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Updating an app or installing a new program on a personal device is easy — at most, it requires a few clicks, and often the process is handled automatically. But in an SAP® landscape, the process is much more complex. Each SAP system is unique and custom built, and changes or updates — called SAP transports — have to be thoroughly tested to make sure they don’t interfere with the stability, performance or security of the system.

Each proposed system change is turned into a transport request, which has to be reviewed, signed off on and migrated to production. SAP Basis administrators usually have to handle SAP transport management tasks, including hunting down missing signatures, routing approvals and manually migrating each transport. An SAP Transport Manager automates the process, saving your company money — and not just on SAP Basis support.

SAP Transport Management Automation and ROI

SAP transport management automates your transport workflow, routing transports to the appropriate parties, and even sending reminders when approvals are late or missing. It ensures SAP transports are installed in the proper order and even migrates them automatically according to a configurable schedule. Companies can have hundreds of transports working through the system at any one time, each requiring several testing and approval steps, so the ROI just in lowering the SAP Basis administrative workload is considerable.

The ROI from automating SAP compliance auditing is even more significant. The ControlPanelGRC SAP transport management module documents each step in the approval process, creating an audit log which is fed into your SAP GRC software. This works with the SAP Audit Management AutoAuditor™ module, which automatically compiles compliance reports. Even in a relatively small company, that can potentially save hundreds of hours that would otherwise be spent chasing down documentation and pouring through transaction reports — all while ensuring greater accuracy.

But the biggest benefit is in improved stability and compliance. In manual transport management, it’s easy for organizations to miss steps in the testing phase or approval process — or simply migrate transports in the wrong order. This can breach compliance, create unforeseen security risks, or even crash the system. The average cost of a critical application failing can be as high as $1,000,000 per hour, and restoring a system once a bad transport is installed can take much, much longer. The ROI on removing human error from the equation is substantial indeed.

A Complete SAP Transport Management System

Automating SAP transport management won’t just make your admin’s life easier — it will make your company safer and more profitable. Transport Manager, part of the ControlPanelGRC® Basis Control Suite, speeds and simplifies compliances, decreases the chances of errors and outages, and slashes administrative workload.

Contact us to learn more about ControlPanelGRC Transport Manager and our other SAP GRC solutions.

Ben Uher, Client Manager of Security & Controls

Ben Uher, Client Manager of Security & Controls

Ben Uher manages the SAP Security and Controls Practice at Symmetry where he leads a team of permanent Consultants in delivering SAP Security and GRC offerings to global organizations. His deep knowledge in everything SAP Security and GRC related has come from the opportunity to work with over 150 Organizations running SAP throughout various cycles of their implementations. Variation in industry, sector and size has provided a breadth of opportunity and experience in almost every facet of SAP technology spanning HANA, Fiori, ERP, BW/BI, HCM and SCM amongst others. Most importantly, Ben is driven based on results and continually strives to provide exceptional support for the organizations that rely on him and his team as trusted advisers for SAP Security and GRC support.