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Cloud ALM

SAP Cloud ALM is a completely new cloud-native Application Lifecycle Management solution from SAP. Designed to support the Implementation, Deployment, and Operation of SAP solutions in the cloud or on-premise. It is a great choice for organisations embarking on their SAP digital transformation journey, simplifying project management and delivery (aligned with the SAP Activate methodology), ensuring business continuity, and helping you to adopt a clean core …and don’t forget, it is available through your existing SAP maintenance agreement for no-additional charge*.

The usage rights are included in the SAP Cloud Service subscription and in SAP Enterprise Support. You can learn more about the usage rights of SAP Cloud ALM here.




Implementation in SAP Cloud ALM involves the structured deployment of SAP solutions, ensuring they meet business requirements. With functionality to cover Fit-to-Standard workshops, Project Management, Testing, Quality Assurance, and Change Deployment; you’re well positioned to achieve a seamless and successful implementation. 


Operations in SAP Cloud ALM encompasses the continuous monitoring, maintenance, and optimisation of SAP systems to ensure they perform at their best. This includes real-time tracking, issue management, and system health checks to maintain smooth and efficient business operations.
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  • Design
  • Build
  • Test
  • Deploy
  • Run


The project lifecycle begins here, with a focus on project planning and setting up the project environment. SAP Cloud ALM, with its cloud-native features, provides tools and resources to streamline this phase with strategic planning and preparation. Key activities include:

Fit-to-Standard Workshops:
Fit-to-standard analysis workshops help assess how well business requirements align with SAP's standard functionalities. During these workshops, gaps that need custom development or configuration are identified and documented for action in subsequent phases.

Business Process Analysis and Design:
Organisations can map and analyse their current business processes to identify areas for improvement. By leveraging best practices and benchmarks, future state processes optimised for your SAP environment are designed.

Requirements Management:
In this stage, detailed requirements for the SAP solution are gathered, documented, and managed within SAP Cloud ALM. This ensures that all business needs are captured and prioritised, laying a clear foundation for solution configuration and customisation.

Solution Configuration:
Based on the designed future processes and identified requirements, the initial solution configuration begins. SAP Cloud ALM offers tools to track and manage these configuration activities, ensuring a smooth setup process.


At this phase, the activities focus on configuring, customising, and preparing SAP solutions, such as S/4HANA, for deployment. The objective is to turn the design and planning work from earlier phases into a fully functioning SAP solution tailored to the organisation's specific needs. Here’s an overview of how SAP Cloud ALM supports these activities:

Manage Projects Efficiently:
Project development begins in SAP Cloud ALM, adhering to the defined scope, objectives, and timelines.

User Stories and Task Management:
The project is broken down into manageable user stories and tasks, derived from the requirements captured in the previous phase. These tasks are assigned to team members with clear definitions, descriptions, priorities, due dates, and dependencies to ensure successful completion.

Configuration and Customisation:
The configuration of the SAP system starts according to the defined business processes and requirements identified during the design phase. This includes setting up system parameters, data models, and business logic to align with the organisation's operational needs.

Project Planning and Monitoring:
The entire project plan is tracked and monitored through dashboards and reports. SAP Cloud ALM provides real-time visibility of task statuses, enabling project managers to identify bottlenecks and mitigate against potential delays early on.


This is a critical phase of the application lifecycle management process, especially for ensuring the quality and reliability of SAP solutions. This functionality is designed to rigorously validate the functionality, performance, and security of the SAP implementation, leveraging SAP Cloud ALM's comprehensive testing capabilities. Here’s how the Testing phase unfolds within SAP Cloud ALM:

Test Planning:
The process begins by defining the test strategy, outlining the scope, objectives, types of testing to be conducted (such as unit, integration, performance, and security testing), and the criteria for test success. Test plans are then created in SAP Cloud ALM, including specific test scenarios, cases, and scripts, along with the required resources and timelines.

Test Execution:
Test cases can be executed manually, with results and observations recorded in the system. The platform allows for real-time tracking of test progress and outcomes. Additionally,  Test Automation Engines such as Tricentis can be integrated, significantly increasing efficiency and coverage, especially for regression tests or repetitive test scenarios.

