What's Happened to Your R/3 Functionality in mySAP ERP 2004?

  • by Gary Fullmer, Solution Architect, MI6 Solutions
  • February 15, 2005
The author describes the evolution of R/3 Release 4.6C to Enterprise (4.7) through mySAP ERP 2004, which is in Ramp-Up. Also included is a short description of the structure and role of SAP NetWeaver.
Key Concept
mySAP ERP 2004 is an extension of SAP's R/3 product line. It includes the core product suites and a wider set of application components along with the SAP NetWeaver technical base. mySAP ERP 2004 is expected to be ready worldwide in unrestricted availability by the end of the first quarter of 2005.

If you attended an SAP Insider conference, SAP's Sapphire, any ASUG-sponsored event, or a forum during the last year, you've no doubt heard about SAP's new product release, mySAP ERP 2004. It is also possible that you heard several new product names, such as ECC 5.0 and certainly SAP NetWeaver.

Hardly mentioned, if at all, in any current SAP presentations is the old and very familiar term SAP R/3. After reading this article you should be able to answer the following questions: What has happened to my R/3 and has SAP stopped developing further enhancements to the core application?

Well, the short answer is: The entire R/3 product suite has been enhanced on both the application and technical sides. In fact, it has so much new "stuff" and new technology that a new name was called for. That new name is mySAP ERP 2004.

I will address several points about the new functionality:

  • The product evolution path from Release 4.6C to Enterprise (4.7) to mySAP ERP 2004
  • The major differences between 4.6C, Enterprise, and mySAP ERP 2004
  • What is included in mySAP ERP 2004 and what SAP NetWeaver adds

Gary Fullmer

Gary Fullmer is currently associated with MI6 Solutions as a solution architect. Prior to MI6 Gary recently worked for SAP Labs for 13+ years. While at SAP Labs, he spent his first four years as a CO instructor developing and delivering all CO courses offered in the SAP course catalog. For the next six years, he assumed the role of a FI/CO solution manager, where he focused on interfacing with customers for CO, SEM, and FI solutions. During the remainder of his time with SAP, he worked on SAP General Ledger migration techniques, the SAP IFRS adoption model, and SAP’s enhanced financial closing, and continues to consult on these topics. His educational background includes an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Utah State University, and a BS from Utah State University.

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