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This post is used for ongoing SAP customer communications related to SAP Integrated Business Planning major release upgrades.

For CPI-DS upgrades, please see this link.

For the upgrade process and communication Information, please see this link.

Upcoming Planned Major Upgrades

  • SAP IBP 1902: Applied to Customer Systems February 8 to February 25, 2019 (Planned Release to Hosting February 5, 2019)
  • SAP IBP 1905: Applied to Customer Systems May 10 to May 27, 2019 (Planned Release to Hosting May 7, 2019)
  • SAP IBP 1908: Applied to Customer Systems August 9 to August 26, 2019 (Planned Release to Hosting August 6, 2019)
  • SAP IBP 1911: Applied to Customer Systems November 8 to November 25, 2019 (Planned Release to Hosting November 5, 2019)

Upgrade Wave Approach:

  • Wave 1: All Test Tenants
  • Wave 2: Starter Edition, Partner Test and Demo, PoC Tenants
  • Wave 3: All Production Tenants

Note: Wave 1 = Weekend 1 Post Release; Wave 2 = Weekend 2 Post Release; Wave 3 = Weekend 3 Post Release

 190219051908 1911
Wave 1Feb 8, 2019May 10, 2019August 9, 2019November 8, 2019
Wave 2Feb 15, 2019May 17, 2019August 16, 2019November 15, 2019
Wave 3Feb 22, 2019May 24, 2019August 23, 2019November 22, 2019
  • Skipping of upgrades is no longer supported.
  • Customers should consider planning their business and project activities around the standard upgrade dates.
Major Upgrades (Timeframe in UTC per local Contract Maintenance Period (UTC) of the Regional Data Center)
APJ: FRI 2 pm - SUN 7 pm UTC
Europe: FRI 9 pm - MON 2 am UTC
Americas: SAT 3 am - MON 8 am UTC

Upcoming Planned Regular Maintenance

Note: HFC (Hot Fix Collection) = SP (Support Pack)

IBP rel

HFC

Contract Maintenance Period Customer Deployment

Patch Collection Information Note 

1811

    

HFC08

Feb 16/ Feb 17     SAP Note 2647318

IBP rel

HFC

Contract Maintenance Period Customer Deployment

Patch Collection Information Note 

1902

    

HFC03

Feb 16 / Feb 17

     SAP Note 2698608

HFC04

Mar 2 / Mar 3

HFC05

Mar 16 / Mar 17

HFC06

Mar 30 / Mar 31

HFC07Apr 20 / Apr 21


IBP rel

HFC

Contract Maintenance Period Customer Deployment

Patch Collection Information Note 

1905

    

HFC02

May 18 / May 19

     SAP Note 2732155

HFC03

Jun 1 / Jun 2

HFC04

Jun 15 / Jun 16

HFC05

Jun 29 / Jun 30

HFC06

Jul 13 / Jul 14


HFC deployments run within local CMP (UTC) of the Data Center.

Americas

SUN 04:00 UTC to 08:00 UTC

Europe

SAT 22:00 UTC to SUN 02:00 UTC

Asia Pacific

SAT 00:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC

MENA

FRI 19:00 UTC to FRI 23:00 UTC

Future timings of upgrades are subject to change.

Maintenance and Service Level Agreement Document : LINK

Published SAP Integrated Business Planning Roadmap: LINK

Upgrade Communication and Planning Guidelines
  • Upgrade notifications are sent to system administrator contacts.
  • Tip: make sure your email software doesn’t block this email address to avoid it going to your SPAM/Junk Mail email.
  • Specific schedule of customer system updates will be communicated via email.
  • SAP provides code fix support only for "n-1" versions. ie. when a new version (version "n") is "Released to Hosting," support is dropped for the "n-2" version.
  • Upgrade notifications are only provided for major release upgrades.
  • Hot Fix Collections (HFC) and Emergency Patches (EP) are applied during the regular Contract Maintenance Period. Customer communications are not provided for HFC or EPs.

