What is SAP S/4HANA?
SAP S/4HANA is the most recent version of the SAP ERP Software. This is the evolution from the prior SAP ERP Version. It is a supported release up until 2040.
How does HCM fit into SAP S/4HANA now?
Up until Q4 of 2022, customers who are implementing or migrating to SAP S/4HANA, if they are wanting to use HCM within this environment, must install SAP S/4HANA with SAP ERP HCM on-premise in the Compatibility Mode.
The functionality within this system will be the same as delivered under SAP ERP with Enhancement Pack 8. This is described further by SAP here.
How does HCM fit into SAP S/4HANA in the future?
As of Q4.2022, SAP will release SAP HCM for SAP S/4HANA. This will move SAP HCM back into the SAP S/4HANA Core solution and further updates will be delivered as part of the SAP S/4HANA technology solution. This is described further in the SAP NOTE.
Does the SpinifexIT software work on the SAP S/4HANA Solution?
Yes. As long as you have SAP HCM on this version, then the SpinifexIT solutions can be installed, in exactly the same way as you would do on the ERP solution or Employee Central Payroll Solution.
When upgrading SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA, do I need to do anything specific with the SpinifexIT software?
We recommend upgrading to the latest version of SpinifexIT solutions first before upgrading your SAP environment. Our latest version is 2021.R2, with a new release (2022.R1) coming this April.
This step is recommended to avoid triggering any conflicts during the upgrades, especially if you’re using an unsupported version (3 releases old) of SpinifexIT.
After the upgrade of the system, the SpinifexIT software should continue to work as it did prior to the upgrade. All functionality will continue to work with no additional changes to reports, documents or other settings. All existing data and setup will continue to remain in the solution as it was prior to the upgrade.
Is there a different version of the SpinifexIT software specifically for SAP S/4HANA?
SpinifexIT has two versions of the software:
– One for SAP ERP 6 Enhancement Pack 6 or Lower
– One for SAP ERP 6 Enhancement Pack 7 or Higher (Including ECP and all SAP S/4HANA Versions)
SpinifexIT software will work across all supported SAP releases.
If there is any specific functionality that is added into newer SAP releases (Such as Payroll Control Center), then this will be catered for within the SpinifexIT transports for that release.
Does SpinifexIT have any additional functionality for the SAP S/4HANA environment?
As part of Easy PCC, our Payroll Control Center solution, the Easy Reporter reports can be optimized to use the SAP Payroll Decluster tables. These are much more efficient under the SAP HANA database, so this will show a greater report execution time. In order to enable this, each report can be individually turned on to use the decluster tables. We do not do this automatically, so our customers can decide on the reports to turn this on for and to run tests as needed.
What is your proposal for customers planning to re-implement SAP rather than upgrade?
On a reimplementation, the system configuration is rebuilt in the new system from scratch. In this case, we would recommend installing a new version of the SpinifexIT in the new SAP S/4HANA system. Any reports and other functionality can be either manually moved across to the new system or transported into the new environment.
Is there any difference if the customer is implementing in a Private Cloud vs On-Premise?
SpinifexIT’s solutions will continue to work whether the customer is implementing SAP S/4HANA on their own box, in a Private Cloud, or on one of the Hyperscalers. Either way, it will be installed using transports delivered by SpinifexIT.
Will the SpinifexIT software continue to work on SAP HCM for SAP S/4HANA?
When SAP releases the HCM for SAP S/4HANA, SpinifexIT will release a new version in parallel to support their release. We are not anticipating any major changes, but likely this will need a new version (and certification of this new version).
Will the SpinifexIT software continue to work on the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Version?
At this point in time, it is not possible to run HCM on the Public Cloud version of SAP S/4HANA.
However, when the new HCM for SAP S/4HANA is released, and if it is also released on the Public Cloud solution, SpinifexIT will work with SAP to make the product available in this environment. Stay tuned for further information on this one. If you wish to read these updates directly in your inbox, feel free to subscribe to SpinifexIT.
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