Assess Your Transport Management Requirements

  • by Ivan Mans, Managing Director and Chief Technical Architect, ABAP-Experts
  • August 20, 2014
Ivan Mans discusses some transport functionalities of the SAP Transport Management System and transport management solutions offered by third-party software developers.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article you will learn how to:

  • Have a transport manager safeguard your landscape from erroneous imports
  • How to use alternatives to Microsoft Excel tracking and SAP Change Request Management (ChaRM)
Key Concept

Transporting configuration and development changes through an ERP landscape is done almost daily via the enhanced SAP Change and Transport System (CTS). Part of CTS is SAP’s Transport Management System (TMS), the backbone for all SAP transports. There are two versions of CTS, CTS and CTS+. The plus version also supports non-ABAP technologies.

Transport management is a vital task that is frequently underestimated. Through my work experience, I have encountered a range of client environments. All these environments have similar requirements with regard to transport management, but each one has a very different approach toward transportation challenges.

I also have been involved in a project at an organization that tracks its transports and import sequences using Microsoft Excel sheets. This data is centrally maintained and fed through a continuous flow of email from developers and consultants. This project was an example of inefficiency and risk of human error.

I guide you through what the SAP standard system has to offer to facilitate transport management. Everyone who has ever worked within an SAP environment is probably familiar with the SAP Change and Transport System (CTS).

Ivan Mans

Ivan Mans, a core technical SAP expert, co-founded ABAP-Experts. His first steps into the SAP arena were made more than 16 years ago. Since then Ivan worked as a certified independent consultant all across Europe, supporting and driving SAP projects across various industries. Today Ivan is managing director and chief technical architect at ABAP-Experts.com. Ivan’s home country is Belgium, where he lives in Antwerp, together with his wife and two dogs. In the scarce time Ivan is not working on SAP his main hobbies are travelling, enjoying good food and drinks, and British sports cars.

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