Companies in today’s modern business landscape need a powerful tool that allows them to leverage innovations delivered by SAP with reduced risk, enhance their existing SAP software to improve efficiency, and stay up-to-date with ever-changing landscape requirements — all in one place.

Fortunately, this is where the SAP Maintenance Planner comes in to help!

The SAP Maintenance Planner provides end-to-end planning tools for your most important SAP landscape needs, including complex maintenance scenarios, advanced planning capabilities, and integrated processes and utilities across the entire SAP landscape.

This article will discuss the key capabilities and components of SAP Maintenance Planner, how it can improve the efficiency and accuracy of core performance-based maintenance plans, and where our expert SAP consultants can come in to help.

Let’s dive in!

What is SAP Maintenance Planner?

The SAP Solution Manager, formerly SAP Maintenance Optimizer, offers a next-generation tool for managing customer experiences and maintaining their complete SAP landscape through the cloud-based SAP Maintenance Planner solution.

The Maintenance Planner allows companies to quickly and efficiently plan for any current or future changes to their SAP system landscape, making it easier to keep all business users on the same page and stay up-to-date with end-to-end planning updates and landscape changes over time.

With Maintenance Planner functionality, SAP Solution Manager allows users to drive simplicity in maintaining their core SAP system landscape to prepare for implementing or integrating newer SAP systems, like SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Service and Support Portal.

Key Features of SAP Maintenance Planning Functionality

The SAP Maintenance Planner exists to replace Maintenance Optimizer, Landscape Planner, and System Editor with one simplified and enhanced tool that keeps all maintenance operations in the same place.

Here are a few key features included in Maintenance Planner SAP functionality:

  • Software Update Manager: Creates a unified configuration file that allows end-users to navigate continuous landscape changes and update system descriptions as needed over time.
  • Upgrade Dependency Analyzer: Simplifies the maintenance and monitoring of critical maintenance dependencies by identifying which SAP systems rely on each other, and which operate independently.
  • Execute Plan Feature: Allows users to choose and implement system-wide installations with one click and acquire and deploy system archives without leaving the SAP Solution Manager.

New Innovations for Hybrid Use-Cases

The SAP Maintenance Planner offers functionality that covers on-premise, cloud-based, and hybrid SAP environments, making it easily accessible for users in multiple types of SAP landscapes.

It also emphasizes strengthening capabilities for on-premise SAP systems and improving connections between different system landscapes for better data transparency and consistency.

Here are a few key innovations to help users in hybrid SAP environments optimize efficiency:

Product Analytics:

Offers key insights into the products installed in a company’s hybrid system landscape, making it easier to stay up-to-date with new functionality and build maintenance plans to align with product growth over time.

Redesigned Cloud Products:

Redesigns SAP cloud integration automation service functionality to improve service planning capabilities and optimize pre-planned installations for new SAP applications and features.

Updated Features:

Provides new maintenance planning features through an advanced cloud service that operates on the SAP Business Technology Platform Cloud Foundry environment to improve system exploration and optimization across the entire landscape.

Visualization Tools:

Creates advanced visual representations of customer landscapes and the cycle modification factors that affect their maintenance planners most directly and significantly across the board.

Main Advantages for Your Team

The SAP Maintenance Planner offers end-to-end planning functionality that enables customers to eliminate errors associated with data input, improve approval processes for new installations, and enhance efficiency across the entire SAP system landscape.

Let’s take a closer look at the main advantages of SAP Maintenance Planner for your organization:

Simplified Maintenance Processes

The SAP Maintenance Planner offers a centralized, fully integrated tool that consolidates all planning information and landscape data in a centralized location, making it easier to keep a single source of truth across teams and improve data integrity.

It also simplifies both modeling and visualization functionality to streamline the installation of new SAP systems and improve visibility into core maintenance dependencies across the entire organization.

Functional Integrations

With integrated functionality across the SAP Maintenance Planner tool, companies can consolidate the planning of all related systems and tracks and integrate correction features to automatically correct erroneous system information across the board.

Users can also leverage this integrated functionality to quickly and easily install SAP Fiori applications in both their front-end and back-end user environments, improving visibility and connection for users in any area of the organization or SAP landscape.

Ease of Operation

The SAP Maintenance Planner is fully hosted on the SAP Support Portal and is available through any modern web browser, centralizing access points and improving efficiency for all end-users with proper S-user IDs and active SAP accounts.

Once their S-user ID is authenticated, users can leverage the SAP Maintenance Planner to design, execute, and manage infrastructure enhancements more efficiently across the entire landscape.

How Can We Help?

Whether you need help getting started with the SAP Solution Manager Maintenance Planner tool for the first time, additional support navigating connections between the Maintenace Planner and SAP HANA monitoring functionality, or just an extra hand getting your whole team on board with new installations, Surety Systems is here to help.

Our senior-level, US-based SAP consultant team has the functional skills, technical know-how, and real-world experience to handle all your most important SAP project needs.

From first-time implementations to complex software integrations, annual system upgrades, new product enhancements, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered!

Getting Started with Our Team

Interested in learning how SAP Maintenance Planner can improve functionality and efficiency across your entire SAP system landscape or where our SAP consulting services can fit in your organization?

Contact us today for more information!