Exploring SAP Solution Manager Solution Documentation Assistant

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Director of SAP Solutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • September 15, 2016
Solution Manager has a Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) that helps create and maintain solution documentation containing both technical and process information. The information is based on how the solution is actually being used by the enterprise. Explore this functionality to discover some of its more advanced capabilities.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • Some of the common pain points associated with setting up the Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA)
  • The components parts of an SDA analysis project and how to run advanced analyses
  • How to create and use custom rules in the rules database to answer specific questions about how the SAP solution is being used by the enterprise
Key Concept

The Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) is a tool to help companies create and maintain documentation for their SAP solutions. Leveraging Solution Manager project structures, validation rules and check steps, and content provided by IBIS RBE technology (http://ibis-thome.com/en/services/rbe-plus/), the SDA can create and maintain structured and standardized technical and process-related documentation in Solution Manager. Using rules-based analysis, IBIS experts examine SAP systems to determine actual use. This service is called RBE+ and uses the RBE rules database. SAP has made the RBE rules database available for use by the SDA. This database can be maintained using the Rule Database editor.

The Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) uses connections between the Solution Manager system and the managed systems to perform structured analysis on how the solution is used and to generate both technical and process documentation.

The SDA uses an analysis project to house the structures and rules used to analyze the managed systems. An analysis project contains a Business Process Hierarchy that you can create from multiple sources or that you can manually maintain. It also has rules for interrogating the database of the managed system to gather details about solution use.

D. Russell Sloan

D. Russell Sloan, director of SAP solutions at Cognizant Technology Solutions, is a specialist in project and program governance. He focuses on the use of SAP Solution Manager for global rollout projects and has been implementing 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 more than 30 years.

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