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.
I recently caught up with an SAP support team manager at a customer who has been using Rev-Trac change control automation software for about 4 years. At the time of implementing Rev-Trac, the customer was a “Green Field” SAP installation. This meant Rev-Trac was installed with the initial SAP systems and every transport from the very first development transport created has been tracked and change controlled using Rev-Trac. I asked what some of the most valuable benefits were Rev-Trac had brought to the support team.
Earlier this week I spent a day with one of our technology partners’ customers at the EPI-USE Labs user group event in Sydney. Part of the day included a presentation from David Powell, General Manager, IT Security Strategy at the National Australia Bank (NAB) around the criticality of IT security at both an individual level and at a corporate level. The presentation was both fascinating and eye opening, to say the least.
High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are becoming increasingly popular as traffic congestion continues to grow in metropolitan areas around the world. Here in the US, according to Wikipedia, as of 2012 there are some 126 HOV facilities on freeways in 27 metropolitan areas in the United States, which includes over 1,000 corridor miles. So, how about an HOV lane for your SAP changes? Faster delivery of your SAP changes is becoming a necessity, but you can’t sacrifice speed for quality and proper testing.