Now You Can Really Manage Projects Within Solution Manager

  • by Lori Sanders, SAP Solution Manager Lead, Enowa Consulting
  • February 2, 2015
Follow these steps outlined by Lori Sanders to integrate SAP Solution Manager 7.1 with SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM). Then you can manage projects in one place, rather than jumping to Microsoft Project or other external tools.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Start using Solution Manager and SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) together to manage projects
  • Set up the integration between Solution Manager and PPM in the Solution Manager implementation guide
  • Start using SAP Change Request Management (ChaRM) alongside PPM to manage project work
Key Concept

SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) allows you to perform the strategic management and analysis of a group of projects in a portfolio. PPM is used mainly by project and program managers, as opposed to the SAP Project System module, which is targeted at key users who may be team members or controllers.

SAP Solution Manager has been around for more than 10 years and has supported implementation project documentation and testing for most of that time. However, the software platform has not included specific functionality to manage projects at a detailed level. Project teams were restricted to creating customized roadmaps and then exporting them to Microsoft Project or other, more robust project management applications to track progress toward completion.

With the release of Solution Manager 7.1 Support Package Stack (SPS) 10, project teams can take advantage of the integration with SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM). PPM is delivered in Solution Manager 7.1 with component CPRXRPM. To verify that your Solution Manager installation includes this component, access System > Status from the menu, and select the Component information button under the Component Version field. The component information shown in Figure 1 is from a Solution Manager 7.1 system at SPS 12, so it may look different than yours.

Lori Sanders

Lori Sanders has been working with SAP ALM and Solution Manager for more than 10 years. She consults with global customers and partners to create and implement strategies using SAP Solution Manager as the backbone of implementation and solution operations. She worked with SAP from 2004 to 2008 as a Platinum Consultant, the first named for SAP Solution Manager, and then in an executive role in SAP Active Global Support, before returning to a direct customer advisory role as a consulting partner.

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