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

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

None of this is news to you, of course; SAP has been around in some form or another since 1972. But it's important to note how extensively the role of a Basis administrator has changed--and will continue to change--since the advent of HANA.

SAP HANA changed the game in a multitude of ways, perhaps the most important being that it finally provided a central SAP database, as opposed to you needing to install software on a third-party database (meaning you'd need to be constantly monitoring data integrity). With SAP HANA, SAP's S/4 software can be leveraged to its full extent.

Basis administrators using SAP HANA have a much easier time of things--for the most part--than they did in the past. Because of automation, the health of the database is constantly monitored, alerting administrators to potential issues before they evolve into genuine problems. The rise of cloud-based hosting platforms such as the Google Cloud Platform (of which Managecore is a Google Certified Partner) have also removed the headaches of managing expensive on-premise hardware installations.

How has this changed the role of SAP Basis administrators? Primarily, Basis administrators now have to take more strategic and tactical roles in the operations of their organizations. Basis administrators must interface with every level of the organization as part of migration to S/4HANA. This can be--but doesn't have to be--a painful transition for upper management to accept, due to the substantial investments made in the existing SAP setup. This is where the Basis administrator comes in, assisting in helping the organization understand the timeline, the budget and the scope / priorities of the migration to S/4HANA.

Tactically speaking, Basis administrators need to understand the business needs of the organization just as much as they do the technological needs. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a primary factor when considering any technological purchase, but especially any changes to an SAP setup. Various factors must be considered, such as the cost variances from different providers, contract lengths and terms, the growth of demand that will be placed on the system and more.

Well-managed systems simply have higher uptimes and are less prone to unexpected errors. Managecore takes the time to ensure all aspects of our customer systems are functioning at peak performance. Managecore is an SAP Partner, a Google Cloud Platform Certified Partner and a leader in SAP HANA transformations, Cloud solutions and Basis services.

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