When talking with customers and partners about their on-premise SAP Business Suite 7 or SAP S/4HANA systems, an important aspect here is to have a quick overview of the release of the underlying ABAP application server.
Each SAP Suite system – precisely SAP Business Suite 7 and SAP S/4HANA – is installed together with its underlying ABAP platform which cannot be updated or upgraded independently of the above running Suite system.
Of course, the information about the underlying ABAP platform is available in the SAP Help Portal, the SAP Marketplace and in the system status of each ABAP-based system, but not always easily found by everyone.
This is the reason why I tough that providing a compact overview of the relation between the ABAP platform and the different Suite systems starting from SAP Business Suite 7 – with focus on its core component SAP ERP 6.0 – may be helpful. I have therefore compiled the information in the tables below.
SAP ERP 6.0 (fka SAP ERP 2005) in SAP Business Suite 7
SAP ERP 6.0 is the core component of SAP Business Suite 7. Over the years, new capabilities have been delivered in SAP ERP 6.0 without disruption using SAP Enhancement Packages. The last SAP Enhancement Package, SAP EHP 08, was delivered in 2016.
SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition
SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s highly innovative flagship product, is an intelligent, integrated ERP system that runs on our in-memory database, SAP HANA.1 Delivered with a new application SAP_ABA cross-component (not the same as in SAP NW AS ABAP 7.5x)
2 No standalone installation available (only indirect shipment)
All ABAP-based cloud products – such as SAP S/4HANA cloud edition and SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment – run on ABAP Platform Cloud releases.
I hope this compact overview helps.
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