Improve Traceability with SAP Solution Manager

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • July 27, 2010
With the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley and other compliance rules, the need for full traceability across a solution development effort is expanding far beyond just the pharmaceutical industry. SAP Solution Manager has a collection of features that enable your project to provide end-to-end visibility to all aspects of solution development and delivery. From initial design through final testing and signoff, SAP Solution Manager allows you to link and trace all the activities, documents, and technical objects needed to deliver your solution.
Key Concept
Being able to quickly find all parts of a solution is becoming more and more critical as solutions become more complex, and audit and compliance requirements increase. Take advantage of SAP Solution Manager linking capabilities and group all parts of designing, building, and testing a solution into logical units of work centered on the business process.

If you look at what goes into designing and delivering business processes in an SAP system, you’ll see that there are many parts that must work together to achieve solution success. Before you assemble the logical unit of work known as a complete business process, you should take a closer look at the component parts.

A business process design and delivery contain many of the features in Tables 1 and 2 in varying combinations. Table 1 contains the documents commonly used in the design and build of a solution. Table 2 contains the technical objects used in the design and build.

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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