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This process supports you in the different project phases in which you are pursuing the aim of defining and configuring the business processes and scenarios in your solution.

The SAP Solution Manager provides central access to all tools, methods, documents and other data required in the implementation environment. SAP delivers up-to-date implementation contents (documentation, preconfiguration, business functions, test cases/business test requirements), regularly. You can select, adjust and use the contents appropriate to your company context.

SAP solution implementation comprises the following phases:

  • Create a project

    To implement your solution, you must first define a project. In Project Administration, you can create and edit a project by defining the system landscape for the individual project phases and specifying the project scope and standards (see Project Administration).

    Depending on the type of the project, you can create or edit the structure hierarchy for the business processes and scenarios by including your own or preconfigured content, and then configuring it.

  • Evaluation

    You can evaluate the the business processes of your solution before implementing them. You obtain information about country-specific and industry-specific business process standards. Various tools are available with which you can visually display the business processes, plan new solutions, and change existing solutions.

  • Planning

    The planning phases encompasses the following steps:

    • Roadmap

      You obtain predefined project plans with a collection of activities and tasks, as well as accelerators and tools that cover the most important aspects and phases of an implementation project (such as ASAP Roadmaps, see . You can also define your own roadmap.

    • Business Blueprint

      In the Business Blueprint, you create or enhance the project structure for your company-specific business processes. By separating your business scenarios, business processes, and process steps, you can assign transactions, business functions, and the relevant documentation to the structure items. A possible source of business scenarios is the Business Process Repository (see the overview of scenarios delivered by SAP).

      You can enhance a Business Blueprint with the Business Process Blueprinting (BPB) Tool. This tool describes, creates and manages the SAP Solution Manager Business Blueprint. It also visualizes the structure and purpose of business scenarios and business processes, graphically. The BPB tool uses the standard Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) 2.0 to model scenario flow diagrams and enhance process flow diagrams. You can also add business scenario and business process documentation, with a rich text editor (see Enhancing a Business Blueprint).

  • Create

    This phase encompasses the following steps:

    • Configuration

      In technical configuration, you specify cross-scenario settings. Based on the process requirements from the project structure in the business blueprint, you configure the individual structure items for your business scenarios in the development systems and document these steps.

    • Business Configuration Sets (BC Sets)

      SAP provides you with BC Sets with which you can configure your data.

    • Customizing distribution and synchronization

      So that you can use business scenarios in different components of a system landscape at the same time, you must ensure that the Customizing settings for the underlying business processes are the same. This is achieved by Customizing distribution when Customizing changes are transported from a source system into the corresponding target systems.

    • Managing learning materials

      You can provide end users with IT-supported self-training courses by creating role-specific learning maps with learning objects for the individual structure items. These are based on your project structure.

  • Testing

    You can test your business processes based on the configuration and scenario structures. To do so, use the test cases provided for your solution and assign additional test cases to the individual business processes and process steps. Once you have created the test plans, you can call the tester worklists and begin testing. For more information, see Test Management.

  • Prepare Production Start

    The business scenarios and processes implemented in your project, as well as the corresponding system information, are transferred to a customer-specific storage location (Solution Directory). In the solution, you manage and monitor your business processes in operational use. For more information, see Solutions.

    The following services are available:

    • SAP GoingLive Check (for production start)

    • SAP EarlyWatch Alert (for smooth production processing)

  • Reports

    You can enter information in each project phase. On this basis, you can create cross-project, cross-phase, or phase-specific reports.