How to get ready for Change & Deployment Management in SAP Cloud ALM
This blog post will help you to understand the new business object “Feature” in SAP Cloud ALM in order to deploy changes.
- What is a Feature?
- Which SAP solutions are covered by Features?
- How to handle Features?
- Wrap-Up & Next Steps
What is a Feature?
A Feature is a vehicle to deploy your changes throughout your system landscape. A Feature holds the landscape information, the container for the transportable objects and your technical change documentation.
Which SAP solutions are covered by Features?
SAP Cloud ALM can be connected to the Change & Transport System (CTS). Hence deployment management for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition, and SAP NetWeaver Application Server for ABAP on-premise is covered by Features. Further information about enabling transport management can be found here.
Please note that your managed systems need to fulfill the following prerequisites:
SAP_BASIS 7.40 SP20 or higher (accordingly 7.50 SP04)
Install ST-PI 7.40 SP16 or higher
For systems with installed ST-PI 7.40 SP15 a SAP Note to enable the transport management is available.
How to handle Features?
For properly specified Features you can start the implementation to change software or configurations in the development environment. In order to provide the changes in the test environment for proper testing (test integration for Features not yet available) the changes can be deployed via the Features to the quality assurance system. Afterwards Features can be approved for deployment to the production system. By deploying the Features to the production system you are completing the implementation of your changes.
All changes to a Feature are captured in the history in order to provide transparency and preserve traceability.
Nice to know:
- Transports that are assigned to a feature that weren’t imported to one or more quality assurance systems yet will be deployed there first. Then, they will be deployed to the productive system as a package.
- All transports assigned to a Feature will be deployed with import option “Import Transport Request Again”.
Wrap-Up & Next Steps
The Feature can be used as vehicle for deployment and serves as your fast track to production. Together with the technical documentation and the change history you can preserve the full traceability.
In future the concept of the Feature will serve different ways of working and via relating it to the known items like requirements and user stories you are always able to jump on the Change & Deployment train in SAP Cloud ALM. In addition it gets clear that we distinguish between the business view with requirement as well as the work instructions on user story level and the technical view with the Feature as the technical change document holding all the information needed to do your job as a change & release manager.
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