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How to manage Multiple Regulatory content data updates

Dec 01, 2017 at 03:43 PM

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Dear Experts

Request your suggestions and comments on the following scenario.

EHS regulatory content data updates have not been done for past 2.5 years for some reason. The last SERC update was done was 1505 (1st release of 2015). Now the requirement has come to update all the SERC updates till now.

I have several questions on this:

  1. How many updates were missed during this lapse of time (Last was 2015 Ist version- 1505), where can I get the exact list?
  2. I dont see any option on market place to get the archived SERC updates for past period to check the delta changes, How can I get that.
  3. Most Important .....Do I really need to update all the versions before I load the latest 1711 SERC update. Is that a prerequisite?
  4. If so, what should be the ideal approach to do this whole activity? Is it possible to update all at a time in Dev, then all in QC & last all in Prod OR Each SERC updates, one after another, should be done sequentially in DEV, QC & PROD.
  5. Any major challenges for the above scenario?

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Jayakumar Indracanti Dec 04, 2017 at 04:57 AM
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Hi Ashish,

When you implement the latest version of the SERC, it includes all the delta from the previous version which you have updated.

SERC is not released as delta for each release rather it is released as a complete package with renewed content each time, associated with content SAP releases the changes documents which list the changes in the characteristic, Expert Rules, Property tree, WWI Template and XML regulatory content. Now coming to your questions

1 - Usually it must be two major updates a year for which it comes to 4 content updates; there could be additional two minor changes around regulatory content.

2. My understanding is the content is always the latest pack, you may check via ticket

3. The latest package contains all the delta together so you need to load them in sequence to achieve the complete package like the property tree you need to implement in sequence for which you need to upload data / co files. So are changes in WWI programs / function modules around DG / Phrases / Placeholders for temperature etc, if you are interested to have them as well.

4. The basis parts it is as per the landscape architecture like Dev - Qua - Prod. Where as the master data around Phrases, XML content, WWI could be from Quality to Production. Property tree should be from Dev to Qua to production and also the FM around WWI templates

5. The challenges I see should be around the existing property tree changes and how you manage the new characteristics or changes in existing characteristics for which you need careful analysis, expert rules changes and associated mdb file mapping and xml file updates if any and their impact on the rules and how to generate revised MSDS and also WWI reports.

Thanks and Regards

Jayakumar

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Mark Pfister
Dec 04, 2017 at 08:09 AM
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Hi Ashish,

How many updates were missed during this lapse of time (Last was 2015 Ist version- 1505), where can I get the exact list?

AFAIK there is no official list available - but you could ask SAP. Here a list I kept for myself:

  • 1711
  • 1708
  • 1705
  • 1702
  • 1611
  • 1605
  • 1608
  • 1602
  • 2015-2
  • 2015-1
I dont see any option on market place to get the archived SERC updates for past period to check the delta changes, How can I get that.

Here's the text from their latest slides: "SAP EHS Regulatory Content is available through SAP Service Market Place  Scheduled delivery date: November 22 nd , 2017 .  Please note: On Service Market Place the names of the latest published packages will end with “1711”.  Generally, you will find only the latest version on Service Market Place. Please always download it even your are not intended to install it. Some information are always required for later updates. Please note: Delivery of previous release via SAP Standard Support is not allowed."

If so, what should be the ideal approach to do this whole activity? Is it possible to update all at a time in Dev, then all in QC & last all in Prod OR Each SERC updates, one after another, should be done sequentially in DEV, QC & PROD.

You can do all updates in one system e.g DEV - test it there and then move to the next system, test there etc...

Any major challenges for the above scenario?

Since you don't have the content releases in-between you are missing on lot of related information. For example which OSS notes you need to install and other manual tasks you would have needed to do. It is very hard to compile the delta of what has changed for the business without these version.

Best

Mark

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Ralph Paczkowski
Dec 08, 2017 at 12:17 PM
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Hi Ashish,

Do you still have release 1605? Until that release all property tree updates were included in the actual release in directory \01-PropertyTree\Initial. If you don't have that release anymore, you can probably only open a ticket with SERC and ask for delivery. In addition, you need all transports for PS and DG content from the skipped releases.

Phrases, SDS templates and rule sets can just be skipped. Install those from the current release and you are good to go (for phrases you have to use the _complete phrase files).

Ralph

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