Defect Management:
Any defects or issues identified during testing are logged and tracked, with SAP Cloud ALM providing functionalities to manage the defect lifecycle from discovery through to resolution and retesting.

Reporting and Analysis:
Test results are analysed to identify trends, patterns, and areas of concern. SAP Cloud ALM offers reporting and analytics tools to facilitate this analysis, helping teams understand testing outcomes in depth. Additionally, dashboards and quality metrics provide insights into the overall quality of the SAP solution being tested. These metrics inform decisions on whether the solution is ready to move to the next stage or if further testing is needed.

Deploy (Change Management)

This phase ensures that the deployment of the solution is executed smoothly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to business operations. Here’s an overview of how the Deploy phase unfolds within SAP Cloud ALM, ensuring a successful go-live and stabilisation of the SAP environment:

Release Planning:
A detailed deployment strategy is outlined, defining the approach for moving the SAP solution into production. This includes deciding on a big-bang, phased, or incremental deployment, based on the project's complexity and business requirements. The release is then scheduled to minimise impact on business operations. SAP Cloud ALM assists in planning the deployment timeline, considering all critical factors such as business cycles and system dependencies.

Pre-Deployment Activities:
The production environment is fully prepared and configured for deployment. This functionality tracks environment readiness, including any necessary infrastructure adjustments or system configurations.

Deployment Execution:
Automated capabilities are utilised for the deployment processes (including SAP Transport Management across both ABAP and non-ABAP technologies), reducing manual errors and increasing efficiency. This includes deploying configurations, customisations, and integrations into the production environment. Additionally, real-time monitoring tools are set to track deployment progress and verify that all components are correctly deployed and operational.

Run: Operate & Innovate

This phase is part of the ongoing lifecycle management of SAP environments, particularly during the "Run" phase and beyond. It involves continuously improving, updating, and extending SAP solutions to meet evolving business needs, leverage new technologies, and capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Here’s how SAP Cloud ALM supports innovation within SAP environments:

Continuous Improvement and Feedback:
SAP Cloud ALM facilitates the collection and analysis of operational data and user feedback to identify areas for improvement, optimisation, or innovation within the SAP landscape. Performance metrics, usage statistics, and incident reports inform decisions about where innovations may be needed or beneficial.

Process Optimisation:
By providing visibility into business processes and their performance, SAP Cloud ALM helps organisations identify inefficiencies or bottlenecks where innovation can drive improvements. This leads to the redesign and optimisation of business processes using SAP Best Practices and industry benchmarks.

Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
SAP Cloud ALM encourages the sharing of knowledge and best practices within the organisation, fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation. Integrated with SAP EnableNow, it provides e-learning content for all users throughout the entire implementation and beyond the go-live phase.

Real-Time System Monitoring:

Due to it's open nature, SAP Cloud ALM allows you to perform real-time system monitoring across the entire SAP application portfolio. The automated alerts and integration monitoring capabilities provide complete transparency over system performance and enable you to streamline operations to enhance the overall efficiency of your SAP environments.



Our Services

Rapid X has unparalleled experience in delivering SAP Application Lifecycle Management solutions. Our SAP Cloud ALM services focus on delivering the elements of the solution that bring the most value to you. We listen to your requirements, goals and objectives and work with you to define a roadmap and implementation plan of the associated capabilities. This results in a tailored scope that may feature all or a select few of the overall functions and processes. Here are a few examples of the typical solutions we deliver as part of our Cloud ALM services.

