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Central CTS – A technology preview

The existing SAP Change and Transport System (Change and Transport System) has grown over the years from early R/3 days into what it is today – a stable and proven solution for managing and transporting changes in the SAP ecosystem. As part of this evolutionary development CTS+ was introduced in 2007 as an enhancement for transporting changes across technology stacks. We intend to take the same iterative path to scale CTS even further.

Even in midsized business organizations IT landscapes tend to be rather large, diverse and complex. Software changes in such an environment demand for well educated administrators, project managers and developers. But without a solid, yet flexible tool base, even the best staff will not be able to handle change projects in a transparent way. Our goal is to deliver exactly this reliable tool base. Central CTS is planned to be the technological basis for that.

In order to give you the opportunity to learn more about the foundation of the next generation of transport tools, we would like to offer a technology preview in the form of a white paper that introduces the main concepts behind central CTS and illustrates them for a simple, yet illuminating scenario. The white paper is available for download here on SDN.

We see central CTS as the technological basis for the next generation of our products. As such, it should gratify your needs and solve your actual day to day problems. Consequently, we would like to get in touch with you, gather your feedback and let you take part in the development of central CTS. Please feel free to provide any feedback and ask questions in the comment section. Every comment will help us create the best product we possibly can!

Update 2014: Hey SAP-nerds, some years have passed by and we have made so progress in the cCTS and ChaRM area! Check out the latest news,  here!

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      Author's profile photo Thomas Muhler
      Thomas Muhler
      Hi Christian,

      is there an ramp-up availible for central cts?
      With which release central cts is scheduled (e.g. SAP Netweaver 7.0 EHP-2 or SAP Solution Manager 7.0 EHP-2)?

      regards
      thomas muhler

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Thomas,

      due to the fact that we are still in the development phase of the initial version of central CTS, there is no ramp-up available yet. But be assured, that I will use this blog to keep you updated...
      Regarding the release schedule: currently we plan to deliver with the next release of SAP Solution Manager.
      I hope this answers your questions.

      Regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Christian,
      We will have a DEV and a PRD Soluiton Manager in our Landscape.  Which system would be identified as the central system for CTS's DEV or PRD.  Will having more that one solution manager add complexitiy in implementing Central CTS?

      Jonathan Pleasant

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Jonathan,

      with the introduction of CTS+ we recommended the productive Solution Manager as central transport server. The same recommendation will be valid for centralCTS as well. In order to answer your second question regarding the complexity, I would have to have more information on your actual setup - e.g. is your development Solution Manager a validation system for your productive one?

      Kind regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi ,

      Suppose a customer already immplements CTS+ for all the Java & Dual stack environments. In this case how is it for the customer to transition to the new central cts?

      Thanks,
      Srikar

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Srikar,

      centralCTS is designed to be a tightly integrated tool on top of the existing transport system, but not as a CTS+ replacement. Hence, it will incorporate both the existing classic ABAP-based and the non-ABAP-based transport tools. Therefore no actual transition from CTS+ to centralCTS is needed, but a minimum set of initial setup and configuration. I hope that answers your question.

      Kind regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Rudolf Wiesmayr
      Rudolf Wiesmayr
      Where?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      It's been more than a year since the white paper was released on Central CTS, however, there were no announcements or information as to when will this be available?

      Can you please provide an update if any?

      Cheers
      Donald

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Donald,

      You are right - it has been over a year since we published the white paper. However, we still plan to have a first version ready for the next planned release of SAP Solution Manager (as announced at SAP TechEd 2010). Right now, I cannot tell you, if this version of central CTS will be publicly available or, as a 'closed beta' to some customers only. I promise, I will keep you posted...

      Regards,
      Christian 

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hello Christian,

      I see that it has been over a year since the last post. I was wondering if there are any news on the availability of the new Solution Manager release (the one containing Central CTS) and also ask again regarding the Netweaver Version compatibility (7.01 EP4, 7.3, others)

      Kind regards,

      Andres

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Andres,

      as far as your question is concerning the availability: we still plan to deliver a first version for the next planned SAP Solution Manager release (also see comment below). When it comes to version compatibility, the answer is a little lengthy: central CTS consists of two components - the server part running on the Solution Manager and the client add-ons running on the managed Netweaver systems. We are planning to release a set of client add-ons for releases down to 4.6c and of course up to any available release of 7.*. However, the software might require a specific support package level, but I am currently not equipped, to give you a complete list of those requirements for each release. I hope, this answers some of your questions.

      Regards,
      Christian

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      Former Member
      Hello,

      Is there documentation on using CCTS with ChaRM?  Currently we have a separate IBASE for each landscape.  I am interested in how to setup the projects when multiple landscape transports are bundled in one ChaRM ticket.

      Thank you,
      Linda

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Linda,

      I am sorry, but I have to disappoint you: we are still working on the planned integration of central CTS and ChaRM - so at this point in time there is no documentation available. However, be assured that as soon as we have something to share concerning the progress of this project, we will give you an update.

      Regards,
      Christian Martick

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Hello ChristianTom

      Author's profile photo Christian Martick
      Christian Martick
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Tom,

      You are perfectly right: cCTS is an optional offering on top of CTS. Therefore, you can use the new concepts and the existing together. If you have the need for cCTS features, you can create clusters for any number of systems and transport using collections - but - you can, you don't have to!

      I agree handling sequence problems is key! Hence, one central part of the new solution is the overtaker / downgrade / dependency check feature and of course we plan to deliver with central CTS.

      I hope this answers some of your questions.

      Regards,
      Christian

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens
      Hello Christian

      Thanks for answering my question.

      What I didn't see in the videos or presentations is the client assignment when you use cCTS (clusters, collections). How is that handled in cCTS?

      It's great that customer concerns are being handled like the overtaker functionality and so on but one concern I have is that the tool should be used in the correct way.

      I saw the tutorial videos for BI4 on SDN and I think they are great, are their plans for similar content for cCTS by the time it is released?

      Making sure the customers know how to use the tool properly is an important pointer because one of the issues we currently have with CTS is wrong use of the tools.

      Kind regards

      Tom

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi

      Is the Central CTS tool released? If yes what environment should I have to to able to use it?

      Naresh P.

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens
      Hello Naresh P.

      You can expect it to be released when Solution Manager 7.1 is available. I don't know to what extend it will be there in the first support package stacks.

      For the full set of features it will probably be a few support package stacks beyond the release of Solution Manager 7.1.

      Kind regards

      Tom