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9 must-knows before implementing SAP

Simple Finance. Ohm... now S/4HANA


Finance...
22 de abr de 2015

When talking to the VP of Enterprise Architecture in a


Swiss-based manufacturer back in April '15, he told
me he was quite confused with all the recent SAP
marketing around S/4HANA, SAP Simple Finance
(oops, now S/4HANA Finance), HANA Enterprise
Cloud (HEC) and the user interfaces that come along
with all this like Fiori. He was looking for the big
picture, the real no-nonsense one.

So I explained that in essence S/4HANA is just a new name


for the same good old Suite functionality (ERP, SRM, CRM,)
the difference however is in that the Suite can now run on an
in-memory database called HANA. Okay - and you can source
S/4HANA from the cloud and you have more alternatives when
it comes to the graphical user interface one of them being
Fiori.
So, how does this relate to SAP Simple Finance (sFin)? Well,
the Financials coding was the first part of ERP optimized to
run on HANA. The functionality itself or the way to configure
the system hardly changes (unless you want to use the Fiori
apps...).

SAP Simple Finance is an add-on to ERP, which means it is a


standard product developed to work on top of SAP ERP
(ECC6.07 to be precise). The official name used to be SAP
Simple Finance add-on 2.0 for SAP Business Suite powered by
SAP HANA aka sFin 2.0. However... as of October 2015, SAP
speaks of S/4HANA Finance and it includes the 'Simple'
coding. SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 became
available in November 2015 (hence, 1511...). By the way, SAP
S/4HANA CLOUD 1506 has been restricted available since June
2015.
SAP 'Simple Finance' includes SAP Accounting powered by SAP
HANA, SAP Cash Management and SAP Integrated Business
Planning (IP and BPC and embedded BW) for Finance and
additional innovations in the areas of Treasury and Financial
Risk Management, Collaborative Finance Operations and
more. The FI and CO tables are now combined in the Universal
Journal, a single line item table.
Before you jump into an SAP Simple Finance implementation
however, theres a few things you and your team must know*.
Note: the below does not go for S/4HANA 1511.
9 must-knows before starting your Simple Finance
implementation:
1.

The finance add-on replaces the classic Financials


applications in your SAP ERP system. In contrast to accounting
in SAP enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0, Simple
Finance comes with a simplified data model. Totals tables and

application index tables have been removed and replaced


with HANA views with the same technical names. A
full list can be found at the bottom of this article. This means
the impact needs to be assessed on your interfaces, your data
warehouse, your authorization profiles, and potentially your
monitoring tools;
2.

Some industry solutions and SAP ERP add-ons are not


fully compatible with SAP Simple Finance, like Asset
Accounting (FI-AA). Carefully assess compatibility with other
components in your landscape;

3.

The user experience is likely to change. Assess the


impact on the required skill-set in your teams and the
potential need to rewrite documentation and/or training
materials;

4.

Handle the required SP levels for SAP ERP 6.0 EHP7 and
for SAP NetWeaver 7.40 with the utmost caution and as
described in the administrators guide;

5.

Before you install the Finance add-on, you must prepare


the migration of application data. These steps require specific
financials application knowledge;

6.

Install the finance add-on using the Software Update


Manager (SUM). Ensure that you have downloaded the latest
version of it from the SAP Service Marketplace. In addition,
you must install two SAP HANA Live packages using the HANA
Lifecycle Manager (HLM);

7.

To run the financials applications, you must migrate the


application data first. For SPS 02, SPS 03, and SP04, some
additional configuration is required. For more information, see
Installation of and Migration to the SAP Simple Finance AddOn for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA;

8.

Read the Release Information for SAP Simple Finance


add-on for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA (note
1925902), and;

9.

To conclude, make sure your team reads the Release


Scope Information (note 1968568).
The following tables were replaced by SAP HANA views with
the same names:

The line item, totals tables and application index tables


of General Ledger Accounting (GLT0, BSIS, BSAS and
FAGLFLEXA, FAGLFLEXT, FAGLBSIS, FAGLBSAS)

The totals tables and application index tables of


Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable (KNC1, KNC3,
LFC1, LFC3, BSID, BSIK, BSAD, BSAK)

The line item and totals tables of Controlling (COEP for


certain value types, COSP and COSS)

The material ledger tables for parallel valuations (MLIT,


MLPP, MLPPF, MLCR, MLCD, CKMI1, BSIM)

The Asset Accounting tables (ANEK, ANEP, ANEA, ANLP,


ANLC)
MENDEL KOERTS is the founder of ENSEAD Advisory and
Associate Director with Gartner Consulting. As an Enterprise
Architect he has specialized in IT Strategy, Architecture, and
Governance, predominantly SAP related. Opinions expressed
in this article are strictly his own.
* Based on the Administrator's Guide SAP Simple Finance AddOn for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, document
version 1.0 2015-01-29