As SAP is extended and expanded, it spawns a network of transactions, potentially written in different languages, and some inconsistencies in data models. An SAP implementation is not just SAP, it’s JEE, JSP, HTML as well as custom ABAP. Analyzing the characteristics of these applications by hand requires a set of experts in each language, and tends to be expensive. There are excellent tools for analyzing the individual technology, but in a complex and expansive environment like SAP, what is required is a tool that can analyze across technology environments.
One of the allures of SAP has been the pre-built business transactions which promise speed to value and the ability to leverage code. With the business processes, transactions, and architecture defined, success must be just around the corner. The reality has not quite kept pace. 54% of organizations experience ERP project budget overages.
Decision making is defined most simply as the act of choosing between two or more courses of action. It might seem straightforward, when only one person is involved and the choices are black and white. But add another person to the equation, and a few more choices, and the decision gets exponentially more complicated. I am reminded of this each time I venture out with my co-workers for lunch in midtown Manhattan. I have found it’s always best to claim, “I chose last time,” since that usually gets me out of the debate. But that won’t work when it comes to IT budgeting and planning!
While there’s some overlap with SAP’s Solutions Manager, CAST’s automated analysis and measurement of the SAP environment complements SAP’s solution. Continue reading
Getting your arms around an ERP system to find and fix the root causes of these problems is notoriously difficult. No single person, however knowledgeable, can fathom it from end to end. Automated analysis and measurement are absolutely essential. Continue reading