As a preview to SAP Press’ upcoming “Practical Guide to Solution Manager 7.2”, author Jereme Swoboda takes viewers through some of the highlights including: the top 5 “Gotchas” when upgrading to Solution Manager 7.2
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Ever since the advent of ERP software, large multi-tiered enterprises have been in search of the cost savings and overall process improvement that would come from unification of business systems. For several reasons, this search has become their Holy Grail. Some of the major obstacles have been:
- Varied Business Processes: Individual business units or subsidiaries often have work flows that do not match up with the rest of the company, requiring independent ERP configurations
- Varied Master Data: Customer names, product codes, and much more can differ across (and even within) business units, making consolidation a challenge and integration almost impossible
- Varied Business Models: Companies have often needed to have separately configured instances or even separate ERP solutions to meet unique functional requirements
- Subsidiaries Too Small: Often the size of a subsidiary or separately operating strategic business unit is too small to justify the enterprise class needs of the parent or other related business units
SAP, with the advent of S/4HANA Cloud and S/4HANA, has provided a guide for this search, allowing the previously unheard of to become reality. S/4HANA is a full, enterprise class ERP – the latest version of the business software that has made SAP the gold standard. S/4HANA Cloud is a pre-configured version of S/4HANA, utilizing the same codebase. The pairing of these two solutions in a two-tiered ERP model, addresses each of the issues previously preventing ERP standardization:
- Chicken then Egg: Often in dealing with varied business processes, companies get stuck trying to decide if processes should be standardized and then the ERP implemented or vice-versa. With S/4HANA Cloud, business processes are already defined based on SAP Best Practices, garnered over years of ERP experience across every industry and every business size. Companies that adopt S/4HANA Cloud, by definition, adopt these best practices, creating a standardization across business units. In the same way, Master Data must follow the same structure, driving consistency through the data migration in the implementation.
- Reach Beyond Bounds: For business units or subsidiaries that don’t need a full scale ERP but still need non-traditional functionality that is not in S/4HANA Cloud, side-by-side extensions can be built on the SAP Cloud Platform that provide the same look and feel and don’t create maintenance nightmares because they don’t impact the ability to upgrade.
- Size Doesn’t Matter: For large enterprises with extensive customization and functionality requirements, S/4HANA will fill the bill. For small to mid-size business units or subsidiaries, S/4HANA Cloud will provide the necessary functionality from an enterprise class solution on an affordable and manageable Software as a Service basis. The two systems then have built in integration to allow for interoperability.
Everything that sounds too good to be true usually is and the devil is always in the details. Those clichés noted, the combination of SAP’s S/4HANA and S/4HANA Cloud to create a two-tiered ERP provides a clear vision and roadmap to consolidate ERP platforms and business processes.
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As with all versions of Solution Manager, SAP regularly releases new Support Packages providing enhancements and corrections to known issues. Usually the even number support packs contain corrections only while the odd numbered support packages contain corrections and enhancements. On May 9th 2017, SAP released the latest version of Solution Manager 7.2 with Support Package 05. This release provided enhancements in a variety of areas.
One of the more notable changes is an entirely new capability within Process Management. SAP has now provided an option for exporting and importing Solution Documentation. With this, you can export the entire contents of a branch within a single solution and import the contents into another branch or into another solution manager entirely. You also have the ability to save all KW documents, TBOMs, or Test Configurations assigned to a branch to a transport request. The transport can then be moved to a different SAP Solution Manager system as a target within a transport landscape. Keep in mind job documentation is not currently supported for export and import. Beyond that, the graphical editor for creating business processes has also been enhanced. They have improved the overall design of the editor making it more usable and the global diagram elements have been improved. This includes new Universal diagrams that can be used as a starting point for building your own business process diagrams. Diagrams can now be exported and imported as well.
Business Process Operations has also seen some valuable enhancements. You now have the ability to export all types of monitoring objects, Alerting Objects, Analytics objects and job monitoring objects. Within Application Operations there have been a wide variety of improvements as well. Interface and Connection monitoring allows for the monitoring of STAD records (statistical Data) for web services. Flat File interfaces can now be monitored for the last updated folder. SAP has also added an analytics page to the SAPUI5 dashboards for Job, HANA/BI Monitoring, PI Monitoring, and Message Flow Monitoring allowing for additional views of the monitoring data.
