Manage Key Project Strategy Documents with SAP Solution Manager Roadmaps

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • January 15, 2009
Strategic documents and methodologies set the direction and the processes for SAP projects. SAP Solution Manager Roadmaps provide the tools and content repositories you use to tailor a selected methodology and to set the direction for your project. Learn how to use these tools to ensure successful projects and to generate valuable assets for future projects.
Key Concept

Strategic documents are files of project–related information, stored in SAP Solution Manager Roadmaps, that guide your project team towards a successful project solution. Aligning strategic documents with your project methodology helps your team deliver projects successfully. The sooner you formally align your chosen strategic documents with your SAP project, the more smoothly your project team’s work will go.

The SAP Solution Manager (V7.0 SP16) Roadmap functionality helps you build and store your key strategy related documents. This functionality allows you to link a methodology to your project scope, set milestones, arrange work products into work packages, and it also provide a visual view of the overall status of your project. It also provides integration with the SAP Knowledge Warehouse (KW) so that you can share key project deliverables directly in your project-specific methodology using the roadmap function. (SAP Solution Manager 7.0 includes SAP KW version 6.0 in the application server software stack.)

Before you begin, it’s important to understand some key terms.

Methodology: A repeatable, scalable, and project-independent collection of actions, milestones, strategies, and work products to aid in the success of your project. SAP and other vendors provide methodologies for implementing, upgrading, and supporting SAP solutions for enterprises of all shapes and sizes. Executing an SAP project without a proven methodology is an invitation for disaster and exposes your organization to a level of risk that SAP experts consider unacceptable.

Roadmap: The functionality provided by Solution Manager to house the methodology and strategy-related documentation, track key project milestones, and help align the efforts of the project team members.

The focus of this article is the methodologies of the ASAP Roadmap. As mentioned, other SAP methodologies are available as SAP Solution Manager Roadmaps.

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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