How SAP Solution Manager benefits you and your organization
SAP Solution Manager and ALM
In our previous blog post, we discussed why Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is an important aspect of your IT strategy and that SAP understands the benefits of a proper ALM plan. SAP has even included a tool, SAP Solution Manager, to assist with your projects and has the capabilities to optimize your IT processes, minimize manual effort, reduce operating costs, and introduce new business functions easily.
SAP Solution Manager on SAP HANA
SAP developed SAP Solution Manager 7.2 after listening closely to user groups and made sure that it is the main tool for SAP users to plan their ALM or Digital Transformation strategy. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 offers five new features based on the Digital Transformation tenet: Agile Innovation, Hybrid Support, SAP HANA, Fiori User Interface, and Process Management.
These new features closely support the demand for innovation and increasingly quicker change of pace that organizations are facing today. SAP hopes that the utilization of SAP Solution Manager will bring out more value and allow SAP users to stay competitive in today’s IT landscape. In this article, we will go over these 5 things you might not know about SAP Solution Manager and how an organization greatly benefited from their utilization of Solution Manager.
SAP Solution Manager enables Agile Innovation
SAP has made it easier for users to understand changes being made to their landscape with best in class Change Management and Testing tools. These tools provide full traceability, from requirements to deployment, and coordinate all changes across your SAP landscapes. Establishing a single source of truth between Project Management and Change Management has never been easier while giving your team the agility to react to changes quickly.
SAP Solution Manager works with YOUR cloud
SAP understands that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and this includes your cloud. Functions like Monitoring and Change and Release Management are now available to you on the cloud, just like you would manage them on-premise. Furthermore, SAP Solution Manager offers seamless integration of your public cloud, private cloud or even on-premise solutions, making it an ideal tool for managing hybrid software environments.
SAP Solution Manager helps with the deployment and operations of SAP S/4HANA
With the latest release, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 provides support for Digital Transformation allowing for new functionalities and simplifies the implementation and operation of SAP S/4HANA. The latest release also fully supports SAP S/4HANA on the business data platform which creates a standardized view of your entire SAP software infrastructure.
SAP Solution Manager leverages on the latest HTML standards with SAP Fiori
Built from the ground up with SAP Fiori user experience guidelines, SAP Solution Manager utilizes the Fiori launchpad and plays a key role in how you interact with applications and configuration options. This brand new interface facilitates a platform-independent, modern user interface with role-based access to the functional areas of SAP Solution Manager. With SAP Fiori, you can access your other native SAP Fiori applications within a HTML5 capable browser or add SAP Web Dynpro applications, SAP CRM WebClient UI, and web applications straight into SAP Solution Manager.
SAP Solution Manager Fiori LaunchPad
SAP Solution Manager delivers more with Process Management
One of the main criticisms of SAP Solution Manager before the 7.2 upgrade was that Solution Documentation and Process functionalities were inadequate or lacking the right integrations to assist in operations. With the release of 7.2, SAP has taken this feedback seriously and reworked the solution functionality of SAP Solution Manager – resulting in an overhaul of the original application to one with a graphical environment that follows the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard for process modeling. The 3-level modeling limits have been removed and SAP Solution Manager is now built with unlimited modeling functions that allows for true integration with other ALM tools such as Test Management, Requirements Management, Change Control Management, etc, etc.
SAP Solution Manager brings greater Return on Investment
Features are great, but they need to be able to translate into real world usage. BNSF Railway Company adopted SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and has reported significant reduce in effort and cost:
- 50% reduction in custom code modification effort
- 60% reduction in text execution effort
- 70% reduction in test scope
- 90% elimination of manual analysis
- 95% reduction in transport analysis for test scope coverage (4 hours to 20mins)
SAP Solution Manager might have a bad rap from it’s previous version, but the updates in 7.2 has proven to increases business continuity, system performance and reduces incident rates and change related outages. Our customers have found that it shortens time to market and has given them the ability to deliver faster, from requirements to deployment.
We are excited about the new changes to SAP Solution Manager and if you are still on the fence about upgrading, remember the use of SAP Solution Manager does not entail any additional licensing costs. The software is made available to customers as part of their maintenance contract and includes a whole host of applications to help with your IT strategy and monitoring. Contact us today for a free demo to see how SAP Solution Manager can help your organization.