How to get started with DevOps for SAP - a 10-step guide

Webinar: How to get started with DevOps for SAP - a 10-step guide

Once you've understood the foundations of DevOps for SAP and considered the (somewhat unique) way that DevOps will impact SAP development, how do you actually get up and running and start to reap the benefits?

What steps can you take to make DevOps a reality in your organization?

Register for this webinar to learn more about

  • Tangible actions that will get you started on your journey towards DevOps for SAP
  • Why automation and tooling are so crucial, and the capabilities needed in an SAP environment
  • How DevOps and automation are already delivering for many businesses 

 

Webinar: Reasons why SAP users choose Transport Expresso - Part II

Webinar: Reasons why SAP users choose Transport Expresso - Part II

In order to improve the way you manage your SAP environment you need to have the right people and culture, but you also need an effective and helpful toolset that can give you full support through advanced functionality and an easy to use interface.

Transport Expresso users often tell us how much they love what the product offers. Perhaps unsurprisingly - there are some questions that crop up as 'hot topics' time and time again before (and sometimes even after) the tool is adopted. In this second part of the webinar series, we share some of the most common examples of “Can Transport Expresso help us with ...?”, confirm that yes, it can, and explore the relevant features.

Watch this webinar recording to learn more about:

  1. Key outcomes that SAP users are looking for when evaluating SAP change control tools
  2. The most popular features of Transport Expresso that support these common requirements
    • Automatic Transport Naming
    • SCC1 Automation
    • Future Import Scheduling
    • Automated Approvals
  3. How SAP teams benefit from these features

 

Webinar: Reasons why SAP users choose Transport Expresso - Part I

Webinar: Reasons why SAP users choose Transport Expresso - Part I

In order to improve the way you manage your SAP environment you need to have the right people and culture, but also you need an effective and helpful toolset that can give you full support through advanced functionality and an and easy to use interface. 

Transport Expresso users often tell us how much they love what the product offers - perhaps unsurprisingly - there are some questions that crop up as 'hot topics' time and again before (and sometimes even after) it is adopted.  In this webinar we'll share some of the most common examples of “Can Transport Expresso help us with ...?”, confirm that yes, it can, and explore the relevant features.

Watch this webinar to learn more about:

  • Key outcomes that SAP users are looking for when evaluating SAP change control tools
    • Non-Transportable Change
    • Cross System Dependencies
    • Build List Report
    • Deep Impact Analysis
  • The features of Transport Expresso that support these common requirements
  • How SAP teams benefit from these features
     

Webinar: The impact of DevOps on SAP systems, and how to make it a success

The impact of DevOps on SAP systems, and how to make it a success

The role of enterprise applications in the delivery of business innovation can't be underestimated, but to play an effective part such systems must have the ability to adapt and respond safely to frequent, rapid change.

DevOps can transform the way that SAP systems support your business, but what’s the reality of concepts like Continuous Delivery, automated Unit Testing and Continuous Deployment in an SAP environment?

In this webinar, we explain the practical impact that DevOps will have on the way you manage SAP development and change, and what you’ll need to make it effective at each stage of the delivery pipeline.

Watch this webinar to learn more about:

  • The practicalities of adopting DevOps in an SAP environment
  • The impact of DevOps at the various stages of SAP change delivery - from development, through testing, pre-production and production - and on the teams involved
  • The outcomes and benefits of a DevOps approach

Webinar: DevOps for SAP - Laying the foundations for success 

Webinar: DevOps for SAP - Laying the foundations for success

Traditional bi-annual or quarterly release cycles are no longer sufficient to support the pace of change in a truly customer-centric business.

In order to deliver the new products, features, and services customers want at the front-end, ‘systems of record’ (such as SAP) that enable new functionality must also be improved and updated more frequently.

Adoption of DevOps for SAP provides the means to modernize outdated processes so that changes can be made at the pace the business requires.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • The fundamental concepts behind DevOps
  • The key building blocks that support successful adoption of DevOps for SAP
  • The tangible benefits that this new approach can bring

Webinar: Use Data-driven insights to optimize SAP processes

Webinar: Use Data-driven insights to optimize SAP processes

Continuous improvement is a critical building block towards continuous delivery, and is considered a necessary aspect of both Agile and DevOps methodologies.

