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Run Application Lifecycle Management smoother all-over with the new SAP Solution Manager 7.0 EHP1 Implementation Content shipped via Software Component ST-ICO Support Package 27.

What is Implementation Content and how can this new Implementation Content benefit your company in Application Lifecycle Management?

Implementation Content is predefined content for all of the applications and solutions in the SAP Business Suite. It is stored in the Business Process Repository (BPR) in SAP Solution Manager. It includes the business scenarios, processes and steps supported by the respective application.
They are complemented by business descriptions, assignments to SAP functions in the form of transactions and settings, e.g. Business Configurations Sets, for efficient customizing of your business scenarios.  

By choosing Solution/Application SAP Solution Manager in the Business Process Repository you can make use of comprehensive Application Lifecycle Management structures and contents for your project. The business process modeling approach has three levels: Scenario, Process, Process Step.
The ALM processes are mapped to scenarios, thus allowing more granular processes and process steps.

Typical BPR 3-level structure for ALM processes and assignments

There you are!
How you practical benefit from the ALM processes in the BPR providing a starting point for your project scope, is described in the following use case with focus on ALM process Solution Documentation:
Your goal is to automatically evaluate your business processes and to set up the Solution Documentation Assistant (SoDocA) in SAP Solution Manager. Choosing Solution Documentation as project scope from the new ALM implementation content you find on process step level on tab Configuration the relevant configuration objects (Configuration documentation and IMG objects) to customize SoDocA.

Illustration of use case – ALM process Solution Documentation

Project Scope

Besides the ALM process Solution Documentation the new Implementation Content assists you in technically enabling the ALM processes  Solution Implementation, Template Management, Test Management, Change Control Management, Application Incident Management, Root Cause Analysis, Business Process Operations, Maintenance Management, Upgrade Management, Service and Engagement Delivery. 

At https://implementationcontent.sap.com/bpr (SMP login required) > Solutions/Applications > SAP Solution Manager > SAP Solution Manager 7.0 EHP1 you find a preview of currently available content.

Preview currently available content – ALM processes with emphasis on ALM process Test Management

SAP’s implementation content for the SAP Solution Manager and Application Lifecycle Management is constantly growing. Brand-new SAP Solution Manager 7.0 Implementation Content is planned to be shipped via Software Component ST-ICO SP 28 in April, 2011, e.g. providing the already mentioned SAP Best Practice Process Documents for Application Lifecycle Management Processes.

And there will come even more. Stay tuned and benefit from upcoming SAP Solution Manager Implementation Content updates for Application Lifecycle Management!

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  1. Tom Cenens
    Hello Barbara

    In my opinion Solution Manager is one of the important area’s for a SAP system administrator to have knowledge on.

    I have some feedback concerning the Business Process Repository. You should not select any other type of product release than what is used in the logical components assigned to the implementation project that is being used so I was wondering why the end-user gets the full list of available business processes.

    The full list is extensive and thus it takes longer to load the list. It would be interesting to see that the list is build up dynamically depending on the choosen logical components of the implementation project and their accompanied product versions. This would reduce the load time of the BPR list and make it easier for the end-user to choose the correct business process scenario since it avoids showing business processes that should not be applicable to the implementation project that is being used.

    Kind regards

    Tom

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    1. Tom Cenens
      Hello Barbara

      Another part where improvement would be possible is the visualization of the business processes in a graphical sense. It is currently restricted to a limited top-down view (you can have some jumps using interfaces but not much) and it would be interesting to see that functionality becomes available in Solution Manager to properly model the business processes using decision points and so on.

      Kind regards

      Tom

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      1. Barbara Buchholz Post author
        I have good news regarding your feedback Tom. With SAP Solution Manager 7.1 a functionality called “Enhanced Business Blueprint” will be available allowing improved graphical modelling including decision points.
        Kind regards, Barbara
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    2. Barbara Buchholz Post author
      Hello Tom,
      Thank you very much for your expedient feedback/development request. I will forward it to the responsible developers and come back to you soon.
      Kind regards, Barbara
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        1. Barbara Buchholz Post author
          Hello Tom,

          After consulting SAP Solution Manager Product Management and Development I have the following information for you:

          What you request has been there before:
          The list was built up dynamically depending on the chosen logical components  of your projects.

          Listening and responding to customers it was agreed to realize the list buildup as it is today:
          In general, the number of displayed or/and greyed out processes in
          the input help for the Business Process Repository is depending on
          the system landscape maintained for your project in transaction
          SOLAR_PROJECT_ADMIN.
          For flexibility reasons it is possible to assign also greyed out entries. The system will
          afterwards extend the project system landscape automatically.

          We appreciate your comments.

          Kind regards and thanks,
          Barbara

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          1. Tom Cenens
            Hello Barbara

            I would prefer to have a choice really because the list is very extensive and it is getting larger. A choice would mean providing even more flexibility. It doesn’t have to be complicated either.

            I definitely find the idea of prompting the end-user to include another product depending on the chosen business scenario a good idea.

            I can understand how some would prefer to see everything but there are good reasons to avoid such a huge list from being displayed as well.

            One reason is avoiding a wrong assignment. For example flagging an older version ECC 5 instead of ECC 6 and by doing so missing certain business process steps or having wrongly assigned transactions. The SAP product naming is still confusion for many.

            In a presentation I followed someone gave a demo of ALM and selected a 46C Business Scenario for a ECC 6.0 SAP system which caused confusion in the audience.

            Another reason is oversight. It looks much cleaner and simple when the list is narrowed down to the respective logical components that are part of the implementation project.

            Performance is possibly also a good reason as the list becomes longer, it is to be expected the waiting time will also be longer.

            Thanks a lot for al the effor you have put into these thoughts and questions, I highly appreciate it.

            Kind regards

            Tom

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            1. Barbara Buchholz Post author
              Hi Tom,

              thanks for your again useful comment.

              At this stage just a short roundup about what is possible today in this context:
              After loading the list Solutions/Applications in a project (which in fact might be performance intense) and clicking tab “Logical Components” you have the possibility to view the “Mapping of Components in Project Landscape to Products in BPR”. In this window “Logical Component Assignments” you can go on clicking tab “Show existing Landscape” and view the existing Project System Landscape displaying Logical Component, Product and Product Version.
              Loading the list in a solution and then taking an analogue path you can view the existing Solution System Landscape displaying Logical Component, Product, Product Version and Logical System (provided the Solution field is maintained in a project).

              We would be very pleased to receive and look into more of your thoughts in this or other contexts.

              Kind regards, Barbara

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    1. Barbara Buchholz Post author
      Adding SolMan category makes of course sense, Volker. I have done so.
      Thanks for your input and positive feedback!
      Kind regards, Barbara
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