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.
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
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.
The recent article Ringing Down The Curtain On Change Management Theater by Forrester analyst Charles Betz made me think about the future of SAP change management. What is it going to look like in 3, 5 or 7 years? One thing that is certain is that it won’t look the same as it does today. Over the years, I’ve seen SAP customers go from managing SAP change with spreadsheets, emails and ITSM tickets (and many still do it that way); to ITIL-based, semi-automated processes; and now towards business-driven automated Agile/DevOps practices.
I recently read a great analogy describing Waterfall vs DevOps. While Waterfall requires the team to be driving 4X4 vehicles to deliver their change across a landscape, DevOps requires an automation evangelist to pave smooth roadways so that the delivery team can drive supercars at fast pace across the landscape. One of the keys is around user experience, which has in the past been overlooked by many organizations in the enterprise space.
That’s a wrap at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017! It’s been a brilliant opportunity to learn about SAP trends, SAP roadmaps and customers plans.
Whilst on the show floor we did learn that customers are beginning to think about SAP DevOps and the path to SAP DevOps. Not surprising when almost all confessed to upcoming digital transformation projects and, of course, plans to leverage SAP HANA.
So if you’ve got a minute, take a quick look at this 1 minute video to see insights into SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP DevOps.
Last week an Infographic landed on my desk illustrating recent RedHat sponsored UBM research around the future of business IT applications. What caught my eye was the way the Gartner Bi-Modal IT concept was used to describe the different kinds of IT applications in play, rather than focussing on the way the different application types were managed – perhaps the area we normally speak into.