Understanding System Landscapes

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After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain SAP system landscapes involved in implementation, training, and demonstration

System Landscapes for Implementation

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SAP Cloud ALM is an application lifecycle management tool that provides implementation and operations capabilities for SAP cloud solutions. SAP Cloud ALM is hosted on the SAP Business Technology Platform, and is included in the SAP Enterprise Support for cloud editions that automatically comes with a customer's SAP S/4HANA Cloud software at no additional cost.

During implementation, project team members (both customer and partner) can use the project management capabilities to view the project progress, assign tasks to team members, mark tasks as complete, and more. The tasks and deliverables that must be completed during each implementation phase are populated from the SAP Activate Implementation Roadmap, and scope item information is populated from SAP Best Practices Explorer to support in Fit-to-Standard Workshops when configuration data is gathered. There are additional capabilities for test management, change management, and analytics that will be discussed in future lessons. After implementation, the IT team can use the operations capabilities for full-stack monitoring and alerting of business processes, integrations, users, applications, and health of all managed systems. SAP Cloud ALM can monitor multiple SAP solutions in addition to SAP S/4HANA Cloud to provide transparency into the health of the entire landscape.

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SAP Central Business Configuration

SAP Central Business Configuration is hosted on SAP Business Technology Platform and is used to provision, activate business content, and configure the SAP S/4HANA Cloud systems. First, SAP Central Business Configuration is used to activate the predefined content and configuration in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Starter System. The Starter System is used to gather customer configuration requirements and finalize the scope during Fit-to-Standard Workshops. After all configuration values have been gathered, SAP Central Business Configuration is used to provision the customer's SAP S/4HANA Cloud systems, activate business scope, define the organizational structure and primary finance settings, configure business processes, and maintain transports between the systems. After go-live, customers continue to use SAP Central Business Configuration to maintain their SAP S/4HANA Cloud systems through future release upgrades and business changes. For example, new country or business scope activation, defining additional organizational entities, or making configuration changes.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud Systems

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud Experience Trial System is a shared landscape with guided tours to help you experience SAP S/4HANA Cloud applications as different business user roles (e.g. Project Manager, Purchaser) by using the apps that user would work with to complete their daily job tasks. Start your 14-day free trial here.

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud Starter System is a preconfigured system with the enterprise scope (all lines of business enabled) and business data that aligns with the SAP Best Practices test scripts. Consultants use the Starter system to deliver Fit-to-Standard workshops to customer business experts in each LoB during the Explore phase. The purpose is to teach customers how to use the new system and business processes, and to gather configuration data and extension requirements that will be implemented in the customer's actual SAP S/4HANA Cloud system in the Realize phase. The Starter System is eventually decommissioned after the customer's own SAP S/4HANA Cloud systems are configured, as it is no longer needed.

2-System Landscape

The 2-system landscape consists of a quality system and a production system. SAP is responsible for both the software and content updates and upgrades. In this setup, the quality system combines development, configuration, and testing activities. You can test you custom developments and configurations separately in the quality system before transporting them to the production system. The production system is the system in which you work productively with the content provided by SAP and your custom developments from the quality system.

3-System Landscape

In release 2208, the 3-system landscape became available. The 3-system landscape consists of a development system, test system, and production system. Development and testing activities are separated into two dedicated systems, which makes it possible for developers to build advanced extensions using ABAP code. This is called developer extensibility, and is only possible in the 3-system landscape. Configuration content in the 3-system landscape is provided via SAP Central Business Configuration, however only the development system is connected directly to SAP Central Business Configuration. While SAP handles the software updates and upgrades, you decide within a dedicated time frame when you want to apply the content updates and upgrades available in SAP Central Business Configuration.

The development system provides a safe environment for development projects that include advanced coding, such as ABAP. The development system is divided into two tenants with specific purposes: development tenant and customizing tenant. The development tenant provides access to the SAP S/4HANA Cloud ABAP Environment. In this environment, you can build your own custom developments based on lifecycle-stable SAP objects. In the customizing tenant, you activate business process content and configure it, then transport your configurations to the test (quality) and production systems. In the test system, you can test both your custom developments and configurations before forwarding them to the production system. The production system is the system in which you work productively with the developments you have created and the content you configured in the development system and tested in the test system.

SAP Business Technology Platform

The SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) is integral to SAP S/4HANA Cloud. You can run and monitor integrations on SAP BTP to connect your SAP and non-SAP solutions with the Integration Suite. Many of our prepackaged integrations already run on SAP BTP. You can develop and run side-by-side extensions or apps on SAP BTP to customize your SAP S/4HANA Cloud solution with the Extension Suite. You can enable Fiori Launchpad apps for the SAP Mobile Start app with the Launchpad Service so employees can access their desktop apps on mobile devices (access to this service is included in RISE with SAP). You can also deploy and run database and data management solutions and develop customized analytics across your solutions on SAP BTP. View all SAP BTP services in the SAP Discovery Center.

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