As many know, Revelation Software Concepts’ (RSC) focus is on developing world class change control automation software for SAP. Our flagship product, Rev-Trac is an ever-evolving automation platform to facilitate the simplification and transformation of managing SAP change. Regardless of an SAP IT team’s development or delivery method, Rev-Trac has evolved to ensure success.
Over the last few posts I’ve been discussing some of the things SAP IT teams will need to address on their journey to accelerated SAP change delivery. In my previous post I explained the need for process maturity and process automation. This time, we will look at the value of multi path development and release management.
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?
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.