SAP S/4HANA Release 1909 – what's new?

In September 2019, SAP introduced the fifth version of SAP S/4HANA. Would you like to know what has changed since the last version? We will give you an overview of some highlights.

Many innovations in SAP S/4HANA 1909

Since the launch of SAP S/4HANA in 2015, SAP has launched five versions of its ERP software. With Release 1909, the company released the latest version on September 20, 2019, following Release 1809 at the end of 2018.

This time there are a total of 865 innovations, both smaller and larger. A total of 3,312 functions are now available in SAP S/4HANA.

Finance and SAP Analytics Cloud

One of the most important changes brought about by Release 1909 is the innovations in the financial sector: the main purpose of these innovations is to make it possible to create final reports more quickly and efficiently. In particular, the Group-internal reconciliation of the results of individual Group companies and matrix consolidation should now be faster.

SAP has also integrated the SAP Analytics Cloud into its financial planning. This integration should also lead to greater speed in finance and ultimately to better business decisions. SAP Analytics Cloud enables real-time analysis of financial information.

Third version of the SAP design concept: Fiori 3.0

The second major innovation is Fiori 3.0, the leading design for SAP applications. With Release 1909, SAP has further enhanced the user interface and user experience of the role-based design concept.

For example, Fiori 3.0 now has a brighter and more neutral background, a new, intelligent user interface, and offers dynamic, context-sensitive explanations and recommended actions. The goal of the innovations: Fiori should look the same - on all devices and for all applications - and provide a comparable user experience.

Predictive Material and Resource Planning

The innovation in the field of material and process planning (pMPR) is also interesting. With Release 1909, a solution is now available with the help of which users can recognize potential capacity problems - based on simulations and predictions - from the outset and solve them during the planning process. Ultimately, this reduces a company's warehousing costs and capital commitment.

New functions are also available for Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). For example, they support production strategies such as Kanban or just-in-time production.