SAP Solution Manager

By | September 10, 2009

Overview

It is supported and enhanced by SAP’s support organization, SAP Active Global Support, in conjunction with the other SAP development organizations. The system is designed to be a centralized support installation in what is generally a distributed set of system installations that support the business computing functions of the SAP software suite. SAP Solution is the managing system, and the business suite applications (e.g. CRM) is the managed system.

Solution Manager provides an extensive array of software features in the IT Support area for enhancing, automating and improving the management of SAP’s MySAP Business Suite and NetWeaver Software Components:

    * Centralized Administration (Work Centers)
    * Project Management
    * Test Management
    * Centralized Monitoring
    * E2E Root Cause Analysis
    * Business Process Monitoring
    * IT Technical Reporting
    * Centralized Alerting
    * Installation Keys
    * Early Watch Reporting
    * Change Management
    * Support Call Management between Customer and SAP
    * Service Desk
    * Software Maintenance and Patching

SAP is assertively improving and extending many of the above feature areas.

SAP Solution Manager is the successor to ASAP ValueSAP. SAP Solution Manager helps in implementing and managing complex system landscapes. Globally systems are being distributed across geographies and business processes cover more than one system. In such complex scenarios, integrating technical and business requirements is important for the success of IT. SAP Solution Manager provides SAP customers with an efficient means of handling both the technical and business process side of solution implementation.
SAP Solution Manager

As part of SAP Solution Management Solutions, the customers receive best practices relating to:

    * Global Strategy and Service Level Management
    * Business Process Management
    * Management of MySAP Technology
    * Software Change Management
    * Support Desk Management

SAP delivers this using support programs during implementation of the system solution. Some of the benefits of using SAP’s Solution Manager are that it helps:

    * Manages the technical risk associated with the implementation of the solution ensuring technical robustness
    * Helps leverage users core competencies in implementing solutions
    * Ensures solution works as intended with best practices built in.

References:

    * Marc O. Schafer, Matthias Melich: SAP Solution Manager Enterprise Edition SAP Press, 2009, ISBN-10: 1592292712, ISBN-13: 978-1592292714
    * Thorsten Sternberg, Matthias Friedrich: SAP Solution Manager 4.0 Service Desk – Functionality and Implementation SAP Press, 2008, ISBN-10: 1592292143, ISBN-13: 978-1592292141
    * Michael Kloffer, Marc Thier: Performing End-to-end Root Cause Analysis Using SAP Solution Manager SAP Press, 2008, ISBN-10: 1592291899, ISBN-13: 978-1592291892
    * Thomas Schroder: Business Process Monitoring mit dem SAP Solution Manager SAP Press, 2009, ISBN-10: 3836213354, ISBN-13: 978-3836213356

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