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5 Ways SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Turbo-Charges SAP S/4HANA

Feature Article | May 4, 2016 by Susan Galer

Everyone is talking about digitized business, but companies have understandably limited experience with spearheading process change that transforms business models.

Enter SAP Solution Manager 7.2, which has been expressly designed to help organizations use the full capabilities of SAP S/4HANA to transform their business. Currently available to customers in the cloud and on premise, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 sets a new standard for application lifecycle management that addresses both IT and business mandates.

“SAP Solution Manager 7.2 aligns with SAP S/4HANA, providing customers with one collaborative platform for lifecycle management of S/4HANA,” said Matthias Melich, vice president of SAP Solution Manager. “Our customers can quickly adapt their processes to digital business and continuously measure the valuable outcomes. In this way, our customer’s SAP investment is a source of renewable innovation as they explore new digital business processes and models.”

SAP Solution Manager 7.2 has been expressly designed to help organizations use SAP S/4HANA

1. Digital Age Lifecycle Management

SAP developed SAP Solution Manager 7.2 after listening closely to its user groups, especially SAP MaxAttention customers. Their feedback was that they needed a platform to take advantage of Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, business networks, social and other advanced technologies, which are the digital age accelerants for every industry. The result is one platform which gives customers the appropriate real-time transparency, automation and control to adopt and manage these innovations. Process experts and solution architects can begin early to explore new industry models, accessing the complete portfolio of SAP best practices from SAP Activate, including guided configuration for SAP S/4HANA. There is also a new modeling environment.

“SAP Solution Manager 7.2 has been developed in direct response to customer requests,” said Melich. “We’ve integrated the entire portfolio of our best practice content. In addition, our graphical process editor removes the need for external modeling tools, allowing customers to quickly adapt processes and deliver better solutions that meet their unique digital transformation requirements.”

2. Managing Hybrid Landscapes

One of the major benefits of SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is its ability to bring cloud-based transformation into systems that typically include on-premise solutions. Using the latest release, customers can manage SAP cloud solutions in the same way as their on premise solutions. “It no longer matters whether an application is cloud-based or on-premise,” said Melich “Customers can see and work with SAP S/4HANA regardless of how it is deployed and which SAP cloud offerings they are using.”

SAP Solution Manager 7.2 provides customers with a platform to take advantage of IoT, mobile, business networks, social, and other advanced technologies — the digital age accelerants for every industry. Image via SAP.

3. SAP Fiori Saves Time, Boosts Productivity

Mirroring the user interface strategy that characterizes SAP S/4HANA, this latest solution manager release is designed to provide people with easy access to the information they need most with SAP Fiori. In addition, casual users can quickly complete tasks using SAP Fiori apps.

4. Realizing Continuous Value Faster

In the ever-changing digital economy, organizations across every industry are under constant pressure to adapt strategies and operations to compete and win. SAP Solution Manager not only delivers the technical capabilities to manage these changes, but also maps to business KPIs, allowing customers to steer business effectively.

“Melding technical operations with business KPIs means that SAP Solution Manager 7.2 helps companies solve immediate and critical business problems,” said Melich “Is the company collecting all the invoices that are owed? Is the system accurately and quickly managing the thousands of additional data entry points from an explosion of sensors? Solving these kinds of business problems reduces costs and improves accuracy.”

SAP Solution Manager also supports agile innovation. Customers can easily manage the entire development process from ideation to testing and deployment. The solution readiness dashboard provides unprecedented transparency into real-time status of every project.

5. Continuous Monitoring Prevents Problems

Improving operations for business success and expansion requires the ability to see around corners long before problems occur. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 provides real-time dashboards that monitor systems against KPIs, detecting performance degradation before it spreads. This allows IT to proactively manage the system and address potential issues before they impact additional users company-wide. More uptime for business process operations translates to happier customers and increased revenue.

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