Manage Configuration Through Solution Manager

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • March 14, 2013
Managing configuration from Solution Manager allows you to control access to the configuration and encourage continuous documentation during the build phase of your project. Learn how the relationship between Solution Manager and the development environment allows you to preserve a golden configuration environment, support unit testing, and manage the delivery of solution configuration as logical units of work around business processes.
Key Concept

Mapping the configuration elements to your business processes before beginning configuration allows you to more tightly control scope, reduce errors associated with IMG tree navigation, and facilitate consistent configuration behaviors.

IT administrators involved in virtually all large implementation projects face the challenge of managing configuration activities. Modern global implementations embark on a configuration subphase that can involve team members in many time zones and geographies working concurrently. Coordinating these activities is imperative to minimize the risk of rework and to help prevent conflicts with common configuration objects. 

For the purposes of this article, I’ll limit the scope of discussion to just the SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) solution landscape, and more specifically, the Solution Manager system IMG itself. The examples used here apply to the SAP ECC IMG as well. Other considerations and techniques are required when you move into other SAP products such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse or SAP Supplier Relationship Management. I’ll show you how to set up a successful framework for scoping and managing the configuration as well as explain how Solution Manager navigates your solution landscape to support your configuration activities.

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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