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Leverage SAP Solution Manager 7.2 for an Optimized SAP S/4HANA Migration

by Victor Wood and Bob Politi | SAPinsider, Volume 17, Issue 2

April 26, 2016

Migrating to SAP S/4HANA can bring a host of business benefits, but if an IT environment is already struggling with inefficiencies or high costs, making the migration can become a complex and expensive process. Before organizations move to SAP S/4HANA, their existing environment needs to be primed for it. Fortunately, there are tools that can help IT professionals to manage the performance and efficiency of their environments, including SAP Solution Manager 7.2. Discover how you can leverage these tools to build a simplified and efficient IT environment that is ready for the move to SAP S/4HANA.

As CIOs consider migrating to SAP S/4HANA, they are challenged with developing a business case that shows how they can still achieve optimal business performance in the near term. In other words, how can IT departments address the business demands of today while also planning for the demands of the next generation in SAP S/4HANA? Many IT departments currently struggle to do so now because their mandate is to keep costs low, but this one-dimensional approach hampers their ability to contribute to business transformation.

The adoption of solutions such as SAP Solution Manager 7.2 can accelerate the efforts of technical teams that are migrating to SAP S/4HANA. The SAP S/4HANA relational database is optimized for transactional as well as analytical processing; however, existing database-specific ABAP and SQL coding needs to be analyzed and adapted before the SAP Business Suite migration. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 empowers technical teams to capture aggregated SQL runtime data and inspect custom code, thereby detecting functional and performance issues by managing ranked worklists. In addition, they can leverage these same SAP Solution Manager 7.2 automation tools in their existing SAP environment to drive down operational costs and optimize application performance. 

A Streamlined Environment That’s Ready for SAP S/4HANA

It was with these organizations in mind that HPE spent the last eight years collaborating with SAP as a member of the Run SAP partner program to develop its Business Outcome Service Management (BOSM) program. BOSM, in conjunction with SAP Solution Manager 7.2, helps organizations make the most of their SAP environment while simplifying SAP system management to foster the innovation needed to transition to SAP S/4HANA. By using this platform, businesses can reduce the cost of ownership in SAP environments by up to 40% — without altering or impeding the successful performance that clients and business teams expect from those environments.

Through enhanced automation, predictive analytics, data cleansing, and test automation, BOSM magnifies human insight. This higher level of insight then enables businesses to obtain a critical level of understanding of their business processes and develop more informed support teams. More importantly, this insight provides IT with the ability to resolve issues that are apparent to the end user, correcting these problems before they can impact the business and providing the “always-on” performance end users need. Through automation, predictive analytics, and performance optimization, BOSM and SAP Solution Manager 7.2 work together to create a streamlined, efficient SAP environment that enables quicker innovation and sets the foundation for an accelerated journey to SAP S/4HANA.  

This optimized journey to SAP S/4HANA begins with the full deployment of BOSM across a core set of application lifecycle management (ALM) components, including processes, proactive monitoring, and visibility. With advanced graphical modelling tools, BOSM facilitates interactions with the lines of business to identify critical business processes, which then form the basis for analysis and the development of a testing strategy. From there, IT teams can use SAP Solution Manager 7.2 to reduce custom code and identify the best implementation strategies to take before migration to SAP S/4HANA.

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By taking this approach to SAP S/4HANA migration, companies can save time, empower users, and transform reactive business process management processes into proactive, optimized strategies. The combined benefits of BOSM and SAP Solution Manager 7.2 allow CIOs to better support existing SAP installations, facilitate digital innovation, and, most importantly, prepare for an effective transition to an Sap S/4HANA environment. To learn more about how BOSM and SAP Solution Manager 7.2 can benefit your SAP environment, visit

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Victor Wood
Victor Wood

ALM SAP Leader
SAP Americas Practice
HP Enterprise Services

Bob Politi
Bob Politi

SAP Americas Practice
HP Enterprise Services

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