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SAP S/4HANA Cookbook: SAP S/4HANA Finance, On-Premise 1605


SAP S/4HANA Finance Cookbook


The SAP S/4HANA Finance Cookbook covers the most important aspects of implementing SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance).

It consists of a small set of HTML landing pages that provide abstracts for specific topics, along with links to further deep-dive information.

The content on these pages follows an iterative approach and will be updated regularly.

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Table of Contents


1. What is SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance

  • Read this page to get an overview of SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance, current releases and capabilities, transition paths, ...


2. SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance (this page)

  • Overview
  • Technical implementation
  • Functional implementation
    • Accounting
    • Cash management
    • Integrated business planning
    • SAP Fiori and Analytics
    • Central finance
  • Learning resources for SAP Simple Finance


3. Implementing SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance with SAP Activate

  • This page gives an overview of the accelerators consolidated in SAP Activate that  help SAP partners and customers throughout the different phases of SAP S/4HANA implementation projects


Note: For access to SAP Notes and roadmap information, an 'S-user' is required (see here).


SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance: Overview

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SAP Simple Finance, on-premise edition is a new SAP HANA-based finance solution, which is available with SAP Business Suite 4 HANA, or SAP S/4HANA. Simple Finance allows you to run trial balance sheets, P&L's and cash flow analysis any time of the day.

SAP Simple Finance overview on sap.com

The picture below shows the main building blocks of SAP Simple Finance (accounting, cash management, integrated business planning). SAP Simple Finance is based on the proven SAP Business Suite with the SAP HANA platform underneath.

Note:

The name 'SAP S/4HANAFinance' has been introduced in September 2015 and will replace the former name 'SAP Simple Finance' (often abbreviated sFIN). They both denote the same product, however, the 1503 product version is still called SAP Simple Finance 1503. Higher versions will follow the SAP S/4HANA Finance name schema.

If you do a free-text search for notes in SAP Service Marketplace / OSS, adding the term 'sFIN' to your search might help finding the right notes.

SAP Note on product names and versions


SAP Help Portal: Simple Finance Add-on


What's New in SAP Simple Finance, On-Premise

Check out the SAP Finance roadmap for upcoming innovations.

SAP Finance Roadmap



SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance: Technical implementation

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SAP Simple Finance, on-premise comprises SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA and SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA. In addition, it brings necessary technical components for SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance and SAP Central Finance. Get yourself familiar with the Simple Finance release scope central note.


SAP Simple Finance release scope central Note 2119188, Note 2233539


SAP Simple Finance release information Note 2117481, Note 2235268

The slide collection gives an overview of the necessary considerations and steps during technical installation or upgrade of SAP Simple Finance,on-premise.

Installation and upgrade: The slide collection

The administrator guide is the central information source for technical installation and upgrade of SAP Simple Finance, on-premise edition.

Administrator Guide on help.sap.com

The prerequisites check is an ABAP report that does a preliminary check whether your current system meets the conditions for implementing SAP Simple Finance.

Automated prerequisites check for SAP Simple Finance migration Note 2176077, Note 2293733

Sizing information for SAP Simple Finance, on-premise:

For the migration of existing systems, you can analyse the existing data footprint and the estimated sizing proposal for an SAP HANA based installation with the mentioned SAP note.

For greenfield implementations, the SAP HANA quick sizer will give you a first estimate on your sizing.

Estimated SAP HANA sizing when migrating an existing ERP system to Simple Finance (SAP Note)


Rough sizing estimation for greenfield installations (HANA Quick Sizer)

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With the installation of SAP Simple Finance, on-premise totals and application index tables were removed and replaced by equally named DDL SQL views, so-called compatibility views. These views are generated from DDL sources. This replacement takes place during the add-on installation of SAP Simple Finance (using the SAP SUM tool); related data is secured into backup tables. The compatibility views ensure database SELECTs do work as before. However any write access (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, MODIFY) was removed from SAP standard, respectively has to be removed from custom code – refer to SAP note 1976487.

Support Pack Recommendation Note 2253237, Note 2267221

The following sections describe the functional areas of SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance in detail.


SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA


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SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA contains General Ledger Accounting, Controlling, and Asset Accounting.


Universal Journey Entry

New Assets Accounting (FI-AA)

New Assets Accounting Relevant Note (important) for Year-End-Closing

Profitability Analysis

Existing customers, who want to implement and use SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA, must migrate the existing data from the G/L Accounting (FI-GL), Asset Accounting (FI-AA), Controlling (CO) and Material Ledger areas. This application data migration does the adaptation to the table structures and is different from the database migration to SAP HANA that needs to be done in addition if the source system is not on SAP HANA already.

