Tips for Managing Your Documentation During a Complex Rollout

  • by Marcel van den Top, Independent SAP Project Manager and SAP Solution Manager Specialist
  • November 3, 2010
Manager
Learn how to handle maintenance and deployment projects simultaneously, and find out about tools in SAP Solution Manager to manage potentially conflicting change requests, including custom attributes, templates, the solution directory, and compare and adjust.
Key Concept
SAP Solution Manager can help manage the complexity inherent in ongoing rollout projects by serving as the configuration management database of your SAP solution components. Several tools are available to help your organization identify, categorize, and keep track of changes to each object in your solution.

After you’ve gone live for the first time with an SAP solution, the work is far from over. Many organizations choose to reduce risk by rolling out incrementally. An extended rollout program presents many challenges, not the least of which is how to manage ongoing support and maintenance at the same time as your deployment activities. Even if you are not rolling out to a large multinational organization, managing just one project that will go live after your urgent corrections warrants a well-thought-out, systematic approach.

I’ll explain how SAP Solution Manager can help organize these complexities by addressing the following common questions:

  • What can you use to track which parts of your solution have been implemented and where?
  • What if I need to apply corrections to objects in production that are also in scope for a deployment project?
  • How do you handle a situation in which two development and testing environments are delivering changes to a common production environment?
  • Should I use the solution directory or a template project?
  • How does the maintenance project fit in?

Marcel van den Top

Marcel van den Top has 14 years of experience in analysis, design, and implementation of business information systems. Marcel has gained his knowledge about SAP Solution Manager through SAP projects in different industries — as an SAP ERP Financials consultant, integration manager, project manager, and advisor. He is a regular speaker at the SAP Solution Manager seminar, advising companies on how to improve their implementation, rollout, and upgrade projects, as well as their support processes.

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