Synchronize Multiple System Projects with Customizing Distribution and Customizing Scout

  • by Manoj Ambardekar, Solution Architect
  • December 16, 2009
Learn how to use the SAP Solution Manager Customizing Scout and Customizing Distribution functions to synchronize global configuration settings in a system landscape consisting of SAP ERP Central Component, SAP Supply Chain Management, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse. The synchronization of configurations across a system landscape makes system maintenance easier and more efficient.
Key Concept

IT solutions have evolved from simply using SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) to meet the needs of large Fortune 50 companies to using multiple SAP applications. For example, applications such as SAP ECC, SAP Supply Chain Management, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse are easy to interface in the landscape, but you need to synchronize the global settings in the different applications to have consistent configuration settings across the landscape. This is best carried out using the Customizing Distribution and Customizing Scout tools in SAP Solution Manager.

As companies’ SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) systems gather transaction data for a few years, they often implement planning systems such as SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) and reporting systems such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). However, it can be difficult for IT departments to configure and upgrade system landscapes with SAP ECC, SAP SCM, and SAP NetWeaver BW systems because each has a minimum of three instances (development, quality assurance, and production, as well as training in some cases). Therefore, there can be about 12 instances of SAP ECC, SAP SCM, and SAP NetWeaver BW if a single global system was implemented. The complexity of configuration and maintenance increases if regions such as North America or Europe have separate landscapes.

SAP Solution Manager helps companies manage the entire system landscape for both configuration and technical settings, from initial system landscape setup to the Business Blueprint, and from the configuration of global templates to production support and rollouts.

I’ll explain how SAP Solution Manager can help a company that has a large SAP footprint maintain and synchronize global configuration settings, such as currencies, countries, regions, and measurement units, during the configuration phase. This can be done with two tools in SAP Solution Manager: Customizing Distribution and Customizing Scout. The major steps in configuration and prerequisites for customizing synchronization explained in this article are based on SAP Solution Manager 7.0 (with SAP enhancement package 1), SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0, SAP ECC 6.0, and SAP SCM 5.1.

Manoj Ambardekar

Manoj Ambardekar has more than 20 years of IT and manufacturing experience with firms such as IBM, Infosys, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Siemens Information in the CPG, brewing, and process industries. He has more than 14 years of experience with SAP APO and SAP ECC with specialization in logistics. He has played multiple roles as functional and technical lead as well as project manager. He has implemented SAP applications at more than 12 large- and medium-sized projects since 1998. Manoj is a chemical engineer certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) from APICS – USA, and holds a master’s of engineering (industrial) degree from B.I.T.S. in Pilani, India. Manoj works on both large and SME clients to implement SAP as both a configuration SME in APO/ECC PP-MM/Solution Manager and project manager/team lead. He specializes in supply chain management solutions using software such as SAP APO, SAP SCM, SAP ECC, SAP Solution Manager, and business intelligence for North American clients.

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