Refer to the Migration Guide on help.sap.com for all necessary application migration steps, which should be executed by application experts (involve them prior to installation of SAP Simple Finance):

  • Migration preparation
  • Migration
  • Post-migration
  • Migration to FI-AA (new)

Migration of an existing SAP FI/CO system to SAP Accounting powered by SAP HANA, including new FI-AA

Additional necessary configuration steps are described in the Configuration Guide for SAP Simple Finance, OnPremise Edition.

Configuration Guide for SAP Simple Finance, on-premise edition

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Refer to SAP note for application migration steps for new Simple Finance, on-premise edition installation.

Migration steps for new Simple Finance implementation (SAP Note)

SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA


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SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA is SAP's new generation of cash and liquidity management product. It contains Bank Account Management, Cash Concentration, Daily Cash Operations and Liquidity Management. The necessary BI content for enabling Liquidity Planning and Liquidity Forecast is also available.

SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA

SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA does require a separate license.


Technical prerequisites for implementation Note 2138445, Note 2265615, Note 2255265


SAP Note 2149337

After the installation of SAP Simple Finance, on-premise, the Business Function for SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA should be switched on in order to leverage the full functions and features.

Switch on Business Function for SAP Cash Management

Refer to the "Configuration Guide for SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA" to setup the necessary configuration.

Configuration Guide for SAP Cash Management

It is necessary to setup data according to "Data Setup Guide for SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA".

Data Setup Guide for SAP Cash Management



SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance



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SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance provides a consistent view of the planning process. The application leverages the embedded model technology from SAP Business Planning and Consolidation 10.1, version for SAP NetWeaver, and a separate license is required. Customers who want to perform consolidation can install SAP Business Planning and Consolidation in addition.

SAP Integrated Business Planning for Finance Central Release Note

SAP Note for setting up Integrated Business Planning for Finance

Refer to "Integrated Business Planning for SAP Simple Finance" to start working with this application.

SAP Help Portal: Integrated Business Planning for SAP Simple Finance

SAP Fiori and Analytics for Simple Finance



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SAP Fiori delivers a personalized, role-based user experience (UX) for SAP software. Using modern design principles, it simplifies the UX across all lines of business, tasks, and devices – to reflect the way you actually work throughout your day. SAP S/4HANA and SAP Simple Finance are natively designed with the UX and include a number of finance role-based Apps.

SAP Fiori & UX for Simple Finance

For release information on SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Finance, refer to these:SAP Note 2117719, SAP Note 2242596, SAP Note 2255079, SAP Note 2260914.


General information about SAP Fiori:

Smart Business Cockpits are based on SAP Fiori and tailored to help business users decide and act in real-time. A user can analyze strategic or operational KPIs, evaluate the situation, and trigger needed follow-up actions immediately.

For release information on SAP Smart Business for Simple Finance, refer to the accompanying SAP Note 2144098, SAP Note 2259134, SAP Note 2122588.

SAP Smart Business for Simple Finance:

SAP HANA Live provides enhanced quality for analytics across SAP Business Suite applications (including SAP Simple Finance) by enabling industry-standard access to SAP data through easily understandable data models.

The administrator guide and the SAP release note contain more information about technical setup, configuration and operation.

Analytics & SAP HANA Live for Simple Finance



SAP Central Finance



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With SAP Central Finance, you can transition to SAP Simple Finance without disruption to your current system landscape which may consist of multiple SAP and non-SAP systems. One central finance system serves as hub for a consolidated financial and management reporting items that are being re-posted from from other connected. A separate license is required to use SAP Central Finance.


Central Finance Overview

Please refer to FAQ Note on Central Finance as starting point.



FAQ Note on Central Finance

Please refer to the Administrator Guide for Central Finance as the single entry point to start implementation. The guide includes:

  • Introduction with references to related documents and relevant SAP notes
  • System Landscape
  • Configuration

Administrator's Guide for Central Finance On-Premise and S4HANA On-Premise

SAP Note for SAP Central Finance Implementation and Configuration


Refer to Application Help for Central Finance for operational information.

Application Help for Central Finance

A central finance scenario can also use SAP Master Data Governance (SAP MDG) to manage, harmonize and consolidate master data in your central finance reporting system (in case your various source system use non-harmonized data).

The read-on presentation explain the integration concept and capabilities of this approach.

SAP Master Data Governance: Integration with SAP Simple Finance


Learning Resources for SAP Simple Finance



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SAP Early Knowledge Transfer (EKT) material for SAP Simple Finance on SAP Learning Hub provides you with deep knowledge about the product, covering technical installation as well as functional features and implementation information.

The following learning maps are available:

You need a valid subscription license for the SAP Learning Hub, otherwise those links will not work. Please see information on the right for details.

SAP Learning Hub

Introduction to Simple Finance EKT material

How to use SAP Learning Hub for Simple Finance learning material

Simple Finance EKT material via SAP PartnerEdge

Additional book offer: SAP Simple Finance - An Introduction




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