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Delivering better business outcomes for SAP systems with Cisco AppDynamics

Enabling full-stack observability for SAP with HCLTech-empowered systems
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Ameekar Charan


Ameekar Charan
AVP, SAP Ecosystem
Sandeep Balani


Sandeep Balani
Global Alliance Leader-GSI, Cisco AppDynamics
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Delivering better business outcomes for SAP systems with Cisco AppDynamics

Integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems with cutting-edge observability tools has become crucial for businesses aiming to maintain operational efficiency and competitive advantage. As enterprises continue to navigate the complexities of digital transformation, the need for comprehensive observability of SAP systems to ensure high performance, reliability and business continuity has never been more pronounced.

The imperative for SAP Observability

As rapid digitalization continues to grow, the agility and resilience of business operations have become paramount. Enterprises across the globe are increasingly relying on SAP systems to manage their core functions, from finance and human resources to supply chain management and customer relationship management. However, the complexity of SAP landscapes and the shift towards hybrid and multicloud environments have introduced new challenges in maintaining system performance, availability and security.

The imperative for SAP observability stems from the need to monitor these complex environments and understand the business impact of system performance issues. Traditional monitoring tools often fail to provide the depth of insight required to navigate the intricacies of SAP systems, leading to reactive rather than proactive management. This gap in observability can result in operational disruptions, decreased customer satisfaction and, ultimately, a negative impact on the bottom line.

Furthermore, the push towards digital transformation has accelerated the adoption of S/4HANA, SAP's next-generation ERP suite, necessitating a more robust approach to observability. The migration to S/4HANA, while offering significant benefits in efficiency and capabilities, introduces additional complexity in system integration and performance management. As such, organizations need comprehensive solutions that provide deep visibility into their SAP environments, identify issues before they escalate and offer actionable insights to optimize performance.

The evolution of IT landscapes, characterized by integrating IoT, AI and machine learning technologies, further underscores the need for advanced observability solutions. While enhancing business processes and decision-making, these technologies also complicate system monitoring. Observing and analyzing data across these diverse components in real-time is critical in ensuring enterprises can leverage their SAP systems to drive innovation and maintain competitive advantage.

Addressing challenges with SAP Observability

HCLTech, in collaboration with Cisco AppDynamics' monitoring for SAP Solutions and Cisco’s full-stack observability (FSO) capabilities, provides a holistic view of the SAP ecosystem, integrating deep insights across applications, infrastructure and network layers to deliver real-time analytics and predictive intelligence. This comprehensive visibility enables IT teams to identify and resolve issues before they affect users, ensuring uninterrupted business operations.

The Cisco Full-Stack Observability platform is equipped to tackle several critical challenges:

  • Complexity and scale: As enterprises grow, so does the complexity of their SAP landscapes. FSO simplifies this complexity by offering a unified dashboard that aggregates data across the entire stack, making it easier to manage at scale.
  • Performance optimization: Leveraging advanced AI and machine-learning algorithms, FSO proactively identifies performance bottlenecks and optimization opportunities, ensuring SAP systems run efficiently.
  • Change management: FSO's real-time monitoring and analytics capabilities support safer, faster change deployments, reducing the risk of disruptions in SAP environments.
  • Security and compliance: With an increasing emphasis on data protection, FSO provides enhanced security monitoring to safeguard sensitive information and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

The technical offerings under FSO are designed to address the multifaceted aspects of SAP system management:

  • Application performance monitoring (APM): Delivers insights into application behavior, user transactions and experiences, enabling precise identification of issues at the application layer.
  • Infrastructure monitoring: Provides visibility into the performance and health of the underlying infrastructure, including servers, databases and cloud resources, ensuring they are optimally configured and performing.
  • Network performance monitoring: Offers insights into network behavior, identifying latency issues and bottlenecks that could impact application performance.
  • Business IQ: Bridges the gap between IT and business metrics, allowing organizations to directly correlate SAP performance with business outcomes, facilitating data-driven decision-making.

By correlating performance metrics with business outcomes, Cisco AppDynamics helps organizations prioritize issues based on their impact on business operations. This is particularly crucial for C-level executives who must make informed decisions quickly to maintain business continuity and customer satisfaction.

HCLTech's approach to SAP observability goes beyond mere monitoring; it focuses on delivering strategic value through optimization and continuous improvement. This enables organizations to solve current performance issues and anticipate and mitigate future challenges.

Driving business impact with SAP Observability

SAP Observability is a game-changer for businesses reliant on SAP systems. It offers an unparalleled ability to monitor, analyze and optimize SAP environments, ensuring they support rather than hinder business objectives. For organizations, this means greater control over their IT landscape, enhanced decision-making capabilities and the assurance that their SAP systems contribute positively to business outcomes.

As digital transformation shapes the business landscape, the need for comprehensive SAP observability solutions will only grow. Organizations embracing this innovative approach will be well-positioned to lead in their respective industries, powered by efficient, reliable, business-aligned SAP systems.

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