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Gary Still5:33 PM on May 7, 20242 min read

SAP Cloud ALM's Latest Strategic Updates

Welcome back to our deep dive into the evolving landscape of SAP Cloud ALM. In this instalment, we'll explore the latest updates and strategic enhancements revealed at the recent ALM Roadshow. If you missed our previous discussions, make sure to catch up here for a seamless continuity.

SAP's Strategy for Cloud ALM: Commitment to Continuous Improvement

As SAP Cloud ALM marches towards achieving feature parity with SAP Solution Manager by 2025, the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) approach continues to dominate, emphasising continuous incremental improvements. This structured advancement ensures that each functionality not only meets but anticipates the future needs of dynamic digital landscapes.

The Digital Transformation Compass: Cloud ALM for Decision-Making

Navigating through the complexities of digital transformation, SAP encourages the use of the SAP Digital Discovery Assessment tool (DDA). This pivotal tool aids enterprises in deciding the optimal SAP S/4HANA operating model—be it public cloud, private cloud, or remaining on-premise. Factors such as extensibility, infrastructure costs, and functional scope play critical roles in these decisions, which can be directly integrated into the SAP Activate roadmap through Cloud ALM.

Operations and Implementations: A New Era

Transitioning to Cloud ALM offers a strategic edge, particularly in operations where CALM outshines Solution Manager (SolMan). For hybrid solutions, the combination of SAP Focused Run and CALM is recommended, catering to the heavy system management needs of larger enterprises. Additionally, the extension of S/4HANA maintenance through 2030 reaffirms SAP's commitment to comprehensive lifecycle management.

Implementation strategies also get a boost with new SAP Activate Roadmaps, incorporating quality gates and checklists tailored for RISE with SAP. This ensures that implementations adhere closely to the 'clean core' concept, enhancing the integration and operational dimensions of SAP platforms.

Test Automation and Integration: Streamlining Processes

In terms of test automation, the preference is shifting towards integrating Tricentis more deeply with CALM, supported by the provision of free user licenses, which enhances the overall testing framework. On the integration front, the next 48 months are set to witness the blend of all SAP Signavio components will be on BTP, further simplifying and synchronising operational workflows. To even further enhance the synergies of CALM with other transformation tools, we expect to see the IT landscapes as well as project synchronisation between LeanIX and CALM in the near future.

Extensibility and Upcoming Features

Looking forward, the orchestration capabilities of CALM are set to expand with open APIs through the Business Accelerator Hub, enhancing capability extensions significantly. Key features on the horizon include custom BPMon KPI capabilities, a deployment scheduler, and enhanced Change Management processes slated for 2024.

Conclusion: Stepping into a Cloud-Native Future

The transition to SAP Cloud ALM is not merely a technological upgrade but a strategic transformation towards more agile and efficient application lifecycle management. As you consider moving from SAP Solution Manager to Cloud ALM, remember that this journey is about optimising your processes to leverage the cloud's potential fully.

Stay tuned for more insights and detailed guides on making this transition as smooth as possible. Remember, our Cloud ALM Readiness Check is available to provide you with a personalized roadmap for moving to SAP Cloud ALM, free of charge. Let's navigate this digital transformation journey together—efficiently and effectively.