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First looks S/4 HANA 2022 including SAP HXM
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S/4HANA 2022 including SAP HXM - First looks

Good news for customers who want to keep
SAP HXM or Payroll longer

S/4 HANA 2022 including SAP HXM – First looks

Good news for customers who want to keep SAP HXM or Payroll longer

Many of you likely know, SAP previously announced their “End of Life” dates for the current SAP ECC solutions. This is 2027 with extended maintenance up to 2029. 

Previously, the only option for customers seeking a long-term Payroll solution was to switch to the Employee Central Payroll (ECP) option.

At the same time, many customers have been migrating their core ERP solution to the S/4HANA release.  Payroll, including HXM, can be  installed into this environment using a compatibility pack, but it would require installing the EHP 8 version into the system.

Here comes S/4HANA 2022 with SAP HXM Embedded

SAP has recently released the S/4HANA 2022 release, which now includes SAP HXM integrated into its core package. This provides customers moving to S/4HANA with a simpler landscape and upgrade options. Customers will no longer have to use compatibility packs or go through separate upgrade processes.

This also means that SAP HXM is now part of the standard SAP supported solution until 2040. This allows customers who are not quite ready to upgrade to SuccessFactors to continue utilizing this solution in the foreseeable future.

“With SAP extending the HXM solution and making it available on S/4HANA up until 2040 gives the customers the most flexibility over the coming years. Customers have the option to maintain their current Payroll and HR systems, and replace parts or all of their HR functionality with SuccessFactors at a time that suits their business needs. SpinifexIT solutions enhance the capabilities of standard SAP HXM and SuccessFactors, enabling customers to continue take advantage of their existing HXM solution with specialized solutions for reporting, document generation, data copying, and implementation/migration tailored to HXM and SuccessFactors.”

Founder and Chief Solution Architect for SpinifexIT

What is the difference between the ECC Version and S/4 HANA 2022?

Well, other than providing the HXM solution, which includes most of the commonly used features such as Payroll, Employee Infotypes, Organizational Data, Time Evaluation and more, there is not much new. This is primarily a technical delivery, but it allows for upgrades with minimal changes.

As part of this delivery,the transactions, tables, code, etc. remain largely unchanged. Over time, it may receive additional enhancements ahead of the ECC version of SAP, however, the majority of SAP’s product development efforts will continue to be directed towards cloud solutions such as SuccessFactors. 

In addition, certain advanced features such as the Payroll Center, which previously required separate installation, are now included in the core delivery.

This also means that SAP HXM is now part of the standard SAP supported solution until 2040. This allows customers who are not quite ready to upgrade to SuccessFactors to continue utilizing this solution in the foreseeable future.

SpinifexIT Solutions on S/4HANA 2022

To support our customers, we will also be setting up a complete S/4HANA landscape for Development and Support. As part of our 2023.R1 release, we will be collaborating with SAP to certify it on the S/4HANA 2022 release. 

In the next few months of 2023, SpinifexIT will release a S/4HANA specific release.  This release will include new features for customers who are migrating to S/4HANA. Easy Reporter, in particular, will have a new user interface that is Fiori-enabled and aligned with the S/4HANA design. Additionally, the default reporting capabilities for decluster tables from the Payroll Control Center will be included to take advantage of the HANA performance. We are committed to continue to enhance this version and align our other solutions with the HANA version in the future.

Customers Upgrading to S/4HANA 2022

While the standard SAP upgrade process and SUM Tool (SAP Upgrade Manager) will apply to many customers, those looking to maximize the benefits of migration may choose to use the SpinifexIT Migration Solutions. These solutions allow for customers to perform tasks such as consolidation of naming conventions, deletion of unused configuration, and selective migration of employees of payroll history. Whether you want to streamline your configuration or just move the latest decade of payroll data, the migration solution can help you achieve those goals.

The SpinifexIT solutions, Easy Migration and Easy Go Live, are designed for this purpose.. Infact, during our internal testing, we found that these solutions made the migration process extremely efficient. For example, by using these solutions, we were able to quickly copy the Australian Configuration and data for 20 employees, including historical payroll results, infotypes, and organizational data, to the new S/4HANA system. Within just two hours of setting up the test system, we were able to run payroll and validate it against our ECC 6 EHP system, where the configuration and data originated. This highlights the ease and speed of our migration solutions.  You should discuss this possibility with your implementation partner on using these solutions as part of the migration.

The Easy Suite solutions can be used not only for migrating and implementing SAP HXM, but also for day-to-day operations. While many of our customers are familiar with the capabilities of the Easy Suite, they may not be aware that we also offer migration solutions to speed up the migration process. These solutions can help you to make the transition to SAP HXM as smooth and efficient as possible.

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SpinifexIT’s Easy Suite Solutions on SAP S/4HANA environment
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The latest versions of SpinifexIT’s Easy Suite fully work on the SAP S/4HANA solution. More details, and some FAQs below.

Hi! This is Darren and here’s a quick update I would like to share with you.

As more of our customers are either planning to upgrade to SAP S/4HANA or are already in the process of doing so, I often get asked about whether SpinifexIT’s Easy Suite solutions are compatible with the SAP S/4HANA solution.  In this short update, I’ll answer some of the frequently asked questions from our customers and partners.


The latest version (2021.R2) of the SpinifexIT solutions fully work on the SAP S/4HANA solution.

For customers upgrading to SAP S/4HANA (whether this is as an On-Premise solution or a Private Cloud Edition), we can use some of our new migration solutions to help with the process.

Easy Migration can help you de-risk and accelerate your SAP Employee Central Payroll migration by identifying and migrating your payroll configuration to your new system. This includes relevant employee information including payroll results, infotypes, and more.

Meanwhile Easy Go Live can provide you the tools to validate your new system and quickly compare payroll results between your new and your old system before going live.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions around SpinifexIT’s Easy Suite’s compatibility with the SAP S/4HANA environment. If you have further questions, you may reach out to me, or our team at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.


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Darren Souter

Founder and Global Solutions Architect

FAQs about SAP S/4HANA

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.

Got additional questions about SpinifexIT solutions’ compatibility with SAP S/4HANA? Drop us a message and we’ll reach out to you as soon as we can.