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Shortage and automation

Often, a lack of resources is the impetus for change. Many existing SAP customers are confronted with the well-known shortage of IT specialists. One successful solution is automation at SAP Basis in the CCC/CCoE.
Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine
May 4, 2023
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This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Skills shortage and attractiveness

Many of SAP's existing customers and partners are very attractive employers and therefore suffer unjustifiably from a shortage of IT specialists. The situation is quite different at SAP itself: In a recent publication by Manager Magazin, there is a list of the favorite employers of young engineers in Germany. SAP comes in a distant 39th place. It must be a disastrous result for SAP to appear in 39th place among Germany's most popular employers for engineers, far behind Deutsche Bahn and the Bundeswehr.

SAP Human Resources Management

HR work at SAP is a challenge. In any case, Cawa Younosi, who is responsible for HR in Germany, is satisfied with himself and his work, as can be seen from the text from Manager Magazin mentioned above. On LinkedIn, the "Global Head of People Experience" has more than 90,000 followers and promotes equal opportunities and more diversity. In Germany, Cawa Younosi is responsible for around 24,000 employees. Cawa Younosi seems to be popular and well-known far beyond SAP's borders - but the company itself has massive difficulties in being an attractive employer for young female and male engineers. On the one hand, SAP is celebrated for equal opportunities and more diversity; on the other, even the German railroads and the German armed forces are more popular employers. Last year, SAP was still in 37th place in the rankings, but as the supposedly leading technology company in Germany, that was no mean feat either.

SolMan and ALM

There are tools and methods to combat the shortage of IT specialists. With SolMan, SAP introduced an IT tool for CCC/CCoE many years ago. In the SAP community it is a useful tool and the discontinuation together with the ECC end has unsettled many SAP existing customers. In places, ALM, Cloud Application Lifecycle Management, can and should become the successor. However, experts and CCC/CCoE leaders are skeptical. SAP partners have recognized the gap and developed their own tools with which automation and monitoring in SAP Basis can succeed. The community can find out about alternatives to SolMan and what ALM can or cannot do at the SAP Competence Center Summit on June 1 and 2 in Salzburg. For the remaining places SAP existing customers can now apply register here.

Peter M. Färbinger, E3 Magazine

Peter M. Färbinger, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief E3 Magazine DE, US and ES (, AG, Freilassing (DE), E-Mail: and Tel. +49(0)8654/77130-21

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Working on the SAP basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. 

This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
At the exhibition center 2,
A-5020 Salzburg

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

Regular ticket:

€ 590 excl. VAT


Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
Kurfürstenanlage 1,
69115 Heidelberg

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024


Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house AG. The presentations will be accompanied by an exhibition of selected SAP partners. The ticket price includes the attendance of all lectures of the Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024, the visit of the exhibition area, the participation in the evening event as well as the catering during the official program. The lecture program and the list of exhibitors and sponsors (SAP partners) will be published on this website in due time.