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For many IT organizations, SAP Solution Manager is the centerpiece of their support practices for solution deployment, system monitoring, and landscape improvement. Not only are they optimizing their core processes and IT infrastructure, but managers are also getting real-time insight that uncovers hidden opportunities or emerging risks that could impact the overall success of their digital initiatives.

Like every step in the digital transformation journey, the system that supports it must evolve. SAP, for example, recently announced that SAP Solution Manager 7.1 will be no longer supported after December 2017. While this bit of news may be perceived as a potential problem, many IT leaders see it as an opportunity to further enhance the performance of their infrastructure amidst the growing digital economy.


Two reasons why you should upgrade to SAP Solution Manager 7.2

Change never comes easy. But then again, your competitors are most likely engaged in digital initiatives to innovate faster and uncover maximum value before you do. With so much at stake, can your business afford not to embrace these advantages of SAP Solution Manager 7.2, which could serve as a gateway to reinvention and innovation?


1. Do everything you’re doing now – just better

The beauty of the 7.2 version of SAP Solution Manager is that it still encompasses all of the capabilities our customers rely on, including the management of projects, IT services, IT landscape, and data volume. At the same time, users can experience more streamlined workflows, intuitive interfaces, and applied logic when managing application operations, change control, customer code, processes, business process operations, and testing.

With these updates, you can still run a high-performing software landscape – the only exception is that it’s easier to manage and more insightful than ever before. For instance, the update provides a graphical environment that allows business functions to model processes freely while enabling technical users to assign systems to those process steps. As a result, IT resources can then free themselves up to focus more strategic initiatives that will improve user experiences, landscape performance, and insight delivery.


2. Take system performance to a new level even as your data continues to grow

Let’s face it: The growth of data entering your IT systems is showing no signs of slowing down. To drive maximum value from your solution environment, you will receive an optional free license for the SAP HANA database to be used along with SAP Solution Manager 7.2 as part of the support contract. This offer allows you to experience the in-memory computing power and high-speed processing and storage capability of the SAP HANA database.


By combining SAP Solution Manager with SAP HANA, you gain a single, secure environment for mission-critical data assets. This approach allows better management of increasingly large volumes of structured and unstructured data efficiently to decrease total cost of ownership. Simultaneously, you can consolidate multiple workloads, use full-text search without connecting, or provide a text retrieval and information extraction (TREX) search engine.

What does this all mean for your business? A simpler IT landscape that requires less administrative effort and budget to support it.


How to upgrade SAP Solution Manager quickly – and still save money

Digital transformation can be defined in a variety of ways. Many companies choose to standardize core processes. Some incrementally transition to the cloud. And others decide that swift transformation into an entirely digital business is required.


No matter your digital enterprise vision, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 can complement it. However, because every company’s IT landscape is unique, upgrading any technology is no longer as easy as plugging in a new application and letting it run. You need the support of upgrade services to help ensure your investment in SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and the rest of your IT architecture operates smoothly without disruption.


Whether you plan to upgrade an earlier license or install SAP Solution Manager for the first time, our upgrade services team from SAP Digital Business Services is committed to securing your success. Our expertise can help you accelerate the delivery of standard functions and realize predictable outcomes scaled to your unique business needs.


Customers considering the upgrade should also be aware that rework of individual customization and coding may be required after the technical upgrade, especially if custom code or consulting solutions were used to implement the 7.1 version of SAP Solution Manager.


With SAP Solution Manager 7.2 with SAP Digital Business Services, your business gains a competitive edge that is essential for meeting the demands of an ever-evolving digital economy. Are you ready to unleash the power of your digital strategy and secure ongoing, competitive value?

For more information about upgrade services for SAP Solution Manager 7.2, visit our support portal for updates  or contact Frank Holzkamp (Germany), Andreas Bohnstedt (all countries except Germany), or Martin Biet (all countries except Germany).

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