Sapna Modi covers the upgrade-relevant features of SAP Solution Manager in her most recent Solution Manager Expert article, "Ease Your SAP Upgrade Transition with SAP Solution Manager." While these features are indeed wide-ranging, Sapna covers many of them in four key phrases: project preparation, upgrade blueprint, upgrade realization, and final preparation and cutover.
While many of Solution Manager's features relate specifically to other SAP functionality, the idea of using systems to monitor and conduct project management of course reaches outside the bounds of SAP. In the midst of showing you how to use the project management features of Solution Manager, Sapna clarifies an important point:
Project management using SAP Solution Manager does not eliminate the use of tools such as Microsoft Project. Rather, it enables a business process-centric link of different project phases and automated content to complete the SAP landscape. The upgrade roadmap integrates with Microsoft Project and can be downloaded in Microsoft Office format to avoid duplicated work.
Who doesn't want to avoid duplicated work?
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