SAP’s new standard software SAP Landscape Transformation (SAP LT) enables companies to adapt their existing SAP system landscapes to changed business requirements fast and independently. General availability of the SAP LT software began on October 4th after successful ramp-up. At SAP TechEd in Las Vegas and upcoming events in Bangalore and Shanghai customers and partners will have the opportunity to find out about the product’s functionalities and the roadmap ahead.
Every major organizational change at a company – be it a merger, an acquisition, or a carve-out – entails specific restructuring efforts on the respective system landscape. These restructuring endeavours not only bear great risks due to technical challenges but also have a major impact on the project as a whole. New processes, reporting structures, and controlling functions need to be adapted, and clearly mirrored to the technical infrastructure to fully reflect the new corporate business setup. The company’s IT department has to take on this challenge.
What SAP LT offers
The SAP Landscape Transformation software empowers customers to plan, document, test, and perform transformation scenarios independently. This brand new SAP standard software applies nearly two decades of experience in transformation projects.
SAP LT is fully embedded in the SAP Solution Manager 7.0 and elegantly complements the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) portfolio. The software enables organizations to fulfill technical and business requirements while maintaining data consistency and considering system integration aspects. Embedded in SAP’s ALM portfolio, synergies can be leveraged with other processes, such as solution documentation and test management. Detailed roadmaps and phased project execution result in minimal downtime during the productive conversion.
Planning and executing transformation projects
The SAP Landscape Transformation software, fully embedded in the SAP Solution Manager 7.0, is clearly structured and straightforward to use. Predefined project plans and integrated knowledgeware guide the project team through all phases of the transformation project.
The software enables companies to gain transformation expertise in the long term, and thus optimizes the execution of future projects.
From the SAP LT user interface – the work center – users are directed to the respective transformation scenario. A project tutorial shows users the details of creating and executing a project.
Once a scenario has been selected, users can create a project according to their individual requirements and select the desired transformation components. This results in what’s known as the project template, which contains all the necessary project steps and transformation requirements as well as suggesting further optional project steps. Once a template has been created, it can be used for subsequent projects, as well.
A template comprises different scenario-specific analyses, which enable users at an early stage in the project to estimate time, costs and project resources. The analyses are tailored for each scenario component and provide an overview of all system and database characteristics and scenario specific information. These include analyses of cross-client customizing, report variants, and code scan analysis. All analysis results may be reused for subsequent project steps or generate additional ones (depending on the system complexity additional test conversions may be required).
Each scenario is structured using roadmaps that give an overview of the individual project phases. Comprehensive documentation contains further context-specific and detailed information about each of the project components.
The project steps are executed using a process tree, similar to the Implementation Guide (IMG), with which people working in the SAP environment will be familiar. The various project steps are performed through a remote connection in the predefined execution system.
Registered users find more information about SAP Landscape Transformation in the SAP Service Marketplace.
At the TechEd event in Las Vegas, the software will be presented in presentations and workshops:
- Presentation (ALM 204): Perform Cost-Efficient Business and IT Transformations with SAP LT
- Workshop (ALM 260): SAP LT Software – New Platform for SAP-Related Business and IT Transformation