SAP HANA Accelerates Users into the Digital Economy

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP.

“All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does,” said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE. “This is the go to release that they should start with. There’s value for the business, enterprise, and IT.”

The SAP S/4HANA 1610 release allows organizations to meet specific industry needs while delivering greater functionality and simpler integration to a broad set of functions.

The update includes Advanced Available to Promise (aATP), which offers new enhanced capabilities to manage supply allocations at multiple levels, with high performance, and real-time ATP order confirmation.

The release also includes Inventory Management, which provides simplified and highly scalable transaction management, with enhanced user productivity via a range of SAP Fiori apps to help provide inventory visibility, and to track slow-moving items, monitor shelf life, and provide real-time status updates of items in transit.  

Material Requirement Planning (MRP) includes Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PPDS) natively deployed without the need for complex integration and data maintenance to dramatically accelerate MRP processing times.

In addtion, Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is embedded in the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release to dramatically simplify adoption of advanced warehousing capabilities such as automation with mechanical handling equipment, task and labor optimization and the use of mobile devices, without the need to integrate a separate system.

These new functional and usability enhancements allow supply chains to perform better with increased agility resulting in lower lead times, better customer service, and higher profitability, according to SAP.

Additionally, the 1610 release is intended to incorporate all features of SAP S/4HANA Finance.

As it moves forward, SAP says it plans to build on the in-memory platform, according to Denecken.

“Every function needs to be as much as possible in real time,” said Denecken. “Every idea that we based on real-time data can now be brought to the end user to make better decisions.”

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