DevOps is a methodology and the practice of integrating development with operations. Traditionally, development teams kept their focus on speed, agility, value and responsiveness to market while operations focused on stability, quality assurance, safety and risk mitigation. This has changed by merging both areas while optimizing the processes.
This approach has been widely used while managing and deploying systems based in cloud to accelerate and automate processes. The application of DevOps has also reached AWS cloud-based SAP systems managing and replacing the traditional models.
In order to analyze and explain the benefits of DevOps for SAP, here at Linke we have prepared a webinar with our CTO and Co-Founder, Ricardo Casanovas. Here are the main topics discussed during the session:
A game changing methodology in the IT Industry
The DevOps methodology builds upon the structural practices of the Agile system, but aims to further enhance collaboration between development and operations. The process looks at creating cross-functional teams that work together, improve automation, reduce risk, eliminate errors and increase quality.
DevOps is about rapid IT service delivery, to adopt agile and emphasize it’s a culture and a process that needs to be implemented. It requires technology to work with automation tools that programme and operate infrastructure dynamically.
And related to SAP systems, with the use of DevOps for SAP it is possible to move from the manual operations in the data center for SAP infrastructure to a cloud environment that we can automate, test and monitor through different lifecycle stages of our infrastructures.
Facilitation through AWS Cloud Services
Cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services provides users with the security, management and automation tools that enable them to implement the system in their companies and harness the benefits of a more efficient system.
Let's take a look into the main SAP layers in order to understand how DevOps will work on our data and system:
- In the bottom layer we have de AWS infrastructure (region, AZ, EC2, working setting, storage, etc).
- Then, is the EC2 instances for the SAP environments. we have the operating system configuration (settings, patch level versions, security hardening, etc)
On top of that we have the SAP basis layer that will include all SAP software, database configuration.
- Final layer is the SAP application where we operate with the clients customizing and adopt the development in our environment.
With AWS, users are able to automate manual task and processes, set user permissions and policies to control access to resources, integrate with a large partner ecosystem and configure their infrastructure according to their needs.
The benefits we expect to get from applying devops to our sap infrastructure on AWS is first of all to let our IT team focus on value for our businesses and the relief the work from manual repetitive and low value tasks
Benefits of managing SAP workloads in the cloud using DevOps methodology
Some of the KPI's of using this methodology to manage cloud-based SAP workloads:
1. Improved speed, resilience and quality of software delivery
This means faster deployments. Going from over 8 weeks to 2 hours to get a new SAP infrastructure deployed. We can also enjoy an increase of 80% in operations in day to day operations. Thanks to automation and the capacity of doing parallel work of multiple SAP environments.
Minimize risks and enhanced automation
We have also a lower operation cost around 30% saving thank to the standardization and homogenization of the infrastructure. As well a significant reduce of cost related to the audits and compliance.
2. Seamless adaptation to new business strategies and enriched integration between IT teams
And of course, the teams can focus on valuable tasks and innovation being more useful for the business and spend less time doing repetitive tasks while obtaining valuable work.
Communication and feedback are critical components of the system and the aim is to increase production, create greater customer satisfaction and greater accountability and systematic processes within the organization.
Using DevOps for SAP Business Suite on AWS
Finally, let's take a look on how DevOps works among your SAP systems. To begin with, we need an automation toolset to support the required speed and velocity. The main point is that this toolset allows us to operate automatically and have a continuous delivery and continuous integration pipeline were the software can be moved.
And then we will need to ensure a continuous integration by implementing collaborativr work during the development and managing.
And to guarantee an optimal infrastructure we need continuous testing and monitoring of all automation pahses. With this the company will enjoy of a flexible and optimized environment and risk mitigation.
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