The latest release is now out, Rev-Trac v7SPS03! A hidden gem that will convince you that it is high time to upgrade your Rev-Trac version, is the inflight parallel check report. This gem is related to the need to facilitate and manage parallel development, which is becoming a more common occurrence as you embrace DevOps and an Agile delivery methodology.
According to Forrester Research, 95% of organizations are moving to Agile and following suit with DevOps. (Forrester Research: Aligning Agile And DevOps Practices With Business Value). Likely then, your organization is too. In his white paper, “Drive business growth with agile processes through DevOps for SAP”, Pravas Ranjan Rout of Infosys speaks to the benefits of a DevOps approach for SAP teams and provides a suggested way for SAP IT organizations to progress forward.
In speaking with SAP IT teams who are successfully pivoting to agile SAP development, one theme continues to stand out. Control of the SAP change and release process needs to move from a single, centralized point of control to multiple, decentralized points of control.
Recently at a customer site we discovered a great use case for the Project Release field when used in conjunction with Release Management. This organization required 2 different change types. Firstly, changes to be deployed in the morning. These changes having been assessed to not impact production stability. Secondly, other changes to be deployed in the evenings. Changes that couldn’t be introduced while the business is using the production system. In this case, the developer could determine whether the change required morning or evening deployment and could assign the schedule.
Last posting I mentioned some component areas, tenets for success, SAP IT teams will need to address on their journey to a fully implemented DevOps approach. In this post, I’ll elaborate on the first couple. To progress towards a DevOps approach, change control processes need to be robust and clearly understood by all involved. Development, QA, Testing, Business and the Functional teams. There are different types of change, and so changes will be processed in different ways. It’s not rocket science, but it is still surprising how many teams still struggle with this relatively simple concept. Managing change with a ‘one size fits all’ single process will not work in a DevOps / agile environment.
Whilst talking to our customers at SAP TechEd Las Vegas, there were lots of conversations around speed and agility, delivering high quality SAP change in a continuous delivery cycle.
So if you’ve got a minute, take a quick look at this 1 minute video to see how Rev-Trac supports digital transformation and DevOps Strategy.
It goes without saying that unplanned SAP production outages are costly. That’s why many SAP customers spend large amounts on ensuring high availability and redundancy. Eliminating single points of failure ensure continuous up time. But those infrastructures, no matter where they exist are still subject to accidental production downtime. Whether on premise or in the cloud, SAP systems are still at risk from poorly managed SAP change activities.
Before heading to Las Vegas this week for SAP TechEd, I have had to take my bride to the hospital. It was for one of those common check up type procedures that we have to get from time to time. As I sit here, patiently waiting, I started to think of the importance of health checks more broadly. Believe it or not, SAP change management processes came to mind.
SAP IT Teams are facing an ever increasing need to deliver more to their business users. But without a firm strategy in place, meeting the need for speed and volume can be quite a challenge.
So if you’ve got a minute, take a quick look at this 1 minute video to see how a SAP DevOps automation platform can underpin your strategy and help meet the need for speed.
According to Gartner’s 2017 CEO survey, the number 2 strategic priority for CEO’s is technology related business change. Not surprising when 47% the same group of CEO’s indicated they are experiencing pressure from their Boards to make progress in digital. Digital transformation is the order of the day. Digital transformation and its impact on the customer experience is the top CIO priority