Discover the Ease of Using SAP Solution Manager's Scout IMG Configuration Comparison Functionality

  • by Sapna N. Modi, SAP Practice Unit & Key Accounts Automation Champion, L&T Infotech Ltd (LTI)
  • November 6, 2017
See how to use Customizing Scout, which is part of SAP Solution Manager’s Customizing Synchronization suite. This functionality enables you to compare functional IMG configuration between two systems. These systems must be connected in Solution Manager and should be configured with the necessary authorizations. It is useful especially when manual activity is involved in a comparison of the synchronization, distribution of configuration, and master data differences between two systems.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn about:

  • Scenarios in which an SAP system’s functional configuration comparison is required
  • A step-by-step guide to the SAP Solution Manager Scout comparison functionality
Key Concept

Many project or business scenarios require a comparison of two SAP systems’ functional configuration. Executing this comparison manually may be difficult, error prone, and time consuming. To achieve this goal of a functional comparison, you can use SAP Solution Manager’s Scout comparison functionality. Scout comparison is part of the Customizing Distribution & Customizing Scout feature of Solution Manager.

In many situations, you need to compare two systems’ configurations. They include:

  • Differences in development and production IMG configuration in the same landscape
  • Differences in IMG configuration in the support and project landscapes
  • Differences in IMG configuration among different production systems during consolidations or migrations     

In an implementation project that has support and project landscapes with a common production system, you need to know the differences in IMG configuration of the development systems of both landscapes so that they remain synchronized. This scenario is like a manual retrofit of configuration differences among the systems. This is critical if you do not have SAP Solution Manager Change Request Management (ChaRM) or if you are implementing ChaRM.

ChaRM has a retrofit feature and it allows disciplined transports among the landscapes so that they remain synchronized. In some large and especially complex landscapes (based on regions or business functions), ChaRM functionality may not be rolled out to the entire landscape. In such cases, use of Scout comparison is important to keep the landscape synchronized.  

Sapna N. Modi

Sapna N. Modi has 13+ years of experience in the software industry including SAP software in the areas of solution architecture, consulting, presales, and project management. Sapna has multiple SAP and non-SAP certifications. She is an integral part of the team in setting up the SAP Solution Manager practice at L&T Infotech (www.lntinfotech.com) and has participated in consulting and advisory roles for multiple projects. She has global exposure with experience in the US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and Kuwait. She is instrumental in and is dedicated to an extreme automation initiative of SAP projects across verticals at L&T Infotech (LTI). Her goal is to accomplish automation-driven efficient operations and to formulate an automation platform for optimized TCO for customers as well as for her organization. Her focus is on innovation to leverage SAP products and non-SAP products involving Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) to help customers standardize their portfolio so that it is simplified, automation ready, and able to easily migrate to the SAP S/4HANA platform.

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