SAP software runs every aspect of many enterprises, from mission-critical line-of-business systems to administrative and support services. Ensuring the availability of these systems is crucial — an IDC report (“DevOps and the Cost of Downtime: Fortune 1000 Best Practice Metrics Quantified”) estimates that system outages can cost a company between $500,000 to $1 million or more per hour. To minimize this risk, companies often deploy a veritable IT army to not only ensure system uptime, but also maintain peak system-wide performance while enforcing company policies and guarding against potential internal and external security threats. As companies grow their operations and their IT landscapes, however, monitoring these tasks become increasingly challenging.
There's a line in the sand: SAP customers need to be on SAP HANA in the near future. The most advanced organizations running SAP have already taken the necessary steps to migrate to the cutting-edge performance of HANA. As hardware costs fall, it's becoming easier for mid-level management to both implement the new database and to prove ROI. Falling prices and the defined deadline mean more and more companies are ready to take migration on.
But migration isn't ever quite that simple. We've compiled this list of tips to help you achieve HANA migration successfully through careful monitoring. When your company decides to make the switch, pull up this list before you get started.
It's REALLY hard to get a clear visibility of a complex SAP system performance.
Or is it?
Well, it turns out, you can dramatically decrease the amount of failures and save up to $1M in while doing it adding one tool, and this is what the 2nd largest Swiss retailer did.
Every business today is looking to lower costs. Many struggles with managing and finding internal IT experts who are both affordable and efficient. Continuous IT budget cuts result in downtime, software issues, and security breaches. Research has shown that a growing number of organizations are turning to third-party hosting providers and managed services providers (MSPs) to help manage their business systems.
SAP HANA is becoming the database of choice for organizations to run their mission critical systems. Contractually committed SLAs reinforce the importance that these systems remain working and available at all times To ensure SAP HANA availability, it offers several mechanisms:
Last November SAP unveiled the new HANA 2 - Next-generation platform for digital transformation. It offers new features and functions for database management, data management, analytical intelligence, and application development. SAP HANA 2 includes and extends the proven technology from SAP’s breakthrough in-memory computing platform to provide a new foundation for digital transformation.
syslink was the first in the world (other than SAP) to offer HANA monitoring and we’re following through with support for HANA 2. We are happy to announce that syslink Xandria continues its support in the digital transformation and is now supporting HANA 2 ! It was successfully tested in various SAP HANA 2 deployment scenarios and is being deployed with HANA 2 early adopters. With hundreds of customers currently monitoring, managing and analyzing their HANA systems around the world using Xandria, syslink has an extensive knowledge of the best way to monitor, manage analyze and upgrade your HANA systems to ensure your HANA systems’ health. You may want to read our post: 3 important SAP HANA health checks you must do
syslink Xandria relieves IT teams from daily SAP checks
Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, is known as a cosmopolitan financial center with a very diverse economy and high quality of life. The municipal government of Zurich invests heavily to enhance the city’s technological infrastructure to support a high volume of financial transactions and to attract new business.
In 2007, however, the city’s SAP environment grew increasingly more complex as a result of the City Council’s strategic and standardization initiatives. The burden of system monitoring became so fragmented that administrators had to resort to writing their own custom scripts just to keep up with daily monitoring operations.
Listen to the full podcast from Thriving at the Crossroads podcast with Amber Christian. Below you can find the complete transcription
Welcome to the Thriving at the Crossroads- today, I’m pleased to introduce Tyler Constable from syslink, a Swiss start-up. Tyler is the Director of Sales Engineering. I realize you are a techie today, so we are going to have some fun today! I don’t get hardcore techies that often. My geek socks will be going up and down the whole interview. Let’s get started- why don’t you describe the problem you solve?
First I’d like to take a step back from when you think of SAP. When you think of SAP in its simplest fashion for what it’s doing, it’s helping to run Sales, Logistics, Production Planning, Financial Operations, any aspect of a business. If SAP goes down, Sales are not occurring, production is not being produced, product is not leaving the door, pretty much the business can be at a standstill. This puts immense pressure on the technical teams supporting the system.
5,250 customers have adopted SAP’s platform-as-a-service HANA Cloud Platform (HCP), along with 525 partners, according to figures SAP shared publicly in early November 2016. During 2016 many organizations started to ramp up their use of HANA, as can be seen from these numbers to the ones SAP supplied two months earlier in September, which had HCP customers at over 4,000 and partners at 500.
As defined by SAP, HANA is deployable on premise or in the cloud. It is an in-memory computing platform that lets you accelerate business processes, deliver more business intelligence, and simplify your IT environment.
As with any new system, HANA brings new challenges. As a non-cloud server, it needs to be monitored to ensure that the system is available, working properly and performs as expected. Daily tests & reporting needs to be part of the daily routine of every SAP Basis engineer who manages a SAP HANA environment.
We’ve created a checklist to help simplify your HANA monitoring and ensure that you are monitoring the right things.
With nearly 600 stores and over $27 billion in annual revenue, Migros is Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain and also the nation’s largest retailer. Headquartered in the heart of Zurich, the grocery juggernaut employs more than 80,000 people, making Migros one of the 40 largest retailers in the entire world.