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Solution Manager chatter - SolBros Episode 3

Posted by Jim Spath in jim.spath on Aug 24, 2010 6:35:03 PM

In this episode of The SolBrothers,  we faced down the challenges of intercontinental podcast recording, after weeks of calendar juggling.  Tony de Thomasis dialed in from 14 time zones away, and though he projects well, the late hour in my office triggered an interesting audio conflict. We followed Phil's agenda except for minor tangents.  Near the end, Phil let the gate open for wild card feedback.

A few details are listed below; highlights include Tony's new career move, conversations around change control, functional aspects of Solution Manager, and upcoming events.


The "Sol Bros" are:

Phil Avelar

Jim Spath

Jon Reed

Tony de Thomasis


Link to Episode 1 -

Link to Episode 2 - /people/jim.spath/blog/2010/06/17/the-second-episode-podcast-of-some-solution-manager-chatter


Podcast notes


 TimeComments / Content 

Intros: Phil, Jim, Jon, Tony

Tony's move / new role
Solution Manager and ALM "your way"
Wiley Introscope installs

Jon - case studies / upgrades
future guests - Z_BASIS_ADM

On hold
Java stack broken 6 weeks
Third attempt to E2E100 training class
TechEd, Mastering SAP 2010, ASUG conference 2011

Annual seminar for this year canceled.
Monitoring, access keys, support, that's it.

Life cycle state, 640, Business Function Solution, Project Management functionality
 15:40Jim (vacuum cleaner)
Technical audience / sessions at TechEd
Content at BOUG and Fall Focus ROI


Customer sessions - functional side neglected due to ROI doc faults
SAP Solution Manager components not

vacuum gets closer, Tony starts to fade

 24:10 Phil talks about operational improvement
Business Objects connection?
 25:00 Jim
Michael Doane's SAP Green Book
SAP Center of Excellence
Solution Manager not a fit with PMO.

Phil talking about business process requirements.
Need to use another tool besides Solution Manager.


Charm / Change Management

Landscape, Java transport management
Quality gate management
Third party tools


Legacy (mainframe era) change control
Enterprise - desktop, anti-virus, downtime management

Complex to set up Charm.
Some customer looked at Charm, skipped it.
Wrap up (attempt)

SAP Upgrade roadmap includes Solution Manager (integrated)

SAUG - SAP Australia User Group
Cloud, on-demand, mobility
Demo Jam

"write about anything"

Mobility - Apple Newton


Jeff Duly's RoamBI webcast (ASUG members)
TechEd ASUG content
SAP Netweaver Admin - David Hull / ALM124

Sustainability session at TechEd - Berlin

Certification efforts
(SAP Certification Survey)

TechEd Las Vegas

Questions on blog

Jim - Scnotties

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Jon - YouTube videos

SAP Video Choice

Thanks and good day.



SolBros Episode 3 - Solution Manager Round Table




Jon Reed's SCNotties winning entry with scary bad hair in 2009:




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