Discover what new intelligent capabilities the latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud offers Professional Services
The latest SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005 release is the second of four releases in the year. Its intelligence and integration capabilities are constantly growing across almost all lines of business, with the increasing use of new technologies such as Machine Learning, RPA, and Predictive Analytics.
As you’d expect, SAP Fiori plays a big part in the new functionality as the user experience gets better and better. The implementation methodology, Activate, has also been updated bringing more agility and resilience. And there are new and improved embedded analytics.
The improved integration between SAP S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors in this release will be particularly important to Professional Services as they continue to align and onboard employees and contingent workers during the pandemic and beyond.
5 main release highlights for Professional Services
Sales order processing with project account assignment
The main features for Professional Services, and customers projects in general, is the provision of a new process (code: 4I9), that enables the account assignment of sales order items to work packages tagged as “billing element”. This allows you to analyse the profitability of projects directly with the profitability characteristics of the sales order without having to maintain it in the project itself. It will drastically reduce manual effort and avoid possible mistakes. Fixed price billing, down payments and free of charges processes are all supported by this new process.
Another important feature, and available in the process 4I9, is being able to have several billing elements in the project, supporting more complex hierarchies of revenues in the projects. This will dramatically improve:
- The flexibility and precision in the project revenue follow-up
- The costs versus revenue analysis, and more clarity in costs vs revenue analysis.
Project structure maintenance
Project structure maintenance, until now, was only possible through the project builder, which might lead to loss of productivity and useless manipulations. In 2005 release, you can maintain this structure directly in the project planning app, through work packages creation and hierarchy modifications.
Purchasing block in work packages
Block purchasing transactions can be carried out for a project or for specific work packages, providing more control on actual cost postings on projects elements.
From a reporting perspective, you can now filter reports according to project types, an important element to distinguish different categories of projects.
Functional location in the projects
Functional location, providing the information about the location at which a service must be executed, is now available at the project header level.