Demystify Digital Signature Configuration for Faster Approvals

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • January 27, 2010
Digital signatures enable you to send documents electronically, thereby avoiding time lost to physically mailing signed documents. To ensure that the digital signatures on your documents are authentic and secure, it is important that you understand all the SAP Solution Manager configuration steps involved. This article breaks down the complex process for creating master documents for statuses and the best way to sign documents with digital signatures.
Key Concept
Configuring digital signatures can be a complicated process and requires carrying out several steps. You need to have a very good understanding of your signature approval requirements so you can configure digital signatures to meet your organization’s needs more closely.
Configuring digital signatures is a one-time activity — once you have the basic building blocks in place, the ongoing maintenance is simple. However, you must proceed with caution when you set up and configure digital signatures to avoid the potential of setting up an incorrect approval process — or worse, system errors. In my previous article on digital signatures, “Configure Digital Signatures in SAP Solution Manager,” I outlined the basic customizing activities in the IMG required for digital signatures. In this article I take the process one step further and show you how to create master data for document statuses. The values you enter become options available to you when you create and change document statuses.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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