Cutover to Production - From Project to Solution

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • June 2, 2014
When it’s time to go live with your SAP implementation, it is important that you have a clean handover of your project content to your operational solution. D. Russell Sloan shows how to minimize disruption to operational support and coordinate the release of the new functionality with things that may already be happening in production support,such as break fix or minor enhancements.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn how to:

  • Create and populate a solution with your project content as part of your cutover preparation activities
  • Provide the production support team with the most up-to-date content on how the solution was designed, built, and tested
Key Concept

Solution Manager provides a storehouse for production-ready content. It combines project content with system and technical information that describes the production landscape known as the solution. The solution must be populated with production-ready content when you are ready to cut over from your project phase to a production support phase as part of your go-live activities.

You and your project team have worked hard to build and test a solution for your enterprise. Now it’s time to move it into production to allow the business to realize the benefits. There is much to do in terms of business readiness — releasing all the transports, confirming final data loads, and ensuring all the technical parts are working together. It is imperative that you look beyond the go-live day to the future to provide your operations team members with what they’ll need to support the business.

A critical part of the arsenal needed to support the business is the clean handover of all the project content your team has created over the course of your implementation. Fortunately, Solution Manager provides a set of capabilities for doing just that.

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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