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How to analyze the end user impact of SAP enhancement packages for SAP ERP

Today I would like to give you a short introduction of a new tool: The Impact Analyzer.

Using the Impact Analyzer, you can analyze which user interfaces are affected for which roles and users if you activate a business function. This enables you to answer the following questions at a very early stage, that is, before you activate a business function:
• Which training material is affected?
• To what extent does the training material have to be adjusted?
• Which users have to be informed and may need delta training courses?


So how is the Impact Analyzer working?

The Impact Analyzer evaluates user interfaces affected by changes via a business function. To do this, it analyzes information from the Role Maintenance transaction (PFCG). Therefore, in order to be able to use the Impact Analyzer fully, you must have created roles to which the related transactions and users are assigned. Business functions that exist for information purposes only and do not switch anything from a technical point of view cannot be evaluated. For information, see the documentation of the respective business function. The following user interfaces can be evaluated: Transactions, Portal i-Views and portal roles, Reports/programs of the ABAP-based system and ABAP WebDynpro applications.

You have the following selection options for the analysi via transaction SFW5:

1. Evaluation of all business functions planned for the activation: Choose Impact Analyzer in transaction SFW5 -> Planned BFs

2. Evaluation of an individual business function planned:
In SFW5, select a business function and choose Impact Analyzer -> Planned BFs

3. Selection of one or more business functions with own selection options:
Choose Impact Analyzer -> Free Selection . There you have several options for selecting the business function and can choose the layout of the output list.
You can call up this function independently of transaction SFW5 using the report SFW_IMPACT_ANALYZER.

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