Automate Your Business Blueprint Generation for SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • by Marcus Wefers, Senior Director of Solution Management, Active Global Support, SAP SE
  • February 24, 2016
Many companies struggle with the documentation of the business processes they use in their productive SAP systems. Several applications from SAP and its partners are available to solve this challenge, but require a significant effort. A new ABAP program provided by SAP Solution Manager requires a very low effort to build an SAP module-oriented Business Blueprint. The program can be used for initial Business Blueprint creation as well as for regular delta updates. The application component hierarchy (ACH)-oriented Business Blueprint can be manually extended to include end-to-end processes using the generated entries as building blocks, thus acting as an executable or process step library (PSL).
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • The typical structure of a Business Blueprint documenting executables, process steps, and business processes used in productive SAP solutions
  • Fast and convenient generation of an SAP module-oriented Business Blueprint. For example, you can create a structure by modules such as sales and distribution (SD) or materials management (MM).
  • Manual steps to document an end-to-end business process based on the generated process step library (PSL)
Key Concept

The ABAP program RUTILITY_BLUEPRINT_GENERATION reads usage statistics of the productive SAP system and automatically generates a new SAP Solution Manager project and a three-level hierarchy of used executables including transactions and reports. For each executable the assigned application component hierarchy (ACH) is derived, which is used to build the three-level hierarchy with the executable as the third level. The executable is assigned together with the relevant logical component including standard SAP as well as custom-built executables. The user can easily exclude SAP modules that should not be used for Business Blueprint generation, such as Basis transactions. Custom-developed executables without ACH assignment are grouped in a special section of the generated Business Blueprint using their respective development class as the second level of the three-tier Business Blueprint hierarchy.

SAP Solution Manager 7.1 includes all the required capabilities to implement, test, document, operate, and upgrade SAP solutions. Many of the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) processes require SAP users to provide a complete documentation of their business processes, often referred to as a Business Blueprint or as Solution Documentation. The Business Blueprint needs to contain the structure of business processes with their process steps as well as the executables, such as transaction codes to execute the process steps.

Unfortunately, many companies have not created a sufficient Business Blueprint, or it is outdated and does not reflect the reality of their used SAP solutions anymore. Despite the fact that SAP and its partners offer tools to accelerate the Business Blueprint creation, the availability of documented business processes is still too low to allow fast implementation of ALM processes such as Test Management.

The new SAP Solution Manager 7.1 Support Package 11 application Scope and Effort Analyzer (SEA) provides a simplified, fast functionality to generate an SAP module-oriented blueprint. After feedback from co-innovation customers, SAP has developed a stand-alone ABAP program, RUTILITY_BLUEPRINT_GENERATION (available with SAP Note 2061626). It allows blueprint generation independent from SEA with Support Package 11 of SAP Solution Manager 7.1. With SAP Solution Manager 7.1 Support Package 13, the program is part of the standard delivery (i.e., the user no longer needs to deploy the above SAP Note).

You can use the automatically generated process step library (PSL) to compose process fragments or end-to-end (E2E) business processes through reuse of process steps and executables.

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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