Most SAP environments undergo simultaneous changes, making it difficult to isolate problems. If SAP is stressed due to a transport—or due to auditor demands for demonstrable controls of the SAP change request/transport management process—it can do considerable harm to your organization. Here is a “wish list” for SAP administrators to address changes and transports and automate their compliance reporting.
There are lots of adages about change – change is hard, change comes from within, change is for the better – but if you’re an SAP Basis administrator or SAP developer in your organization, change can be downright scary. Why? Changes, big or small, can shut down the system, causing serious business repercussions. While the extent of the SAP changes requests, or transports, matters (from day-to-day tweaks of reports to large-scale roll-outs or major new functionality updates), most SAP environments have multiple changes going on simultaneously, making it sometimes difficult to isolate problems when they arise.
There are several factors that cause stress on the transport management process – manual controls and intervention, overlapping change requests, sequencing issues and multiple development and production environments. And if SAP is “stressed” due to a transport, as mentioned, the whole enterprise goes down. Plus, auditors are causing yet another stressor for SAP administrators as they demand demonstrable controls of the SAP change request/transport management process.
SAP administrators have a tough job – keeping the enterprise’s system of record up and running efficiently is akin to keeping the infrastructure for a large city operating. As a result of many interviews with SAP administrators over the years, ControlPanelGRC has devised a “wish list” for SAP administrators to automate compliance reporting. However, before we tackle the wish list, let’s explore some of the inherent challenges with transports.
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Access Controls Illustration
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Many enterprises have invested in first generation GRC software tools in the initial rush to comply with the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley legislations The initial focus was on sound Segregation of Duty (SoD) controls within the enterprise’s ERP financial system of record.
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