Benefit from the Upgrade Support of the Enhancement Framework

  • by Thomas Weiss, Solution Manager, SAP NetWeaver Product Management Application Server ABAP, SAP AG
  • January 6, 2010
Using the new Enhancement Framework instead of classic modification technology saves a lot of time in an SAP upgrade. In contrast to the classic modification technology, all enhancements survive an upgrade. You need only to adjust an enhancement if the underlying SAP object has vanished or been incompatibly changed. The new transaction SPAU_ENH informs you about which objects you have to adjust and supports you in adjusting these objects.
Key Concept
The Enhancement Framework is the new technology for adapting SAP applications to meet business needs. If companies need to change or enhance an SAP application, they should use the Enhancement Framework instead of the classic modification technology.

You want to understand some basic benefit of the Enhancement Framework. Maybe you have already read or heard that the Enhancement Framework offers some advantages in an upgrade in comparison to the classic modification technology, but you might not yet know what exactly the benefits of the new framework are.

In this article you will learn the basic facts about enhancements that make them almost upgrade resistant. Viewed from a transport perspective, customer enhancements are objects of their own that live in the customer namespace and are controlled by the customer company. It is this fact that explains why enhancements never vanish in an upgrade, and, in general, enhancements survive an upgrade without anybody having to lift a finger.

Thomas Weiss

Thomas Weiss has a Ph.D. in analytic philosophy and worked as a professional writer before he joined the SAP NetWeaver product management training team in 2001 where his responsibilities included the e-Learning strategy for ABAP. After becoming more involved in writing ABAP material himself, he is now a member of Solution Management of the SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP. One of his main interests lies in rolling out ABAP topics both for experts and for beginners by writing weblogs in SDN such as his series on ABAP Unit or his contributions to the weblog series for ABAP beginners series part 3, part 4, and part 7. (You find the whole series with all his contributions here).

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