SAP Solution Manager is a central support and system management suite provided to SAP’s customers as part of their license agreement. As an SAP system landscape may include a large number of installed SAP and non-SAP systems, SAP Solution Manager is intended to reduce and centralize the management of these systems and end-to-end business processes.
In such a landscape, SAP Solution Manager is the managing system, and the business suite applications (e.g. ERP, CRM, BI, EP) are the managed systems. Non-SAP systems in the landscape can also be covered over the solution life-cycle. Business processes can also be documented during the entire solution lifecycle, making the platform an important business platform as well as an IT platform.
The current version of SAP Solution Manager is SAP Solution Manager 7.1, available since September 2011.Link to SAP Press Release
On July 28, 2014, Support Package Stack 12 for SAP Solution Manager 7.1 was released, delivering new innovations for building and running SAP solutions. Accordingly, the product’s documentation was updated with new release information for SP12:
SAP Solution Manager 7.1 is the foundation of SAP’s Two Value Releases Per Year best practice, as outlined in the White Paper “Two Value Releases per Year: How IT Can Deliver Releases with Tangible Business Value Every Six Months.”