Lessons Learned from Using Solution Manager for an Implementation Project

  • by Darshan Shah, Platinum Solutions Consultant, itelligence Consulting
  • March 15, 2004
SAP Solution Manager, the successor to ASAP/ValueSAP, boasts features such as project preparation, an implementation roadmap, the ability to manage multiple projects, and compatibility with legacy systems and R/3. The author, who worked on one of the first U.S. implementations of Solution Manager, shares his advice on how to optimize this tool.

SAP Solution Manager was introduced in 2002 as the successor to ASAP/ ValueSAP. I'm going to give you some tips and guidelines on how to make use of its functionalities, based on my experience with one of the first implementation projects in the United States.

A few years back, SAP introduced its ASAP methodology to implement SAP on an "accelerated" basis. ASAP was essentially an offline CD set with software to generate a scope document, business process master list (BPML), authorization list (AL), blueprint document, and development list (DL). The main feature was a five-step methodology for implementation projects: project preparation, business blueprint, realization, cutover and go-live, and post-go-live support.

At that time, SAP delivered ValueSAP to manage projects using the ASAP methodology. ValueSAP was very similar to the ASAP CD. However, it extended the functionality beyond implementation to include evaluation and continuous business improvement.

However, ValueSAP did not include a method to integrate its processes with the R/3 system. As you can see from the following highlights of Solution Manager, it fills in the gaps in ValueSAP.

  • An on-site platform supports actitivities such as blueprint, realization, testing, and documentation. For example, you now can store documents in Solution Manager itself.
  • It includes ASAP features such as project preparation, implementation roadmap, business blueprint, and configuration.
  • There are enhanced concepts to encompass the specifics of mySAP.com implementations. Instead of focusing only on R/3, Solution Manager can cover any and all components of a mySAP implementation. For example, if you are implementing mySAP CRM and R/3, you can manage both projects via Solution Manager.
  • This platform supports implementation and operation of mySAP.com. Solution Manager can interact with R/3 as well as with legacy components of the implementation.

Darshan Shah

Darshan Shah is a platinum solutions consultant with itelligence Consulting. itelligence is a leading global mid-market SAP provider that offers a full scope of SAP services, including SAP consulting, licensing, managed hosting, customer support, and education. It is one of only 12 consulting firms to earn SAP Global Partner status and one of only six to earn SAP Global Hosting Partner status. With an MBA degree in finance, Darshan has managed and implemented several SAP projects over the last nine years in North America and Asia. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing solutions in conjunction with SAP. He is skilled in helping clients to make strategic decisions for overall ERP implementations.

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