How SAP Automation Brings Salvation to Digital Transformation

by June 8, 2018

Fully automated SAP processes can help you stay one step ahead of nimble digital disrupters.

Digital transformation is everywhere. Whether it’s reinventing online retail or upending the way broadcast media is consumed, make no mistake: your competitors are fast transforming their businesses to become digital enterprises. At the very least, organizations must now present self-service options for customers via web or mobile devices. Furthermore, many are increasingly required to open up business processes to other organizations and/or external devices via APIs and other means. These changes related to digital transformation require near-instant execution of key business processes, as opposed to periodic batch runs.

So, where does SAP fit into all this? As a consequence of all-pervasive digital transformation, your SAP environment needs to transform too. SAP is one of the most mission-critical application suites on today’s business front line, but the business processes that run on it extend beyond the SAP environment and run across other systems—which may be on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.

Automating in Real-Time

To deliver the agility and flexibility needed to compete in this era of disruptive digital transformation, your organization needs a higher level of automation—much of it in near real-time.

That’s not easy. Organizations often find themselves unable to achieve complete process automation. Despite millions of dollars invested in SAP systems running millions of transactions, they cannot automate end-to-end. A key reason is that most end-to-end processes in large organizations involve both SAP and non-SAP applications, which requires orchestrating processes that span on-premises SAP, database platforms, cloud applications, external data sources and third-party infrastructure platforms.

The complexity of this IT landscape introduces processing inefficiencies and creates technology silos—the bottlenecks to business agility. Moreover, extra complexity is introduced when process flows span multiple SAP clients or instances.

Connecting the Silos

What’s missing? A spanning completely different systems. The workloads most in need of automation are business-critical, time-critical, and high-volume transactions. This ranges from replenishment in retail and period close in accounting, to customer invoicing, payroll processing and incoming order management.

Automation point solutions and ad-hoc scripting have delivered some benefit, but lack the end-to-end SAP and non-SAP process automation and auditing capabilities required for the future. A systematic approach to automation needs to be adopted to ensure the maximum return on investment is achieved from existing SAP investments—one that executes core business, application and infrastructure processes across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.

Unleash the Potential of SAP

So many processes rely on SAP that automation is the surest way to get a return on your investment. For example, many firms struggle with the reporting cycle owing to complex processes which often involve non-SAP processes that need to be executed on time and in the correct sequence. Reporting also demands time-consuming manual tasks, such as file transfers, database copies and reconciliations. Automation solutions for SAP from CA standardize this reporting cycle, giving you greater control over the entire process while saving time and producing greater accuracy.

The same is true when you are looking to align the pace of new digital application with the traditional SAP backend. As speed of change increases, agile SAP is emerging as a way to address the need for accelerated and continuous delivery of new features to the business. However, most organizations find it difficult and time-consuming to provide copies of SAP landscapes for non-production activities like development and testing. Here again, by automating and enabling unattended SAP system copies, CA typically reduces the time to deliver non-production environments by a tenfold and ensures development and test teams are not sitting idle.

You’re under more pressure than ever to adapt to changing business demands that come with digital transformation hyperconnectivity. End-to-end SAP automation creates the fully automated enterprise. It gets you back in control and increases the value of your SAP investment to the business.