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One of the hottest topics at the SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 campus of SAP Digital Business Services has certainly been SAP Solution Manager. The related SAP Solution Manager demo theater sessions so far have always been extremely packed. Customers also appreciated to pick up their free eBook voucher for the latest SolMan book at our campus and at the respective SAP Solution Manager expert table there have been very lively discussions:

I had the chance to speak to some of the SAP experts that are on-site at the event in Orlando and based on these talks I want to provide you with the latest news about SAP Solution Manager 7.2. Please note that some of the information in this blog is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time. But now let’s listen to a short video message from Tim Steuer, Program Lead SAP Solution Manager, providing some highlights about the new release:

In the following snapshots you see the SAP Solution Manager release schedule as well as the roadmap being designed with swag during one of the SAPPHIRE NOW sessions:

Now let me also provide you with some insights on why you may choose SAP Solution Manager on HANA. You will receive more value through in-memory technology. First of all, the performance increase is obvious. This includes for instance drastically faster text search functionality that opens new opportunities e.g. to work with documents, service reports, and ITSM tickets.

In addition, as I have already highlighted in my SolMan SAPPHIRE NOW update from 2015 named Get an Exclusive Update on SAP Solution Manager 7.2, there is no additional SAP HANA license fee for SAP Solution Manager. This means SAP HANA for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is delivered for free within your support agreement. Moreover, if SAP HANA is the only platform at your company, SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is your perfect lifecycle management platform.

SAP Solution Manager may act as a door opener per se for SAP HANA as it may be the initial system in a general plan to migrate to SAP HANA, sort of to become familiar with it first of all. Please also keep in mind that SAP recommends to execute your upgrade to SAP Solution Manager 7.2 and your migration to SAP HANA in one go.

Another hot topic related to SAP Solution Manager are the newly introduced focused solutions. Check out this blog post Big News About SAP Solution Manager: Announcing Focused Solutions by Marc Oliver Schaefer for further information. Focused Solutions for SAP Solution Manager deliver solutions for specific requirements, avoiding custom code and partner solutions. What does this mean in a nutshell:

  • No coding cost: SAP delivers a standard solution
  • Significantly less training cost: SAP delivers all knowledge required
  • No upgrade risk: SAP delivers standard upgrades
  • No integration issues: SAP delivers based on SAP Solution Manager standard

To get more information on this topic I recommend to check out this video interview with Marc Oliver Schaefer, Chief Solution Architect, and Gaurav Jaiswal, VP SAP Digital Business Services:

Learn more about SAP Digital Business Services at SAPPHIRE NOW here.

Find all our event related blogs and videos here.

Benjamin Wilk is the social media ambassador for SAP Digital Business Services at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016.