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This post is used for ongoing SAP customer communications related to SAP Integrated Business Planning major release upgrades.
For the upgrade process and communication Information, please see this link.

Upcoming Planned Upgrades

  • SAP IBP 1802: Applied to Customer Systems February through March 2018  (Planned Release to Hosting February 6, 2018)
  • SAP IBP 1805: Applied to Customer Systems May 11 through June 8, 2018  (Planned Release to Hosting May 8, 2018)
  • SAP IBP 1808: Applied to Customer Systems August 10 to August 31, 2018 (Planned Release to Hosting August 7, 2018)
  • SAP IBP 1811: Applied to Customer Systems November 9 to November 30, 2018 (Planned Release to Hosting November 6, 2018)
Future timings of upgrades are subject to change.
Published SAP Integrated Business Planning Roadmap: LINK
Upgrade Notification Guidelines
  • Upgrade notifications are sent to system administrator contacts.
  • Emails are sent from: sapcloudsupport@alerts.ondemand.com
    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 1711 systems to SAP Integrated Business Planning 1802.
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 from February through March 2018 (see above).
Important Information
Visibility Filters → Permission Filters
To reflect the fact that visibility filters can now also be used to control write access, the term permission filter replaces visibility filter in the IBP applications and in the documentation as of 1802.  Particularly, the Visibility Filters app has been renamed to Manage Permission Filters. Also see the  "Permission Filters" section in the What’s New in 1802.
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. Please review What’s New in 1802 for more information (available as of RTH, planned for Feb 6).
  • For additional activation guidance, please review the model configuration guide (available as of RTH, planned for Feb 6). 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 What’s New in 1802 (available as of RTH, planned for Feb 6).
  • 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 2519069
  • 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 1711 version 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 the IBP 1802 version 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 by end-user after the upgrade
  • End-users need to clear their browser cache.
  • SAP recommends that customers delete old transports after every upgrade.
  • Note: Transports must be transported between systems at the same version level.
Questions? Who you should contact.
  • For scheduling changes, please contact engage-ibp@sap.com or submit a customer incident.
  • For application and technical support, please use standard SAP support (support.sap.com).

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