What is CI/CD for SAP?CONTINUOUS INTEGRATION/CONTINUOUS DELIVERY (CI/CD) ENABLES BETTER, MORE FREQUENT DELIVERY OF SAP CHANGE
Continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) uses automation to enable software to be delivered faster, more frequently, and at higher quality. Automation is used to enforce testing in development and preproduction, as well as to move software through the pipeline from development to deployment. This results in shifting quality left, so that developers take responsibility for quality and fix errors earlier in the pipeline. Automated software delivery is a foundational element of most DevOps workflows, providing the safety and efficiency needed to move at speed.
SAP has traditionally been separated from other software development because of its unique technical architecture. However, it is possible to build a CI/CD pipeline for SAP and integrate it with wider CI/CD tool chains using SAP change orchestrator, ActiveControl.
Why Adopt CI/CD for SAP?
Adopting CI/CD for SAP helps to strip the waste from the software development and delivery pipeline. Manual processes for quality control are replaced with automation, enabling faster development, more frequent deployment, and higher code quality.
How does CI/CD for SAP work?
To enable a CI/CD pipeline in SAP requires automation software designed especially for the SAP environment. ActiveControl acts as an SAP change orchestrator, enforcing automated testing and connecting to mainstream change requirements and DevOps delivery tools. ActiveControl has out of the box integration with popular tools such as Azure DevOps, Jenkins, and GitLab, as well as APIs and Node-RED compatibility for connecting to other tools.
Using ActiveControl, you can build a CI/CD pipeline for SAP and integrate it with your non-SAP CI/CD pipeline.
Key Features of CI/CD for SAP
To implement a CI/CD pipeline in SAP requires an SAP-specific approach. Using ActiveControl you can integrate with standard tools for change requests and DevOps delivery, and enforce consistent testing to increase code quality.
End-to-end SAP automation
From development to production release, manual processes can be automated. That includes analysis, approvals, sequencing of transports, resolving dependencies, deployment, and reporting. As a result, human intervention is only used where it’s adding value. The result is faster SAP change, with less risk of human error.
The automated SAP change process is controlled by more than 70 analyzers in ActiveControl. You can automatically enforce checks for risk, quality, impact, and dependencies. Comprehensive and automated analysis supports a shift-left quality strategy, and dramatically cuts the risk of errors in production systems.
Most modern organizations already use a change orchestrator to enable CI/CD across their broader IT landscape, but have yet to bring it into SAP. From requirements management, through testing, and into final deployment, CI/CD for SAP, powered by automation, enables you to connect all the tools you need in a robust, repeatable, and reliable automated workflow.
Quality built in
Automated testing is indispensable for an effective CI/CD pipeline. The automation ensures that the testing is consistently carried out, so there is confidence in the quality of code passing through the pipeline. Automated testing also ensures that errors are caught promptly, so bugs can be fixed before software leaves development. The responsibility for quality shifts left, to developers, and manual testing processes (and the associated delay) are stripped away. For a real CI/CD pipeline, testing and quality control are built into a connected, automated workflow.
When you integrate your SAP change control solution with your DevOps delivery management tool (such as Jenkins, GitLab, or GitHub), you have a single workflow to orchestrate change across multiple systems, including SAP. Without the need for manual updates, there is improved visibility. Having a streamlined, consistent process across SAP and non-SAP development stops SAP from slowing down multi-application updates.
Organizations that have a DevOps culture need the automation of CI/CD to enable smooth collaboration across the software development and delivery lifecycle. CI/CD also supports agile processes, where requirements are delivered in smaller sprints, which can be continuously integrated into the codebase.
John Deere Uses ActiveControl to Achieve an Agile SAP Transformation
John Deere partnered with Basis Technologies to bring an SAP DevOps vision to life with a fully integrated, event-driven change process that improves quality, reduces risk and delivers value to customers faster.
How to Get Started
Automation Purpose-Built for SAP
ActiveControl SAP Automation Technology
Implementing agile development for your SAP environments is easier than you might think. The key is having the right tools in place. Basis Technologies’ products, such as ActiveControl, are specifically designed to enable automation and agile development within SAP.
The best way to get started with ActiveControl is to talk to experts who understand agile development and the challenges of SAP. With over 700 years of combined experience with SAP and agile development, our team understands your SAP challenges and is well equipped to help you achieve your business goals.