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How Big is SAP Solution Manager?

That has proven to be a difficult question to answer accurately because the Solution Manager scope has been expanding over the years to cover many different functional and solution support areas.

One of the best resources to help understand the overall size and scope of Solution Manager is the recently published SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Adoption Framework. This lengthy document describes 40 different functional areas in Solution Manager 7.2. SAP also provides some rough guidelines regarding estimated efforts to implement the functionality. What struck me was the overwhelming amount of effort required when you take a closer look.

Will There be a SolMan 7.3?

After wrapping up another ASUG & SAPPHIRENOW Annual Conference a few weeks ago, I became obsessed with the future of SAP Solution Manager. My co-workers can attest that I have an unhealthy obsession with the history and future of SolMan. Our booth was positioned directly across from an SAP Hybris and C4C consulting company and we had some time to talk shop in between booth activity. It was interesting to understand that from their perspective, SAP’s on premise CRM is on the tail end of its lifecycle. This sentiment was echoed by other SAP partners, as in this HANA presentation where the presenter talks about upcoming demise of SAP SCM and CRM, in favor of newer applications such as Hybris. I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise since SAP has notified their customers that support for ECC 6.0 will end in 2025.

SAP Focused Solutions for Solution Manager

As SAP is slowly transitioning its software revenues from a traditional license-plus-annual-support model to more of a subscription-based or SaaS model, Solution Manager is also undergoing a fundamental change in its licensing model. Prior to the release of SAP’s Focused Solutions for Solution Manager – named Focused Build, Focused Insights and Focused Run – SAP included right-to-use licenses for multiple SolMan applications at no additional cost. That is, as long as you are an Enterprise Support or MaxAttention customer. That is no longer the situation with SAP’s chargeable Focused Solution offerings.

Important Solution Manager 7.2 Decisions

It’s always great to catch up with SAP customers at the SAP TechEd event, since customers are very good at providing a “no spin” point of view regarding new SAP developments. Many SAP customers which we spoke with are aware that they will have to upgrade to Solution Manger 7.2 by the end of 2017, and of course TechEd is a great place to get information regarding the potential benefits and impact of that upgrade. Upgrade options for SAP customers running Solution Change and Request Manager (ChaRM) was a popular topic of conversation since SAP change management has such a large impact on SAP operations.

Got a Minute? Solution Manager 7.2

SAP Solution Manager 7.2 has officially been released and there are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your upgrade. So if you’ve got a minute, take a quick look at this 1 minute video to hear about these insights.

SolMan 7.2 Has Arrived – What To Do?

Now that SAP Solution Manager 7.2 has officially been released, for customers currently running Solution Manager 7.1, the upgrade clock is ticking. SolMan 7.1 will only be supported through the end of 2017 at which time SolMan 7.1 transitions to customer-specific maintenance. Stay tuned over the next several months for additional details on SolMan 7.2, particularly regarding how it affects customer’s SAP change control processes and strategies. For now, here is a list of key SolMan 7.2 items to keep in mind during your upgrade planning process.

How Rev-Trac Integrates With Solution Manager BPCA

More and more, Rev-Trac customers want to leverage their existing investments in Solution Manager with Rev-Trac change control functionality. With the release of RT 6.0 SPS 09, Rev-Trac now integrates with Solution Manager Business Process Change Analyzer (BPCA). You can call BPCA functionality for single or multiple Rev-Trac requests.