Beyond your ERP Implementation: Enhance SAP change management with DevOps

You went live on SAP recently or many years ago.  Not a small task by any stretch of the imagination!   

In that go-live process, you’ve implemented an ongoing change management process for delivering SAP changes from development to production.  This could be anything from a simple manual process using email and spreadsheets to a more elegant and automated process leveraging anything from scripts to thirdparty solutions like ServiceNow, JIRA, etc. 

However, the journey doesn’t end there. So, what’s next when it comes to continuously improving your SAP change management processes? SAP DevOps is widely considered the next phase! To excel, you need a clearly defined plan for integrating DevOps into your SAP change workflow. 

A Plan of Action

Here is a blueprint that guides you through the process and offers actionable insights for cost-effectively delivering rapid, low-risk SAP change. 

1. Establish Clear Objectives:

– Define measurable goals for your SAP DevOps processes. Goals may include:

  • Reducing deployment times
  • Increasing deployment frequency
  • Improve the quality of SAP change
  • Enhance collaboration between development and operations teams 

– Publish a schedule for deploying changes to QA and Production. Clearly define any exceptions

– Set up a consistent approach to resolving issues when they occur

2. Implement  Agile Processes:

– Adopt agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban to promote iterative development and continuous feedback. Break down large projects into smaller, manageable tasks like Epicand User Stories, and deliver them incrementally 

  • Any CAB process must be streamlined and agile.  It can’t be a bottleneck that negatively impacts SAP change workflows 
  • Processes must be consistent, yet flexible enough to adapt to changes on the fly 
  • All team members involved in application development must be in the loop. 

3. Automate Everything:

– All team members involved in application development must be in the loop 

  • Rev-Trac Platinum, the SAP DevOps Orchestration Platform, automates SAP change processes and integrates bi-directionally with testing tools and ITSM solutions 

4. Embrace DevOps Culture:

– Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, and shared responsibility between development, operations, and other stakeholders. Encourage cross-functional teams to work closely together and share knowledge

  • Know it, embrace it, live it

5. Continuous Integration (CI):

– Integrate code changes frequently into a shared repository and perform automated builds and tests on each integration. By doing this, defects are identified and fixed early in the development lifecycle 

  • Test early, test often

6. Continuous Delivery:

– Aim to deploy changes to all environments automatically and frequently. Implement release pipelines that automate the deployment process while maintaining control over the release cycle

How Rev-Trac can help

  • Rev-Trac’s release management functionality is of big value here. Changes are gathered into releases. When CAB meets to review and approve the releases, they can quickly and easily move changes between releases. Rev-Trac’s automated safety checking ensures the movement of changes hasn’t negatively affected the release 

7. Monitor and Measure:

– Implement monitoring tools to track the performance of your SAP landscape in real time. Monitor key metrics such as deployment frequency, lead time, change failure rate, and mean time to recovery (MTTR). Use this data to identify areas for improvement

How Rev-Trac can help

  • With Rev-Trac, you can quickly identify and implement modifications to your overall change management process

8. Feedback and Learning:

– Encourage a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Conduct regular reviews to identify what went well, what didn’t, and how processes can be improved. Act on feedback from stakeholders to drive continuous improvement

  • Not everything can be decided by committee. Listen to the ideas and use them to drive further improvements

9. Security and Compliance:

– Ensure that security and compliance requirements are built into your DevOps processes from the beginning. Implement security testing, code reviews, and compliance checks as part of your automated pipeline 

  • Must have an audit friendly process that ensures that someone is responsible for every step while enforcing the coveted separation of duties

10. Stay Agile and Adaptive:

– The SAP landscape constantly evolves. Be prepared to adapt and iterate on your DevOps practices. Stay up to date with the latest SAP technologies and trends and be willing to experiment with new tools and methodologies 

The Bottom Line

SAP DevOps is broadly recognized as an answer for continuous improvement in SAP change management beyond the ERP implementationBy following this blueprint to embrace SAP DevOps, you can optimize your processes, increase efficiency, and deliver value to your organization more effectively. 

 

Adopting an automated solution like Rev-Trac Platinum can help you accelerate the deployment of new features and functionalities while massively reducing unexpected downtime. 

 

Rev-Trac Platinum, the SAP DevOps Orchestration Platform, allows you to deploy SAP applications rapidly with low risk. With Rev-Trac, you can integrate and orchestrate popular third-party applications for an end-to-end approach to SAP DevOps. This unified SAP DevOps approach allows you to deploy releases when ready instead of being tied to your typical SAP release cycles. 

 

Please contact our SAP experts to discover how Rev-Trac can fast track your SAP DevOps journey and continually enhance your SAP change management processes. 

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