SAP infrastructure transformation is as certain as death and taxes.
The world has three certainties: death, taxes, and SAP infrastructure transformation.
But just because something is inescapable, doesn’t mean that we can’t prepare for it. For death – meet with a lawyer and write out a will. For taxes – get a tax professional and keep track of your finances.
Dealing with an ever-changing infrastructure has one key difference.
While changes are sure to happen, you can’t predict how those changes will affect your business.
There are hundreds of constantly changing metrics and a million interactions to keep track of within your IT environment. Even if you’re not currently undergoing HANA or cloud migrations, the changes that happen every day will affect your systems in a major way.
We’re talking data consolidation, disaggregation, new functionality, rapid release cycles. Trying to figure out what the impact will be, and when something might happen, will make your head spin.
Currently, the only available way to confront an ever-evolving IT ecosystem is to throw more resources at it. More CPU, more storage, more monitoring tools, more people.
The problem is that these alternatives are neither scalable nor reliable.
Those of you on the frontlines fighting fires are nodding your heads right now. You know you’re playing one big game of catch-up and eventually, you’ll run out of manpower to put out these fires.
Not to say that your skills and procedures won’t evolve along the way. They will. But not at the pace you need to keep up.
Think about how we deal with the flu.
Every year, the top minds in science set out to stop the flu virus from breaking out. Every year, scientists get better at predicting in what ways the flu virus is going to evolve.
It’s a challenging problem because they have limited time and can’t afford to start from scratch each year. This is why they must analyze mounds of data on both healthy and affected people.
A few years ago, it would take you 1 week to recover from a flu attack. Now, recovery time is double.
The same is true for your IT Applications.
Any system outage today has a far more severe effect than it would have had 5 years ago.
Will you get engulfed in flames of your ever-adapting IT infrastructure?
It depends on your approach. Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” If you continue to put 100% of your efforts into fighting fires, there is a 100% chance that at some point you’ll fail.
However, if you re-think your approach, you have a shot!
What it boils down to is proactivity. Doing something before things get out of hand.
The essence of proactivity is measuring your systems before noticeable problems arise. But it’s not enough to just monitor at all times – that’s what you’re already doing, correct? – because you need to understand how your systems react to different types and volumes of loads at different times. You have to look at the environment holistically, not each part in isolation, and understand how the parts fit together. Finally, you need to adapt to changes in your system environment.
To be proactive you need the right tools, so you can have a system that actually learns.
Dealing with change is hard, but in the context of your SAP Infrastructure, change is unavoidable. Many processes which currently work within your SAP environment will fall short when dimensional deviations are introduced – it’s inevitable.
The difference between a minor glitch and a major outage could end up costing your company millions.
Control your destiny. Invest in a proactive approach today.