You have the finest enterprise resource planning (ERP) software available in SAP; now you need to know how to optimize its use. The best way forward is to use the Computing Center Management System (CCMS) to monitor, control, and configure your SAP system.

Monitoring

Your CCMS can conduct system-wide monitoring and automatic reporting. It produces alerts that are assigned a severity and color coded. One of the best attributes of the CCMS monitoring architecture is that it offers a flexible framework so that your specific business landscape can be monitored in the way best suited for you. Instead of one over-arching monitoring and administration program, elements of the monitoring architecture function largely independently of each other.

The CCMS alert monitor includes:
*Status indicators (green, yellow, red) for all components
*Alerts if a status indicator is not in the green range
*Easy access to methods for analyzing alerts
*Alert tracking and management
*Complete, detailed monitoring of the SAP system, host systems, and databases

It is important to note that the release of the 4.0 alert monitor has replaced the previous monitoring and alert system in the CCMS. This new monitor offers all of the functions that were available in the old alert monitor as well as new, more reliable alerts and more advanced and powerful features. CCMS is a feature of Solution Manager and while the capability, along with the software, is free, setup and maintenance is not and can be fairly pricy. Small- to Mid-sized SAP customers may fair better using a 3rd-party solution (like 1st Watch).

Controlling

Optimizing Log on Behaviors. Your CCMS can control how the whole system is being used and automatically improve efficiency by logon load balancing. Load distribution allows you to dynamically distribute SAP users across workprocesses. If you have specified work groups, you can increase their efficiency by setting up multiple logon workgroups. You can assign one or more application servers to certain workgroups or specific applications. When users log on to the system, they are automatically logged on to the server that currently has the best performance statistics or the fewest users. You can assign particularly important workgroups with time-sensitive transactions to application servers with better response times.

Background Processing.

Your CCMS can control the background processing of routine tasks, resource-intensive programs, or long-running programs. With the SAP system, you can choose from a variety of methods for scheduling and managing jobs. You can run both SAP-internal and external programs. And you can run related programs as “job steps” within a single background processing job. That way, a single background job can accomplish a complex task that consists of multiple processing steps.

Configuring

With your CCMS running, SAP Basis administrators can direct the configuration of SAP profiles. SAP profiles are operating system files that contain instance configuration information. Individual configuration parameters can be customized to the requirements of each instance. That means that the professionals at 1st Basis can use configuration parameters to delineate the runtime of elements like main memory size, or shared memory. Your CCMS can determine which work processes the instance itself provides and where other services like database hosts can be found. SAP materials advise that you use the CCMS to maintain configuration profiles. This means that you should not edit the active profiles directly at operating system level.

The CCMS really makes SAP Basis work best for your business. If you have questions or want to make sure that you’re getting the best possible performance of your SAP System, consult with the professionals at 1st Basis. We will assess how your CCMS is functioning and make any adjustments necessary.

You’ve invested in SAP to bring your business to the forefront of your industry, and SAP Basis is the system administration of that software. SAP runs on almost any system, and you can use the database of your choice. It’s designed to be scalable and with the future in virtualization and cloud computing, SAP is an essential foundation for the optimal functioning of your business and its growth.

Day-to-Day

One of the day-to-day mandates for Basis is monitoring of critical functions (as specified by SAP).

Preventative Maintenance

SAP Basis manages system and database upgrades, migrations, conversions, etc.; does the planning and implementation of support package stacks and enhancement packages.

But SAP can work only as well as SAP Basis works. Basis Administration keeps the whole enterprise running smoothly.

The trend is to have a technical lead in-house to maintain ownership of the landscape and outsource SAP Basis Administration to streamline, external, resources. SAP Basis Administrators can make the whole SAP system achieve everything your business needs.

If SAP Basis Support is not done right, SAP says, “Your enterprise may suffer serious losses…” — SAP Administration: Practical Guide, p. 25, Galileo Press, 2011.

SAP Basis Administrators are the offensive line protecting the system. A. SAP Basis Administration provider guarantees smooth operation and system availability. In the unlikely event that SAP goes down, Basis Administrators will recover the system. Everyone knows that the best defense is a good offense, and SAP Basis Administrators are proactive.

Basis Administrators should:

  • Be trusted partners in managing your SAP landscape
  • Always be certified experts in SAP best practices
  • Understand the needs of your business and provide economical use of Basis resources
  • Possess cloud, hosting, and infrastructure expertise
  • Have flexible capacity for enhancement packs (EHP) upgrades, migrations, and projects
  • Offer constant machine and personal monitoring

You know your own business and shouldn’t be expected to be experts in business applications of software information systems. The advantages of having experts in the field managing your SAP Basis cannot be overstated. The right Basis Administration company will get to know your particular business needs and expectations and manage SAP Basis to meet them. SAP should make your business practices streamlined and efficient, not present another hurdle to you or your customers. With SAP Basis Administration, your Enterprise will always be functioning at peak, so that you won’t even have to think about it.

Past

SAP has been around for a long time; its first ERPs came out in the 1970s, and its first R/ system dealt only with financials. Capacity increased, and SAP released its first R/3 in 1992. Then, with version 5.0 of R/3, SAP renamed the application the ERP Central Component (ECC) in 2004.

As this trajectory indicates, the ad hoc growth of the various R/ systems were combined with the advent of the ECC. It was the apex of ERPs. A lot of businesses still run with ECC, though this choice is becoming more and more suspect. SAP plans to move away from general support of ECC by 2025. By that time, ECC will have been in use over 20 years—multiple lifetimes in the world of technology.

Present

ECC is giving way to the HANA system. SAP HANA uses in-memory databases that are designed to dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of SAP applications and the business processes they support.

Not only does HANA have in-memory operations, it also has a simplified data structure. These design innovations result in overall improved performance. With real-time visibility and better use of analytics, companies are seeing increased productivity. Market conditions change from minute to minute, and SAP Business Suite on HANA allows you to respond appropriately. With everything from design to delivery integrated in HANA, businesses are providing customers immediate and accurate information. Real-time inventory analysis and 24/7 tracked logistics translates into savings and satisfied customers.

Future

HANA and S/4HANA are the present and the future for using SAP Business Suite. S/4HANA came out in February 2015, and it solves many typical problems like data sprawl, batch latency, and manually driven processes. It possesses award-winning user experience with its SAP Fiori.

SAP S/4HANA has unique architecture with data stored in columns; it runs in-memory, meaning near to real-time analytics. It also provides businesses with active decision support in real time. That support emerges from the data and incorporates both internal and external sources of data in the evaluation.

Most importantly, SAP S/4/HANA lets organizations work seamlessly in our digital economy. SAP S/4HANA has been written specifically for the SAP HANA platform and is designed to respond to the continuing development in the field.

To S/4HANA and Beyond

Changing your SAP landscape is a significant business decision. No matter its size, your SAP landscape seriously affects almost every aspect of your business. Yet, organizations need to be ready to take advantage of all the presently unimagined possibilities.

If you’re currently working with ECC, it may be a sound decision to move first to an SAP Suite on HANA and then convert to S/4HANA later. SAP migration is complex. Companies need to balance their return on investment (ROI) and the minimal disruption of an SAP Suite on HANA upgrade against the accelerated transformation, simplification, and easy transition to the cloud version: HANA Cloud Platform (HCP).

SAP S/4HANA is the launching site for future innovation.