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Welcome to the February Solution Manager update. This month I am starting with a safety share. Two weeks ago I had a mountain bike accident that resulted in a 10 day stay in hospital. I have had time to reflect on what caused the accident and how it could have been avoided. My recollection was that I began a steep descent travelling too fast and lost control (went over the handle bars). Rather than rushing into the descent I should have paused at the top and taken time to evaluate the terrain and selected the safest route down. The learning is: slow down and plan!

This got me thinking about how often we see Solution Manager implementations that are not delivering the expected benefits. These implementations have often been driven by a short term requirement such as providing a repository for the Business Process Documentation.  Once the project has finished, if the Business Process Repository isn’t integrated into the life-cycle of ongoing changes, the Documentation becomes out dated. In order to avoid this situation it makes sense to pause and evaluate the requirements for the full life-cycle of the Documentation. Once this evaluation has been completed a “Roadmap” of the required functionality and a plan can be developed to ensure the Business Process Documentation is kept up to date on an ongoing basis. As in the case of my bike accident, slow down and plan.

Solution Manager News

Some interesting numbers from What’s new in Solution Manager 7.1 SP10

  • 8,000 SAP Solution Manager 7.1 live, growing at 300 per month
  • 7,300 Participants in EGIs and Live Expert Sessions for SAP Solution Manager
  • 26,600 Copies of SAP Solution Manager books sold
  • 24,800 Downloads of SAP Solution Manager Mobile Apps (40 % SAP System Monitoring)

SAP Solution Manager WIKI – Test Management – Has been updated with lots of useful links


Free EGI’s North America Schedule for February 2014:

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Tool & Process Setup on SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • Basic Configuration of Solution Manager 7.1 – 10th to 14th Feb
  • Change Control Management I: CTS+ – 11th to 13th Feb
  • Change Control Management II: Quality Gate Management – 25th to 28th Feb
  • Change Control Management III: Change Request Mgmt – 3rd to 7th Feb
  • Custom Development Management Cockpit – 3rd to 6th Feb
  • Incident, Problem and Request Management (ITSM) – 3rd to 7th Feb
  • Roles and Authorization Concept – 3rd to 7th Feb
  • Solution Documentation I: Basic, Initial Upload, Verification – 4th to 6th Feb
  • System Monitoring & Reporting – 24th to 28th Feb
  • Technical Upgrade of SAP Solution Manager to 7.1 – 3rd to 7th and 24th to 28th Feb
  • Test Management I: SAP Test Workbench – 24th to 26th Feb
  • Test Management II: Business Process Change Analyzer – 11th to 12th Feb

Guided Self Service Execution (Also run as an EGI on below dates):

Schedule for March 2014:Tool & Process Setup on SAP Solution Manager 7.1

Guided Self Service Execution (Also run as an EGI on below dates):

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