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Understanding SAP Release Strategy with a Mind Map

In the dynamic landscape of enterprise resource planning (ERP), SAP stands out as a leader, offering robust solutions to manage business processes efficiently. One critical aspect of implementing and managing SAP systems is the SAP Release Strategy. This strategy ensures that changes, updates, and new features are systematically introduced without disrupting business operations. In this blog, we will delve into the SAP Release Strategy, exploring its components, benefits, and best practices.

What is SAP Release Strategy?

SAP Release Strategy refers to the structured approach SAP uses to plan, schedule, and deploy updates, enhancements, and new features to its software solutions. This strategy encompasses a wide range of activities, from minor bug fixes to major version upgrades. The goal is to ensure smooth transitions and minimize disruptions for end-users and business operations.

Components of SAP Release Strategy

  1. Release Types

  • Major Releases: These include significant updates with new features, architectural changes, and improvements. They typically occur every one to two years.

  • Minor Releases: These are intermediate releases that introduce smaller features and enhancements. They help bridge the gap between major releases and are usually scheduled more frequently.

  • Support Packages (SPs): These contain bug fixes, patches, and minor improvements. They are crucial for maintaining system stability and security.

  • Hotfixes: These are urgent fixes for critical issues that cannot wait for the next scheduled release.

  1. Release Cycle SAP follows a predictable release cycle, providing organizations with a clear timeline for planning and implementation. This cycle includes:

  • Planning: Identifying the scope, objectives, and timelines for the release.

  • Development: Building and testing new features, enhancements, and fixes.

  • Quality Assurance: Rigorous testing to ensure the release meets SAP's quality standards.

  • Deployment: Rolling out the release to customers in a controlled manner.

  • Post-Deployment Support: Monitoring the release for issues and providing support as needed.

  1. Release Management Tools SAP provides a suite of tools to manage the release process effectively. These tools include:

  • Solution Manager: A comprehensive application for managing the entire lifecycle of SAP applications.

  • Transport Management System (TMS): Facilitates the movement of changes across different SAP environments.

  • Change Request Management (ChaRM): Helps manage change requests, approvals, and deployments.

SAP Release Strategy is a critical component of managing and optimizing SAP systems. By understanding its components, benefits, and best practices, organizations can ensure a smooth, efficient, and effective release process.

This structured approach not only minimizes risks but also leverages SAP's continuous innovations to drive business growth and success.

By staying informed, planning ahead, leveraging SAP tools, and engaging stakeholders, organizations can maximize the benefits of their SAP investments and maintain a competitive edge in the ever-evolving business landscape.

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To become a SAP Sourcing and Procurement Expert, you must familiarize yourself with the topics listed in blog. Make sure to go through the list and learn each concept in detail.

1. Basic Procurement Process

1.1 Procurement Process in SAP

1.2 Procurement process

1.3 Basic System Configuration from Scratch and End-to-End Process Flow

1.4 End-to-End Procure to Pay Process with Fiori Apps

1.5 Fiori Basic Concepts & Overview

2. Enterprise Structure

2.1 What is Enterprise Structure and Why it is Required

2.2 Enterprise Structure in SAP- Company Code / Plant / Sloc

2.3 Company Code, Plant 7 Sloc Creation

2.4 Sourcing & Procurement Org Structure Purchasing Group & Purchase Org

2.5 Purchase Organization Creation

2.6 Define Purchase Groups

2.7 Enterprise Structure

2.8 Assignment - Enterprise Structure

3. FI Configuration

3.1 GL Copy & Material Ledger Activation Master Data - Business Partner Concept

3.2 Assignment - Mass GL & Material Ledger Activation

3.3 Notes - FI Configurations

4. Master Data

4.1 Business Partner Configuration

4.2 Business Partner Creation

4.3 BP Role Configurations & Material Master Basic

4.4 Material Master Creation & Configuration.

4.5 Material Master Field ,Screen Control & end to end cycle run

4.6 PIR, Source List & Quota Arrangement

5. Planning

5.1 MRP for Procurement

5.2 MRP Configurations & MRP Area Concept

5.3 Assignment - Purchase requisition with MRP Planning

6. Indirect Procurement

6.1 Indirect Procurement

6.2 Assignment- Indirect Procurement

7. Configurations & Account Determination

7.1 Document Type, Item Category & Account Assignment Category Configurations

7.2 Automatic Account Determination Configuration

7.3 SAP FI Accounting Entries

7.4 Assignment - Account Determination

7.5 Number Range, Internal-External Number and NR Status

8. Special Business Scenario

8.1 Offline-Pipe Line Material Procurement

8.2 Supplier confirmation

8.3 Offline-Vendor Consignment

8.4 Vendor Subcontracting Process

8.5 SAP Subcontracting with or without BOM

8.6 Difference Between Subcontracting with OBD & without OBD

8.7 Steps & Procedure for Subcontracting with OBD

8.8 Q&A on Special Scenarios

8.9 Stock Transfer Process

8.10 Intra Company transfer & 3rd party process

8.11 Assignment - Intra Company Transfer

8.12 Assignment - Two Step Cross Company replenishment

9. SAP MM Pricing Procedure & GST

9.1 SAP Sourcing & Procurement BasicJ21_Pricing Procedure

9.2 Goods and Service Tax (GST)

10. Invoice Verification

10.1 Invoice Process and Basics of Logistics Inv Verification

10.2 PO Based Vs GR Based Invoice Verification and Invoice Release

10.3 Logistics Invoice Verification_ Unplanned Delivery Cost & Invoice Posting without Reference to PO

10.4 LIV-ERS (Evaluation Receipt Settlement)

10.5 Overview of Invoice Document Types

11. Release Strategy

11.1 Release Strategy

12.Outline Agreement

12.1 Outline Agreement

13.Inventory Management

13.1 Inventory Management-Physical Inventory Process Theory

13.2 Physical Inventory Process Steps-Hands On

13.3 Additional Transactions in Physical Inventory

13.4 Cycle Inventory Check

14.Output Management

14.1 Classic Output Management

15.External Service Procurement

15.1 Classic Service Procurement

15.2 Lean Service Procurement


16.1 SAP PP Basics & Integration with MM

17. Reporting

17.1 Sourcing & Procurement Reports

18.Sap Tables

18.1 sap tables

19. Assignments

19.1 SAP MM Overview for end user training

19.2 Employee Integration to Business Partner without HCM



19.5 Standard (Stock) Purchase Order Process

19.6 SAP Procure to Pay Process(P2P) With Different Scenarios of overview

19.7 Consumption Purchase Order

19.8 Stock PO with Price Differences

19.9 Service-Related Purchase Order and Price differences scenario

19.10 Stock Transfer Process Manually-MB1B

19.11 Stock Transport Thru Purchase Order (One Plant to other Plant)-ME21N

19.12 Down – Payment against to Purchase Order

19.13 Scheduling agreement Process PO

19.14 Capex PO Using Internal Order

19.15 Sap MM Transaction Codes

19.16 Non-Stock and Non-valuated items

19.17 Vendor Evaluation Process in SAP MM

19.18 SAP - Material Management Managing Purchasing Lead time at Incoterm location

19.19 sap-mm-tables-t code-mm-report

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