Cyber security and compliance
SAP Licence Support Centre
With "Next-Generation Support", SAP promises its customers self-service components, digital interaction with support in real time, a particularly good digital customer experience, for example through build-in support with the help of SAP CoPilot, and the use of innovations such as AI and Machine Learning. Objective: Enquiries should be answered in real-time, as far as possible, as a prerequisite for real-time business models. At the DSAG Annual Congress 2018, I wanted to know from Andreas Heckmann, Head of SAP Support, what support services SAP customers will need in the future, how SAP will support end-to-end digital processes in hybrid systems, where the differences between ECC and SAP S/4HANA support requests lie, and what impact innovations (machine learning, AI, predictive analytics, ...) have on SAP support.
In April and May 2014, the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) e. V. interviewed 389 members on the topic Maintenance/Service & Support. Key findings are: The use of Standard Support and Enterprise Support remains the same in German-speaking countries. Enterprise Support requires more information about the benefits. DSAG members are largely up-to-date with their ERP systems. Over half use the latest versions of the Enhancement Packages. DSAG Survey SAP SupportThe relationship between Standard Support and Enterprise Support is, as in previous years, almost balanced. Austria deviates here with a significantly stronger use of Enterprise Support. "In German-speaking countries, users deliberately choose a support model and stick to it. The value is stable over the last few years and the readiness to change is low," comments Andreas Oczko, DSAG's Executive Board Member Operations/Service & Support. Only two percent of the support experts surveyed rely on third-party providers. Without a maintenance contract, one percent of the participants will be paid.
SAP Application Management
SAP Transformation Hub is a team of highly qualified experts and corporate architects. With its outstanding expertise, it supports SAP MaxAttention customers in their architectural planning.
As a business grows, ERP software, the centre of all business processes, grows automatically. By implementing new business structures and processes, the complexity of the SAP ERP system can greatly increase. For small in-house SAP teams, this is often a challenge, because in addition to technical and technical aspects for maintaining the operation of SAP systems, staff shortages and day-to-day operations represent additional hurdles. New requirements for the SAP system can then only be adjusted slowly and completely new processes can be implemented only difficult. In addition to everyday business, an important aspect of this is not to neglect further training to process and module know-how. Not to lose track here can often be very difficult especially small teams.
"Shortcut for SAP Systems" is a PC application that simplifies or even enables many SAP support activities.
Mainly the internal IT staff take over the maintenance, which could instead also push the further development of their own digital processes and applications.
While Application Management Services is focused on the SAP system and the process optimisation in the ERP system, SAP Support addresses sudden bugs or problems and resolves them immediately.