Analyze the Impact of SAP Software Changes on Your Business Processes

  • by Marcus Wefers, Senior Director of Solution Management, Active Global Support, SAP SE
  • May 4, 2009
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See how to achieve a risk-based test scope identification using Business Process Change Analyzer in SAP Solution Manager 7.0 EhP1 (Enterprise Edition). It allows you to analyze the impact of software changes triggered by SAP Support Packages, customizing changes, or custom code development on your important business processes.
Key Concept

Business Process Change Analyzer provides precise impact analysis of software changes on business processes. Basic and advanced analysis functions are available to trace SAP objects used during business process execution, which are leveraged to analyze the effect of software changes applied via transport requests to SAP system landscapes. Risk-based test recommendations are provided to guide the user during scoping of regression test activities.

Many companies are reluctant to apply changes to their SAP solutions because important or even mission-critical business processes might be affected by these changes. Because of this, translating technical information about planned changes on programs, tables, or user interfaces into an easy-to-understand business process view is crucial. Only then can the company make an informed decision on how to deal with planned changes.

There are many reasons why changes must be deployed to SAP solutions, including:

  • Maintenance activities provided through SAP Support Packages


  • Adjustments of the business process logic provided by customizing changes


  • New or enhanced functionality delivered by SAP Enhancement Packages (EhPs)


  • Extension of SAP functionality to partner and non-SAP applications via custom code developments or interfaces

Marcus Wefers

Marcus Wefers, senior director of Solution Management, is responsible for SAP's Test Management strategy, including positioning and future development of products and capabilities to support test and quality management, such as SAP Solution Manager, SAP TAO, and SAP Quality Center by HP. Focus areas of his 26 years at SAP include software development, project management, quality management, and solution management for SAP applications in the areas of Financial Consolidation, Profit Center Accounting, SEM, Analytics, Performance and Strategy Management, Business Planning, Corporate Governance, and Application Lifecycle Management. He worked on international SAP customer projects in Europe, the Americas, and APJ. In addition, he is a regular speaker at ASUG conferences, SAPPHIRE, and SAP TechEd.

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