Using Shortcuts to Manage Work

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • April 26, 2013
Manage alternate views of the Business Process Hierarchy using structure shortcuts. Learn how to manage your project content from both a business process perspective and an SAP module perspective.
Key Concept

The shortcut feature allows you represent the business processes of your solution as well as the process team ownership of the Business Process Hierarchy nodes. This can be useful when you have a project team structure that is organized around SAP modules and you want to deliver a process-aligned solution.

A challenge arises when you have a project team organized around key SAP module skills, but you need to deliver the SAP project solution in an end-to-end process alignment. For example, the order-to-cash scenario crosses the SAP functional areas (or modules) of sales and distribution (SD), materials management (MM), and financial accounting (FI) at a minimum. 

Project teams are frequently organized around core SAP modules to concentrate skills and experience for the high synergistic benefits of grouping and managing these professionals together. In addition, team leadership along a single SAP module can be easier than trying to lead teams with scenario alignment.

This presents the challenge of how to design a scenario-aligned solution with the ownership of processes within a scenario’s cross-functional teams. One solution is to use the Business Process Hierarchy (BPH) shortcut. 

The BPH shortcut allows you to build your BPH either as a module-aligned structure or as a scenario-aligned structure as the primary structure, and then construct an alternate view.

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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