Take Advantage of Opportunities for Complex Landscape Optimization

  • by David Uhr , Senior Support Architect, SAP
  • Mara Meyer, Service Architect, SAP
  • Lucio Rodrigues , CORE Technology Team Lead, SAP
  • November 1, 2013
Business changes such as outsourcing, company mergers, upgrades, or the implementation of new technologies provide opportunities for landscape optimization. This brief case study demonstrates two companies’ opportunities for landscape optimization and provides insight into how to apply the lessons learned.  

Solution deployment options for IT landscapes are traditionally very heterogeneous. Systems within an international or even national company are frequently distributed over multiple servers with different operating systems and different databases. Thus the operation, maintenance, and synchronization of these applications become more and more ineffective and costly. The different release levels among the systems within a landscape increase the difficulty of using the same business functionalities.

Landscape design reflects a company’s business needs that existed when the solution was initially deployed. Such a design may not fit into future needs or could restrict possible business-related changes, holding the company back from innovations and market best practices. Solution deployment options, single instance or distributed, can be opportunities to review the entire landscape.

Opportunities can come from the transformation from a regional to a business unit-oriented organization or a business unit-oriented organization to a globally-oriented organization. Other reasons to review the landscape are outsourcing or acquisitions that require the consolidation of many clients into one operative productive client, reducing the number of SAP systems in the landscape, migrating data from legacy systems into an SAP system, or harmonizing data across functions and systems within a landscape.

We are using two case studies, one of a pharmaceutical company and one of an automotive company to present the options for optimizations. We present the following three approaches along with the pros and cons of each:

  • A new implementation
  • Merging into an existing system
  • Upgrading and migrating to an existing system

David Uhr

David Uhr graduated in electronic engineering at Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial in São Bernardo do Campo/SP, Brazil, and has a master’s degree in business administration from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in São Paulo/SP Brazil. He has been working at SAP since 1999. David worked in SAP Consulting in the area of upgrades and DB migration. He is currently supporting MaxAttention customers in the Latin America area.

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Mara Meyer

Mara Meyer studied economics and computer science at the University of Technology Darmstadt and later graduated from University Hagen. She has worked at SAP since 2001. Mara worked in SAP consulting, specializing in upgrades and database migrations, and is currently supporting MaxAttention customers globally.

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Lucio Rodrigues

Lucio Rodrigues graduated in computer science at Catholic University and has a master in business administration degree. He has worked at SAP since 2002 and currently is part of the Center of Expertise supporting the world’s largest companies running SAP and analyzing their complex SAP solutions to safely migrate, upgrade, and perform different transitions scenarios. 

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