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As a complete novice with SAP and a new member of our Basis Team, I found myself thrust into the center of everything by being give the overall ownership of our Solution Manager implementation.  First let me preface what I mean by “complete novice”.  By novice, I mean I had heard of SAP and barely knew what it was.  I barely even remembered what ERP meant from my college days.  But being handed the reigns to Solution Manager has been an amazing road of discovery and learning for me.  I have come to appreciate the beauty and complexity that is SAP in general and Solution Manager specifically.  After working with a couple different SAP consultants to get us up and running, I have not only taken full ownership of Solution Manager, but have actually become the teacher and “evangelist” for Solution Manager and its many many moving parts.  I’ll use this blog as a log of the trials and tribulations in using, supporting, configuring and evangelizing probably one of the greatest and most complex applications I have ever seen or used.  I look forward to connecting with other users and sharing with them their experiences and knowledge.

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  1. Gretchen Lindquist

    See, Travis, that is what happens when you miss a project planning meeting; ha ha, just kidding!  That is quite an accomplishment for someone so new to SAP to take on the challenge of Solution Manager. Congratulations! I look forward to reading about the scenarios in use in your implementation.

    You might want to consider moving your blog to the Solution Manager topic space, so that more SolMan devotees will see it and follow along. About SCN> Getting Started is a good place to find helpful tips, such as the difference between Topic Spaces and Personal Spaces. Good luck!

    Gretchen

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  2. Nagarajan Viswanathan

    Hi Travis,

    It is a great accomplishment and I congratulate you for it. You are an addition to those elite group of professionals who have the capability to make things work even when you are new to something and are not given sufficient tools/aids. I can understand how you would have felt when you were given the task of Sol Man implementation, I have experienced similar situations and have always succeeded due to my attitude and interest in learning new stuff. I would like to read more from you.

    Cheers,

    Nagarajan Viswanathan

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  3. Tom Cenens

    Hi Travis,

    Welcome. Looking forward to read about your experience.

    I rolled into a newly created team “SAP Solution Manager” at one of our biggest customers about a year ago now 🙂 . So far it has been a great experience, I really like working in this area.

    Best regards

    Tom

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  4. Lluis Salvador Suarez

    Hello Travis, welcome to solman community. I’m with you when you write that solution manager is one of the most complex systems in sap porfolio 😉

    Please share all your experience, and don’t wait to ask anything you found with that community.

    Best regards,

    Luis

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  5. Billy Warring

    MMMMMMMM Fresh meat!!!  😆

    My scenario was slightly different with SolMan, I decided to take on the role for it…DoH!

    Also be prepared to work closely with your functional teams, there is only so much you can do on the Basis side of the SAP house. 

    It will get easier, but keep that expectation low as SolMan continues to throw me into left field on various occasions!  😯

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    1. Travis Roberts Post author

      I think I’ve been thrown into left field so many times I might not actually be in the ball park any more.  Its been an interesting ride so far though.  Thanks for the comments.

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  6. Jorge Weiss

    Hello Travis,

    Being a Basis and working with Solution Manager for awhile, I only can say: enjoy it!

    More you are in, more you go deep, more you get use, more you like it!

    Congratulation for the opportunity!

    /Weiss

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  7. Victor Orozco

    Hi Travis, I’m in the same situation.  Are you going to SAP TechEd next week?  Hope to see you there and looking forward to your posts.

    – Victor

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  8. Raquel Pereira da Cunha

    Hi Travis,

    welcome to the team and to this great community. You will find here people who love and hate Solution Manager (although I feel the hating is finally going down, as soon as people start to know it better. It’s easy to criticize something when you don’t have enough information), so feel free to share your thoughts, your challenges and ask for advice if you need.

    There is SO much we can do with SolMan in the Technical and Functional areas, it’s a great and complex tool. And because of that you may face big challenges some times, and difficulties. The community is here to help you.

    We have to thank Gretchen for informing you that you should move your blog to this space 🙂

    You will like Solution Manager a bit more when you see SP10, which will be released on Oct 31st. SP5 brought nice improvements, but SP10 will be even better.

    Best regards,

    Raquel

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    1. Travis Roberts Post author

      Thanks Raquel,

      I totally understand your sentiments about finding it easy to criticize SolMan.  Very early on I found myself using many choice words through out the day.  Now I find myself defending Solution Manager.

      Being new the Basis and SAP, I don’t have a lot of experience using the T-Codes, so SolMan is a pretty good balance of what I consider “old” SAP and the newer stuff.

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