Despite it seems that all SAP efforts and resources are involved in new developments such as Cloud integration or Big Data, there are initiatives to improve the maintenance procedures of our traditional ERP products. The new developments announced by SAP Software Life Cycle Management are a proof of it:
-ANST Tool: Stands for “Automated Note Search Tool”, This application identifies problems in SAP Netweaver ABAP Transactions, looks up into the “SAP notes” database the last corrections released for the functionality tested and finally applies the required changes.
-Updating of the Dictionary Objects via SNOTE: The developers of standard SAP software have been demanding this functionality as much as SAP customers did, since every change in the ABAP dictionary requires a manual preimplementation. These manual changes have to be written by the SAP development teams and implemented by customer’s staff. This is something cumbersome and error prone for both parties.
-Correction Packages: SAP wants to introduce a new way to release functionality to complement the support packages and notes. According to SAP information, it will be used to release objects that were not included in a release note (such as an XML Transformation).
In Provide we think these are three valuable threads, since they shows SAP is committed with its installed customer base. We are willing to test and use the ANST Tool developed by our estimated Carlos Martinez Escribano, of the SAP Support Team based in Spain.
Will be our SAP systems capable to detect and solve SAP updates automatically in the future? How these tools will manage the customer repairs? Could be dangerous for an open source system to be self medicated? We will keep track of it.