How Accurate Was SAP on Solution Manager as the Project CMS?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that Solution Manager was an effective CMS for SAP Projects.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

Video Introduction: What SAP Said About Solution Manager as the Project CMS

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Solution Manager is an application that went through numerous revisions and repositionings since its introduction in 2001. The original concept was to use Solution Manager as a content management solution (like a Sharepoint). Later it evolved into a place to keep configuration information and a landscape management tool and a way for SAP to “keep tabs” on the project. However, as time passed, Solution Manager became less and less relevant on SAP projects. The problem with Solution Manager was it imposed a considerable overhead on SAP projects. Then finally, Solution Manager was discontinued. You will learn about the SAP on Solution Manager’s accuracy being the future of central tool on SAP projects and as the project CMS.

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The Truth About Solution Manager as the Project CMS

Solution Manager was always a highly ineffective CMS and never became an effective CMS, no matter how many revisions came out. SAP invested major effort into Solution Manager, making it so that certain functions had to go through Solution Manager. The one thing Solution Manager did pretty well was to hold configuration information. However, as covered in the article The End of Solution Manager?

Everything that was done in the Solution Manager was simply far too much overhead. Over time, more and more functions migrated away from Solution Manager. It was a universally disliked application that eventually ran out of steam due to its design and ability to “draw the blood” of people who used it.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on Solution Manager as a CMS.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic that supports a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.