Recently, our team has seen a lot of staffing requests for SAP Basis expertise with buzz words like "Must have at least X S/4HANA project/deployment Experience". So we set out to bust the Myth of S/4HANA installation and configuration as something significant that requires special experience and skills beyond Netweaver Basis and HANA. We'll leave the judgment up to you if warrants some special skill or is it just like most new SAP products that came along for Basis over many years. Interestingly, S/4HANA is not much different in dictionary and codebase savings when compared to ERP 6.0 EHP7. We're publishing this blog to show you what it takes to get a small S/4HANA environment installed (e.g. IDES S/4HANA 1610 release), and more importantly how to use SAP monitoring to manage SAP performance as soon as it's up and running. Bear in mind, this is not about migration to S/4HANA which would be a complex discussion.
It's time for the SAP Monitoring challenge! How to monitor ANY and ALL of the following in minutes, WITHOUT knowing anything about SAP Solution Manager, CCMS or any vendor tools? Simple, IT-Conductor does all the work using cloud-based automation, so you don't have to, YES, we'll even manage the monitoring services so all you have to do is relax and use it!
What may seem to be an obvious choice for SAP customers really isn't as obvious!
For more than 21 years in the SAP field and hundreds of SAP projects, from the mainframe R/2 days until now when some things are new again with SAP HANA and many other products, the question of "What SAP monitoring tools do you use?" is still greeted with an unclear and/or lengthy response. Often, the responses will follow with reasons why one tool is used for this and another tool is used for that by various different folks on the IT team. With the myriad of application environments to manage, one can understand the complexity and thus the non-obvious answer to the above question.
So, I thought it may be useful to provide an evaluation list of systems management areas based on my experience working with customers on monitoring, performance testing, and IT service management. It would provide:
- An objective way of assessing features and functionality, costs aside as it money complicates everything
- A central place to list the tools and what they are used for as well as their strengths & weaknesses
- A matrix to assign merit score and weight to each criteria that would help in tools and/or vendor selection
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