Dear Focused Build community,
Here again you’ll find recent activities, news, and useful links regarding Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager 7.2.
New release SP4
We are happy to announce that Focused Build ST-OST 200 SP4 has been released (RTC) August 12, 2019 and is now available for customers and partners.
As usual, we have dependencies to SAP Solution Manager. Therefore, SP4 can only be installed in an SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SP9 system. For more information, see SAP Note 2791634: The central note for Focused Build 2.0 SP4 for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SP9.
You will find a new use case covered in Focused Build, which was requested very often from customers. FixPace has been newly-established for projects that call for Focused Build use in the implementation phases, to now support those projects in the subsequent maintenance processes. FixPace is intended to be used in the same landscape as the release itself. Its main purpose is to establish a fix process for Focused Build releases. So Focused Build now has three new transaction types, which some of you probably already know from the Change Control process: Request for Change, Urgent Change, and Standard Change. Ready to learn more about FixPace and all the other new Focused Build features?
- View the recorded introduction webinar, “What´s new with Focused Build SP04”.
- Browse through the capability presentations of Focused Build.
- Visit our SAP Support Portal to download the “What´s new in Focused Build SP4” presentation and for general Focused Build information.
- Reference SAP Help Portal, Focused Build section for SP4 release notes and an installation guide.
- Download the software from the Software Download Center and search for “Focused Build”.
New CAL image
There is a new Cloud Application Library (CAL) image for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 available. After the successful release of our first CAL system, which contains a fully-configured (including Focused Build) system with data and a connection to an SAP S/4HANA system, we are now offering a preconfigured Focused Build system without data and w/o attached SAP S/4HANA system. This system could be used as baseline system for a new SAP Solution Manager system to be used as project implementation tool. Learn how to get the usage rights from CAL to deploy it as your own system in this blog post.
The CAL system contains a configured SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SP8 with Focused Build SP3. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 covers the complete application lifecycle of your IT solution running on premise, hybrid, or in the cloud.
In addition, you can download the CAL System. Scroll down the catalog list or search for “Focused Build SP03 for SAP Solution Manager 7.2”.
It is a great achievement in regards to the fade-out of Focused Build licensing by end of 2019, that there are two new opportunities for customers to register for Focused Build-specific training.
In September and October, you can join an openSAP elearning Training for Focused Build: Agile Project Delivery with Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager. This course will give you an introduction to the basic processes and functionalities of Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager, an add-on solution that supports SAP implementation projects such as those around SAP S/4HANA. The course will enable project teams to use the basic functionalities of Focused Build through the whole project lifecycle. Enroll now for free.
Since July, SAP Education offers Focused Build classroom & virtual training. If you want to book a scheduled training or request an individual training at your location, please reach out to WSMFB – Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager.
For those customers who want to start using Focused Build this year, please note that the licenses are fading out and SAP is offering an immense discount of 80% on the licenses for Q4. See more details about Focused Build licensing.
If you want to learn more about Focused Build and SAP Solution Manager from SAP experts and even meet them in person for informal advice over coffee, you should not miss the annual SAP Solution Manager Education Summit in Heidelberg in December 2019. Read the blog and register now.
Furthermore Focused Build lectures, demos and customer experiences will be presented as usuall at coming SAP events such as SAP Teched in Las Vegas and Barcelona or DSAG annual conference in Nürnberg. It would be nice to see you there.
Last but not least, I wanted to make you aware on some very interesting new success stories, published in SAP Support Portal in the Focused Solution Circle Hub. Some ALM service providers, such as Vostura, itelligence, sofis, or blue works have successfully supported the usage of Focused Build in SAP S/4HANA implementation projects. Read more about their stories.
Stay tuned, there will be more news in my next Focused Build Blog in a few months!
David Birkenbach (SAP ALM Regional GTM Lead for EMEA/MEE)