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SAP Broadens ALM Partner Reach

by Thomas Murphy  |  June 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

SAP had its first significant life-cycle partnership  a couple years ago with HP providing a more robust set of tools for managing testing activities to beef up their own capabilities.  Now with that relationship well established they are extending to support additional companies.  Coming next quarter will be tools that integrate between SAP’s Solution Manager and IBM’s Rational Tools for ALM.  While SAP has evolved Solution Manager to be an overall ALM suite they recognize that solution alone won’t meet the needs of all users.  Like ALM in general this plays a common theme we have seen recently: while a vendor may sell a “complete” solution they are recognizing a need to fit into a more heterogeneous world and thus need to integrate with “competitive” solutions.  Thus in this case as SAP looked at their largest companies who are shifting to single instance deployments, have applications with a large amount of external integration and customization they see the need to support a broader development world.  The initial tooling with IBM is around requirements management, quality management and change management via Requisite Pro, RQM and Clear Quest.  IBM itself is using the tooling as it works to simplify its own use of SAP. The basic working model is that Solution Manager is used for BluePrinting and configuration and use Rational for test planning and execution.  Nothing earth shattering but slowly tools are starting to think and work across large projects and implementations and vendors while they want all your money, are recognizing the needs to coexist.

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Thomas E. Murphy
Research Director
15 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Thomas Murphy is a research director with Gartner, where he is part of the Application Strategies and Governance group. Mr. Murphy has more than 33 years of experience in IT as a developer, product manager, technical editor and industry analyst. Read Full Bio


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  1. According to SAP, two things are key to have a good working ALM solution: the right infrastructure, and a clear definition of the processes, including all necessary activities, responsibilities, and service levels. The infrastructure is provided by SAP Solution Manager as a collaboration platform. It provides all functions required (provided either by SAP Solution Manager itself or by integrated tools), via work centers. SAP has also leveraged the experience of their customers, together with these of their own application lifecycle management experts, to create best-practices. These practices are published as E2E Solution Operations standards in SAP Service Marketplace at http://service.sap.com/supportstandards.
    Within the Sap Solution Manager as collaboration platform, IKANALM – as an integrated tool- concentrates on what happens after the actual software development: the Build process, Testing and the Deployment into Production. In fact IKANALM offers following functions: commit to versioning (if not standard available), build process, creation and managing of the lifecycle (Development, Test & Acceptance and Production) and an approval process.
    IKANALM respects the ALM process as designed by SAP. IKANALM just adds value in the Build, Test and Deploy steps by adding specific features and functions.
    IKANALM fully uses the SAP Solution Manager and the SAP Transport Manager and CTS+.
    IKANALM is intended to be an ALM Build and Deploy solution for every SAP product.
    This White Paper targets all parties interested in Application Lifecycle management for SAP, be it executives, technical managers, software architects operations or developers.



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