January 24 – 25, 2017 was the date of DSAG SAP User Group Solution Manager Conference 2017 on the topic of SAP Solution Manager. Just like last year, presentations and discussions centered around SAP Solution Manager 7.2. Talks were predominantly about one thing – migration to the new version. Since basic support for version 7.1 is being discontinued almost too soon, users have little time to make the transition. While a number of organizations have managed to get the ordeal over with, many still seem to be waiting…or even hesitating. This is documented by published statistics, as addressed by Dr. Matthias Melich (SAP SE) in his keynote address.
So how does one go about migrating to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and what should one watch out for?
The core issue lies in gathering sufficient information. Because without sound planning, it’s easy to become ensnared. SAP SE offers countless tools (detailed extensively and in an easy-to-understand fashion in presentations by Benjamin Schneider, SAP SE). What’s more, you need to take a close look at the content in your system and business processes. Especially for Process Management (aka. Solution Documentation), the centerpiece of innovations achieved in 7.2, it’s essential to document the real-world processes and programs used. Especially if you’re looking to use SAP Solution Manager to do real ALM as an interface between your IT department and business units. Because how can upgrade tests be done in a targeted manner for specialist processes when corresponding process descriptions and test cases are missing or incomplete? You’ll find the answer by using extensive business oriented system analyses.
As in previous years, one highlight of the event included Prof. Thome’s keynote speech, which yet again made clear how public perception can differ from the actual background. He explained the concept of Industry 4.0 and the concomitant changes awaiting us with the Internet of Things (IoT).
The DSAG SAP User Group Solution Manager Conference 2017 was once again an event characterized by compelling conversations and interesting presentations. It provides a forum for direct exchange with a wide variety of people from the SAP user community, and is of inestimable value for all who attend.