The idea of SAP Cloud ALM was conceived as a portal for S/4HANA Cloud Implementations. It had following 3 main purposes;
SCOPING: Defines scope for implementation project, e.g Companies, Business Areas and Timelines
ONBOARDING: Performs fast and convenient onboarding of implementation team members and assignment to roles
MONITOR: Monitors the progress of implementation task execution
SAP Cloud ALM usage rights are included in SAP Enterprise Support, cloud editions.
You are entitled to use SAP Cloud ALM ;
A. If you subscribe to an SAP Cloud Service (including SAP Enterprise Support, cloud editions) , like SAP SuccessFactors, Ariba, Hybris, S/4HANA Cloud etc...
B. After you sign an amendment to your SAP Enterprise Support agreement
The Functional aspects of Cloud ALM is to cover following tracks of ALM concpets for Cloud products;
A. Requirement to deploy (SAP Cloud ALM Build)
Discovery and functional scoping
Fit to standard
Change, release, deployment down to production
Manual and automated testing
Managing Extensibility and Integration
B. Detect to correct (SAP Cloud ALM Run)
Integration & user monitoring
Auto-reactions to alerts
Target customers of SAP Cloud ALM are cloud-only, cloud first, and cloud-centric customers of SAP. They typically have no SAP Solution Manager and no (or very little) SAP applications deployed on premise. All other SAP customers may use it as well if they have a valid SAP Enterprise Support maintenance agreement. Even though SAP Cloud ALM starts with the focus on SaaS offerings of SAP, it will also cover on-premise applications in the future. This is the foundation for proper ALM of hybrid solutions.