Before a transport request can be transported using ActiveControl, assuming the configuration has been maintained, a Transport Form must be completed for the transport request.
The transport form is a simple form that can usually be completed in less time than it takes to send an e-mail. The transport form is used to document and categorise the changes made. Importantly, the transport form associates the technically-oriented transport request to be transported with the corresponding business issues and/or requirements (referred to as Business Tasks). Although it can be an optional association, it is strongly recommended that transport requests be associated with business tasks as it:
- Groups together technically separate but functionally-related transport requests that collectively implement the changes necessary to solve / deliver individual business issues and requirements.
- Allows for the progress and testing of the solution to a business issue or requirement throughout the system landscape to be monitored and reconciled as the solution makes its way through one or more development streams (such as in the case of branched development systems).
- Provides the business context for business users and team leaders involved in the change process (for example, from an approval perspective).
As explained further in the configuration section, the transport form associates the transport request with a transport path, which in turn determines which SAP systems the transport request will be transported to and whether approvals and testing are necessary along the way.