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I need to be an Unicorn! -Going Basis-

Hello all!

I recently changed company and I moved to a new place where, until my arrival, technical issues on SAP where managed by consultants, from development to SAP Hosting and system administration.

Lately the users are complaining about performances and the answer we got from the company hosting SAP are just uhmmm, so the Big Heads got the shining idea to take SAP inhouse on company servers since "Simone is a tecnichan! He'll solve the problems of the world".

This despite my efforts to explain that being a developer with a strong and solid background and knowing some tricks (check performances, indexes usage, bottlenecks and so on) not transform me into the best candidate to manage a whole SAP system, this idea is growing stronger and bigger.

So, to avoid to be struck by thunder without covering my... head, I'm starting looking for some documentantion/help/guide/suggestion/miracle to face this new challenge.

To be clear: it's not the job scaring me, it's being put into a job i do not have the tools to manage.

My first attemp has been the Learning Hub where I identified the courses i think i will need Curriculum | SAP System Administration - SAP ERP (component SAP ECC) as conditio sine qua non (SAPTEC -ADM100 -ADM110).

What else I need? Which suggestion can you give me (apart "RUN AWAY!" πŸ€ͺ )?

We are at the moment on 7.31 with ASE DB: we should change and upgrade in the meantime? to what?

Thanks all for the patience and all the help you can give me

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  • Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 03:21 PM

    Hi Simone,

    Welcome to the dark side, I think the most interesting/useful of those courses once you have done ADM100 is ADM315 (SAPTEC is very basic, if you have never seen an SAP system you might as well do it, but if you have handled SAP as an end-user I wouldn't particularly bother with it). Installation and patching you can find a lot of documentation online, get yourself a Sandbox and build it, break it, rebuild it, upgrade it, change kernels, etc.... the best way to learn is to get hands on experience....

    ADM315 give you a lot more information regarding performance and tuning which is harder to understand and hence its a better choice in my opinion.

    You might enjoy reading Back to Basis gives you and overview of whats coming your way

    Best of Luck


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    • Uh! Dark side has always cookies! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for your reply Juan and I already read both your blogs and once I started to read

      Also you need to know all about the different systems ECC, BI, PI, SRM, CRM, EP, Content Repositories, Middleware, Java Engines, Web Dispatchers, SAP Routers, you name it…

      I almost fainted! 🀯

      Then I finish to read it and I sigh in relief 😊

      Ok, I found tons of documentation online: where?! Could you give a couple of addresses?

      And about courses: am I aiming the right one? ADM315 is in the list but due the courses cost i got the budget for 3 of them this year. 😊

      But if you say that 11 years as developer/solution architect can supply SAPTEC, i'll trade it for ADM315.

      A little add to explain a bit better my issue:

      I feel like a kid thrown in Candyland: he gots tons of ideas but really do not know where to start :\

  • Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:54 PM

    Oh man, soon there will be no ABAPers left... 😒

    I can relate to that - our management doesn't always seem to understand the difference between ABAP and Basis ("what do you mean you don't know how to install Adobe server?!"). And, of course, as soon as you reveal some knowledge you get proclaimed an expert and it becomes just a baseline expectation. So far I've managed to stay out off Basis as much as possible (fortunately, another victim was found 😊), so kudos to you for not running away!

    Surely our @Matt Fraser , @Jim Spath and @Andy Silvey can provide some more guidance in this matter.

    Good luck!

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  • Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    I would recommend ADM315 and E2E100 courses from SAP. If you don't want to attend the classes then the best option is to buy the book "SAP Performance Optimization Guide" from SAP Press. In addition to that there are tools like Wily Introscope which will get you the details about system performance, CPU utilization and things like that. Buying the above mentioned book can be helpful. If there are products like APO, BW in addition to ERP used then there are administration guides available from SAP. Finally, if things are not clear or unresolved then raise a thread here πŸ˜‰

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  • Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 07:48 AM

    Thanks for all the hints.

    Right now i'm starting to follow these guides

    Install your own SAP NetWeaver ABAP system

    from @Tobias Hofmann: it seems he read my mind since the thread appears few minutes after mine πŸ€ͺ

    I keep the thread open so if someone got any other idea or suggestion, well, better! 😊

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    • The best idea is to do, fail, improve, repeat.

      Your employer should be aware that while it is easy to have a working SAP system, it`s very, very hard to have a nicely working SAP system. Performance is slow? There are millions of possibilities (my preferred one: ABAP developers do not know how to code. 99,999% hit rate), but there are DB parameters, a lot of NW profile parameters, DIA, work processes, landscape, network, sizing, etc etc etc.

      It takes years to learn this kind of stuff. Just ask Juan, he is in this business for years and for sure still learns every single day something new.

      Good new is: the chances are good that the previous Basis team / guy was just a normal Basis guy. In that case fixing the system is easy. Once I saw at a big client that everyone was working with the central instance only. No wonder the system was sloooooow :-)

  • Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 07:37 AM

    Hi Simone,

    I think you need me badly πŸ˜‰.

    "Welcome to the world of Basis"

    With Regards

    Ashutosh Chaturvedi

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  • Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 03:27 PM


    So, as you are bringing the system and the administration in-house from a hosted situation, do you already have a DBA on staff to help with that aspect of things? @Jim Spath may proclaim to be "always a DBA" and not any kind of Basis expert, but often the reality is that a good Basis admin has to also be at least somewhat of a DBA. So, with that in mind, beyond the "pure" Basis classes and books that have been mentioned, you might consider finding something on the database platform.

    Are you going to migrate to something else as you bring it in-house? DB/OS migration is another area of specialty for some, so you might still consider using a consultant to help with that, especially as it's presumably a one-time or at least rare thing to do, therefore not necessarily critical for your own skillset and experience (but you will get good at homogeneous system copies 😊).

    Finally, if you're now going to be the new Basis admin, who is going to replace you as the ABAP developer? Surely your employer doesn't think it a good idea for one person to do both at the same time, do they? If they do harbor such fanciful illusions, you might point out the benefits of separation of duties, i.e. do they really want the same person to write the code, release the transport request, import the transport to production, and monitor all the logs once it gets there?

    On second thought, maybe you do want to keep it that way. Think of the embezzlement possibilities. πŸ˜‰


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