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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 will cover 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 are going 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 topics of interest.

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Key Areas

SAP Solution Manager

IT-Conductor

Infrastructure

TWO separate landscapes needed to be sized (SAP quicksizer) and procured both hardware and software
  • development
  • production

Shared with other Solman users for non-monitoring applications such as ChaRM, Documentation, Quality testing, Maintenance, etc.  Performance can impact monitoring itself

IT-Conductor Gateway behind customer firewall (can be VM), 4vCPU, 8GB RAM.  Can be shared with other systems.

  • primary
  • standby (optional)

IT-Conductor cloud platform is designed for automation and monitoring at global high availability and scalability

Installation/Setup

Preparation/planning: several days, lots of SAP notes and manuals

Actual installation: 2-3 days: Server, OS, Storage, DB, SAP SWPM (ABAP, Java)

Post-Install Setup: 1-2 days: Monitoring Infrastructure (SLD, LMDB, Java Connectivity, BW Setup, Users, CA, Introscope, Email, CRM Basis, Gateway services)

Preparation: Subscribe online.  Also available through SAP AppCenter or AWS Marketplace

Installation: 10 minutes: IT-Conductor only requires a GATEWAY installation, a 5 minute process. This can be installed on an existing Windows/Linux.

Post-Install configuration: NONE! IT-Conductor does not require any configuration, as systems management infrastructure such as Sites, Users, Groups, Email notifications are already integrated.

Configuration

Basic Configuration: 1-2 days
  • Schedule Jobs
  • SAPRouter
  • User creation and connectivity to SAP Support Hub Communication
  • Client libraries install on Solman as needed for managed systems such as HANA
  • Update MAI (Monitoring Alerting Infrastructure) Content
 

Users: 5 min/system: Monitoring users with provided monitoring roles on systems to be managed 

SAP Transport (optional): 5 min/SAP system.  Advanced monitoring such as End user experience, workload profiles

Add Systems to Monitoring

Managed System Configuration: 1-2 hours / system

  • Diagnostic agent installation per linked systems and integrate with SLD
  • Upload Extractors (if Monitoring HANA 2.0)
  • Assign Products
  • Check Prerequisites
  • Maintain RFCs
  • Assign Diagnostic Agent
  • Enter System Parameters
  • Enter Landscape Parameters
  • Maintain Users
  • Finalize & Check Configuration

Use wizards to add apps for monitoring: 5 min/system

  • IT-Conductor automatically ’discovers’ all related objects for an SAP product using best-practices templates.
  • Availability and Performance Monitoring of systems normally ready in 15 minutes or less

System Monitoring

  • Fiori tiles-based and SAPUI5 interface
  • Manage thresholds and alerts via Templates
  • Monitoring Top 10 critical areas in SAP can be done automatically via threshold settings and subscriptions one, and applied to ALL systems
  • Secure Web access from ANYWHERE
  • Users, Groups, Distribution List, built-in API integration to other IT service management platforms
  • Dynamic Health services monitoring and SLA drill-downs to root-cause

Life Cycle Management

Requires upgrade of SOLMAN, which involves almost the same effort if not more than installation: 

  • Housekeeping
  • BW Administration
  • CRM Administration, TREX is needed if Solman is not installed on HANA
  • ABAP & JAVA Basis Administration for standard SAP landscape
  • Frequent Content Updates
  • Frequent Security Updates
  • Template Maintenance
  • Solman itself needs Monitoring
  • Monitoring is NOT available while upgrading the production SOLMAN (unless manual setup for Emergency Monitoring – this puts monitored system at risk without any monitoring tool)
  • SAP Monitoring as a Service operates with high availability, flexibility, and scalability of the cloud.
  • Your SAP environment are monitored continuously whether on-premise, on cloud, or in hybrid environments, so customers can be monitored during upgrades and migrations
  • Application monitoring is continuously enhanced and delivered seamlessly to customers globally as part of the service

Technical Support/Expertise

 

Requires ‘dedicated’ SME for SOLMAN, which includes

  • Full SAP landscape management
  • Continuous education and Solman-specific training courses
  • No training required, online support available via chat, email, service desk, wiki, webinars and a remote SAP Basis expert Trusted Advisory team
  • CoE: Customer Center of Excellence Basis team learns more on monitoring aspects and performance analysis while using IT-Conductor advanced features

Summary

Cost: $$$$ - high initial cost and ongoing support costs, especially if using Focus Insights

Personnel: dedicated SMEs

Complexity: High

Flexibility: Medium

Usability: Medium

Availability: Needs self-monitoring and alternate monitoring methods during upgrades

Cost: $ initial cost, and $ full service subscription

Personnel: existing Basis, Managers, Operations become users - not platform administrators

Complexity: Low

Flexibility: High

Usability: High

Availability: High

 


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Linh Nguyen

Written by Linh Nguyen

Linh was born in democratic Vietnam, escaped from the communist after the war as a boat-people refugee to Malaysia, subsequently immigrated to Australia where he attended high-school and completed dual-degrees in Computer Science & Computer Engineering in just 5 years. He started SAP career in Melbourne, then came to the US in the mid-1990s as a SAP technical consultant. He built a software and consulting company in Silicon Valley in 1996 named OZSoft and has been an entrepreneur with a passion to automate IT processes. In 2014, he started IT-Conductor, Inc. as CEO and co-founder along with David Stavisski, with the goal to help IT organizations to Stop Guessing and Start Managing by automating IT operations using a cloud-based platform IT-Conductor.

Topics: HANA Availability & Performance Monitoring, SAP monitoring, Alerts Management, Availability monitoring

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