Navigating the S/4HANA Jungle with SolMan

The Switch to SAP S/4HANA Made Easy

What is the easiest way to find out how it feels to work with SAP S/4HANA and discover which processes will be necessary or desirable in the future? SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) helps to find answers to these questions.

Getting started in an SAP S/4HANA (demo) system can often be difficult and confusing. We explain how you can use SAP Solution Manager to find your way around an S/4HANA demo system and the processes it contains.

Getting Started Right Away with Best Practices Packages

SAP SE provides its customers with Best Practices packages for SAP S/4HANA and other solutions. SAP Best Practices packages contain preconfigured out-of-the-box content and processes to support your implementation. However, the contents of the Best Practices packages also offer an ideal opportunity to take a first look at the business processes in an SAP S/4HANA system and explore them in greater detail.

SAP Solution Manager as a Gateway to Best Practice Content

To access and make full use of the Best Practices packages, you need to start by downloading the content of the packages to SAP Solution Manager. In SAP Solution Manager, you can then view the content in detail and visualize processes graphically using BPMN (Business Process and Notation) modeling.

For example, you can display supplied process models, test cases, and additional technical documentation for each individual process. The process graphics in BPMN 2.0 notation are also suitable for providing an initial overview of SAP S/4HANA processes in a simple way. Looking at process models helps you to acquire an elementary understanding of business process flows. However, process models only provide a basic insight into the corresponding technical dependencies and relationships in the SAP S/4HANA system. This is where the additional Best Practices package content provided by SAP comes into play, by helping you to navigate independently through the processes in an SAP S/4HANA demo system.

When the S/4HANA demo system is technically connected to SAP Solution Manager, you can also branch directly to the processes in the S/4HANA demo system using the Fiori apps delivered with the Best Practices packages. Once you have branched to the S/4 system, the supplied test cases, which are stored in SAP Solution Manager, provide the assistance you need to operate the Fiori apps.

Rapid Integration into the SAP System Landscape

An SAP S/4HANA demo system can be integrated quickly into the existing SAP system landscape using SAP Solution Manager. The Best Practices packages provided by SAP can be loaded into SAP Solution Manager quickly and easily for further processing and use.

The Best Practices packages give you access to the following:

  • Process models
  • Fiori apps
  • Test cases
  • And much more ...

The SAP Best Practices package content in SAP Solution Manager enables you to navigate independently through an S/4HANA demo system (with the help of the test cases provided). This will give you an initial impression of the process design and the look and feel of working with SAP S/4HANA. It will also give you an idea of what your future processes might look like.

The imported process models and additional content in SAP Solution Manager also provide a solid basis for initial discussions and workshops with implementation partners or in-house stakeholders about the future design of your business processes.

XEPTUM’s experts will be happy show you how to handle the SAP Best Practices packages as efficiently as possible and how to use them as an introduction to the safe and efficient use of an S/4HANA demo system.