What is the Simplification List?

The Simplification List is a reference work that contains all the changes and innovations resulting from the transition from SAP ERP 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA.

What is the Simplification List for SAP S/4HANA?

Anyone switching from SAP ECC (SAP ERP 6.0) to SAP S/4HANA needs to be aware of all changes and innovations.

This is made possible by the Simplification List (as a PDF document) or the Simplification Item Catalog (as an online reference work).

The Simplification List provides detailed information at the application level about exactly where the differences between the two suites lie - i.e., which transactions are still available in SAP S/4HANA or not.

For consultants and SAP experts from companies, it is therefore an indispensable reference catalog for the migration to SAP S/4HANA.

With each release of SAP S/4HANA, SAP publishes a new Simplification List - for example, the

Das derzeit aktuelle Dokument ist die Simplification List for SAP S/4HANA 2021 Initial Shipment, Feature Pack Stack 1 & 2 (Mai 2022).

How is the Simplification List structured, how is it used?

The current Simplification List 2021 comprises 1178 pages and is divided into a total of 60 chapters.

Besides chapters on

  • topics (Cross Topics) and the
  • master data (Master Data).

you will find detailed information on

  • the individual modules or lines of business (Financials, Logistics, Sales & Procurement, etc.) and to the
  • SAP's industry solutions (Banking, Automotive, Retail, etc.).

The respective chapters and their sections in turn contain - depending on the topic - information on new functions and new tools, on functionalities that have been dropped or are no longer supported, and on functions that are no longer strategically relevant.

The list also provides information on whether certain customer-specific solutions can still be used with the respective current release of SAP S/4HANA or not.

The Simplification List is structured similarly for each topic or section: Most sections start after the "Related Notes" with the main feature (what has changed?) and then present the reasons for the change (why did this change occur?).

This is usually followed by a - sometimes very detailed - description of the solution, some business process-related information, a presentation of the added value and finally the required and recommended measures for implementation (required customizing, necessary role changes, etc.).

Reading the entire Simplification List is not necessary. The Readiness Check makes it easy to check which technical and process-related parts of the existing system are affected by changes at all - the respective details can then be read in the Simplification List.

Which components change with the switch to SAP S/4HANA?

The conversion from SAR ERP 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA has resulted in various changes. Certain tables, for example, have been eliminated, while others have been added (such as the FI table ACDOCA). As a result, however, the transactions are also changing.

This also applies to the conversion of customer and vendor data to the new master data object SAP Business Partner (business partner). For this purpose, the customer and vendor master data is merged during migration with the help of Customer Vendor Integration and synchronized during operation.

As a result of the changeover to the Business Partner, transactions from the area of master data maintenance in accounts payable and accounts receivable that were previously used in SAP ECC - such as FK01, FD01, XK01 or V-03 - will now be replaced in SAP S/4HANA by the transaction BP (SAP Business Partner).

The changeover from the classic general ledger in Accounting to the new general ledger (SAP New GL) is also a significant change. Although the New GL was already available with ERP 6.0, with SAP S/4HANA the conversion becomes a must. New GL offers a whole range of benefits and simplifies accounting processes.

Another change: with the move to SAP S/4HANA, SAP has transferred certain transactions to SAP Fiori Apps. Transactional apps, for example, can now be used to execute certain business processes - such as creating, changing, or deleting data records.