Maintenance and Upgrade

The technical maintenance of your SAP landscape is becoming ever-more important as new software components such SAP Fiori Front End Server, SAP HANA and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) are introduced into the SAP landscape. These new components more often than not enforce software level dependencies which may hinder customer projects involving these new software innovations if maintenance levels fall behind.

SAP have recently published that at the end of 2017 NetWeaver 7.0 will reach end of maintenance. Whilst this only affects limited number software components such as SAP Enterprise Portal, the interoperability of NetWeaver 7.0 with other Business Suite products such as SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP SCM and SAP SRM may force customers to upgrade or update their Business Suite products when they decide to upgrade their SAP NetWeaver 7.0 systems.

Recent experience has shown how un-planned Support Package stack upgrades and even Enhancement Pack upgrades have been necessary to fulfil requirements for other forthcoming projects, although this wasn’t initially envisaged or even planned for.

Positioning your SAP Business Suite to make the move from being hosted on traditional databases such as Oracle, DB2 and ASE to SAP Business Suite on HANA will, for example, force an upgrade of your core ECC6 system to Enhancement Package 7 and then a database migration from your current database to HANA.

Here at Aliter Consulting, we can provide project management expertise or work closely with your own project management team, to strategize, plan and execute the upgrade of your SAP landscape. We will work closely with you to develop an optimum maintenance strategy that best suits your business operation and future project requirements.

Based on the chosen strategy we will develop the necessary procedures and supporting documentation to implement the strategy and advise on how to upgrade your SAP estate. We will provide support throughout the life cycle of the maintenance project and the production implementation.