workflow (1) Change Management Optimise your SAP environment with our Change Management services, ensuring seamless and controlled implementation of changes. Have access to comprehensive impact analysis, configurable approval workflows, and detailed audit trails to minimise disruption and enhance system stability.  
icons8-asset-100 Test Management Ensure your SAP solutions meet the highest quality standards with our Test Management services. Harness detailed test strategy development, efficient test execution, and thorough defect tracking to maintain system integrity and reliability.  
icons8-play-button-96 Monitoring Proactively maintain high performance and operational efficiency with our Monitoring services. Monitoring provides real-time tracking of system health, performance metrics, and business process insights to quickly identify and resolve issues.  
icons8-integration-100 Process Management Streamline and optimise your business operations with our Process Management services. We offer comprehensive tools to monitor, analyse, and enhance business processes, ensuring they run efficiently and effectively align with your organisational goals.  
icons8-strategy-100 Test Automation Increase testing efficiency and accuracy with our Test Automation services. We utilise advanced tools to automate repetitive testing processes, reducing manual effort and accelerating the validation of your SAP solutions.  
icons8-compliance-100 Solution Manager Transition Seamlessly transition to SAP Cloud ALM from SAP Solution Manager with our expert transition services. We ensure a smooth migration, minimising disruption while optimising your use case of SAP ALM processes.  

How we work?

At Rapid X, we believe that the foundation of our success lies not just in the solutions we deliver but in how we deliver them. Our approach is built around three core principles: Adaptive Agile Methodology, Value-Driven Delivery, and Empowered Partnerships for Success. This trifecta ensures that we're not just service providers but strategic partners dedicated to achieving your goals.

We understand that in today's fast-paced world, flexibility and adaptability are key to overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities. That's why we've embraced an approach that combines the best of Agile methodologies with a steadfast commitment to delivering tangible value and fostering strong, collaborative relationships with our clients.

Our adaptive Agile practices allow us to swiftly respond to changes and deliver value at every step of the project, ensuring timely and effective solutions tailored to your unique needs.
Value first
At the heart of our work is a commitment to delivering maximum value from day one. We focus on understanding your core business objectives and challenges to prioritise tasks that offer the highest return on investment.
Customer-Centric Collaboration
Beyond just implementing solutions, we believe in building empowered partnerships with our clients. This customer-centric approach ensures open communication, transparency, and a deep understanding of your unique business environment. 


Find some useful information below:

Who should use SAP Cloud ALM?

SAP Cloud ALM is ideal for organisations using SAP hybrid solutions such as SAP S/4HANA Cloud and On-Premise, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, and other SAP cloud products. It is suited for project managers, IT administrators, Application Developers, and Operation Teams who manage and operate SAP environments.

How does SAP Cloud ALM differ from SAP Solution Manager? SAP Cloud ALM is a cloud-native solution focused on managing SAP hybrid environments, whereas SAP Solution Manager is more aligned with on-premise solutions. SAP Cloud ALM provides simplified, agile tools and processes specifically optimised for cloud applications and services.
Can SAP Cloud ALM manage on-premise SAP applications? The product is designed for hybrid applications and scenarios where it integrates management of both cloud and on-premise SAP solutions.
How does SAP Cloud ALM integrate with existing IT landscapes? It offers integration APIs and services that facilitate seamless connections with existing IT systems and third-party tools, allowing for comprehensive management of complex landscapes.
What are the key features of SAP Cloud ALM? Key features include project management, requirements management, test management, change and deployment management, operations monitoring, and service management.
Does SAP Cloud ALM support automated testing? Yes, SAP Cloud ALM comes with a connection with Tricentis, which is an Automated Test Engine, and also allows the integration with other automated testing tools to facilitate efficient and effective testing processes, which are critical for maintaining the quality of SAP applications.
How can I access SAP Cloud ALM?

SAP Cloud ALM is accessible through the cloud. Users need appropriate credentials and internet access to log in via a web browser, ensuring easy accessibility and minimal local infrastructure requirements.

What kind of support does SAP provide for SAP Cloud ALM users?

SAP offers comprehensive support for SAP Cloud ALM users, including technical assistance, documentation, training materials, and a user community for sharing best practices and solutions.

What is the cost of using SAP Cloud ALM?

It can vary based on the subscription model, the size of the deployment, and specific customer needs. SAP offers different licensing and subscription models tailored to various business requirements. However, if you have a cloud subscription containing Enterprise Support, cloud edition, or if you’re using SAP Enterprise Support, SAP Cloud ALM is included at no additional cost.

How does SAP Cloud ALM ensure data security and compliance? It adheres to security standards and practices,  including features for managing user access, securing data transmission, and ensuring compliance with global data protection regulations such as GDPR.