Upgrade NOTIFICATION for SAP Integrated Business Planning

Notification Purpose

As part of SAP’s continued commitment to provide you with high value applications, we will be upgrading SAP Integrated Business Planning 1811 systems to SAP Integrated Business Planning 1902. For more information, please see:

When
  • Upgrade window: Friday 10 PM Local Data Center Time to Monday 3 AM Local Data Center Time
  • Expect your systems to be unavailable during this period. This is consistent with the contracted maintenance windows.
  • SAP will apply this upgrade (see above-Upgrade Planned Maintenance section).
Important Information

Group Operator:

2725457 - IBP - Job Warning: The group operator will be discontinued (in 1902). Use application job chain.

Activation of Planning Area

  • Generally, you do not need to reactivate your planning areas when you upgrade. However, you may have to reactivate to take advantage of certain capabilities. For more information, please review the sneak preview or the What's New (links above).
  • For additional activation guidance, please review the model configuration guide (available as of RTC). If activation ends with an error you cannot solve, please create a customer incident.

Excel add-in

  • The upgrade generally does not require that you install the new version of the IBP Excel add-in. You can decide to install the new version at any time, for example, when you wish to use the new features that are available with the new add-in version. For more information, see the sneak preview or the What's New (links above).
  • To improve security and stability of IBP we update the underlying protocols and phasing out older versions of the Excel Add-In. First change takes place in June, first we require minimum Excel Add-In version 1711.2.0. Second change takes place in November to require 1808.2.0 Add-In version. Users who try to log on with an older version will receive an error and must upgrade their version of the IBP Excel Add-In. All of these are mandatory updates, for more information please seee SAP Knowledge Base Article 2723410 (link) for more information about the change that will take place in June 2019.
  • Customers can download and install the latest Excel add-in version on the SAP Support Portal. For more information about restrictions related to the IBP Excel add-in, please check SAP Note 2647415
  • To apply the latest version of the Excel add-in, please uninstall your current Excel add-in and re-install the new Integrated Business Planning Excel add-in. For more information on how to install the Excel add-in, see Setting Up the IBP Excel Add-In (Administrators) and Setting Up the IBP Excel Add-In (Business Users).
  • For guidance on packaging and deploying the Excel add-in to end users, please see SAP Note 2114654.
  • For supported configurations and prerequisites, please see SAP Note 2135948.
  • For the IBP 1802 and higher versions of the IBP Excel add-in, you download a zip-archive from the SAP Support Portal , in which you find:
    • IBP_Add-in_NET45_x64.exe: This file installs the IBP add-in as a single ribbon for 64-bit Excel installations
    • IBP_Add-in_NET45_x86.exe: This file installs the IBP add-in as a single ribbon for 32-bit Excel installations
    • IBP_Add-In_SbS_x86: This file installs the IBP ribbon as an additional ribbon next to the EPM ribbon (side-by-side installer) for 32-bit Excel installations
    • IBP_Add-In_SbS_x64: This file installs the IBP ribbon as an additional ribbon next to the EPM ribbon (side-by-side installer) for 64-bit Excel installations
  • For a list of available IBP Excel add-in versions and the features they contain, please see SAP Note 2394311.

Activities after the upgrade

  • System administrators should note that import/export between systems of different versions or support packages is not possible.
  • For mandatory tasks that your administrators/configuration experts need to perform after the upgrade to 1902, please see the sneak preview or the What's New (links above). To find these tasks, filter the table for Mandatory task after upgrade. In 1902, there are tasks in the following business areas: business network collaboration, time-series-based supply planning, and order-based planning.
  • All SAP IBP applications including Configuration UI that use UI5 technology (non-Fiori web applications) may require clearing of client side browser cache as described in note https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2264167. This is a particularly important step after SAP IBP upgrade to keep the synch between the enhanced server side code with the already downloaded and cached client side code. It is not possible for SAP to enforce client side browser cache clear directly after the upgrade. While Configuration UI itself clears its related cached data weekly, at every Sunday midnight, it may be required to manually perform this process if you want to check the upgrade results before Sunday midnight .

Questions? Who you should contact.
  • For upgrade planning questions, please submit a customer incident using component: SCM-IBP-OPS-SRV. 
  • As of Feb 6, 2019 - Upgrade reschedule requests are no longer being accepted by SAP.
  • For application and technical support, please use standard SAP support (support.sap.com).
  • For SAP IBP Automated Testing Service, please contact SAP Services Team

 

 

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