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Lately, we have recieved a number of questions around SAP Solutions Manager from clients, partners and prospects. What is SAP Solutions Manager? What's the latest version of SAP Solutions Manager? How does SAP Solutions Manager relate to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA?

What is SAP Solutions Manager?

SAP Solution Manager is an integrated platform to align business and IT on one business process landscape and drive the “business of IT” from a common understanding of business value, business models, operating models and solution powered by IT. SAP Solution Manager aides the planning, design and deployment of projects, harmonizes your IT infrastructure with your business processes, monitors system help, and serves as a link to the SAP support portal.

SAP Solutions Manager 7.2

The new release SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is designed not only to support you managing your existing IT landscape, but also to optimize the value of digitization provided by SAP S/4HANA.

With this release, SAP Solution Manager becomes a modern and integrated platform, managing the “business of IT” with four key value chains:

  • Portfolio to Project (P2P) to drive the portfolio of projects and balance business initiatives and their business value against IT capacity, skills and timelines. This provides the strategy to balance and broker a customer's portfolio, and gives a unified viewpoint across Program Management Office (PMO), enterprise architecture, and service portfolio. Data quality for decision-making is improved, and KPIs and roadmaps are available to improve business communication.

  • Requirement to Deploy (R2D) to build what the business needs, when it needs it with measured business outcome. This provides a framework for creating, modifying, or sourcing services, for support of agile and traditional development methodologies. Visibility of the quality, utility, schedule, and cost of the services SAP customers deliver is improved with continuous integration and deployment control points.

  • Request to Fulfill (R2F) to catalog, request and fulfill services. This helps IT organizations transition to a service broker model, with a single catalog with items from multiple supplier catalogs. The process efficiently manages subscriptions and total cost of services, and manages and measures fulfillments across multiple suppliers.

  • Detect to Correct (D2C) to anticipate and resolve production problems. This brings together IT service operations to enhance results and efficiency, enabling end-to-end visibility using a shared configuration model. Issues are identified before they affect users, with reduced mean time to repair.

Some of the new key capabilities of SAP Solution Manager 7.2 include:

  • Improved user experience, with more visually attractive graphics, and browser-based user interfaces.

  • Powerful implementation capabilities, providing a comprehensive design and build environment that allows customers to efficiently implement SAP’s new ERP flagship solution: SAP S/4HANA.

  • Agile implementation. With the Focused Build offering, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is delivering a seamless tool-based requirements-to-deploy process. The solution includes business demand and requirements management as well as integrated risk management, clear-cut collaboration features that allow to orchestrate global development teams remotely.

  • Hybrid support. SAP customers either already are or soon will be reaping the benefits of cloud-based solutions. This means that existing SAP Solution Manager customers need to include SAP business cloud solutions in their on-premise solution landscapes. SAP cloud support is especially important for SAP S/4HANA because many customers are expected to leverage the new ERP solution mostly in the cloud or together with cloud solutions.

  • Support for SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA. SAP HANA has become the de facto standard for in-memory databases. From an SAP Solution Manager perspective, this means that the new SAP Solution Manager release needs to provide support for managing SAP HANA during its complete lifecycle.

SAP Solutions Manager and SAP HANA

Before version 7.2, SAP Solution Manager couldn’t run on HANA, requiring HANA users to run it on a separate platforms. While SAP Solution Manager 7.2 can still run on other databases, its functionality can tip the balance in favor of running on SAP HANA. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 has reengineered from the ground up. It’s being developed on UI5 rather than Dynpros, and is run through SAP Fiori — an award-winning UX emphasizing commercial-grade design and ease-of use. This results in better performance and productivity, and quicker adaptation.

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