SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is a modern and integrated platform to align business and IT on ONE business-process landscape, and to drive the 'business of IT' from a common understanding of business value, business models, operating models, and solutions powered by IT. For further details refer to the management summary and integration model.
To manage the 'business of IT' for SAP and non- SAP solutions in full alignment with the business demand, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 supports four key value chains that are each supported by the processes (functional areas) below.
For an agile application lifecycle management, SAP Solution Manager offers processes (functional areas) to efficiently manage requirements, architecture, design, application development, quality, testing, monitoring, alerting, maintenance, changes, projects, upgrades, and releases. With the new release, 7.2, SAP Solution Manager also provides unprecedented support for your digital transformation journey, and the complete lifecycle of SAP S/4HANA, as well as SAP HANA.*
Access the SAP Solution Manager Expert Knowledge Wikis for the expert knowledge of the processes, structured along the four key value chains:
*SAP customers are entitled to use these processes in SAP Solution Manager to support projects and solutions throughout the entire lifecycle, as part of their support engagement. SAP customers with an SAP Enterprise Support or premium engagement are entitled to use all of SAP Solution Manager’s functionality with the embedded SAP tools. Some usage rights are, however, restricted for SAP Standard Support customers.
Application Operations provides System and Application Management capabilities for central monitoring, alerting, analytics, and administration of SAP centric solutions. It helps customers to reduce TCO by predefined content and centralized management tools for all aspects of operations in SAP Solution Manager.
Application Operations contains functionality for System Monitoring, Integration Monitoring and User Monitoring. Furthermore it provides support for Analytics and Dashboarding, Technical Administration and Guided Procedures, Root Cause Analysis and Exception Management.
In this component, you find tools and functions that help you support the productive operation of your core business processes across your systems and components. You can make sure that core business processes run according to the priorities of your company and that the costs for operating a solution remain at a reasonable level in the following areas: Business Process and Interface Monitoring, Business Process Improvement, Data Consistency Management, and Job Scheduling Management.
Data Volume Management (DVM) monitors the volume of data in your system landscape. Using the DVM work center, you can reduce the size of databases and the amount of data in your landscape, significantly lowering total operating costs. The DVM work center displays details of data volume movements in single or multiple system landscapes. The work center is based on an SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) system and provides an integrated, landscape-based view of your data.
This process controls changes in system landscapes in a comprehensive workflow. You create requests for change, edit them if necessary, and implement changes. You can perform the change control management activities across technology stacks and application components. You can access the Change Control Management features via the SAP Solution Manager Launchpad.
Change Control Management component consists of the following capabilities: Change and Transport System and Enhanced Change and Transport System, Transport Analytics, Change Diagnostics, Dual Landscape Synchronization (Retrofit), Quality Gate Management, Change Request Management and Release Management.
Custom Code Management is the central point of access for all functions that you use to monitor and manage the complete lifecycle of custom developments from requirement to retirement. Transparency on your custom code is the basis for optimization and an efficient custom code management. You can continually optimize your custom developments, monitor the implementation and track usage and quality.
This process provides central message management and processing. With its integration of SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), IT Service Management allows you to contact all parties involved in a message. These include all users of the system landscape or your company's solutions, such as employees, customers, consultants, or support staff. With IT Service Management, you can connect to an external help desk, set up service connections, and access SAP Service & Support, If your IT system landscape also contains SAP solutions.
Change Control Management component consists of the following capabilities: IT Service Management, Change Request Management, Interface for the help desk of a third party provider, Global Service & Support Backbone.
SAP Solution Manager provides comprehensive support for managing your system landscape with tools and processes.
SAP Solution Manager’s cloud-based Maintenance Planner enables easy and efficient planning of all changes in your SAP system landscape.
Landscape Management comprises installing new systems and changing existing systems using the Maintenance Planner as the central tool for planning landscape changes. Its core task is planning of landscape changes including the planning of different deployment options of software and providing what’s need to implementing them.
Most important options of landscape changes offered are:
All calculations of changes are based on information provided by the SAP Solution Manager Landscape Management Database. The results of the Maintenance Planner are consumed by the Software Logistics Toolset (SL Tools).
Related Tools, Functions, and Processes
As a provider of information on the IT landscape, Landscape Management is related to most functional areas in SAP Solution Manager, which are related to the Maintenance Planner.
Functions Directly Integrated with the Maintenance Planner
Related processes have been integrated with the Maintenance Planner as utilities:
Scope & Effort Analyzer is a functionality running in the SAP Solution Manager that allows you to analyze the impact of SAP software changes triggered by Support Packages or SAP Enhancement Package deployments even before the physical installation. This calculation uses the maintenance transactions provided by the Maintenance Planner. A structured result report guides you through all findings to plan, optimize, and set up your project efficiently.
System Recommendations provides a detailed list of ABAP and non-ABAP notes, which should be implemented, based on the actual status of the system and already implemented notes.
Typically, SAP systems like SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP SCM or SAP SRM are part of an SAP system landscape that contains various interconnected systems. Business processes can run across the various systems. When planning an upgrade of the systems in your landscape, you want to know whether this has an impact on other systems in your landscape, that is, whether the upgrade requires changes to other systems in the landscape as well.
The upgrade dependency analyzer provides this information.
The maintenance certificate was introduced to enable SAP's software logistics tools to identify your system and the exact scope of your corresponding SAP maintenance agreement.
This process enables you to manage your business processes in a holistic way: you can describe both business and IT perspective on processes, applications and system landscapes in one place. So business documentation and system reality are always synchronized. For this new, holistic way of describing processes, SAP Solution Manager provides two new key applications: “Solution Administration” and “Solution Documentation”.
“Solution Administration” provides an overview over the existing solutions. You can display and maintain solutions. Furthermore, you can create and define new solutions. This application can be used by administrators to setup the environment for Solution Documentation.
“Solution Documentation” is the common directory for business processes and associated documentation (unification of template, implementation, upgrade, maintenance projects and solutions). This application can be used by specialists like business analysts, process modelers and functional consultants.
SAP Solution Manager is integrated with the project management functions of SAP Portfolio and Project Management (SAP PPM), so you can manage, for example, project time, resources, and status. Project management is integrated for the following area: Solution Documentation, Change Request Management, and Requirements Management.
You can determine the scope of testing required for cross-system business processes, manage the tests centrally and execute the tests. The test management has the following phases: determining the testing scope, test planning, testing, and transferring the changes to production operation.
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