Relevance of Observability for SAP and its cross-functional integrations


Previously, I’ve held many discussions on the vital worth of the SAP software for companies. Gartner estimates that 77% of all worldwide enterprise transactions contact an SAP system. I noticed first-hand the challenges confronted managing SAP functions by companies worldwide on the newest SAP Sapphire 2023 occasion in Orlando, FL. Whereas this occasion at Orlando was restricted to organizations predominantly headquartered and working out of the Americas, many high international Fortune corporations shared their tales on how their enterprise runs on SAP and requires a big ecosystem of know-how and consulting companions to take care of.

In gentle of this, the relevance of know-how in driving enterprise progress has by no means been this distinguished. What we now check with as “software is the brand new enterprise” or “each firm is a software program firm,” SAP has been doing for its clients for the previous a number of years.

Insights from SAP Sapphire 2023

In my conversations with senior executives from our buyer and companion organizations on the occasion, I discovered about quite a lot of SAP initiatives that they’re engaged on, starting from upgrades to cloud migrations to integrations and to platform shifts. These initiatives are very important to help their corporations’ enterprise transformation and digital drives, however these deployments are massive, complicated, and closely personalized to help particular enterprise necessities.

It’s troublesome to outline and seize the complexity of those initiatives, so let’s depict an instance surroundings of corporations at the moment. We begin with a core software, i.e., SAP deployed in a number of areas, working quite a few situations globally, and offering totally different purposeful capabilities of fabric administration, gross sales, and distribution, provide chain, order to money, finance, HR, and lots of extra.

Together with these a number of situations of SAP, a whole bunch of upstream and downstream functions are built-in to supply varied companies to their clients & suppliers. On high of this, allow us to think about the complexity of cloud and hybrid deployments of those functions, newer digital interfaces, and the continuing modifications in organizations as they purchase or diversify the enterprise.

Collectively, this creates an extremely complicated software panorama with quite a few dependencies and potential failure factors. These companies want higher perception into their IT stack to take care of efficiency and develop their enterprise, however they lack that perception with conventional monitoring options.

Why Observability issues with SAP

Whereas the occasion targeted on newer initiatives, my conversations typically mentioned the price of working the companies as a serious focal point associated to budgets for brand new initiatives. So how can we assist our clients run their operations effectively and maximize their investments?

This brings me to the present tendencies in Observability.  Whereas it’s a want of the enterprise, we frequently see our clients not together with SAP after they create a roadmap for implementing Observability. Even 1% enhancements in operational effectivity for SAP environments and its integrations with a wider eco-system can save clients multi-millions of {dollars} and supply the most effective expertise to their end-users.

SAP has its native software to handle the SAP operations, and a smaller a part of its capabilities are round monitoring the SAP efficiency. Importantly, we should think about the built-in software property and never solely SAP in a silo. This native software isn’t explicitly constructed to assist clients with any type of Observability.

The Accomplice alternative

This can be a large alternative for companions to assist their clients enhance enterprise productiveness by bringing effectivity to their SAP operations and offering an built-in view of their enterprise journeys throughout the SAP & non-SAP software stack.

Some key factors companions can focus on with their clients on the significance of SAP and Observability are:

  • Carry visibility of the SAP & Non-SAP world collectively. It’s all about monitoring a enterprise service and never a enterprise software.
  • Rework the SAP monitoring operations with a real-time view of the work trip and the client expertise. Enterprise groups are searching for KPI dashboards and never submit facto studies.
  • Cut back the lengthy decision instances and restrict unplanned downtime or efficiency delays.

SAP has an in depth community of 21,000 companions, expert in offering totally different companies of consulting, purposeful deployment, course of re-engineering, operations, and lots of extra. Embedding the Observability facet within the resolution framework could be important for patrons in at the moment’s digitally-obsessed world. From the client journey, their expertise, and the end result to the enterprise, is what they want on a real-time foundation.

It results in creating a brand new value-added service for the companions, reveals this greenfield alternative on SAP Observability, and helps them differentiate their choices.

  • Differentiate their companies on SAP help (AMS initiatives), Upgrades/Conversion, and SAP Cloud Migration.
  • Industrialize the enterprise course of monitoring companies to ship quicker worth to their clients.
  • Broaden the engagement by remodeling the SAP operations and creating incremental companies alternative for them.

Because the previous saying goes, “When you can’t measure it, you may’t handle it.”

So, let’s join the dots round delivering SAP observability and assist clients observe what issues to them.




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