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Are Enterprise Monitoring Teams Fighting a Losing Battle to Monitor SAP?

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Nov 8, 2017 4:10:19 PM

Introduction

Traditionally, most Enterprise Monitoring Teams (EMT) took the top down approach of consolidating company wide monitoring in as few central platforms as possible.  The EMT sometimes often referred to as the NOC (Network Operations Center) focused primarily in the availability monitoring of network and infrastructures.  Application teams were mostly expected to monitor their own applications, being the subject matter expert (SME), and only relied on the EMT for infrastructure monitoring.  However with the rise of Apps (everything from back-office to customer facing eCommerce) coupled with multi-tier and multi-vendor environments extending to virtualization and cloud frameworks, the lines have blurred between Apps and Infrastructure.  SAP customers are in the thick of this change.  EMTs need to evolve to meet the new demands of enterprise apps in the "Age of agile" as referred to in a 2017 BigPanda annual State of Monitoring report.  While SAP teams are focused on delivering IT business values to internal and external customers, they continue to look for opportunities to offload application monitoring to EMTs.  EMTs risk losing the battle to monitor their critical IT operations when they don't equip themselves with the ability to monitor SAP effectively today and for the future.

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SAP Solution Manager 7.2 OS/DB Migration

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Oct 18, 2017 10:06:04 PM

Regardless of what usage scenarios and platforms you may choose for your Solution Manager 7.2 (Solman), you need options either now or in the future to be able to migrate it either for performance, capacity or licensing reasons. For example, if you choose to deploy Solman 7.2 on Windows and MS SQLServer because that’s what you currently have for Solman 7.1, then later you want to get some experience for SAP HANA with a free DB license, you can migrate it to HANA on Linux.

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SAP Solution Manager vs IT-Conductor for SAP Monitoring

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 25, 2017 6:52:25 PM

SAP Teched 2017 Las Vegas covered many sessions on SAP Solution Manager 7.2 (Solman 7.2). When it comes to technical SAP monitoring and basis operations, we have gotten just as many questions about how different is Solman 7.2 in comparison to Solman 7.1 as well as IT-Conductor.  We have published many guides for deploying Solman technical monitoring and comparing it to other tools available, so we recommend you check out some of the following posts and make your informed decisions about whether to upgrade, reimplement and/or use Solman 7.2 for SAP monitoring.

IT-Conductor customers went to Teched with one less worry since we are actively monitoring the availability and performance of their SAP applications WITHOUT Solman, so they are free to focus on other projects.

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Top 10 Things To Check For Continuous SAP Monitoring

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 20, 2017 6:17:44 PM

For the common SAP Basis checklist, there are critical SAP monitoring tasks which should be automated for continuous health check.

  1.  Batch jobs
  2.  RFC destinations availability
  3.  Security alerts - failed login attempts/lockouts
  4.  Filesystems utilization
  5.  System availability
  6.  Database space utilization
  7.  Blocked or errors with tRFC/qRFCs
  8.  SAP service queue utilization
  9.  SAP service process status
  10.  Program dumps
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Will HANA Dominate in SAP Performance over Oracle?

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 6, 2017 11:56:46 PM


attles have been fought over SAP Performance for years and with HANA as the relatively new kid on the old SAP block, there's bound to be comparisons, as well as jibs and jabs between leading contenders.  We're here to provide the stats to help judge this battle and today's fight is between two of the leading contenders, SAP HANA and Oracle.  We didn't set up this fight, it was already staged by one of our customers (anonymized for privacy reason) who chose us to monitor the battle.  Disclaimer: this fight may not be absolutely fair but we deem the battleground and conditions are reasonable, though not scientifically equal, just like when Boxing champion Mayweather boxed against Mixed Martial Artist McGregor.  We'll present the stats so you make your own judgment, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, there's no point describing the fight - just show it!

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Alexa! Get me an AWS Marketplace SaaS SAP Monitoring App

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Aug 31, 2017 8:51:37 AM


What Amazon Wants, Amazon Gets!

Amazon wanted some groceries, Alexa got Whole Foods.  Officially on Monday August 28, 2017 the deal was done, Amazon Echo and Dot devices were being sold in Whole Foods stores.

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S/4HANA Monitoring is LIVE on SAP App Center

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Aug 16, 2017 6:11:19 PM


It's LIVE on SAP App Center Approved for S/4HANA Monitoring!

SAP has approved IT-Conductor SaaS platform for immediate monitoring of S/4HANA (including HANA Monitoring and SAP Monitoring of supported technologies).  It intelligently orchestrates complex IT operations, saving SAP customers up to 90% of time and cost of SAP Monitoring and Application Performance Management.

IT-Conductor simplifies monitoring of SAP products (e.g. ABAP, BOBJ, PO) based on different types of DBMS (e.g. ASE, HANA, Oracle, DB2, MS*SQLServer), and add-on components (e.g. SLT, RFC).

Take the SAP App Center Tour

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SAP Basis Automation of HANA Backup and Cleanup

Posted by Terry Kempis on Aug 2, 2017 5:25:59 PM

 

It's cool if you can perform SAP monitoring and SAP HANA monitoring without installing an army of agents, but that's not enough, we want to enhance SAP Basis Automation using Cross-platform automation capabilities.  Whether you want to automate system copy post-processing with our SID-Refresh tool, or manage backups, it's easy once you are monitoring SAP with IT-Conductor.  The IT operations automation possibilities for the Basis team are limitless once customers realize up to 90% saving in the time and cost over traditional SAP monitoring solutions.

In this article we'll demonstrate HANA backup integration as well as cleanup of old backups.  These same principles and processes can be applied to other databases such as Oracle, SAP ASE, etc.

Introduction

  1. Creating backup of HANA databases (single or multi-tenant) utilizing the ITC advanced feature ‘SQL Jobs’ presented in  ‘Advanced SAP Monitoring Features by IT-Conductor’.
  2. Clean-up of catalog and files of older backups, using hdbsql and Linux’s crontab for scheduling. Note – future release of ITC will includes ssh feature which allows scheduling of task within ITC, instead of using crontab.
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