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This update version SOS 2.1.0 includes few feature enhancements and corrections.

Release Information

ProductSnow Optimizer for SAP® Software
New version2.1.0
Release DateSeptember 5, 2018
DistributionSupport Portal
Current StatusReleased

 

New features in SOS 2.1

Indirect usage: Digital documents

Digital documents analysis— this report shows all digital document data existing on selected data sources or digital document data for a selected user.

New menu item: Cost allocation

Cost allocation operations include defining cost center hierarchies and cost allocation schemes. In addition, this version includes a report for executing cost allocation, as well as viewing the results of cost allocation.

New menu item: User master data maintenance

Provides the capability for solution users to define and apply user master data schemes.

Management dashboard

This dashboard is now integrated into SAP Solution Manager (version 7.2 and later).

Inventory data/Snow License Manager data integration

This version includes a new report called Client applications from external sources.

Active Directory

A report called Active Directory Info is now included in Snow Optimizer for SAP® Software 2.1.

 

Enhancements in SOS 2.1

Additional report in Indirect Usage | External Accesses 

The External access overview report shows an overview of system access from and to external systems by using an RFC or a HTTP connection.

Indirect Usage | Third-party Product Namespaces

This report shows additional information about used namespaces that are not installed.

Additional fields in User Master Data 

The field SNC Name has been added to the user master data fields of ABAP systems.

Additional reports in Administration | Job Overview

Shows all existing and planned jobs of Snow Optimizer reports and supports any necessary changes, and Data for Inventory data and Active Directory data.

Additional report in ABAP Data Administration | Statistic data availability check

Shows the availability of statistics data (transaction ST03N) on satellite systems.

BusinessObjects Administration 

Load LMBI measurement file shows LMBI Rights IDs, the RFC destination REST Webservice declaration is only required for changes and no longer for reading data, and BusinessObjects offline data reports can now be loaded and created offline.

Additional condition type in Local Rules

Self-implemented condition allows the implementation of a self-developed condition to use in rule sets. A self-developed condition can consider specific objects and meet customized requirements.

Additional rule type in Global Rules

Resolve combination allows a license type combination to be resolved to a single license type.

Settings: Enhanced customizing

ABAP data load, HR connector with HR data source assignments (moved from Administration), AD connector, and inventory data can be customized.

HANA connection for tenant databases, HANA database usage report

Tenant databases can be connected separately. The report shows the usage of HANA databases.

Baseline report: User Licenses

Drill-down functionality for direct access to user master data.

Change Documents

In addition to the change documents for business processes, Snow Optimizer now also reads the changes for user master data, user authorizations, and user profiles.

Processing of large Usage Profiles

The performance of processing large Usage Profiles has been improved. 

 

Migration Requirements

To use the new Digital Documents feature, additional authorizations are required on the satellite systems. These are delivered as authorization role /DYNAM/SATELLITE_DIGDOC_LOAD, which is included in the collective role /DYNAM/SATELLITE_ALL.

If the delivered authorization role /DYNAM/MASTER_ALL is not used on the master—but more restricted roles are used instead—then these roles may need to be adapted for using the new features.

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Successful SAM starts with Inventory

There are a number of steps to a successful SAM program and the first key, important step begins with discovery; an exhaustive list of all of your computer assets.

Once you have this Discovery list, you can now start on targeted deployment with an Inventory Solution. You should then start to see your Discovered Computers list reduce as the number of your Inventoried Computers increase.

Your key companion here is the 'Computers that are not inventoried' report in Snow License Manager.



 

Never Ending Inventory

Newly deployed computers, whether physical or virtual, come and go on a daily basis in most organisations. Best practice is to configure your 'Gold Builds', 'Templates' or automated deployment tools to ensure anything new automatically receives a Snow Inventory agent or is covered by an Inventory Solution that's used together with Snow (SCCM, Altriris, etc).

In reality, there will always be inventory gaps for a variety of reasons; deployments that have bypassed processes, whether that be business or technical ones. This creates a challenge meaning that Inventory status rarely reaches 100%, or even close.

Inventory deployment should be a continual BAU process that needs constant assessment to determine the coverage of your IT Inventory. The perfect way to do this? A Snowboard of Course!

 


 



Multiple Discovery Tools? Multiple Reports?

It is not uncommon that different teams will use different tools for Discovery. Snow Discovery is one solution used by one team producing a report that could look slightly different to another report. 

Different teams that are not directly using and benefiting from Snow License Manager data could be having a much harder time to obtain and interpret Discovery Data; Extracting data in multiple formats, creating various SQL queries, PowerShell, etc, then merging data with VLOOKUP’s and other comparison methods, this is a very time-consuming task that leads to one team reporting one thing whilst other teams are see something different.



The Answer? Multiple Discovery Tools, ONE Report

Wouldn’t it be great if all this data from multiple discovery sources from different teams could be merged automatically, providing one complete comprehensive report that all parties could use with data fed from their own respective trusted sources?

There's an answer for this very challenge, by this using the Snow Integration Manager.

You may or may not have noticed the 'Import Discovery from file':

 

This allows discovery data to brought in to the 'Computers that are not inventoried' report.

It's easy to configure and only requires a minimal number of datasets, as seen below:
 


 

 

This solution will consolidate all your discovery data, regardless of the source or tools used, ensuring a commonality in reporting within cross functional teams to ensure you have the best data to act in with your Never Ending Inventory process.

And remember, if those teams do not have access to Snow License Manager, you can always set an automated schedule for the report to automatically appear in the inbox to where it's most needed!

For further information, look for SIC_UserGuide_DiscoveryDataFromFile.pdf on the Knowledge Base.