Benefit from automated Transport Management also after SAP S/4HANA migration
C&A is one of the leading retailers in Europe and employs more than 31,000 people in 18 European countries. As the central IT service provider for the C&A company, C&A Services – like many others – is experiencing a continuously increasing volume of SAP transport orders.
“For several three-tier ABAP system landscapes, we have been using the Transport Manager (TM) for years”, explains Polina Klibanova, SAP Basis Administrator at C&A Services. “With the conversion to SAP S/4HANA, we wanted to connect the new systems to the TM as well.” The advantages are obvious: automated processes relieve the SAP Basis teams, overtakers and collisions are avoided, while all transports are traceable and documented in an audit-proof manner.
Together with REALTECH, C&A Services not only realized the efficient automation of transport management under SAP S/4HANA, but at the same time also the flexible link between SAP systems on-premises and in the cloud (SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC)).
Automated Change and Transport Management in SAP S/4HANA
C&A Services already relied on automated SAP transport processes by REALTECH before the migration. Consequently, the advantages of the software were to be retained after the changeover. To make this possible, SmartChange Transport Management would be optimized for operation under SAP S/4HANA in accordance with SAP best practices. Compatibility with both classic ERP and SAP S/4HANA lays the foundation for a successful transition. The delivery as an add-on component also enables secure installation and uninstallation with immanent syntax and consistency checks, in accordance with SAP guidelines. The pilot project with C&A Services formed the basis for the SAP S/4HANA certification of SmartChange. This has been guaranteed in all modules since the 2019 release.
Flexible distribution of transports in hybrid SAP system landscapes
For C&A Services, it was important that the proven processes and benefits of SmartChange Transport Management remained available, even during the move to a hybrid SAP system landscape (on-premises and SAP HEC). For this purpose, the installation of Transport Manager had to be modified for the new requirements in the hybrid environment. In addition, it was necessary to find answers to new requirements and restrictions on the part of SAP HEC, which had no influence on the transport processes during on-premises operation. With the new developed functionalities of the software, C&A Services can centrally distribute and control all transports. It makes no difference whether transports are made to the cloud or on-premises.
Thanks to the successful project, C&A Services can also benefit from the advantages of SmartChange Transport Management under SAP S/4HANA. This includes the automation of transport processes as well as the familiar functionalities for monitoring and quality assurance. In addition, the complete and audit-proof documentation of all transport processes is guaranteed. C&A Services can make full use of SmartChange Transport Management in the hybrid SAP system landscape. The implemented innovations enable the flexible distribution of transports to SAP HEC and on-premises. At the same time, it is possible to connect new systems to the Transport Manager at any time.
We were already using REALTECH’s Transport Management before the migration to S/4HANA. Because with the size of our system landscapes and hourly drops, automated processes form a clear advantage. It was therefore clear to us that we also wanted to work with the Transport Manager under SAP S/4HANA. The integration was very successful and we are already planning to connect further JAVA systems.
Polina Klibanova, Team Leader SAP Basis Administration, C&A Services
Automated SAP transport management at C&A and Stadtwerke München [In German]
Polina Klibanova (C&A Services), Hans Wolferseder (Stadtwerke München) and Franz Hiltscher (REALTECH) share their know-how with the integration of SAP Change and Transport Management in distributed and hybrid (SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA) SAP system landscapes.