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SAP Basis Monitoring for Background or Batch Jobs

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 14, 2018 11:35:12 AM


SAP Job Monitoring & Management

Most SAP systems today are heavily dependent on critical background jobs to power the business processes.  As much as there are focus on the latest UX/UI and user interactions, the facts are more than 60% of SAP business suite systems are consumed by background processing.  So much so that some of IT-Conductor's customers want to focus our monitoring primarily on background processing and related alerts and performance.

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SAP Basis Monitoring for Printing and Spool Administration

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 11, 2018 1:00:56 PM


 

SAP Output (Spool) Management

Printing from SAP is an important function of the business application.  It is a specialized area of focus due to the critical dependency of most business processes such as invoicing, bill of materials, packing slips, pay checks, etc.  We have experience with customers whose manufacturing production line literally stops when the print jobs from SAP fails.  Even with today's electronic output format such as Adobe PDF, the delivery of these documents to the recipient stops when the Adobe Document Services (ADS) fails.

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The Core of SAP Basis Monitoring

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Sep 10, 2018 5:32:21 PM


How does a typical SAP customer deal with technical Basis operations? 

SAP operations is normally managed by:

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End-to-End SAP Job Monitoring and Management

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Jun 28, 2018 11:32:11 AM


Complex Problem

In today's enterprises, there are often very complex business processes managed by SAP ecosystem often involving transactions, batch jobs, process chains, messages, documents (iDocs, BDocs, etc.) and a myriad of inter-dependencies.  Regardless of how they are designed, failure of these activities is not a question of IF but a question of WHEN, because they depend on systems, data, business logic and sometimes just human error.

How does IT-Conductor help customers manage their business-critical processes so when failures occur, errors are monitored, responsible party notified, assist in the root-cause analysis and resolution of the issue?  We will describe our approach to SAP job monitoring and management as an example scenario which is currently used by customers to remotely manage large number of jobs, process chains, messages, and many more critical services 24x7.
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Demystifying SAP on Azure

Posted by Linh Nguyen on May 14, 2018 5:47:34 PM

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SAP Basis Automation with SID-Refresh Supports S/4HANA, ECC CRM BW

Posted by Linh Nguyen on May 1, 2018 4:21:00 PM

Figure 1: System Refresh Process

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Announcement

As of May 1 2018, we have released an updated version 1.4.1 adding S/4HANA support to the list announced in February, 2018 (v1.4) where technical configurations included: ALL Netweaver ABAP instance TYPEs (BW, ERP, HR, CRM, SRM, SCM, GTS, WEM).  It is offered as a subscription service included FREE in our monitoring, or for separate subscription.  If interested, please Submit an Inquiry or visit the SID-Refresh Solution Page for further details on cost, and user guide.

"With SID-Refresh we save a lot of time, exporting customizing settings before a SAP System database refresh, and even more, when restoring them, after the copy: the tool rebuilds the selected customizing settings in a safe way and prevents possible mistakes coming from manual changes."

Dino Dose, Team Manager @ BGP Technology

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Monitoring HANA HA/DR with System Replication using IT-Conductor

Posted by Terry Kempis on Mar 28, 2018 2:03:25 PM

Introduction

As more sites are using system replication (SR) with feature ‘active:active read_enabled’, it it is of great benefit to perform SAP HANA monitoring not only the primary site – but also the secondary site.

This presentation covers IT-Conductor cloud-based monitoring support for HA/DR/SR feature – monitoring HANA both sites of HA/DR landscapes, and the system replication activity/status in more detail.

In prior posts, we have covered several topics on HANA HA/DR, System Replication and Dynamic Tiering, please visit these for additional background:

HANA Landscape

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Top 10 Reasons Cloud-based Monitoring is Superior Compared to On-prem

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Mar 7, 2018 5:10:03 PM

Introduction

In today's cloud computing age, one would think the IT world would ask less about why cloud but rather when and how, but the fact is many still wrestle with this fundamental shift in technology.  Public clouds used to be just alternatives to in-house infrastructure hosting, but the rise of cloud apps makes the questions around cloud more and more app-centric, such as SaaS (Software as a Service), and even Everything as a Service.

If there's a SaaS for CRM like Salesforce, a SaaS for ERP like SAP S/4HANA Cloud, a SaaS for IT Service Management (ITSM) like ServiceNow, why not a SaaS for Application Performance Management (APM)?  Well, there is!  APM as a Service (APMaaS) is the fastest growing segment inside the global APM market which already surpassed $5 Billion USD, and growing at 12% per year according to a study published August 2017 “Global Application Performance Management (APM) Market 2014-2020by Global Industry Analysts. 

In a recent publication 2018 Application Performance Management Predictions, one of the predictions is APM is Mission-Critical "Application Performance Management (APM) tools help organizations to scrupulously monitor and create applications that ensure desired performance and accessibility. APM will continue to add business value for enterprises in 2018, as it will help diagnose the complex issues and lead to an improvement in application performance and customer experience. APM will also play a crucial role in ensuring that applications continue to sustain and perform even in a virtual scenario that is prone to cyber-attacks and risks."

Now that we established that IT Management realized APM is critical, let's look at why APMaaS is gaining growth and traction among enterprises.  We surveyed some of our large customers for top reasons they went with a Cloud-based APM solution and here are a summary of the findings.

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Cloud SAP Migration Made Easy Any to Any

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Dec 13, 2017 9:08:20 PM

 

We Found an Easier Way than the Easiest

Last year we wrote about The Easiest Migration to SAP on AWS, now we hate to say it, but we were wrong!  After 17 years of doing SAP Migrations, now we found an EASIER way and we can go from any platform to any cloud and vice-versa!  Why not? Even SAP is moving its own systems to a public cloud.

IT-Conductor is about IT Process Automation, so we get excited about automation technologies.  SAP OS DB Migration has always been a pain, and will probably be as long as customers run business critical applications on it and have complex infrastructures.  Since the early 2000's we have worked very complex migrations for SAP, SUN, IBM, and many large global customers and just when the tools and process get easier there comes new challenges of going to the cloud.  There are so many cloud platforms today including SAP, AWS, VMware, Azure, GCP, IBM Softlayer, CenturyLink, and many more that supports SAP. The question becomes how do we standardize the way we migrate there in an automated fashion, without having to deal with all the technical hurdles of each cloud, as well as have options to go back if we don't like the new platform.  We'll admit, we're agnostic, we want solutions to work with everything, Any-to-Any!

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