Posted by: ahmedashfaque | March 31, 2014

Road map to learn SAP MM: part 3


You should know what kind of role is expected of a SAP MM consultant on SAP projects. One role is to do different things in different phases of a SAP project. Another role is to understand that SAP MM consultant is not working in isolation and he/she needs to do his/her part of the project (the integration angle).

A SAP project has 4 project phases. Starting from requirement specification building to blue printing to configuration to testing to project release. let us discuss role of the consultant as per project phase.

Requirement specification: The consultant has to gather end user requirement and build the requirement specification. The SAP MM consultant can build a questionnaire and send it to end users. The reply from end users will be used to make the requirement specification.

Blue printing: In blue printing phase, the consultant will do a mapping of requirement with a suitable feature available in SAP. That means, it will show how the requirement is met by a functionality in SAP. If there is no corresponding standard functionality in SAP then the consultant will find out if a configuration is needed to correspond the requirement with exact functionality in SAP by customizing. If there is no functionality available then some source code may need to be written. So there are 3 possibility of matching a requirement with exact functionality. When no standard functionality is available then it is shown as “Gap” which needs to be bridged through customizing.

Configuration: It is in this phase when SAP consultants actually do the customization work inside SAP system using the blue print document. SAP consultants also create master and transaction data during this phase.

Testing: Once all the configuration work is complete, the system is tested to make sure that the system is working correctly as per requirements. Here consultants test functionality of their own modules as well as test integration between modules.

release: Once the system is tested and is OK then it has to be ported to production. During release phase, consultants prepare end user documents, do end user training and port the application into production environment.

Generally the project team maintains many SAP instances. These are known as landscapes. In one landscape, the SAP system is installed on a computer and it is used for all development work. Another landscape can be used for testing. The production instance is another landscape. In actual practice, SAP system may need to be interfaced with many hardware and software systems. this is known as landscape scenario.

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