Quick Start for SAP ERP

Feature Article | December 16, 2011 by SAP News

Fast implementation, flexible price models, and an array of functional packages – the rapid-deployment solutions that SAP and a select number of its partners now sell provide customers with preconfigured versions of the company’s software applications, along with the corresponding hardware. These rapid-deployment versions cover every essential business process, and they’re ready to use in just weeks. New users will likely find the freedom to choose between various modules and price licenses particularly practical, as well.

SAP ERP, SAP CRM, and SAP HANA are just a few of the SAP offerings ready for rapid deployment. Looking for assistance in installing your rapid-deployment solution? Solution configurators, builders, and SAP Solution Manager are here to help.

Solution configurators

Customers who choose one of SAP’s rapid-deployment solutions are sure to become acquainted with the company’s online solution configurators. This tool helps you assemble tailor-made software by asking you about your industry, the number of prospective users, and the functions you need (concerning CRM, financials, or supply chains, for example). It also includes a set of relevant business scenarios for virtually every industry.

Meanwhile, SAP partners like cormeta offer their own solution configurators. In addition to aiding you in putting together your very own business software, they provide estimates of the corresponding costs – including the hardware and implementation. You can then forward these estimates on to your company’s IT managers or request further details by e-mail. The partners can also ascertain what their customers are looking for in their business software. As soon as you’ve made your selection, SAP’s distributors are notified by e-mail.

SAP Solution Manager for rapid-deployment solutions

SAP Solution Manager assists you in implementing your software by managing and monitoring all of the installation processes in a central location. It covers all of the technical and business-related aspects involved, and with the included application management tool, you can track changes, create approval processes, test applications, and manage service tickets.

To find out about the new functions in SAP Solution Manager 7.1, point your browser here. The online launchpad, for instance, replaces the offline variant and eliminates the need to upload files that have been modified; the changes are instantly visible. As a further advantage, administrators can use it to get work done no matter where they are.

Meanwhile, the new integrated configurator in SAP Solution Manager incorporates SAP ERP, SAP CRM, and the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions into a single user interface. It also calculates the prices of the individual offerings in real time. For more information on SAP Solution Manager 7.1, read this SAP.info article.

A version of SAP Solution Manager is available for rapid-deployment solutions as a template with the typical SAP Solution Manager implementation add-on (ST-ICO). Under “Roadmap Select”, you can choose an implementation plan and other specifications concerning the installation at hand. The actual processes you want to have installed are selectable in your SAP Solution Manager Business Blueprint. To start the automatic configuration, you can transfer the implementation area into Solution Builder. This generates your solution, including all of the business processes you selected in the Business Blueprint. These processes are then automatically configured in the SAP application system with Solution Builder.

Solution Builder

Solution Builder is a software add-on based on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform that supports automatic configuration of the various rapid-deployment functions. To do so, it has to be imported into the SAP application system in question, where the actual configuration takes place. Solution Builder also integrates with SAP Solution Manager and supports automatic downloads (including in Business Blueprints) whenever an Internet connection is available.

In the future, SAP’s rapid-deployment solutions will be able to integrate other non-ABAP-based technologies – a boon for mobile solutions in particular. A step-by-step guide (actually a Web platform on which users will be able to collaborate) will also make installations easier going forward.

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