Analyze Changes in a Solution to Support the Roll-In of New or Changed Processes

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • January 24, 2012
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SAP Solution Manager 7.0 lacks the ability to compare projects to solutions. Leveraging the download capability of transaction SOLAR_EVAL reports and Microsoft Excel, you can identify changes made in a solution since the deployment of a project. Discover how to use Excel to fill in the gaps for the compare and adjust capabilities of SAP Solution Manager 7.0 relative to solutions.
Key Concept
Using Excel as an aid for the compare and adjust capabilities of SAP Solution Manager 7.0 allows you to identify changes that have occurred in a solution since the original go-live. The technique is currently the only way to do so, but it’s systematic and repeatable.

Within a very short time after go-live, a deployed solution begins to change due to ongoing maintenance, business process enhancements, and application of notes and patches. Before long, the solution begins to be considerably different from the project that was used to originally deploy it. By using transaction SOLAR_EVAL in conjunction with Microsoft Excel, you can identify what changes have occurred in the solution relative to the originating project.

I’ll describe how to perform the necessary analysis in Excel to identify what changes have occurred and determine the appropriate actions for your organization regarding whether or not you want to incorporate changes in the source projects. This article is based on the SAP Solution Manager procedures described in my article “Sync Your Global Template with Your Productive System for Better ALM.” I’ll explore how to:

  • Extract solution content to Excel
  • Extract project content to Excel
  • Perform the analysis in Excel 

Much of the content in the first two sections is also featured in my other article, but I’m including it in this one as well for ease of use. If you’ve already read that article, you can skip to the “Perform the Analysis in Excel” section.

D. Russell Sloan

D. Russell Sloan is a specialist in project and program governance for IBM. He focuses on the use of SAP Solution Manager for global rollout projects for IBM’s largest customers, having worked with SAP software since 1996. Russell has degrees in accounting and information systems and has been a team and project leader for SAP projects for more than 14 years. He has been developing and deploying software systems for over 30 years.

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