We have noticed a clear shift within SAP-using organizations over the past few years. Their mindset is changing from a philosophy of “protect production at all costs” to “deliver changes to the business faster at all costs”. SAP DevOps or agile methodologies are widely seen as means of achieving their objectives.
Yet, many SAP customers have resisted adopting new approaches. After more than 5 years to 15 plus years of the “protect production” approach, it’s completely understandable that shifting to an SAP DevOps or agile methodology is met with resistance.
What is true is these approaches enable you to deliver significantly faster and more frequent SAP changes to business users. This is what they want and need. As such, there is more pressure to implement these proven techniques to improve your business outcomes.
So, what’s holding your organization back?
Can you imagine delivering faster SAP changes filled with defects or releases that require tons of hypercare? Of course, that wouldn’t work very well and ultimately disrupts daily business operations. Yet, many SAP customers think that to gain speed, you must sacrifice quality.
Perhaps in the past, that may have been true. But not these days. You can combine SAP change automation with SAP testing that is consistently enforced. The result? An end-to-end orchestrated process that is both fast and safe, ensuring rapid ROI.
Here’s another blog article that briefly explains many, but not all, of the safety and quality checks automated with Rev-Trac.
SAP customers often overestimate the cost for software and implementing a SAP DevOps strategy. With subscription-based pricing, the cost for software and implementation of a highly automated SAP DevOps solution rarely exceeds six figures – except for large SAP environments.
Teams need to consider some internal costs for re-training on the modern, streamlined processes, but these are minimal for most SAP customers.
As much as the costs are overestimated, the benefits are many times underestimated. Whatever your size or industry, the benefits of adopting a DevOps approach are:
- Increase in volume of high-quality SAP change
- Changes are delivered at a significantly faster pace
For more information regarding the cost and potential ROI of automating your SAP change management processes, check out this eBook and build a compelling business case.
We know there isn’t enough time in the day for SAP IT teams to get the never-ending list of “to-dos” done. That hasn’t changed for more than 20 years and isn’t likely to change soon.
We all know that change is a constant. But when those changes can produce outstanding results, including going from quarterly releases to weekly releases, or even from monthly to daily, investing in those projects is a business necessity to succeed in today’s highly dynamic environments.
With the right team and support from management, most organizations can transition to highly automated SAP DevOps processes in just a month or two.
The next step
If you’d like to discuss your organization’s requirements and objectives for an SAP DevOps approach to managing SAP changes, contact us to arrange a call.