Get Ready to Implement SAP Enhancement Packages for SAP ERP 6.0

  • by Christian Oehler, Suite Solution Architecture, Solution Management SAP Business Suite
  • Thomas Weiss, Solution Manager, SAP NetWeaver Product Management Application Server ABAP, SAP AG
  • December 15, 2009
SAP’s enhancement package strategy allows you to implement the functionality that you need when you need it without having to worry about overriding your customizations or any other unknown side effects. Gain a better understanding of SAP’s latest software delivery strategy as you learn how to implement and activate individual enhancements with minimal maintenance efforts.
Key Concept

SAP Enhancement Packages empower SAP customers to install and activate new functionality driven by their business needs without the classic system upgrade. With SAP Enhancement Packages, you have Business Functions and Technical Usages. A Business Function is the activatable unit within the Switch Framework of the SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) server; whereas a Technical Usage is a group of software components that must be installed together as part of an SAP Enhancement Package.

SAP Enhancement Packages represent a new software delivery strategy that allows you to install innovations on top of SAP ERP 6.0 without the need to fully upgrade your current release. SAP Enhancement Packages for SAP ERP have significantly changed the methodology for implementing new functionality.

Customers have always needed to stabilize their core systems and yet still deliver ongoing innovation. With the SAP Enhancement Package concept, SAP tackles this challenge. SAP Enhancement Packages represent a new software delivery strategy.

So what are the major changes?

First, you can now install new functionality without activating it immediately so the installation does not affect your end users right away. You should install SAP Enhancement Packages in a standard maintenance window as part of your existing regular Support Package update, but only activate a functionality when you want or need it. The benefit of this “install, then activate” approach is that it allows you to have a controlled, limited functional change and test the changed units after activating the new functionality. SAP also aims to provide new functionality for well- defined user groups without side effects for other groups.

Second, Support Packages contain only corrections and legal changes; therefore, if you want to maintain the current state of your system landscape SAP’s new enhancement strategy ensures that your systems remain stable and compliant.

This article outlines the underlying concept and technical details of SAP Enhancement Packages. It then explains a procedure for implementing and activating them that will help you minimize maintenance efforts. You will also find information on all relevant guides and notes from SAP throughout the article.

Christian Oehler

Christian Oehler has been with SAP since 1999. He initially spent five years as a senior technical consultant and technical project team lead, also leading the Upgrade Focus Group. Now he is in charge of solution management for software lifecycle topics (e.g. upgrades, enhancement packages) within the SAP Business Suite Solution Architecture unit.

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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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