With SAPPHIRENOW wrapping for 2018 its time to review the SAP Solution Manager Presentations. The big news was the C/4HANA announcement which is SAP’s new product name for all SAP CRM in the Cloud and replaces the Hybris brand name. This is a turning point in SAP’s strategy as it re-enters the fray against Salesforce.com and Oracle for domination of the Front Office. The knock-on effect of this strategy means we will see more SAP products adopting a Cloud first approach while supporting hybrid or on-premise integration.

So, what was the news on SAP Solution Manager? From the 10 ASUG presentation on what customers are focused on we see the two most common business drivers are supporting the migration to S/4HANA and managing a Hybrid environment. This was followed by the need to adopt Agile/Lean practices (Focus Build). Operations (Run SAP Like a Factory) also featured for stability and efficiency.  Finally, cybersecurity was a popular session, patching really is key to better security. 

Upgrading SAP Solution Manager to 7.2 (5) Focus Build (2) Run SAP Like a Factory (2) Security (1)

SAP also unveiled the new Implementation Portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud which reflects the focus on the S/4HANA public Cloud offering.

SAP Solution Manager Presentations from SAPPHIRENOW 2018

Below is a summary of each presentation.

11630 – Accelerating SAP S/4HANA Project with SAP Solution Manager Focused Build

A great presentation covering the story of Zurich’s early adoption of Focused Build on Solution Manager. This includes what Focused Build is and how it supports DevOps and the business drivers, adoption process and lessons learned.

11687 – Optimize SAP S/4HANA With Custom Code Management in SAP Solution Manager 7.2

Rajesh Gupta from Deloitte Consulting gives an overview of Custom code lifecycle management (CCLM) and preparing your custom code to S/4HANA migration.

11268 – Technical Monitoring and Dashboards: Responding Faster – Run SAP Like a Factory

Covers ExxonMobil’s slow-burn journey to building a culture of Root Cause Analysis and Continuous Improvement within the BASIS team that led to a 76% reduction in availability related incidents.

11015 – Customer Story: VSP’s Business Value Attained Through SAP Solution Manager 7.2

VSP drivers for migrating from an on-premise SAP Solution Manager 7.1 to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 in the cloud based on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

10809 – “Run SAP Like a Factory”: You Need to Do This

Rockwell Automation has been leveraging Run SAP Like a Factory for over five years. “It’s not some pixie dust that makes all your problems go away but a methodology around Solution Manager functionality, which will help you to operate SAP with minimal cost.” – Michael Hofmann, IT Manager

10168 – SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Upgrade and SAP HANA Migration: Lessons Learned

Deep dive into the Department of the Interior’s upgrade to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 on HANA. Why upgrade vs Re-deploy and the business drivers: Reporting Capabilities, Test Suite, Solution Documentation, Custom Code Analyzer and Data Volume Manager. By the way, Fiori is Nice!

10156 – Goodyear’s Successful Journey to SAP Solution Manager 7.2

Gain insights into how Goodyear mastered its transition to SAP Solution Manager 7.2, including content activation. You will benefit from hearing how the company tackled the different challenges. There are also take away lessons learned about what it takes to move to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 successfully and what supporting SAP software offerings are available.

10304 – Improved Business Transformation with SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and Focused Build

In Boeing’s complex global environment, Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is playing a major role in the rollout of SAP S/4HANA by enabling SAP Activate methodology and best practices along with adopting the Scaled Agile Framework for lean Enterprises (SAFe).

11595 – Using SAP Solution Manager to Secure Your SAP Software Landscape

See the top 5 security issues and how SAP Solution Manager 7.2 can help address them to increase security in your software landscape and reduce the risk of cyber-attacks.

11947 – Time is Ticking: Managing the Move to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 from 7.1

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) chooses the option of moving content from SAP Solution Manager 7.1 to 7.2 instead of upgrading thus avoiding upgrade complexities.

Video clips relating to Solution Manager and SAP Support:

From the SAP sessions, the big news was the unveiling of the new Implementation Portal for SAP S/4HANA Cloud. There were also sessions on Solution Manager and Leonardo, Hybrid Landscapes, Agile Projects, Continuous Delivery and the latest Roadmap. Some of these are covered in the below videos.

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