deployment choices to customers.   

A clean emphasis is made on cloud deployment as it helps enterprises standardize their business processes and utilize industry best practices, staying firm on the innovation path. .   

An enterprise is complete only when it connects all its departments into a single cohesive ecosystem. And this is true with SAP, as it brings all the functional modules, starting from finance to supply chain under one roof.   

Enhancements to SAP S/4HANA 2023:

The 2023 release introduces approximately 1,500 new and updated elements, including applications, APIs, features, and extensibility options. Most of the enhancements to the current version revolves around ensuring sustainable business for enterprise customers. Thus, I am limiting this blog to cover only the sustainability aspect of SAP S/4HANA. 

Design - Research and Development (Environment, Health, and Safety)

These design level enhancements help businesses involved in product manufacturing to ensure compliance criteria (Environment, Health, and Safety). 

Phrase Management

Businesses involved in manufacturing products need to comply with regulatory bodies (regional, national, or international) when dealing with substances harmful to environment. To aid such businesses in their Product Compliance Process, SAP’s Phrase Management feature helps in appropriate labeling and documentation purposes. Now, businesses can access the new and updated phrases in close to 47 languages while allowing them to create their company-specific phrases as well. 

Substance Volume Tracking Feature

Countries across the globe mandate businessesto register or inform regulating authorities on the volume of regulated substances they can import, export, or produce within a specific region/time frame. Enabling Substance Volume Tracking tracks chemical substance from the beginning and helps businesses comply with the set regulatory standards. 

Buy - Sourcing and Procurement

These features guide businesses in their buying decisions to stay sustainable across the entire supply chain. 

Collect carbon footprint data from suppliers in sourcing projects

In a sourcing and contract management set-up, businesses need to have both standard and complex Request for Quotations (RFQs) to help in their project and product sourcing. This allows them to manage complex items, milestones, and demand management supplier lists. Enabling this feature helps businesses by: 

Manage Model Product Specifications

A template or a sample specification document is a great time- and value-saver for businesses when detailing their requirements to a supplier. Being a new application introduced in the SAP S/4HANA 2022 version, Manage Model Product Specification application helps businesses complete a task by arranging services and frequently ordered material items under one roof. This, in turn, creates a template for purchase document. 

This application is now enhanced to support import function, copy, and perform mass change in managing model product specifications. 

Supply Chain - SAP S/4HANA

These features help businesses find suppliers committed to running a sustainable ecosystem. 

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission

This feature helps businesses to set CO2 emission parameter for each vehicle type employed by suppliers. In turn, business now can manually plan the amount of greenhouse gas emitted in their roadfreight orders and optimize the Vehicle Scheduling and Routing (VSO) accordingly.  

As GHG emissions are measured in amount of carbon emitted, GHG emissions are commonly referred to as CO2 gas on SAP S/4HANA user interface. This helps businesses attain better visibility by generating sustainability-based reports.  

Advanced Shipping and Receiving in Decentral Warehouse

This end-to-end process is aimed to resolve the inconsistencies persistent in managing logistics and warehouse. This feature is limited to access only the freight order in Transportation Management (TM), thereby eliminating the Transportation Unit (TU) or the vehicles involved in Extended Warehouse Management. 

This feature also enables tighter integration between Transportation Management and Warehouse Management, ensuring transparency even into decentralized warehouse. 

Make – SAP S/4HANA (Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling)

These features help businesses better utilize their resources in a production environment. 

Evaluate Capacity

As resources are getting depleted, optimizing the production in manufacturing industry becomes necessary. Evaluate Capacity, feature of SAP S/4HANA, helps in visualizing and tracking work centre’s capacity situation and ensures optimal utilization. After Material Requirements Planning MRP run, the production planners set planning objects like Planned Order and Production Order. It enables the user to keep balance between supply-demand since overutilization and underutilization of plant capacity is not ideal for a sustainable business. 

Advanced Scheduling Board (ASB)

Businesses involved in production need to have their production materials and customers’ order requirements aligned to eliminate unplanned bottlenecks. This feature helps to view Planned Orders and Production Orders, inclusive of the dependencies such as Purchase Requisition (PR), Purchase Order (PO), and Stock Transfer documents. 

ASB is aimed to be a replacement for Production Scheduling Board in the long run. Following are the enhancements to ASB. 

Takeaway

Thus, the latest version of SAP S/4HANA is equipped with features that can transform your business end to end. From legacy to leading edge, S/4HANA allows customers to realize their business value through innovation.  

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