Keep Up to Date on the Latest SAP Financials Functionality by Using Enhancement Packages

  • by Mark Chalfen, Finance Capability Lead, Bluefin Solutions
  • June 3, 2009
Implementing enhancement packages is a less rigorous process than performing technical upgrades. See how to operate enhancement packages in the SAP ERP 6.0 system so you can access the new functionality they include.
Key Concept

Implementing enhancement packages can be fairly simple as some contain stand-alone new functionality that removes the need of regression testing the whole system. The process and timing of implementing enhancement packages can be staggered without too much involvement of the Basis or SAP NetWeaver team.

Enhancement packages deliver new functionality and technology so companies with SAP systems don’t have to change versions every year to get new functionality. To date, there have been four enhancement packages released by SAP, with a fifth on the way. When you implement the most current enhancement package, you automatically get access to all the functionality found in earlier enhancement packages.

If you implement a certain enhancement package, it does not activate automatically with all the functionality that is delivered. To activate functionality, you need to select certain enterprise business function sets. An enterprise business function set contains functionality that you can implement via enhancement packages. Normally, it contains a number of new functionalities in a common area of the SAP ERP system that have been linked together. Certain enterprise business function sets are dependent on others being activated before so careful planning and a good knowledge of the available functionality is required.

I’ll show functional users how to review and access the new functionality within the SAP ERP system without bogging you down in the technical material. For the technical side of things, you should consult an SAP NetWeaver specialist.

Mark Chalfen

Mark Chalfen is the finance capability lead at Bluefin Solutions, a niche SAP consultancy in the UK, and an SAP mentor. Mark has more than 12 years’ experience in SAP FI/CO in a number of industries. Mark’s core skills include Financial Supply Chain Management (SAP FSCM) and the new GL. He is currently advising a wide variety of clients on maximizing their SAP landscape either in the current R/3 version or upgrading to SAP ERP.

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