Manage and Document Your Realization Phase with the Configuration Transaction

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • October 6, 2009
Learn how SAP Solution Manager can help you manage the Realization phase (otherwise known as the configuration or build phase) of your SAP project. Using tools in configuration transaction SOLAR02 can also prepare you for change management and operational support.
Key Concept

The Realization phase is the phase in which you convert your ideas and plans from the Blueprint phase into a running system. SAP Solution Manager can help you manage configuration, track and document custom development, and coordinate change tracking. Its system landscape navigation can help control your configuration and development work. SAP Solution Manager provides features and functionality to help you manage and document the build of your solution. It includes functionality that automatically produces a complete configuration guide and documentation.

During the Blueprint phase, you held design meetings, ensured that business process stakeholders were involved and committed to your project, and documented the business requirements that were to be met in the scenarios, processes, and steps. Now it’s time for the Realization phase. This is when you take a step back, look at what you’ve decided is in scope, and understand that you’re now faced with delivering a functioning solution that meets the needs described in your Blueprint phase. This is the time when you focus on customizing the SAP solution to meet all the requirements captured in designing the workshops into a working enterprise system.

SAP Solution Manager can help you organize your configuration activities into cross-process and process-specific categories. For example, configuration elements such as units of measure and company codes cross many business processes while configuration related to sales tax calculation is more limited to the order management business process. Through the use of the configuration structure and configuration tab, you can manage the build of your solution in the areas of configuration that cross business processes and the areas that are process specific. With the SAP Solution Manager System Landscape, you can control the navigation into satellite systems for performing your configuration, developing and documenting your custom development, and aligning your testing to the business processes. Using the SAP Solution Manager configuration capabilities, you can produce a comprehensive configuration guide to help you monitor and manage your solution build activities and to produce the phase documentation. The configuration capabilities in SAP Solution Manager allow you to organize your training materials to your business processes.

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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