Interview: Michael Pytel on the Project Functionality in SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • by Scott Priest, Managing Editor
  • November 18, 2011
SAPexperts/Project Management
SAP Solution Manager 7.1 is more than just a marketing-focused release. It represents a major overhaul in the functionality and look and feel of the application. NIMBL consultant Michael Pytel explains some of the new functionality, as well as how the solution helps bridge IT and project management needs.

SAP Solution Manager 7.1 has certainly received a lot of coverage in the market lately. Aside from HANA and mobile technologies, it was one of the most significant topics featured at SAP TechEd, and has been the subject of many of our recent articles.

SAP has promoted SAP Solution Manager in the past, particularly with the 7.0 release, as being a significant cog in organizations’ SAP installations. While some companies didn’t agree with this position, Michael Pytel of NIMBL Consulting argues that 7.1 may change their minds.

“I think SAP has done a great job of advertising some of the new capabilities,” says Pytel. “I think there was some confusion in the marketplace where Solution Manager 4.0 was renamed 7.0. People weren’t quite sure, did they get new functionality? Was it just a marketing thing? But with 7.1, we do see true enhancement of functionality with everything from CIO dashboards to improved UI to improved reporting. It has been well received.”

One of the major factors in SAP Solution Manager adoption, like many IT solutions, is its ability to return a company’s investment. Typically, it is thought of as a monitoring tool — something reserved for the IT team and removed from the deliverance of value to an organization.

Scott Priest

Scott was the senior managing editor at SAPexperts, responsible for the content development and acquisition for topics including HANA, mobility, and Solution Manager. He graduated from Bates College with a BA degree in English. You may follow him on Twitter at @priestWIS.

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