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DevOps Automation to Improve Mission-critical SAP Delivery

Ankita Hariyani

Business agility is the need of the hour that is pressing decision makers to optimize their business processes. Consider SAP ERP for example; the business processes extend beyond SAP environments. They run across other systems located on-premise, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.

Managing and controlling these diverse and critical enterprise processes is a mounting business challenge hindering business agility.

SAP, business-critical suite, is on the frontline helping many companies of all sizes and in all industries to operate at their best. However, many companies have siloed back-end systems that lack integration capabilities hampering service delivery.

To overcome these challenges, DevOps comes to the rescue. DevOps has evolved as a proven SDLC approach to accelerate software delivery, optimize quality and ensure seamless management of applications and application infrastructure.

Without DevOps, attaining flawless integration and performance is challenging with SAP systems, thus resulting in a delayed release cycle, sluggish response to change and higher risk of downtime and failure.

SAP Transformation Demands New Deployment Approach

SAP is at the heart of enterprises. Most large and medium enterprises depend on SAP to run their business efficiently. To make frequent changes at speed and scale, the systems require better processes in place. However, most SAP deployments are manual, error-prone and time-consuming. As a result, the risk of ‘system failure’ outweighs the demand for updating or innovating, potentially leading to quality comprise and delivery issues.

Challenges with Traditional SAP Delivery Process

Traditional SAP delivery processes without DevOps or agile approach imposes several business challenges such as:

  • There’s no single blueprint for SAP migration. Every migration is unique tailor-made for each organization and has its own challenges.
  • While doing in-flight updates in business-critical processes, downtime can be catastrophic.
  • Error in SAP system or data can propagate quickly to numerous internal and external systems.
  • SAP environments are highly regulated and require end-to-end traceability throughout the software development lifecycle.
  • SAP landscape includes a diverse ecosystem of applications, cre¬ating dependencies that slows down development, testing and integra¬tion.
  • Lack of collaboration, communication or visibility between teams
  • Use of spreadsheets to manage SAP transports causing incomplete or out-of-sequence deployments and errors in downstream QA and production systems
  • Poor or non-existent quality control processes resulting in high-level of the amendment that results in additional overhead costs and delays
  • Lack of visibility in distributed multi-partner environments that leads to inefficiency and large overheads

DevOps for SAP can solve these issues by streamlining and automating the entire SAP delivery process with complete visibility of the SAP environments, more efficient workflows and the flexibility to prioritize changes.

DevOps As A Solution

Traditional SAP applications are developed using the waterfall method. In this method, the code is written, tested and released for deployment.

While DevOps encourages agile development. It focuses on collaboration and automation that accelerates the speed of releasing new features.

With DevOps, new features can be released frequently. The code is developed in small sprints, which is parallelly tested and integrated back into the main code for deployment.

According to the 2017 State of DevOps Report, IT organizations using DevOps can perform 44 times more frequent deployments, have 440 times faster lead times for changes, they have 96 times faster meantime to recover, and they experience 5 times lower change failure rate.

DevOps can address the issues related to traditional manual SAP delivery process by building quality into the applications from the start of the development process.

However, the ability to release enhancements in SAP environment is equally critical as locked-in release cycles prevent delivery outside the agreed timescales.

To overcome this challenge, automation is therefore a key enabler of DevOps.

DevOps for SAP include:
  • Continuous Integration
    Of unit tests, code checks, build sequence, dependency checks and environment provisioning to improve quality and reduce risk.

  • Continuous Delivery
    Of approvals, testing and delivery for more frequent and safer software releases.

  • Continuous Testing
    To accelerate releases, improve confidence and reduce risk.

  • Continuous Deployment
    Of the release and deployment of changes across both SAP and non-SAP systems.

The adoption of DevOps in the SAP development lifecycle can tremendously boost enhancement, innovation, resilience and quality of software delivery, resulting in improved efficiency, predictability and consistency, even while deploying high volumes of updates in SAP applications.

Kick-start your business transformation by optimizing your SAP SDLC using DevOps. Cygnet has deep industry expertise and unparalleled SAP services experience that can help you to achieve automation for SAP solutions. Get in touch with our experts at Cygnet today on +1-609-245-0971 or inquiry@cygnetinfotech.com.

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Ankita Hariyani

Ankita Hariyani is a content writer at Cygnet Infotech. She has the technical precision, business experience and creativity to craft technically detailed write-ups with ease. She embraces her writing skills to condense complicated information into easily digestible articles for prospective clients, business readers, executives, and for those with an appetite for knowledge. When she is not busy writing, she loves to spend her free time singing, reading and writing poetry.

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