Do not lose yourself in different SAP systems

Dmitry Kaglik

December 9, 2012

SAP

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I’m sure this won’t be fresh news to you if I tell you that the landscape of systems on a SAP project usually consists of several systems. The recommended landscape includes three: Development, Test, and Production.

However, it is not a rare case for a particular company to have additional systems, for example Pre-production or Sandbox.

Also, you remember that SAP allows you to open up to 6 sessions for the same system within a single logon.

When you work on production issues, it is not a rare case when you have 5-6, or even 10-12 windows open at the same time.

Is it easy to understand to which system the particular window belongs? 

The most obvious solution is to place the system and client ID in the bottom-right corner of the screen. SAP System ID notification

But this is a small text somewhere out of your usual area of attention. For me, this is not the best indicator, I would say. Also, I personally prefer to see the transaction code in that place.

That is why I prefer yet another, easier solution to differentiate the systems. I use different colours for each system.

To prepare for system colour change, you may need to change the active theme for your SAP GUI. Let me show how you can do this.

Open your SAP window, click the Customize Local Layout button in the top-right corner, and select Design Settings.Design settings for SAP GUI

In the new window, select Enjoy as your active theme and confirm with OK. Selecting the GUI theme

Now, you need to close all SAP windows, even the SAP Logon application. This is for new settings to take effect. Then, start SAP Logon again and open the system you want to change the colour for.

Click the Customize Local Layout button again, and select the menu Set Color to System. Specify System Colors

It is time now to assign the colour of your taste to your system.

SAP system colour schemes

Here is my choice:

  • Production – pink (Rose)
  • Test – yellow (Peach)
  • Development – blue (Complementary)
  • Sandbox – green (Grass)

Now you know that you should not make risky changes in your pink system, and you can experiment as much as you like in your green system. Enjoy!

What is your selection of colours?

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