SID-Refresh Transformed Under Armour's
SAP Fiori System Refresh

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About Under Armour

Under Armour (UA) stands as a symbol of cutting-edge sportswear, a brand trusted by athletes worldwide. Since its foundation in September 1996, the company started manufacturing footwear and sports apparel from its humble beginnings and has now grown into a homegrown commercial giant.

After the seamless and successful automated migration of UA’s SAP environment to the AWS cloud, its journey with us continues with yet another remarkable milestone. With the increasing demand for seamless user experience, the UA Basis Team proactively raised the question — does SID-Refresh support the refresh of SAP Fiori systems?

Business Challenge

Refreshing SAP Fiori systems can present unique challenges due to their specialized architecture and user experience focus. These challenges also weighed on the minds of the dedicated UA Team. Some common challenges include:

  • Complexity of SAP Fiori Landscapes: SAP Fiori systems typically consist of multiple layers, including the front-end and back-end components. Refreshing these various components while ensuring data consistency can be intricate. The team recognized that any misstep in the refresh process could disrupt the user experience, which was unacceptable given the high expectations of their users.

  • Data Volume: SAP Fiori systems often manage large volumes of data, and ensuring a smooth data refresh without data loss or corruption is a challenge.

  • Testing and Validation: Extensive testing is required to validate the refreshed SAP Fiori system's functionality and performance, particularly as end-users expect a seamless experience.

  • Downtime: Minimizing downtime is crucial as any interruption in SAP Fiori system access can impact productivity. Coordinating and executing refresh activities efficiently to reduce downtime is a challenge.

  • Dependencies: SAP Fiori systems often have dependencies on other SAP components and integrations with other applications. Ensuring these dependencies are addressed during the refresh process is vital.

  • User Expectations: Users of SAP Fiori systems have high expectations for performance and usability. Ensuring the refreshed system meets or exceeds these expectations is a significant challenge.

  • Data Privacy and Compliance: Compliance with data privacy regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a critical concern during data refresh activities, especially when sensitive data is involved.

Addressing these challenges required a combination of technical expertise, meticulous planning, and the right tools and methodologies to ensure that SAP Fiori systems remained up-to-date, secure, and functioned at their peak efficiency.

IT-Conductor Solution

To address these challenges, the IT-Conductor Team swiftly responded by allowing our standalone SID-Refresh tool to support SAP Fiori system refreshes. This includes the ability to export and import the SAP Fiori Catalog configuration, specifically the Component FIORI_CAT. To facilitate SAP Fiori integration, we've incorporated tasks within SID-Refresh for the export/import of SAP Fiori Configuration settings, including the SAP Fiori Launchpad catalog configuration.

SID-Refresh for Fiori

Figure 1: SID-Refresh Support for SAP Fiori

Benefits Delivered

The integration of this support signifies that UA's SAP Fiori systems can now enjoy the same automation and efficiency benefits as their broader SAP landscape, ensuring that the entire spectrum of their operations maintains peak performance.

Refreshing SAP Fiori systems can be a daunting task, as highlighted by the unique challenges faced by the UA Team. However, leveraging the SID-Refresh tool brings forth a multitude of benefits that not only address these challenges but also elevate the efficiency and user experience of SAP Fiori systems:

  • Expedited System Refresh: IT-Conductor’s SID-Refresh standardizes and accelerates the system refresh process. What might have taken days to complete now transpires within a matter of hours. This drastic reduction in refresh time minimizes downtime, allowing business operations to resume without delay.

  • Increased Productivity: The UA SAP Basis team benefits immensely as they no longer have to wait for time-consuming tasks to conclude. With the automation provided by SID-Refresh, they can redirect their efforts toward more productive, business-critical activities. This not only enhances overall efficiency but also results in a more agile and responsive team.

  • Simplified Complexity: SID-Refresh makes it easier to create, manage, and replicate the SAP Fiori environments. This reduction in complexity streamlines operations and reduces the margin for errors that often accompany manual processes.

  • Streamlined Workflow: Administrative tasks that were previously scattered across various manual processes are now brought together into one automated workflow. This not only enhances clarity and consistency but also significantly reduces the potential for human error.

In summary, SID-Refresh not only tackles the challenges of SAP Fiori system refresh but also empowers organizations like Under Armour to achieve higher efficiency, reduced complexity, and an enhanced user experience. By embracing this automation tool, they embark on a journey of innovation, where time and resources are channeled into pursuits that genuinely drive their business forward.