Leverage IMG Projects and Views to Reduce Configuration Complexity

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • September 15, 2014
D. Russell Sloan shows you how to link your Solution Manager project to IMG projects and project views during the configuration phase of a project.
Learning Objectives

In this article you’ll learn:

  • The difference between Solution Manager projects and IMG projects
  • How to create IMG projects and assign them to a Solution Manager project
  • How to create and use IMG project views
Key Concept

The IMG projects and project views are control elements created in the managed systems to narrow the scope of access to the configuration of the managed system (IMG). Creating these during initial project scoping helps projects stay in bounds from a scope perspective and can help configuration teams quickly capture key information during configuration activities.

By establishing the control elements for IMG projects and project views early on in large implementation projects, project leadership can enforce boundaries on configuration to prevent straying outside the bounds of project scope during the configuration phase of the project.

To be most effective, the setup of IMG projects and project views can be coupled with authorization profiles to further reduce the risk of project team members straying outside the intended scope boundaries during configuration. (The techniques for setting up authorizations to enforce these boundaries are beyond the scope of this article).

To take advantage of IMG projects and project views, you need to create them and associate them with the logical components assigned to your Solution Manager project. You can do all this directly in Solution Manager, which can save you the trouble of creating the projects and views in each of the managed systems using transaction code SPRO_ADMIN.

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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