Sync Your Global Template with Your Productive System for Better ALM

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • January 24, 2012
Manager/Project Management
SAP Solution Manager 7.0 has reports and functionality that can assist project managers and business owners with identifying and maintaining process changes that can be leveraged in a global template. Explore the capabilities and limitations of these features in SAP Solution Manager 7.0 and discover how to augment the capabilities using audit procedures. Learn how to use SAP Solution Manager to aid in the process of updating the enterprise global template based on changes that have occurred as a part of ongoing application life cycle management.
Key Concept
The use of the global template is becoming more common as SAP Solution Manager’s features mature and as organizations seek to reduce the cost of deploying SAP solutions globally. In essence, the global template is meant to house the key business processes that an organization wishes to standardize across the entire enterprise. However, it is almost inevitable that these processes require changes to support individual geographies or business units. This is where the combination of the SAP Solution Manager template project, implementation project, and solutions come into play. These work together to provide your organization with the flexibility to adapt to the demands of a global enterprise supporting local needs, while tracking and determining the impact to other regions or the global template.

Productive solutions require ongoing maintenance. This maintenance comes mostly from three primary categories or groups of changes to the solution. These include break fixes, application of Support Packages and SAP Notes, and periodic releases of functionality enhancements requested by the business. It’s the third group of changes that most likely provides opportunities for incorporation into a global template, but that does not imply that the other two shouldn’t also be continuously monitored for implications to the global template functionality. The need to identify and incorporate changes into the enterprise global template is a natural part of an ongoing application life cycle management process.

As part of ongoing quality assurance, the enterprise should perform periodic reviews of the productive solution compared to the content of the global template. In SAP Solution Manager 7.1, you can do this process via the automated features in the Compare and Adjust functionality. In prior releases, however, this process is far more manual.

I’ll show you the processes and procedures for performing this comparison in SAP Solution Manager prior to 7.1. However, my example assumes that you’re on SAP Solution Manager 7.0 with Support Package 18 and enhancement package 1 or higher.

I’ll explore how to:

  • Compare a solution to the project from which it was created
  • Incorporate the changes back into the source project (roll-in)
  • Compare a template project with an implementation
  • Incorporate changes in the implementation into the template (roll-in)

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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