To prepare for our annual review of our landscape, I sat down this week for some light reading with my handy SAP Master Guide for Netweaver. If you’re not already performing a landscape review, I encourage you to make this an annual process. Many times, a landscape review only occurs as part of a system implementation project and there is never enough time to consider the overall landscape and any changes that might make it easier to manage.

We have never really given a lot of thought to system IDs (who knew the number of systems would grow so much when we were at SAP 3.1?) so I thought I would come up with something that made sense to use going forward, so as a system is implemented, it is easy for others to make the assignment. I realize that not everyone is going to be able to change the SIDs they use, so this may only be for discussion purposes.  Because our landscape includes what I will call a reference landscape that our consultants use for training and customer work, we have that ability. Here is what I came up with. If you have thoughts, I would certainly like to hear other opinions.

The intelligent naming convention is as follows (System type + role + sequential number)

System type
E = R/3 ERP ECC (OK whatever the base system is called)
M = Solution Manager
P = Portal
B = BI
X = XI

P = Production
D = Development
T = Training

So, for a ECC system install, we will use the following system IDs: (ED1 = ERP Development, EQ1 = ERPQAS, EP1 = ERP Production, EI1=ERP IDES). This seems to work well and it is able to handle most scenarios. The sequential number at the end allows us to establish a duplicate landscape if that is ever needed.

So now that I have that out of the way, on to some additional planning.

Phillip Avelar is a Senior SCM consultant at Advanced Solutions, based in Chicago. He shares his passion for solving customers problems in his blog posts, industry articles and talks. When he’s not writing, he’s working with customers to develop and apply innovative solutions to common problems in the supply chain.

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