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In this presentation, we provide an overview of the development concepts of
preconfigured solutions. The presentation consists of five chapters. The first
chapter gives you an overview of the development concepts. The second chapter
covers the building block concept. The third describes the idea of data storage in
text files. The fourth describes the tools for customizing and master data import,
and the fifth chapter provides an explanation of the detailed SAP documentation.

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4 . Let’s start with an overview of the technical concepts.

 It is important to understand the architecture and technical concepts of the SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions in order to successfully process the step Deploy Activate. 5 .

These sample settings can be modified easily with the solution builder tool. every single customizing and master data setting is documented. For example. We followed different development philosophies during the creation of preconfigured packages. 6 .  Another great advantage of SAP rapid deployment solutions is the detailed documentation. there are big differences between an SAP RDS package and a preconfigured solution delivered via one big transport or client copy.  The packages are divided into building blocks. The customizing and master data values are stored in external text files. the technical framework and the content are separated. allowing the content to be easily adapted. Due to this. Thus. This enables the user to understand and re-use settings of separate building blocks for their own purposes. The import of the sample customizing and sample master data values are automated and executed via tools.

eCATTs and BC Sets. allowing you to avoid single BC Sets and eCATTs activation.  The documentation provided explains how to extend or change the solutions. 7 . start automatically via the solution builder. You can install only those selected processes you choose. You can even change the data before installation if you want to run the demo with your own data or use the sample data. The involved technical objects. but you can select building blocks containing settings that are relevant to you. Its advantage is that you do not have to install one big block. The above-mentioned building block concept allows easy and flexible installation of the implementation content.  The Solution builder speeds up installation and makes it possible to install an entire solution in one go. The same documentation can serve as a guideline for partners in case they use a preconfigured package as a foundation for their own solution.

we will look at the building block concept in more detail. 8 . Now that we have reviewed the development concepts.

sequence. and explain their content. Here we will provide a basic overview of building blocks. and architecture. 9 .

 Building blocks contain customizing and master data steps as well as forms and/or reports. Let’s begin with a definition of building blocks  Building blocks are logical units with structured settings of customizing and master data delivered by SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions. Scenario building blocks also include a business process document. Each building block is fully documented and contains a Configuration Guide. 10 . For example. Building Block 101 contains the enterprise structure of the Baseline Package with settings for the organizational structure. as needed.

11 . If you install a complete solution or a selected process via the solution builder. as this has been done for you by the solution builder. Building blocks need certain other building blocks to be installed in the system as a prerequisite. you do not have to investigate which building blocks are required as prerequisites. In that case. the information for the necessary prerequisite is already stored in the solution builder.

12 . For rapid deployment solutions you find the prerequisite matrix via the Step-ByStep Guide. In the Deploy phase navigate to Manual or Automated Activation.

 Then select Content Library and go to the Prerequisites Matrix Link. 13 .

 Here you see a list of Scenarios which are part of the Rapid Deployment Solution and for each of these scenarios a list of building blocks which have to be activated before you activate the actual scenario block. 14 .

15 . Here you see the architecture of an PLM Rapid Deployment Solution.

 In the last layer (layer 2 or Baseline library). you can select additional process blocks or deselect processes. and selected blocks of layer 2 make up the entry level of trade. the Baseline building blocks are structured in a layered architecture. service. and finance. service. you can find even more detailed settings for these four areas. These entry-level scopes can be changed depending on your needs.  A combination of all layer 0 blocks.  The next layer.  The first layer of blocks is called layer 0 and contains basic settings. and financials. accordingly. layer 1 blocks of a particular area. the organizational structure or the chart of accounts. for example. manufacturing. 16 . layer 1 (or foundation layer) contains more detailed settings in the areas of manufacturing. trade.

17 . Let’s now move on to data storage in external text files.

 In this chapter you will learn about the content and availability of external text files. 18 .

19 . Here you see examples of the text files that contain the sample data belonging to the implementation content.

 The structure of most SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions is stored in an xml file. 20 .

 The external text files are provided on the SAP Best Practices homepage in the SAP Service Marketplace in dedicated folders per version and country. This data is stored in external text files. The content and the technical framework are separate.  In the external text files. During the installation process. 21 .  Remember that these data is not stored in tools like eCATTs or BC Sets. the data can be accessed and checked easily. sample customizing and sample master data is imported.

22 . let’s focus on the tools for customizing and master data import. Next.

and activate a preconfigured processes in the SAP system. 23 . personalize. partners can create their own business content using this tool as a development and deployment platform. The solution builder enables partners to select. thereby reducing implementation time and cost. In addition.

 A Solution ManagFor Rapid Deployment solutions (RDS) content is provided as templates with the regular Solution Manager implementation content add-on (STICO.  Solution Manager template and a Solution Builder Solution are interrelated enabling a seamless integration of both tools during the deployment phase of an RDS. ICO-RDS). 24 .

BC Sets import customizing settings. 25 . The tools used during the activation process of a preconfigured package are called eCATTs and BC Sets.  Whereas eCATTs import the sample master data.

 Let’s look at our last topic: Detailed documentation supplied with each SAP Rapid Deployment Solution. 26 .

27 . In the Step-by Step Guide go to Deploy -> Activate. A list with the documentation deliverables of the preconfigured content is displayed. Select Manual Activation and then Content Library.

These documents can be used for demo. and as a basis for enduser documentation.  A central document for the activation is the Configuration Guide.  The Quick Guide is a central document to support the actual activation activities. Detailed documentation makes the settings delivered by SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions very clear and transparent.  The configuration guide is used as:  A step-by-step instruction to configure a package manually. 28 . testing. if the user does not want to take advantage of the automated procedures  And a reference document for manual steps or error solving in the solution builder  A detailed description on transaction level of each scenario is delivered in the business process documents. training.

 Next. 29 . let’s focus on the necessary software.

Then select the Software Requirements document. To find out which software is needed to configure the content of the SAP Rapid Deployment Solution successfully in your system. go to the Step-by-Step Guide : Start -> Confirm Installation. 30 .

raw BC Sets and eCATTs are in the system). The Software Download Center (SWDC) is the central place to find the Step-by-Step Guide and all tool and content add-ons which are needed for the technical implementation tool accelerators  Up from Q2/2012 delivery the SAP Solution Manager content add-on ST-RDS 100 is listed in the SWDC. Business Process Descriptions and transactions (if offered) to understand the solution package).g. There you will use the structure. Only the additional deltas will be documented in addition afterwards (‘Implement Options’) 31 . Before Q2/2012 the SAP Solution Manager templates were delivered within content addon ST-ICO which is also accessible on top of the page  SAP Solution Builder add-ons are also listed if available for the solution package  After the download of the tool and content add-ons  The SAP Solution Manager content is useable and an implementation project will be created choosing the appropriate Solution Package out of the list. The result is that the complete structure and implementation content (inclusive all documentation links) are copied into the project. That means we already did the documentation for you within the SAP Solution Manager template. To load the solution file and installation data will be done within an own step afterwards  Doing nothing more than these few clicks the package would be documented in a sustainable way. In case of optional scope items which should not be implemented scope adjustments will be done  SAP Solution Builder tool and technical objects (e. Up from Q3/2013 delivery directly underneath the appropriate solution package (SAP Solution Manager content is available for each solution package).

In the case of SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions which can be activated automatically. To configure the preconfigured content of an SAP Rapid Deployment Solution you need to apply the necessary software and download the corresponding documentation. the necessary installation data files and solution files need to be downloaded. 32 .

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