Software Lifecycle Manager

Purpose

mySAP Business Suite is a suite of business solutions that enable companies to manage the entire value chain across business networks. mySAP Business Suite solutions consist of multiple business scenarios, which in turn consist of a set of business processes. Business processes run in the same context on one or several software components. Business scenario templates provide information about different variants of a business scenario and how they can be realized. To build up a business scenario, you choose a variant of software components and assign them to application systems. The Software Lifecycle Manager of SAP NetWeaver (SLM) guides you through this process and facilitates the design of a required technical system landscape.

Bear in mind that the abbreviation SLM is not intended to define a product, since the Software Lifecycle Manager is part of SAP NetWeaver. This abbreviation is only intended to improve readability.

The SLM has the following features:

?     Offers an overview of the existing system landscape:

Ў        Software components, including support package information, installed on application systems

Ў        Business scenarios realized on application systems

·        Offers an overview of the planned system landscape:

Ў        Planned application and software components, including support package information, to be installed on application systems

Ў        Planned business scenarios to be realized on application systems

·        Guides you through the landscape planning process via planning wizards:

Ў        Realize new business scenarios

The planning wizard is extended and you can also plan to realize new application systems on which you can realize new business scenarios.

Ў        Deploy application components

The planning wizard is extended and you can also plan to realize new application systems on which you can deploy application components.

Ў        Update support packages

·        Checks whether planned changes to the system landscape conflict with both planned and existing system landscape and offers possible actions to handle conflicts.

·        Allows you to view details about SAP solutions and business scenarios from the System Landscape Directory of SAP NetWeaver (SLD).

Bear in mind that the abbreviation SLD is not intended to define a product, since the System Landscape Directory is part of SAP NetWeaver. This abbreviation is only intended to improve readability.

·        Allows you to view and maintain details about third-party software solutions and business scenarios from the SLD.

Integration

The SLM is integrated with the SLD. The SLM receives information from the SLD and stores information in the SLD. Therefore, all functions depend on the SLD.

The SLD has two major parts: component information about all existing software modules as well as their combination options and dependencies, and the system landscape description, which is a model of the installed system landscape. The component information part of the SLD is regularly updated with the latest descriptions of products, software components and support packages. The latest descriptions are automatically reported by SAP systems that are configured to supply data to the SLD.

The SLM is integrated with the Solution Manager. The Solution Manager provides initial plan data about application components that are installed. Using this data, the SLM creates a plan to update support packages. You can view and change the plan by selecting different support packages. When the planning is completed, the SLM sends the plan data to the Solution Manager.

See also:

SLM Security Roles

Launching the SLM

Working with the SLM

System Landscape Directory