Get DevOps for SAP up and running
It's a Monday morning and I ache. It is a familiar feeling now. Over the weekend I finished my longest trail run yet. Every Sunday I go further and faster and every time I’m amazed that I can run (almost) continuously for so many hours.
On the doorstep I always doubt myself.
Shut up brain, take the first step.
The first hour is good, the second hour is better. Enjoying the countryside, the feeling of gliding over tough terrain.
Can my legs keep going, did I train enough, what if I trip on a root, is this the right path?
Modest doubt is
call'dthe beacon of the wise
- Shakspeare - Troilus and Cressida.
Not one of his best in my opinion. I prefer happy endings and this one is particularly grim.
But the quote resonates because while I think it is only right and natural to have doubt, the really terrible thing is to not do anything to confront it.
Doubt questions us.
Doubt makes us think we can’t.
And I don’t like to be told I can’t do something.
So, I make myself get off the couch and I go for the run.
On the flatter, easier sections my addled mind drifts onto work.
They had read about how Uber releases changes to Production whenever they want - every hour!
They wanted to go faster and further towards Continuous Delivery but these incredible rates of change weren’t for them. Perhaps weekly or even daily releases - that got them interested.
But still there was doubt.
Is it for us? Can we make it work? Is it too risky?
They’ve taken the first steps, realising that if a business is going be agile and release changes daily then doing so without adequate testing is a recipe for disaster.
Rapid copies of their production system to give more up-to-date, accurate test data was just one of the ways to reduce potential impact and make it safer.
In their current copy process the BDLS part was taking 5 days and like my leg muscles, they were getting tired.
They didn’t want to be up running with the elites like Netflix, Etsy, Amazon and Uber sending changes ad hoc or every hour, the business model simply didn’t require that.
But they were smart enough to realise that to be at the back of the pack, with dev freezes and quarterly releases was losing them ground against competitors.
The first instance of fear had been banished and they were seeing the benefits of using a single tool from our DevOps suite after just a day.
Much faster than it will take for my own aches and pains to recede.
Running DevOps for SAP doesn't have to be a marathon... in fact it can be done in these 8 simple steps.