Scope & Effort Analyzer

Only adjust and test what really matters!

Scope and Effort Analyzer is a brand new SAP Solution Manager functionality available with SAP Solution Manager 7.1 SP11. It allows you to analyze the impact of SAP software changes triggered by Support Packages or SAP Enhancement Package deployments even before the physical installation. A structured result report guides you through all findings to plan, optimize and set up the project.

Features

  • Transparency – understand which modifications and custom code objects need adjustment
  • Prediction – understand the impact to business processes and what to test
  • Optimization – focus your test and adjustment efforts on used functionality only
  • Flexibility – run the analysis at any time in the planning phase of your maintenance project

Benefits

  • No physical deployment of software changes to calculate the impact
  • Fast and flexible implementation of software changes
  • Visibility into the impact on business processes and custom code
  • Significant reduction of costs for regression tests and development adjustments
  • Deploy software changes faster with less cost and effort

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With Scope and Effort Analyzer the impact of a software change event to an SAP system becomes transparent. A detailed result report will be generated and will show:

  • Expected development and test effort for the planned maintenance event
  • Impact to Custom Developments and Modifications and direct access to object lists
  • Regression Test Effort for all affected processes and saving potential by using Test Scope Optimization
  • Recommendation on test case creation and related effort

Scope and Effort Analyzer provides a guided procedure to collect relevant information on your planned change event. All analysis steps of the Scope and Effort Analyzer are performed in the background after you have entered the necessary input data. The impact on your modifications, custom code objects and business processes are calculated automatically.

A result report in SAP Solution Manager presents all findings and information to plan your project, to exactly define the scope and to decide on required skill sets for the project team. With Scope and Effort Analyzer it becomes possible to reduce the overall project effort by focusing on used functionality only.

Recommendations on missing test cases, valuable automated test scenarios and identification of unused modifications are just some highlighted areas where investments can lead to long term savings and optimization of recurrent maintenance activities to implement software changes faster and with significantly reduced cost and effort.

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SAP Solution Manager

SAP Solution Manager 7.1 SP11 SOLMAN_SETUP configuration:

  • System preparation
  • Basic Configuration
  • Managed Systems Configuration (for all systems you plan to analyze)
  • Custom Code Management (Steps 1 to 6 for all systems you plan to analyze)

Managed System

  • SAP Solution Tools Plug-In (ST-PI): 2008_1_x SP09 (or higher)
  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.01 SP10 or
  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.02 SP09 + Kernel 720 Patch 94 or
  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.31 SP03 or higher
  • SAP Kernel: Version 720 Patchlevel >430 or version 721 patchlevel >120 or any higher
  • System usage information (Usage & Procedure Logging, UPL)

Important:

We recommend to collect production system usage information data (Usage & Procedure Logging, UPL) of at least three months. A proper amount of usage data will have a positive influence on the result quality and reliability of the Scope & Effort Analyzer. In order to improve the result quality ensures that all main business activities and periodic tasks are logged.

UPL configuration and activation for your managed systems is part of SOLMAN_SETUP / Custom Code Management configuration.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that the Scope and Effort Analyzer is a planning tool to get an overview of the relevant scope and effort of SAP software deployment projects. The focus is limited to test and development management efforts. The analysis does not cover all project related efforts of a maintenance project. Furthermore the analysis result does explicitly not contain effort related to functional changes such as the activation of business functions. Data contained in the Scope and Effort Analyzer result report might have missing data or efforts compared to real maintenance project efforts. All data of the result analysis are for informational purposes to SAP customers only. The Scope and Effort Analyzer application and its content are provided by SAP AG and its affiliated companies ("SAP Group") for informational purposes only, without representation or warranty of any kind, and SAP Group shall not be liable for errors or omissions with respect to the materials. SAP does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these materials and shall have no liability for damages of any kind including without limitation direct, special, indirect, or consequential damages that may result from the use of the tool. Customers remain responsible for their SAP software deployment projects.