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Additional Benefits of Automation and System Management Software for SAP Basis: Infrastructure Knowledge Free of Charge

It is now well known that automation solutions for SAP Basis also bring rationalization benefits. However, they also bring additional benefits for the staff that manages SAP Basis and infrastructure staff; these benefits should not be underestimated.
Hans Haselbeck, Empirius
February 20, 2024
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

SAP applications here and SAP Basis automation software there can certainly be compared in one respect. Namely, in terms of the knowledge and expertise stored in them and the benefits they generate when using SAP. Almost every SAP customer uses the knowledge about processes stored in the SAP applications and compares them with their own in one way or another. And not only when SAP is implemented for the first time. In this way, business organizations continuously learn more about themselves and possible optimizations through the best practices provided by SAP.  

The more and more often companies deal with the business process best practices provided by SAP and compare them with their own processes, the more benefits can be achieved for their own company organization. Thanks to SAP, companies receive many thousands of process optimizations virtually free of charge and can use them as a basis for further process optimizations and knowledge expansion.

When using SAP Basis automation solutions, users focus on the digitalization or automation of manual work and activities using software. The automated creation of SAP system copies, the automated execution of SAP kernel upgrades, automated SAP security notes management, automated Hana patches/updates, automated updates of any DBs, automated setting of SAP profile parameters - the list of possibilities is long and does not stop there!  

The fact that automation software solutions in fact contain or carry the SAP infrastructure knowledge and processes of an SAP system landscape in their guts offers great opportunities for companies. This is in view of the latent shortage of skilled workers that has existed for some time, as well as an existing problem with skilled worker qualifications. Suite solutions for automated SAP Basis system management are the ideal way to counteract this. 

On the one hand, because the implementation of automated processes means that less qualified SAP Basis staff can also perform tasks. Secondly, because the existing highly qualified employees can then concentrate on other or additional SAP Basis tasks. Or simply because fewer SAP Basis staff are required.

In addition to the actual automation or maintenance apps, sophisticated SAP Basis system management solutions use info apps to provide additional knowledge about system status and process interrelationships via the SAP infrastructure environment used at virtually no cost. This also allows many standardized SAP Basis best practices processes to be reproduced. For example, the automated creation of SAP system copies, which can be regarded as a kind of supreme discipline in the automation of system operation and in which all relevant SAP system components are taken into account: Applications, servers, databases, operating system, memory or network connections. 

Increases knowledge level 

One issue that SAP Basis managers are increasingly concerned with in terms of specialist personnel and qualification: Long-serving SAP Basis employees are increasingly retiring. This means that the know-how and valuable knowledge gained over many years in a well-oiled SAP Basis operation in a company is disappearing. Before junior SAP Basis specialists achieve a correspondingly comprehensive and high level of knowledge and experience, considerable time and cost expenditure may be necessary. 

On the other hand, the use of a software solution for the automation of SAP Basis processes not only increases the company's own level of knowledge about SAP Basis operating processes, but also increases the knowledge and qualification level of SAP Basis personnel at the same time: which ultimately represents a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Hans Haselbeck, Empirius

Hans Haselbeck is CEO at Empirius.

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