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The SAP and IT Thought Leadership Series

We are SAP and IT industry leaders who have taken our collective years of experience and knowledge to put together content you won't find anywhere else. These blogs provide strategic guidance for your organization, and might just spark an idea of how to better manage your IT landscape. Learn technical jargon, get real-life customer scenarios and see what our innovative clients and partners are doing.


IT Managed Services in the Public Cloud - How to build and maintain a winning SAP solution

October 30, 2019

It is obvious, the way of the future for most SAP customers will be a cloud hosting model. It’s proven to be a more cost-effective way to maintain a company’s growing SAP landscape long-term, and today more than ever before SAP customers are looking to the large hyperscale public cloud vendors to migrate their SAP systems to. In this blog I will examine how to optimally manage SAP systems in the public cloud and the key considerations (infrastructure, security, DR, etc.) to be taken into account before, during and after you migrate.

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Transparency = Trust. Does your SAP Managed Service Provider deliver true transparency?

October 2, 2019

In this thought leadership blog, I will discuss how customers are seeking to get full access to how their SAP landscape is managed. And in turn, how Managed Service providers should be equipped to accommodate their customers with full transparency. This blog post will explore ways in which MSPs should be transparent in not only their service delivery approach, but also the way in which they use technology to manage SAP environments.

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Epic Fail: Does your Managed Service Provider ONLY know SAP ECC? Then that’s a big problem

September 26, 2019

In this blog, we will examine the unique complexities that an ever-evolving SAP landscape faces, and what skills and experience are needed from your Managed Service Provider to adequately support your ERP applications long-term. I will take an in-depth look into this issue with real-life examples from migrating ECC to the cloud, running on SAP HANA and new application products that require much more technical knowledge far beyond the basics of SAP ECC.

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SAP – New Year New Mandatory Requirements

August 27, 2019

Is your business ready for the upcoming SAP requirements for support? If not, you still have time – but not much! See what SAP requirements will be taking place effective January 1, 2020.

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Are your SAP systems really getting backed up? Maybe not!

August 1, 2019

As I speak with potential Managecore customers an issue is being brought up more and more that is troubling. The issue these customer prospects want to discuss, is they have recently found out that some, if not all, of their SAP systems are not being backed up by their technical managed services provider. For an SAP customer, that is downright frightening!

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For SAP Workloads, The Private Cloud is Dead!

April 25, 2019

Public cloud vendors are pouring billions into their datacenters which is a scale that no private cloud vendor can match. This provides customers with several key benefits, specifically for SAP workloads that should not be overlooked.

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SAP Basis Administration: What it is and how it’s changing

March 7, 2019

Put simply, an SAP Basis administrator is a fundamental part of your team, one without which core functions such as maintenance and monitoring up-time, evaluating upgrades, and the planning--and, most importantly--successful execution of major projects simply would not happen.

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[Article] SAP Finds Not All Users Ready to Make That Leap to SAP S/4HANA

December 7, 2018

The next big thing isn’t always right for everyone, and change takes time. As SAP professionals, the next big thing for us is SAP S/4HANA. Even though it’s incredibly powerful, the marketplace isn’t as excited to make these wholesale changes as fast as you might think.

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Insufficient SAP Support: The dangers of complacency and what you can do

August 8, 2018

When looking at your SAP Managed Service Provider (MSP), it’s easy to accept your current support as “good enough.” As long your SAP system is up and running, the easy assumption is that things are fine and there are no problems. But, as you may have heard before—you don't know what you don't know.

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Infrastructure as a Service, and the Critical Role of a Cloud Architect

July 30, 2018

Companies of all sizes are making the move to the cloud in pursuit of efficiency, simplification and reduced capital expenditure. It’s a transition that can bring many rewards and challenges as well. Assembling and re-architecting your infrastructure to a cloud platform is complex process, so if you’re moving to the cloud, it’s essential to have a qualified cloud architect leading the transition.

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A realistic way to think about Service Level Agreements

June 15, 2018

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) is a standard part of every SAP Managed Services Provider (MSP) engagement. So standard, in fact, that it’s become almost ignorable because all SLAs, in a general sense, read the same. But when something goes truly wrong with your SAP environment, what does your SLA really promise? Do you really know exactly what to expect? We’ve been in this business long enough to have heard horror stories about lack of support, despite having a signed SLA. That’s why we’ve rethought the SLA.

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Transformation of SAP Monitoring

May 17, 2018

SAP system monitoring is not a new concept, however, the days of manual monitoring are gone. Technology advancements are transforming how daily monitoring is done, bringing your SAP system health full circle. Not only can new monitoring tools be completely automated, but they allow viewing into your entire IT landscape. Consultants can be more than just reactive—they can now address issues before they happen. Your system runs smoother—saving your business both time and money.

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Why your MSP should be SAP HANA certified

May 4, 2018

From new product releases to phasing out legacy version support, the SAP HANA platform is here NOW and will continue to be the wave of the future—for SAP customers of every size. That said, SAP HANA is dynamic and continuously being updated, which makes it challenging for internal IT teams to keep up. Before you finish this blog, something will have changed (OK, maybe not that fast).

