Basic version of Transportation Management vs LE-TRA in SAP S/4HANA

With the move to SAP S/4HANA the company as well started a journey into new technology with the underlying SAP HANA database to enable simple enterprise software for big data.

In addition, the goal was to harmonize the processes / objects and simplify the functional usage to help run simple in the digital economy.

Therefore, SAP S/4HANA aims to get a principal of one application for the similar features. For freight management, the target is to have only one application instead of both Logistics Execution Transportation (LE-TRA) and SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain for transportation management.

With new features and an optimized process, SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain for transportation management is chosen as the strategic application for transportation management.

The classic application Logistic Execution Transportation shall be brought to its end of lifecycle. Therefore, SAP already announced in the year 2014 that LE-TRA is not the target architecture within SAP S/4HANA and the alternative functionality is the basic Version of Transportation Management.  In detail, it would be the selected features of SAP S/4HANA Supply Chain for transportation management, which is already available within SAP S/4HANA.

The background of Compatibility Scope Matrix for SAP S/4HANA can be found in the note 2269324. Please pay particular attention to the sentence under (1) as LE-TRA is an exceptional case and had a change in the validity date: The use right for the LE-TRA application (and all its objects / transactions) in SAP S/4HANA on premise will last until end of 2030.

Please note the following exception:

  • LE-TRA Route and corresponding objects are removed from the compatibility scope. In other words: The customers can use those objects after 2030 in SAP S/4HANA without additional license costs.
  • That allows the customer to use these objects for existing functionality in other applications, for instance scheduling in sales order / stock transport order / delivery etc.

Details on the end of lifetime in SAP S/4HANA for LE-TRA can be found in the simplification item note 2270199.

In particular, there is a detailed comparison documentation basic TM vs LE-TRA in SAP S/4HANA, which states the equivalent functionalities in basic Transportation Management compared with LE-TRA.

Moreover, as parcel process is frequently asked by customers and partners. We created the Parcel Process LE-TRA vs TM documentation with screen copies to tell the difference of parcel process between basic TM and LE-TRA. You can always find Parcel Process LE-TRA vs TM document in the attachment of the note 2270199.

For convenience, here is the link to the corresponding simplification item of LE-TRA. With the Piece List in the simplification note you can perform an ATC in your system and verify if you are still using any of the LE-TRA objects in SAP S/4HANA where you would loose the use right after 2030 – as mentioned.

Hope that the above information will help. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to put your words in the comment section.