SAP Production Support Services

What happens after Go Live?

Production Operation & Key Elements

By properly planning for post go-live production operation, you can minimize the risk and maximize the ROI from your organization’s SAP investment.

Key elements for successful production support:

  1. Implement strict change control 
  2. Enforce structural production control 
  3. Follow required compliance control 
  4. Pay attention to “house cleaning” tasks 
  5. Have well-thought annual planning 
Sapiex provides Production Support services which span across short-, medium- and long-term from the point of system Go Live.

Short-term Activities & Maintenance Tasks 

Primary objectives of short-term tasks:

  • Provide production support
  • Support resources
  • Stabilize systems
  • Meet needs of all Production users 
*Typical short-term activity time frame: 4-8 weeks post go-live
 
 

Closely monitoring key business process execution cycle in production systems confirm usage of:

  • Selection parameters
  • Variants
  • Background jobs
  • Batch jobs
  • Interfaces
  • Reports
  • Develop post go-live issues list (some may be known beforehand)
  • Rank and address issues by priority (e.g., MS Excel, Solution Manager)
  • Monitor system performance

Refresh QAS from PRD

  • Move fresh productive data to QAS
  • Reduces time to create test data
  • Improves troubleshooting abilities and time to resolve issues 

Clean-up/removal of “optional” clients

  • DEV (e.g., data conversions, integration/interface testing)
  • QAS (e.g., data conversions, integration/interface testing) 
*Formalize transport process
 
 

Secure Legacy System(s)

  • Restrict user access – only specific users should have access
  • Set to “Read Only” 

Medium-term Activities & Maintenance Tasks

Medium-term activities are tasks to be executed after the system(s) is (are) stable and the team can sufficiently support the system(s)
 

Primary objectives of medium-term activities:

  • Update software
  • Finalize post go-live support team
  • Complete “nice” to have requirements 
*Typical medium-term activity time frame: 1-6 months
 
 

Due to freeze during project phase(s), the software needs to be updated (which requires extensive testing):

  • Support Stacks/Packages
  • Third-party software
  • Update BSI for tax calculations 

Refresh QAS from PRD

  • Keeps data fresh in QAS
  • Schedule jobs to run regularly in QAS as well (e.g., runtime and payroll to stay in close proximity to PRD schedule) 

Monitor performance

  • Review response times (e.g., ECC6, XI, Portal)
  • Review growth of database/tables
  • Compare size against established thresholds (e.g., add disk space when size goes over 80%) 

“Sunset” legacy system(s)

  • Backup/archive data
  • Provide alternate data retrieval mechanisms
  • Retire legacy system(s)
  • Close support/license agreements for legacy system(s) 

Long-term Activities & Maintenance Tasks

Long-term activities include tasks that need to be performed continuously after your system is stable
 

Primary objectives of long-term activities:

  • Establish regular schedules
  • Long-term planning
  • Implement new initiatives/functionality 
*Typical long-term activity time frame: Ongoing
 
 

Establish regular schedule for software updates (requires extensive testing):

  • Support Stacks/Packages
  • Third-party software
  • BSI 

Update/upgrade hardware

  • Hardware changes can sometimes bring around quite unexpected results!
  • Examples include hard-coded IP addresses, logical system names
  • Carefully test when changing hardware  

Refresh QAS

  • Ensures that data in QAS stays fresh with PRD data
  • Process major processes to keep QAS in-step with PRD 

Monitor performance

  • Continue to monitor database size
  • Continue to monitor performance
*New business initiatives may require that certain software is at a specific release or patch level.