Furthermore, Change Control Management and IT Service Management have also seen some modifications. The most notable of these changes includes a new Quality Gate Management SAP Fiori App to enable for the pass, not pass, and reset Q-Gates, allowing approval or rejection of urgent changes. Also Downgrade protection is now available for non-ABAP systems, supporting the imminent downgrade and predecessor checks. ITSM has a new Resolve and Dispatch incidents Fiori app, enabling the ability to send incidents back to the reporter with an immediate solution, request further information from the reporter, or dispatch incidents to other support teams. Lastly Data Volume Management also has four new Fiori apps: Data Aging, Unused Data, BW Savings and BW Savings Potential.
For a complete list of all changes and new enhancements please check out the SAP Help Website at: https://help.sap.com/viewer/10e6d9cb3bc740e6a4c41588d9fc07a3/7.2.05/en-US/61f48903f1e240eb8419c8f657aa7481.html
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Host Michael Pytel reviews which organizations should consider using SolMan 7.2 for their S/4HANA migration project.
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Taken from the HANA-BI 2017 conference in Orlando, Michael Pytel discusses the benefits, challenges, and overall advice when it comes to implementing SAP S/4HANA.
By now, most of us have heard SAP’s bullet points in their S/4HANA Cloud pitch: “It provides best-in-class ERP functionality by harnessing the power of S/4HANA.” Its real attraction, however, lies in two universal questions when it comes to making a business purchase: Will it ultimately allow me to lower my spend AND will it drive innovation to my company? In the case of S/4HANA Cloud, both of these questions are answered by an undeniable, “Yes.”
Let’s begin with overall spend because that’s where most business decisions find their origin. With S/4HANA Cloud, the importance of eliminating the need for software ownership cannot be overstated. S/4HANA Cloud not only reduces your total cost of ownership but also allows you to simplify your overall IT footprint. It’s obvious that once you move to a cloud based ERP you remove all the hardware. However, what might not be immediately clear is that anytime you buy or build software, you’re incurring the technical debt the day it’s released. This technical debt comes in the form of having to update the infrastructure it’s built on, updating the database, and maintaining the application over time as your business changes. Most (if not all) of those costs go away when you move to a cloud based solution. Using a solution such as S/4HANA Cloud also means that you no longer have to run and maintain a data center, deal with disaster recovery, high availability, nightly backups etc. It’s difficult to put a price on that level of peace of mind.
Perhaps more important than the lowered cost of ownership is the driven innovation provided by SAP itself. Whereas, S/4HANA customers will be given updates on an annual basis, those customers on S/4HANA Cloud will receive such innovations on a quarterly basis. These solutions come courtesy of 2000+ SAP developers that are based not only on decades of SAP best practices but also through the utilization of “Co-Innovation.” Technologically staying ahead of the curve cannot be accomplished in a vacuum. It’s an organic process in which dialogue needs to be shared between developer and customer so that the latter’s issues are addressed and the developer is made aware of his/her task at hand.
In discussing Cloud Co-Innovation, VP of SAP S/4HANA Product Management, Bert Schulze noted, “Co-Innovation translates customer and partner demand into product capabilities. We can only deliver functionality in the right way if we engage with customers and partners on a frequent basis and understand their demand and, also more importantly, understand the business acumen behind the demand.”
That being said, SAP is relying on, among other things, an open forum with its customers to essentially produce and drive their quarterly updates. And SAP makes it a priority to keep customers fully abreast of each and every update:
In addition to the comprehensive documentation, all the quarterly updates are available via YouTube videos that cover the highlights with, “The S/4HANA Cloud Update Plan.”
By lowering TCO and providing a cadence of updates based on Co-Innovation and best practices, SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud now offers companies a cost effective option that enables them to not only stay competitive through digital transformation but also to thrive with it.
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Host Michael Pytel discusses tangible use cases that have successfully leveraged the SAP Cloud Platform with ERP and S/4HANA.
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