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What tools can describe the future architecture of applications?

The scope of an SAP implementation can be so extensive... What tools are available to help describe the future "Application Architecture" in terms of what SAP modules or bolt-ons support what business processes? I have seen the SAP Solution Maps... Is this a tool you would recommend to describe the future state in terms of application coverage?

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The SAP solution Maps are a good place to start to begin to describe your future Application Architecture. It is a useful communication tool to be able to document what business processes will be incorporated in specific SAP modules and bolt-ons. If the complexity of your business has taken you beyond using a simple drawing tool like Visio, you may want to investigate more sophisticated modeling tools. Such as ARIS by IDS Scheer or Catalyze by SteelTrace.

This was first published in September 2002

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