SAP and Winshuttle Product Compatibility

Winshuttle tracks SAP Graphical User Interface (GUI) and SAP S/4HANA releases according to the publicly-available SAP roadmaps.

Winshuttle Engineering performs Interoperability Testing on our latest product releases as soon as SAP releases its products. As SAP does not make its latest releases available to Winshuttle ahead of the release date, Winshuttle starts rigorous testing only when the new SAP product is released in the market.

Winshuttle considers SAP Interoperability Testing a high-priority, ongoing-maintenance activity, which is performed in parallel with the new product version releases. This is analogous to how we consider Winshuttle product hotfixes a maintenance activity that occurs in parallel with new product version releases.

Winshuttle does not perform Interoperability Testing on the SAP hotfixes usually and reserves the right to determine on a case-by-case basis, when SAP patches or hotfixes warrant Interoperability Testing before being considered as supported by Winshuttle.

SAP S/4HANA Release Support Policy

When SAP releases a new version of S/4HANA (the on-premise version, not the cloud product), Winshuttle tests the new S/4HANA release for compatibility with only the latest version of the Winshuttle Function Module (WFM) and Studio at the time of the SAP release. Certification from SAP is sought for the Winshuttle Studio product because the certification covers the usage of Studio with Connect, Studio with User Governance, Studio with Foundation, Studio with Evolve, or Studio with Studio Manager.

Usually a minor product version or a hotfix is released by Winshuttle (for Winshuttle Function Module, and occasionally for Studio, User Governance, Foundation, Evolve, or Studio Manager) to support a new SAP S/4HANA release. The expected time frame for the posting of the SAP certification letter -- for a version of Studio for beta software or lab testing, or as General Availability (GA) software -- depends on the extent of the changes in the new SAP product release. The time frame will vary according to Table 1, below.

Table 1 – Time frame for SAP Certification
Milestone for SAP S/4HANA Release Minor SAP Release* Major SAP Release*

Winshuttle beta release

  • Earliest availability of the Winshuttle Function Module (WFM)
    software and any product hotfixes of the latest product software release for lab testing by a Winshuttle customer.

  • Winshuttle starts official SAP certification process in parallel.
5 weeks after the SAP release date 15 weeks after the SAP release date
Production-level code 9 weeks after the SAP release date 22 weeks after the SAP release date
Certification from SAP for Studio and WFM 11 weeks after the SAP release date 24 weeks after the SAP release date

*Classifying an SAP release as Major or Minor for Winshuttle products is at the sole discretion of Winshuttle.

Table 2 – Example: Time frame for SAP Certification, with an SAP S/4HANA release date of October 25, 2018
Milestone for SAP S/4HANA Release Minor SAP Release* Major SAP Release*

Winshuttle beta release

  • Earliest availability of the Winshuttle Function Module (WFM) software and any product hotfixes of the latest product software release for lab testing by a Winshuttle customer.
  • Winshuttle starts official SAP certification process in parallel.
5 weeks after the SAP release date =
November 29, 2018
15 weeks after the SAP
release date = February 7, 2019
Production-level code 9 weeks after the SAP release date = December 27, 2018 22 weeks after the SAP release date = March 28, 2019
Certification from SAP for Studio and WFM 11 weeks after the SAP release date = January 10, 2019 24 weeks after the SAP release date =
April 11, 2019

*Classifying an SAP release as Major or Minor for Winshuttle products is at the sole discretion of Winshuttle.

Winshuttle does not certify or provide customer support for a new SAP S/4HANA release against the older supported versions of Foundation, Evolve, Studio, or WFM. Additionally, customers who use a later certified version of the WFM with the new version of SAP S/4HANA are expected to plan to upgrade their Studio, Foundation, and Evolve products to be at the same or later version of the deployed WFM, to ensure they are in a standard supported configuration.

As a best practice, Winshuttle recommends that all customers should plan to install the latest WFM while they are planning to deploy the new SAP server release (e.g. S/4HANA or ECC) to ensure interoperability with the new SAP server release. Subsequently, they should prepare for a Studio, Foundation/Evolve upgrade that will provide additional features and/or performance improvements that are tied to the WFM.(For further information, please refer to the Studio Upgrade Guides.)

Customers using version 11 or later of Studio and/or Foundation/Evolve can opt to upgrade their WFM to the latest version of the WFM that is certified with the newly available SAP S/4HANA release (see the WFM Compatibility Matrix). If customers run into issues with the mixed version configuration and would like to receive Winshuttle customer support, they need to upgrade their version of Studio to the same version as their WFM. For very complex scripts, customers may also need to update their scripts in order for them to work seamlessly with the newer versions of Studio, the WFM, and the new SAP S/4HANA release.

SAP GUI Client Release Support Policy

When SAP releases a new version of the SAP Graphical User Interface (GUI), Winshuttle assesses the new SAP GUI release for compatibility only with the latest released version of the Winshuttle Function Module (WFM) and Studio. Historically, Winshuttle does not seek an official certification for SAP GUI releases as Winshuttle performs an extensive and robust Regression Testing, above and beyond what is required for SAP’s certification program. Winshuttle’s testing of the SAP GUI with the latest released version of Studio covers its usage with Connect, User Governance, Foundation, Studio with Evolve, and Studio with Studio Manager. Customers can expect a minor product version or a hotfix to be released by Winshuttle to support a new SAP GUI version. The expected time frame for the availability of a supported version of Studio depends on the changes in the newly released SAP product. The time frame will vary according to Table 3, below.

Table 3 – Time frame for support of a new SAP GUI version
Milestone for SAP GUI release Minor SAP Release* Major SAP Release*

Winshuttle beta release

Earliest availability of the WFM software and any product
hotfixes of the latest released product software for lab testing
by a Winshuttle customer.

Not available Not available
GA release 6 weeks after the SAP release date

Example
An SAP release date of October 25, 2018 =
Winshuttle GA release of December 6, 2018
12 weeks after the SAP release date

Example
An SAP release date of October 25, 2018 =
Winshuttle GA release of January 17, 2019

*Classifying an SAP release as Major or Minor for Winshuttle products is at the sole discretion of Winshuttle.

Winshuttle performs compatibility testing to support the most recent patch (not hotfixes) available for the latest SAP GUI version with a recent release (GA: General Availability).

Note: The latest patches of older SAP GUI releases are excluded from this.

Recommended Deployment

Customers are highly recommended to follow a standard, application-deployment best practice of using a four-system SAP landscape
for the deployment of their Winshuttle products: 

  1. Sandbox – Get an initial impression and perform a check
  2. Development – Develop scripts and/or solutions
  3. QA/Sign off – Perform a final verification
  4. Production – Deploy in this environment as a final step