The classic challenges of managing SAP Landscapes have not changed in years, however innovation continues to move the finish line. SAP Landscapes are a group of servers are divided into three or more environments that are used for change management. Figure 1 shows an example of an SAP landscape with four environments:
- Sandbox (SND)—Initial development and testing to explore the viability of development direction, test patches, and updates
- Development (DEV)—Core development activity for updated features or new features and patches
- Quality Assurance (QAS)—Final functional and performance testing, as well as testing of all updates prior to migrating to production
- Production (PRD)—Daily business processes for back office operations
Figure 1: SAP Landscape with high-level change management
Change management is the process that verifies the integrity of all updates before promotion to the next planned production update release. Figure 1 shows a simplified view of this change management process, including the related development and operation activities:
- Concept and design phases—Requirements gathering and initial experimentation of development and updates.
- Develop and validate phases—Core development activity and testing of updates before final testing. It is critically important that all updates are extensively tested for functionality, performance, and stability before approval to migrate to production.
- Implement and monitor—Promotion and continuous monitoring of updates and new features.
Managing SAP Landscapes can be a significant effort that takes most of the SAP Basis team’s time. This effort suggests an opportunity to review the classic management problem of Time versus Cost versus Risk. Initially, handling of time, cost, and risk for a small landscape is highly manageable. However, as more innovations are requested and the landscape grows, trade-offs occur, such as prioritizing refreshing environments while pushing back on other requests as time and risk become constraints (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Landscape growth can increase time, cost, and risk
Solutions that require hiring more administrators and purchasing more infrastructure can be expensive. If there is a limited budget, then devoting more hours and accepting more risk of project slippage might be the only solution. Organizations are looking for ways to reduce the time and workload that is required to provision and update SAP environments.
The journey toward a standardized and automated ecosystem for SAP Landscapes starts with modernization. With the Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes, Dell EMC is helping customers modernization without additional administrative overhead to deliver faster results with enhanced performance, agility and resiliency. These topics will be explored in tomorrow’s blog detailing how the Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes streamlines and reduce costs, gets faster results and prepares customers for the digital economy.