Avoid SAP HANA System Surprises with a Standard Operating Procedure Checklist

  • by Dr. Bjarne Berg, Principal and Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology Compliance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • October 12, 2015
Keep your SAP HANA system up and running with these preventive measures and tips for regular monitoring of system activities.
Learning Objectives
Reading this article you will:
  • Learn what SAP tools are available to monitor your SAP HANA environments and see what hardware options exist
  • Get access to all the 74 automatic SAP HANA alerts and see when to schedule them and what to do when they are triggered
  • Learn how to keep your SAP BW system on SAP HANA as small as possible and how to periodically remove unneeded data and internal files from your SAP HANA system
Key Concept

Writing a standard operating procedure (SOP) checklist and creating periodic tasks lists for other activities can assure that you have a very high degree of business continuity in your SAP HANA system. SAP HANA is a highly scalable platform with a substantial amount of built-in fault tolerance at the hardware and software level. Although system failures are rather unusual, no amount of cleverness can totally prevent issues if the use is not monitored regularly and preventive measures are not taken well in advance.

There are many ways to install and operate your SAP HANA environments on premise. However, creating a daily, weekly, and monthly standard operating procedure (SOP) is a good way to ensure that the system stays well tuned and that potential issues are avoided. This is also known as the daily operations handbook. I explain what the different landscape options are and how you can start creating your own SOP for your data center.

Dr. Bjarne Berg

Dr. Bjarne Berg is a Principal and the Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology Compliance (TTC) at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), LLP. He is responsible for analytics and go-to-market strategy. Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in BI and a frequent speaker at major BI and SAP conferences world-wide, with over 20 years of experience in consulting. He regularly publishes articles in international BI journals and has written five books on business intelligence, analytics, and SAP HANA. Dr. Berg attended the Norwegian Military Academy, and served as an officer in the armed forces. He holds a BS in Finance from Appalachian State University, an MBA in Finance from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in Information Systems from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D. in IT from the University of North Carolina.

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