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SAP EHP 7 for SAP ERP 6.

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SAP Enhancement Package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 contains more than 750
business functions. The key new features are SAP Fiori, MRP runs, and
data aging objects.
Enhancement packages give enterprises the flexibility to extend their SAP
software by adding only those functions and technical improvements that they
actually need. And, because SAP enhancement packages are simply imported
into the existing SAP system landscape, customers incur only a fraction of the
effort, cost, and downtime that a functional and technical ERP upgrade would
entail.
Customers activate the new business functions that they want to use via the
Switch Framework. The enhancement packages contain new functions for both
generic and industry-specific processes. They are usually delivered to customers
every two years and bundle all the new and enhanced business software
functionalities that SAP has delivered either on an ongoing basis or quarterly
in the form of In-Advance Shipments or Service Packs in the period since the last
enhancement package was shipped.
The new functions in EHP 7 for SAP ERP 6.0

Enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 offers more than 100 new
functions and is the first enhancement package to be optimized for both the SAP
HANA database and the traditional certified databases.

SAP has extended mainstream maintenance for the SAP Business Suite
and the enhancement packages to the end of 2020, which means that
customers software investments are safe.

The enhancement packages reduce the adjustment effort required for


customers who subsequently migrate their SAP Business Suite to the SAP HANA
in-memory platform.
Enhancement packages are cumulative. Thus, enhancement package 7 contains
all the previously delivered enhancements as well as the new ones: That adds up
to a grand total of more than 750 functions.

Since enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, customers have had the
option of deactivating certain business functions that were previously activated.

Coinciding with the release of the new enhancement package for SAP ERP,
SAP has also shipped enhancement package 3 for SAP Customer Relationship
Management (SAP CRM 7.0), SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM 7.0), and
SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM 7.0), which are also optimized
for SAP HANA.

The new functions in SAP enhancement package 7 include the current


version of the SAP Commodity Management and SAP Convergent Charging 4.0

solutions. Participation in the SAP Ramp-Up program is mandatory for customers


wishing to implement these solutions.

SAP enhancement package 7 also includes numerous new functions for


financial accounting, logistics, human resources, and quality management, as
well as cross-application functions and improvements for SAP Master Data
Governance and manager self-service (MSS).
Three key new features with EHP 7
The three most important new features in the current enhancement package are
the SAP Fiori collection of apps, MRP (Material requirements planning) runs
powered by SAP HANA, and technologies for implementing data aging concepts
with SAP HANA. What practical benefits do they offer business users?
1. SAP Fiori in action
The current collection of 25 role-based productivity apps in SAP Fiori empower
end users to perform recurring daily tasks with enhanced speed and efficiency
across devices whether theyre working on a desktop PC, smartphone, tablet,
or notebook. The apps offer role-based processes that are personalized for
specific user groups in the organization and that are intuitive to operate. This
means that users can complete all their tasks simply and conveniently in a single
user interface no matter how many different SAP applications they work with.
For example, sales representatives need to access data sets from SAP CRM when
they want to contact a customer; but they also need to access SAP ERP to create
sales orders. SAP Fiori bundles the CRM and ERP transactions that the sales rep
needs on a single user interface, which can be configured with ease to suit his or
her personal requirements. There is also a context-based and role-based search
function that helps end users find information that they are authorized to access,
quickly and easily. The search function can be used in connection with SAP
HANA, as can SAP Fiori apps that visualize reports.
2. Faster MRP runs
Another important innovation in SAP enhancement package 7 is the option to use
SAP HANA Live to check on material availability and inventory days of supply in
real time at exploded-view level. There is also an option to perform ad-hoc
simulations. Leveraging these options makes it possible to speed up complex
MRP runs and capacity planning dramatically.
For example, one customer who previously had to schedule between eight hours
and an entire night for an MRP run can now complete the process in less than 30
minutes thanks to SAP HANA. As a result, this customer can perform multiple
MRP runs in a single day, a feat that would have been virtually unthinkable
before. These improvements mean that enterprises can adapt their production
planning and control very quickly and flexibly in response to changing customer
requirements or to exceptional situations in the manufacturing process. Plant
and business managers can see straight away whether they need to schedule a

production order to a different machine or plant, and whether they could save
money by sourcing parts directly from a supplier rather than through the plants
own warehouse.
3. Data aging: real-time access to ERP data
The data aging objects for SAP Business Suite applications running on the SAP
HANA in-memory platform make it possible to efficiently implement a data aging
strategy. This gives end users near real-time access to data that is frequently
required in day-to-day operations such as the financial results for the last two
years. On the technical side, raw data from the ERP system that is stored in the
database is flagged and loaded into the main memory of the in-memory platform
according to the hot storage principle, where it is kept in highly compressed
form to enable rapid delivery of query results. Data that is only required
infrequently or rarely remains in the SAP HANA database where it is accessed via
SQL queries.
Tools provide overview of new ERP, CRM, and SCM functions
It is often difficult for IT managers to pinpoint which functions are relevant for
their SAP landscape and which are likely to add real business value. SAP offers
two useful tools to help customers speed up the decision-making process. The
first is SAP solution browser, which gives IT managers a fast and precise
overview of all the new functions in the current enhancement packages for SAP
ERP, SAP CRM, and SAP SCM that are relevant for their system landscape. The
second is the SAP business function prediction self-service tool, which based on
a transaction analysis in an SAP system provides a tailored recommendation
about which of the new business functions delivered by enhancement packages
will bring the greatest business value to the customer.