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Transparency—why seeing what your managed IT service provider is doing matters

April 18, 2018

Transparency is characterized by visibility or accessibility of information, especially concerning business problems. A lot of companies “talk” about this, but are they really “doing” it? Avoiding ambiguity by partnering with a SAP service provider that shares information openly. After all, it’s your IT system, and you have every right to know exactly what’s happening.

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Is “an extension of your team” really what you need?

April 9, 2018

“An extension of your team” is a common phrase used by many SAP managed service providers (MSPs), but is that really what you want? If you just needed to extend your team, you could simply hire another employee or a part-time contractor. However, when you seek out a managed service provider, you should be looking for something much more.

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SAP. Done Right.

March 26, 2018

It’s no secret that technical SAP projects can quickly become complicated. There are recommended best practices, but let's face it—your business is unique and so are your needs. You’re often left with third-party application and hardware issues, as well as OS support questions. Where do you go for answers?

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Increasing IT Department Efficiency

March 13, 2018

Business leaders are demanding innovation and looking squarely at the IT department to lead. From data transformation to artificial intelligence to machine learning—the list can be overwhelming. When piled on top of the day-to-day workload and backlogged projects, it becomes an impossible task to deliver on what senior leaders want. Where is your team going to find the time to innovate?

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Can I use my on-premise SAP licenses if I move to the cloud?

February 28, 2018

Not a week goes by that I’m not speaking to an SAP customer about the public cloud as an option for hosting their SAP applications. But twice in the last month customers have said they’d like to go to the public cloud but can’t because they own on-premise SAP licenses.

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Do you know the state of your SAP system?

February 7, 2018

Like many organizations today, fewer people are doing more—faster than ever. But is your SAP team moving too fast to see critical items? Could you be heading toward a cliff and not even know it?

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Where in the cloud are you with SAP?

January 30, 2018

Cloud conversation to SAP is coming—for all SAP customers the solution is eventually S/4HANA. For early adopters the right answer was to move quickly. Yet for some companies HANA is not a priority, for budget reasons or even on the 3-year roadmap

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Understanding Partner Managed Cloud

October 9, 2017

With all the talk about cloud coming from SAP these days, there’s one cloud option that doesn’t get much publicity – the Partner Managed Cloud. The Partner Managed Cloud (PMC) is basically a solution whereby an SAP PMC partner can buy the SAP licenses on behalf of the customer, then bundle those licenses with a cloud hosting and managed services solution, and turn it into a monthly operating expense (OPEX) for the end customer.

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Start your journey to SAP HANA at minimal expense and without risk!

August 3, 2017

By now if you’re an SAP customer you’ve heard more about SAP HANA than you ever hoped you would. To their credit though, SAP is pushing hard on their install base customers because they’ve seen the transformational power this new technology had for the early adopters of their HANA product line.

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Your Technical Guide to SAP DMO (Database Migration Option)

March 14, 2017

The SAP DMO (Database Migration Option) toolset simplifies and dramatically streamlines the entire SAP migration with one process, one tool, one downtime. DMO allows SAP users to update an existing SAP system to a higher release version and/or can migrate to SAP HANA database. This blog post is a technical overview on all you need to know about DMO.

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Is Your MSP Only Focused on SAP?

February 24, 2017

Managing an SAP environment goes far beyond just daily monitoring and providing repetitive basis tasks. Organizations require skill sets through the entire IT stack. From hardware and infrastructure, to OS and database, up through the SAP application layer - all components play a role in keeping SAP optimally running. This is where not all Managed Service Providers are created equal.

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Transformation of Monitoring

February 17, 2017

We all know that the idea of SAP® system monitoring is not a new concept, however the days of manual monitoring are in the past. When it comes to repetitive tasks, humans are error prone. However, advancements in technology are transforming how daily monitoring is done, bringing your SAP system health full circle. Not only can new monitoring tools be completely automated, but now your consultants can serve as visionaries to your entire IT landscape.

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SAP HANA Replication – What Are Your Options?

January 31, 2017

Today’s disasters can range from localized hardware failures to natural disasters. When it comes to your high performing SAP HANA® system do not take any chances with your critical data. Be sure to keep your enterprise applications and business protected.

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Managing Multi-Vendor Relationships

January 24, 2017

Whether we like it or not the truth is we live in a multi-vendor world. Even in our home life we have separate providers for different services. Why? Because each vendor has a specialty and we want to get the best service that will properly support our needs. Imagine if your cable provider also supplied your gas and electric? I’d bet that the end result of that would be poor customer service and mediocre consumables. It's the same concept in the IT world.

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SAP Projects Done Right

January 13, 2017

Whether you are implementing a new SAP landscape or planning on upgrading your existing environment, technical SAP projects can get complicated in a hurry. There are best practices to follow, but let's face it - your business is unique and so are your needs.

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Transparency – Why it Matters to See What Your Managed IT Service Provider is Doing

December 23, 2016

Transparency is characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business problems, often times meaning absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness (source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transparent). Avoid the ambiguity by partnering with a truly transparent service provider, one who openly shares information about your most mission critical IT systems.

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Why Your Consultant Should be SAP HANA Certified

December 23, 2016

We all know the way of the future of SAP® is everything HANA®. From new product releases to no longer providing support of previous versions, the SAP HANA platform is here NOW and will continue to be the wave of the future for all size SAP customers.

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Managecore - The SAP and IT Thought Leadership Blog Series

December 21, 2016

Welcome to Managecore's blog

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