Use the Upgrade Functionality for a Well-Documented and Smooth Transition

  • by Brad P. Saxon, Managing Principal, SAP America, Inc.
  • December 15, 2008
Learn about the tools and methodologies in the SAP Solution Manager Upgrade Project for planning, executing, and documenting the most important aspects and phases of your functional upgrade projects.
Key Concept

The Upgrade functionality, available through SAP Solution Manager, provides methodologies, accelerators (including release notes and guides), and tools that address each phase of a functional upgrade. The Upgrade Roadmap (version 3.2) provides SAP’s latest information and best practices for upgrading a system landscape. The Release Customizing View of a Project IMG allows you to compare two separate implementation guides (i.e., SAP 4.7 Enterprise and SAP ERP Central Component [SAP ECC] 6.0) and then flag certain IMG objects within the scope of your project as being “Upgrade Relevant.”

A technical upgrade can be a daunting task, but if you are armed with the Upgrade Functionality in Solution Manager including the Upgrade Roadmap, you create your project, attach the roadmap to the system you plan to upgrade, and then connect to the upgraded system with confidence. You can distribute upgrade relevant flags, which indicate the IMG objects that need to be upgraded, to ensure alignment with the over project plan. You can compare two projects against one another using the SAP_PROJECT_UPGRADE transaction to identify where changes in standard SAP Business Processes have occurred. The upgrade resources and tools provided will help you manage the overall upgrade process.

Brad P. Saxon

Brad P. Saxon has been an SAP consultant since 1996 and has spent the past eight years with SAP America. In his current role, he serves as the Managing Principal for SAP Solution Manager in the South Region. Brad has achieved a “Trusted Advisor” status with more than 35 Solution Manager customers. He is also a frequent contributor to ASUG, SAPPHIRE, and several websites, including

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