January 22, 2010 // By: Frank Völkel
From SAP R/3 to ERP 6.0
Nearly 95,000 customers all over the world rely on SAP software. And it has never been easier to keep software up-to-date. Since 2006, customers have had the opportunity to update their existing software applications to the latest version via enhancement packages (EHPs). And they did. More than 5,300 customers have already installed the enhancement packages for ERP 6.0 to benefit from the newest capabilities available. In addition to EHP5 for the ERP application, SAP plans to release EHP1 for CRM 7.0, SRM 7.0, SCM 7.0 and PLM 7.0.
Enhancement packages represent a new software delivery strategy which allows customers to modernize and innovate their business processes without the need of traditional upgrades. Enhancement packages for ERP include functional enhancements, industry-specific enhancements, UI simplifications, and enterprise service bundles. The first four generations of enhancement packages for ERP 6.0 have been delivered and successfully adopted in the market.
SAP enhancement packages are optional packages that deliver new or improved business functions which can be selectively deployed. Support Packages on the other hand, contain corrections like bug fixes and legal or tax changes and are therefore mandatory. SAP recommends installing enhancement packages when applying a regular support package as a maintenance activity. This combined approach reduces the downtime and manual effort for the whole installation procedure and for the testing efforts.
In 2009 SAP introduced Business Suite 7, a set of modular but integrated applications, designed as a long-term, sustainable platform. As shown in the figure Business Suite consists of the go-to releases of five core applications, the most recent industry and supplementary applications available since November 21, 2008 and the components of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform that support the above applications.