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Signs Your SAP IT Team May Be About To Journey To Agile or DevOps

Recently, I came across a post outlining the steps for development teams to successfully start a DevOps transformation. In his post, John Jeremiah, points out that for a successful proactive transformation certain stars need to align. That is a business need for velocity and speed and management’s impatience with the current pace of change.

However, in speaking with SAP IT teams looking at a DevOps transformation it almost always is in reaction to pressure from the business rather than a proactive change in approach. So how can an SAP IT team better anticipate the need for change and become a little more proactive?

DevOps Feature: Inflight Parallel Check Report

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.

How to Enforce Morning and Evening Project Releases

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.

The Role of Process Maturation and Process Automation in SAP DevOps

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.

Preventing Unplanned SAP Production Outages

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.

Health Check Your SAP Change Control Processes

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 Change Control Practices and Digital Transformation

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

Your SAP DevOps Toolchain at SAUG Summit Sydney

As always, SAUG Summit is a great opportunity to catch up with customers and other Australian companies running SAP. In particular, to talk about their experiences and future plans and their progress towards automating their SAP DevOps Toolchain. When I was walking around the exhibition hall talking to the other exhibitors several common themes emerged. Namely, SAP DevOps, Agile Development and Digital Transformation. All reflecting the growing trend among SAP IT support teams to increase the volume of change and increase the speed at which it is delivered.

SAP Change Control: Effectively Manage Risk

A question our customers repeatedly ask is: “How can we effectively manage risk that change introduces to production? “. An excellent question to include in your current portfolio of areas to address with your change management process plan. To effectively manage risk, one must be able to identify and categorise risk. That is, could the change cause a problem, and what happens if it does (likelihood and impact)? For simplicity, I’ll cover two obvious categories, high risk and low risk.