Installation of and Migration to the SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
This chapter gives you an overview of the process steps required to enable the SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA to run on SAP HANA. It also provides references to the documentation required for the process steps.
In contrast to Accounting in SAP enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 and the classic database approach, the finance add-on for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA comes with a simplified data model. HANA views replace totals tables and application index tables and these HANA views have the same technical names as the previously used tables. In addition, Financial Accounting (FI) documents and Controlling (CO) documents are connected on item level, allowing for drill-down reporting across both application areas.
This simplified data model has the following benefits:
- Reduced data redundancy with higher data throughput
- Less effort involved in reconciliation
- Greater flexibility
- Reduced data volume and better performance
The benefits of this simplified data model described above is illustrated in the following figure:
Due to this simplified data model, you must migrate the application data during the implementation of the finance add-on.
Technical Installation of SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
The use of the Software Update Manager (SUM) is mandatory to install the SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Prerequisites to the underlaying ABAP stack (SAP enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP Netweaver 7.40) are included automatically.
For the installation, the Software Update Manager in combination with the Maintenance Optimizer has to be used. The Software Update Manager facilitates SAP NetWeaver-based application system upgrade, enhancement package installation and installation of support packages and consolidates them with a harmonized user interface. The Software Update Manager is shipped as part of the software logistics toolset (SL Toolset) 1.0 – independently of the applications.
The Maintenance Optimizer in SAP Solution Manager is the central point of access for all maintenance activities. It supports the installation of updates and upgrades and completely manages the maintenance activities for your whole solution, centrally accessible from inside SAP Solution Manager. You can find more information under https://service.sap.com/mopz
The below figure shows the possible upgrade paths to install and migrate to the SAP Finance add-on for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, depending on your current system setup, and is followed by an explanation:
Roles for the SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA
The SAP Simple Finance Add-On for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA is designed to run with SAP NetWeaver Busines Client (NWBC) and offers a set of standard PFCG roles (with prefix SAP_SFIN_) tailored for SAP NWBC. These roles as well as finance add-on applications based on ABAP Web Dynpro technology must be used with SAP NWBC only.
For a detailed list of the finance add-on NWBC roles, see the Security Information chapter in this document. By default, all NWBC user roles are shown in the SAP Easy Access and you can use these to start SAP GUI
transactions from SAP Easy Access.
Each Web Dynpro ABAP application has a related service in the Internet Communication Framework. For using a Web Dynpro ABAP application from an internet browser, the related service has to be activated.