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The change and release challenge
The age of the digital economy, and the resulting wave of digital transformation, mean that customer expectations are constantly on the increase. Businesses that can't continually adapt in the face of change won't remain relevant for long.
Your SAP systems are the critical enablers of your response to this new demand. That means you need to be able to update and improve them as quickly as you deliver new products, features and services to your customers. Most importantly, you need to do so safely, without risk to the business.
Traditional Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) change and release methods - which are often slow, manual and opaque - no longer fit the bill.
DevOps is a set of practices and cultural changes — supported by automation tools and Lean processes — that creates an automated software delivery pipeline, enabling organizations to deliver better-quality services and applications faster.
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What is DevOps for SAP?
DevOps is about people, culture, processes and tools.
It's an approach that builds on the concept of Agile development, focussing on open, collaborative methods and use of automation to increase the speed and flexibility with which new features and services are delivered.
Traditional IT development and delivery processes are based around organizational silos where work is passed between teams with little ownership, poor visbility and low levels of satisfaction.
In a DevOps process, teams are organised around business outcomes where silos are removed to create a multi-skilled team who constantly interact with each other. Development, QA, Operations and the business work together with high levels of communication, collaboration, ownership and trust.
The ultimate goal is a process of continuous integration, continuous development, continuous deployment and continuous improvement.
Why adopt DevOps for SAP?
The adoption of DevOps into the SAP development lifecycle can bring tremendous improvements in the speed, resiliance and quality of software delivery. The end result is a better, faster, safer way to deliver SAP applications.
DevOps for SAP allows your systems to change continously, so that they can keep up with the rest of the business and the expectations of your customers - a fundamental requirement in a time of digital transformation. Integration of the business and broader IT team collaboration provide fast, frequent checkpoints and feedback.
Automate to improve
Process automation is a critical part of a DevOps approach, helping to minimise risk and eliminate errors. Automation allows valuable development resources to focus on business challenges and innovation.
Align with business needs
DevOps makes IT highly responsive to business needs. New features and services are implemented fast and often, delivering value sooner. This provides the agility to respond to new business strategies and changing market conditions.
How can we help?
Our DevOps Suite enables you to deliver business value by transforming the way you manage change across your SAP systems.
Whether you're driven by that big digital transformation, or you're simply looking to optimise your business processes, you need tools and processes in place to efficiently manage change and minimise risk.
We give you the means to transition away from existing SAP ALM processes towards effective, efficient Agile or DevOps methods. Our versatile tools can support you at every stage of that journey, from your first attempt at ALM process improvements, through Agile development, to full-blown adoption of DevOps for SAP.