Without measurement, data and associated insight, improvement can be difficult to assess. DevAnalytics from Basis Technologies can automatically provide near-real time insight - based on actual SAP development data - that supports continuous improvement and allows businesses to assess performance and productivity.

Watch this webinar to learn:

  • The scope of performance measurement that is available
  • Methods can be used to improve SAP development performance
  • How to know whether SAP teams are working efficiently or not.
  • How metrics from DevAnalytics can be used to calculate ROI
  • Real-life SAP development use cases, highlighting areas that are working well, those that are not, and our recommendations on how performance could be optimized.

Webinar: How analytics can reduce cost and time to market in SAP

Webinar: How analytics can reduce cost and time to market in SAP

Customer-oriented Business Intelligence tools provide insights that generate real commercial advantage, but a deeper understanding of internal processes can deliver the same outcome through cost reduction and accelerated time to market.

For example, even when the total (and often significant) cost of maintaining and developing a SAP estate is well-known, it can be totally unclear which parts of the process are working most effectively. Waste, inefficiency and bottlenecks are hard to identify and so are difficult to address.

What's more, constant performance feedback is a crucial part of successful execution if you're aiming to reap the many benefits of Agile and DevOps approaches.

Watch this webinar recording to learn:

  • The importance of analytics in identifying where hidden costs and waste exist in SAP change delivery
  • What you need to measure in order to improve the performance of both internal and external teams
  • How analytics and data support Agile and DevOps approaches for SAP
  • The business benefits that analysis of SAP change can deliver, along with some real-life examples.

 

Q&A with Forrester: The vital role of SAP in digital transformation

Q&A with Forrester: The vital role of SAP in digital transformation

As the ever-expanding digital economy drives decision makers to demand more from their IT infrastructure, we teamed up with market leading research firm Forrester to try and uncover the truth behind the role that SAP systems play in digital transformation strategies. Leading analyst George Lawrie, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, joined us to discuss the pressures that companies are feeling, what they can do to respond, and how SAP fits into the picture.
 

Read on to hear George's thoughts on some key questions, or watch the recording of our recent webinar for a more in-depth insight

1. What kind of disruption do Forrester clients experience – either internal or external - that may be causing them to undergo transformation projects and re-assess the state of enterprise applications such as SAP?

 

Forrester clients, in common with other large firms, must face the challenge of digital disrupters in their markets. We all know about Uber and Amazon, but buying behavior has changed in every industry. This means that all firms face both the potential for new competition and the need to provide their customers with much greater transparency and a consumer-grade ease of interaction.

 

Increasingly, firms want to simplify their customer service. Many Forrester clients have used digital technologies to reach new markets and to extend the range of their offerings, but each such development requires adaptation of the core enterprise system to adequately manage, for example, product or customer profitability.

 

Firms continue to make acquisitions, merge, and restructure through divestiture. In recent years, Dow and DuPont have merged and HP split into two separate companies, while Procter & Gamble spun off some personal care brands and Reckitt Benckiser acquired numerous home care brands. Each type of restructuring requires the firm to adapt its enterprise applications (such as SAP) to serve the new structure, complete with a new chart of accounts, new policies and procedures, and new sets of dashboards and reports.

2. What high-level strategies can businesses adopt to align SAP systems with the needs of today’s digital business?

Most firms start by simplifying their SAP landscape. Wherever possible, they upgrade to the latest SAP release, absorbing as many modifications and extensions as they can in the process. They also reduce the number of SAP instances they run, possibly through system consolidation. Some firms run BW on Hana to get some experience and then progress to Enterprise Suite powered by SAP Hana (colloquially “Suite on Hana”) and S/4Hana Finance.

 

In our research, we found organizations rethinking their applications in the light of new possibilities. One beverage firm, for example, pointed out that it had to rethink the concept of product and customer profitability. In the past, it expected every product manager to review the performance of each product and customer at least monthly. As digital technology enabled its product managers to test and introduce many more products and segment its markets more finely, it had to evolve a culture of exception management, alerting managers only where products or customer channels overperformed or underperformed against expectations.

