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Solution Manager 7.2 SAP Webcast: Solution Documentation

From SAP: “All live Meet the Expert Sessions are recorded and will be then available via SAP ES Academy ‘Replay Library’

The usual disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.  Also a couple caveats:

1. I have not used this feature productively

2. I missed parts of this webcast in the middle so my notes are not complete


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows that SAP plans to make Solution Manager more business oriented.

SAP also wants to make SolMan ready for HANA deployments


Figure 2: Source: SAP

SOLAR transactions that support documentation and implementation processes

SAP said this approach that had drawbacks


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows the current pain points, including a “Rigid 3 level hierarchy”

SAP wants to use the new UI – HTML5

Basic Concept for SAP Solution Manager 7.2

Solutions can act as a an umbrella


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Solution (in Figure 4) covers system landscape where you need to know runtime environment, execution environment

New solution documentation UI works with LMDB content, logical component, new logical component group

It covers the processes that the customer execute


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows the Solution landscape and documentation UI

Sub landscapes relates to a maintenance cycle related to ERP

Sites are processes deployed to multiple plant running different ERP systems – for global rollout use cases

Document types reflect what documentation to be available


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows the planned solution documentation approach is to be both top down and bottoms up.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows where attach documentation related to executables

Business processes can be reused

Define configuration block; define dependencies of the block


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Library of executables, config units, interfaces – IT

Enable processes – assemble end to end processes out of artifacts


Figure 9:  Source: SAP

Introduce a change and include change documentation

Ensure properly documented in maintenance branch and transported

Documentation needs to be released

System Landscape


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Logical components have changed; solution documentation is bound to logical component group

When upgrade, you need to restructure logical components

Content Activation


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 shows projects/solutions to move to 7.2 content structure; this includes BPMN modeling capability

Question and Answer:

Q: What is clear definition for branch?

A: Branch is a versioning context for documentation

Q: Is this Solution Manager running on HANA DB?

A: Can run on HANA or other databases

Q: Will integration with ARIS be possible?

A: Clearly plan to have open interface to integrate with third party modeling tools

Not available in first version but it is on the agenda

Q: Is there is a limit on the number of nodes you can have on your project

A: not known to him

Q: Will there be integration with PowerDesigner?

A: plan to have open interface to integrate with third party modeling tools

Q: What is the effort to migrate?

A: If you move content from SOLAR to new documentation – content is moved to process area – the respective library structures are created

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      how can i book for its EGI?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
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      this is was not an EGI, it was a webcast

      I signed up on one if James Pearce's blogs


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      Thanks Tammy.

      I can't find the recorded session from the replay library, do you have a link?

      I have a question which I hope either you, James Pearce, someone from SAP or just about anyone having the facts can answer. The blog states SAP wants to use the new UI – HTML5. Well, that's nice and everything but what about realization? Are there any UI5 apps in 7.2 besides the road map app which is also available in 7.1 SP12? Based on the screenshots in your blog, it looks like there are some Web Dynpro based applications or are they just using the Corbu theme on the WebClient UI since it is possible in 7.2 which is based on NetWeaver 7.4?

      The biggest pain point we have with 7.1 is the UI. The usability of creating incidents (classic Dynpro, WebClient UI) and of the entire WebClient UI based RfC process is rather poor. We would have to make significant enhancements in 7.1 to provide the level of usability our users expect and that has prevented us from starting the implementation.

      Regarding the availability of 7.2, your blog states mid 2015 for the ramp-up and end of 2015 for the GA. Is that still the case? Do you have contacts at SAP who could answer follow-up questions on the 7.2 ramp-up? The same people who are responsible for the 7.1 HANA ramp-up? What about contacts about 7.2 in general?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Samuli - I don't see where a link is available (yet) for the replay. 

      For the other detailed questions you may want to create a separate discussion thread in the Solution Manager space and I hope SAP answers; I just returned from BI2015/HANA2015/ADMIN2015 but sadly I didn't attend any of the Solution Manager sessions.


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      Tammy Powlas wrote:

      Hi Samuli - I don't see where a link is available (yet) for the replay. 

      The presentation has been uploaded, the link is here. I just fast forwarded through the presentation and it looks like the new Solution Management UI is indeed Web Dynpro ABAP, it's definitely an improvement over the WebClient UI but I would love to see SAPUI5 applications especially for Incident Creation and ChaRM, since they have the biggest end user exposure. I'm surprised by the lack of replies in this blog, I'll ping Wulff-Heinrich Knapp and Barbara Buchholz, I'm hoping they could provide some additional information.

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      I just noticed that 7.2 ramp-up start is planned for Q4 2015, see here for details.

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      Continuing my monologue, the most recent SAP Product Roadmap for Solution Manager sheds some light into the new UIs. Starting on page 43, Planned Innovation: IT Service Management in SAP Solution Manager 7.2, there are at least SAPUI5 UIs for ITSM and Incident Management Dashboard. Also pages 57 and 58, Planned Innovation: New User Interfaces in SAP Solution Manager 7.2, have some more information on the topic.

      Author's profile photo Vivek Hegde
      Vivek Hegde

      Thanks for the blog Tammy. Also Thanks Samuli for initiating a discussion on 7.2.

      Newer version looks pretty neat with lots of UI change. We certainly need more UI5 like screens for the features exposed to end users for sure.

      Most of the 7.0 customers have just finished rolling out 7.1 over last year and half or so. They are already reaping the benefits of this newer version; however to on board them to 7.2, we have a herculean task ahead considering phase of innovation happening ALM area and the mindset of customers to adapt new features at faster rate.



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      Thank you Tammy...

      I have a question... I'm working in a Sandbox Solman 7.2 environment creating a new Solution for documentation of process, libraries and process diagrams, is possible move all this Solution documentation in a new Solman 7.2 environment, how can I do this? by transports or import/export functionality?

      Thank you in advance

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
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      Hi - I am sorry I am late replying

      I recommend asking this as a new discussion thread

      Thank you