1603 release for SAP S/4HANA cloud editions

SAP have released the new SAP S/4HANA cloud editions.

  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition 1603, helps your marketing department capture and analyze customer interactions from different channels
  • SAP S/4HANA, professional services edition 1603, covers everything from project management to professional services automation
  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition 1603, covers the most important scenarios to run a company, from finance to procurement to manufacturing and supply chain – ERP in the cloud

Overview of Scope

There is a lot of exciting content in 1603. Each release has numerous enhancements and the solutions are now available in more languages. We have linked the S/4 HANA 1603 release notes here. It is 70 pages, but you can flick through most of it relatively quickly.

SAP Best Practice content

SAP has delivered additional Best Practices through SAP Activate.

Cloud enterprise edition:

  • Order to Cash: Debit Memo Processing
  • Make-to-Stock Production – Discrete Industry
  • Order to Cash: Sales Order Processing with Customer Down Payment
  • Asset Accounting

Cloud professional service edition:

  • Sales Order Processing for Project Based Services
  • Time Recording for Project-Based Services
  • Accounting and Financial Close
  • Account Receivables


Seamless integration is key in the cloud. SAP is offering native integration between its cloud solutions throughout the cloud portfolio, leveraging middleware like SAP Hana Cloud Integration (HCI) or SAP Process Integration (PI) – the later is especially interesting for existing SAP customers (to leverage their skills.) SAP cloud solutions enable customers to run end to end business processes. With the 1603 release, SAP is now including within the Best Practice packages for SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise 1603 edition the following integration scenarios:

  • New integration scenario: Ariba Integration for Financials
  • Additional process steps for existing integration scenarios, using SAP HCI or SAP PI technology for:Ariba
  • Network Integration
  • Employee Central Integration into S/4HANA

What is coming next for the SAP S/4HANA cloud editions?

You will find more information about the roadmap for the cloud editions in the Service Marketplace – http://service.sap.com/roadmap > Product and Solution Roadmap > Cross topics > SAP S/4HANA cloud edition

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Neil ran his first SAP transformation programme in his early twenties. He spent the next 21 years working both client side and for various consultancies running numerous SAP programmes. After successfully completing over 15 full lifecycles he took a senior leadership/board position and his work moved onto creating the same success for others.

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