 

We also found that early adopters of S/4Hana Finance were targeting “lights out” finance operations that capture transactions without human intervention directly from electronic invoices. Such a system might also onboard suppliers directly from sourcing applications. We found that these early adopters were delegating budgetary control to budget holders and providing a high level of transparency to help them to understand, and even simulate, the likely cost and revenue impact of each policy option they consider.

3. Given the complexity of SAP system consolidation, in what circumstances would firms consider it an appropriate option?

While there can be some savings in IT cost from consolidating instances, these are usually far smaller than the enormous business benefits delivered by the enablement of group-level cross-selling and upselling across business unit customers.

 

Firms should consider SAP instance consolidation when there are clear business requirements. For example, in the case of Dow and DuPont, it was important that common customers could be recognized in a single instance, for the purpose of credit control and to ensure a consistent group-level customer experience.

 

We found examples of system consolidation to capitalize on new operating models, such as centralizing credit control or treasury functions across a group of business units. We also found cases in which firms provided greater levels of transparency to their suppliers, such as exposing the supplier invoice approval process and securing improved group-level discount and supplier credit in exchange.

 

Some firms wish to consolidate instances to ensure appropriate global consistency of recipes in process manufacturers, of bills of material and work center routings in discrete manufacturing, and of ‘available-to-promise’ inventory in multimarket, multiplant manufacturing. Most interestingly, with the new Hana database, we are seeing some firms run ECC and other SAP applications such as Supply Chain Management or Customer Relationship Management in the same environment.

 

4. How mature is S/4 for a large organization using a lot of features of the current ECC release? Is it sensible for them to wait until S/4HANA covers more of their core business?

 

Forrester has some clients that have the luxury of waiting before moving to S/4. However, many are anxious to start their journey, and they must build a cross-functional team and a business case to get started. Since the business case is about transformation — a different way of working — it needs very high-level visionary support and commitment. In our view, this is the reason for relatively slow adoption. We believe that there are 3,200 S/4Hana licensed customers, more than 200 of which are currently in live production on the core accounting module. Early adopters described significant advantages despite a limited rollout scope.

Are your SAP systems aligned with today’s business needs?

Forrester discuss the vital role of SAP systems in digital transformation.

Watch this webinar recording featuring George Lawrie, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, in which George reviews Forrester data about the hopes and fears of global firms for their enterprise applications, and ways in which businesses might look to preserve existing value while adapting to a fast-changing world of digital commerce. You will learn more about:

  • How your SAP instances can enable digital transformation
  • The hopes and fears of global firms for their enterprise applications in an age of digital disruption
  • The impact of new types of application such as S/4HANA from SAP
  • Strategies that companies like yours are adopting in order to align ERP systems with modern business requirements

Plus, Tim England, Solutions Director at Basis Technologies, provides a brief introduction to a new SAP landscape optimization tool, Consolidator, and how it can support business transformation by making system consolidation a more viable proposition.

Finally, in a candid Q&A session, George addresses audience questions about the impact of digital transformation on installed and future enterprise applications.

Your Presenter: George Lawrie

George Lawrie serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He brings to Forrester more than two decades of experience deploying global enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications in complex multinationals. During his five years with Forrester, George has led research into topics such as SAP deployment best practices, ERP consolidation, IT investment prioritization, global data synchronization, and trade promotion management.

George has been quoted in general business media such as the Financial Times and specialist publications such as Retail Week. He is a popular speaker and has appeared on the BBC and Sky. He has led sessions at user conferences for vendors such as IRI and Progress Software and well-received sessions at Forrester events.

Webinar: 5 key capabilities to look for in Agile and DevOp tools

Webinar: 5 key capabilities to look for in Agile and DevOp tools

To achieve the cutting-edge speed and agility promised by DevOps, you need to choose the right tools to enable automation across all aspects of development, production, and operations.

Tools are not the sum total of DevOps; yet, choosing the right tools for your team will help establish early success and provide you with the support through the transition.

Watch this webinar we’ll cover the key factors you need to know when looking into implementing Agile and DevOps tools to help support your SAP processes, in order to provide change at the speed of business.

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