A Checklist for an SAP Solution Manager System Audit

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • April 7, 2009
SAP Solution Manager's features make it a challenging candidate for a system audit and review. Use this matrix to establish your approach to auditing SAP Solution Manager.
Key Concept

Most SAP applications are easy to classify as either transactional or analytical applications, which makes them relatively simple to audit. However, SAP Solution Manager is not as easy to categorize because of its diverse range of capabilities. Knowledge of SAP Solution Manager's various features and a careful approach to its audit is necessary.

Many of the applications that SAP has developed or acquired (e.g., SAP Customer Relationship Management, Integrated Planning in SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, or SAP BusinessObjects) lend themselves quite easily to an audit. However, SAP Solution Manager has a diverse range of capabilities, including operational, analytical, control, and project management functionalities. As a result, it can confuse and even flummox auditors. Despite the central position it occupies in an SAP landscape, it often falls outside the scope of an SAP audit. This can lead to some auditable information being missed.

I will provide you with an overview of the features of SAP Solution Manager, a peek into the components of a typical system audit, and an approach to auditing this system.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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