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.
How SAP LT tackles business transformations
The first version of SAP LT tackles three different transformation scenarios:
1. Leverage, sell, buy, and restructure
If a company wants to carve out a business unit, the system landscape must reflect this organizational change. The unit to be carved out is mapped as an independent company code and transferred to the dedicated target system. The software supports the divestment in line with legal requirements and ensures that the business processes run smoothly.
2. Unify and transform data
If a company wants to simplify its reporting activities by implementing a standardized group chart of accounts, country-specific charts of accounts, or international accounting standards (such as IFRS), it can take advantage of SAP Landscape Transformation here, too. The new software enables the conversion, restructuring or merging of existing charts of accounts.
3. Consolidate and reduce IT cost
If a company has a distributed system landscape and wants to reduce its costs for hardware and administration, the SAP LT software can assist in setting up a multi-client system. This involves transferring the selected clients from one or more source systems to a target system – with minimum system downtime and ensured data integrity.
Complementary services for additional requirements
The SAP LT software is complemented by SAP’s unique System Landscape Optimization services to support companies in realizing transformation requirements not yet covered by the software. These may be, for example, complex data consolidation projects or projects that involve further applications of the SAP Business Suite, such as SAP BW, CRM or SCM.
Looking ahead: SAP LT 2.0 in 2011
The second version of the software will be available in the third quarter of 2011 and will cover further transformation scenarios. The roadmap on SAP LT 2.0 (second image on the first page) gives an overview on the transformation scenario components covered by the first and second version of SAP LT. The portfolio will grow continuously in subsequent versions.