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SAP Cloud ALM

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What is SAP Cloud ALM?

SAP Cloud ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management, is a cloud-based solution designed by SAP to support the entire lifecycle of cloud and hybrid solutions. It offers capabilities for managing end-to-end implementations, operations, and services, providing a comprehensive suite of tools for intelligent enterprises. The platform is built on modern cloud technology, ensuring it is ready for immediate consumption and is cost-efficient for customers. By integrating best practices and providing a centralized management hub, SAP Cloud ALM enables organizations to streamline their project management and operational processes, ensuring a smooth and efficient journey from design to deployment.

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One of the core features of SAP Cloud ALM is its ability to support both cloud and on-premise solutions, including SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite. This flexibility is crucial for businesses that operate in hybrid environments, allowing them to leverage the benefits of the cloud while maintaining essential on-premise systems. Additionally, SAP Cloud ALM includes robust tools for integration and exception monitoring, ensuring that all components of the enterprise system work seamlessly together. The platform’s support for open APIs further enhances its extensibility, making it easier for businesses to customize and extend their applications to meet specific needs.

SAP Cloud ALM also places a strong emphasis on transparency and traceability throughout the implementation process. By providing detailed analytics and reporting capabilities, the platform helps businesses monitor their progress, identify potential issues early, and make informed decisions. The integration of automated testing tools and comprehensive change management workflows ensures that deployments are consistent and reliable, reducing the risk of errors and minimizing downtime. Overall, SAP Cloud ALM empowers businesses to manage their applications more effectively, optimize their operations, and achieve faster time-to-value.

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How Does SAP Cloud ALM Help to Realize Clean Core?

SAP Cloud ALM plays a pivotal role in helping businesses realize a Clean Core, which refers to maintaining a system that is up-to-date, transparent, unmodified, and efficient. By leveraging SAP Cloud ALM, organizations can adopt SAP’s best practice content, manage fit-to-standard workshops, and streamline their requirements management processes. This approach ensures that customizations are kept to a minimum, thereby reducing complexity and maintaining the integrity of the core system. The platform’s integrated analytics and traceability features provide a clear view of adherence to Clean Core principles, enabling businesses to track and manage their projects effectively.

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One of the key aspects of achieving a Clean Core is managing extensibility without compromising the core system. SAP Cloud ALM supports this by providing tools for both manual and automated testing, including integration with Tricentis Test Automation for SAP. This ensures that any extensions or customizations are thoroughly tested and do not introduce unforeseen issues into the core system. Additionally, the platform’s agile build capabilities and monitoring of extensions help businesses manage hybrid developments, ensuring that any changes are controlled and documented properly. This structured approach to extensibility is crucial for maintaining a Clean Core while still allowing for necessary business-specific adaptations.

SAP Cloud ALM also facilitates Clean Core through effective data management and integration monitoring. The platform includes features for data consistency and volume monitoring, helping businesses ensure that their data remains accurate and reliable. Integration documentation and management tools enable seamless deployments and monitoring of SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) interfaces. By providing comprehensive monitoring and error resolution capabilities, SAP Cloud ALM helps businesses maintain a stable and reliable system landscape. This focus on clean operations ensures that businesses can keep their core systems efficient and compliant with the latest standards, ultimately driving better business outcomes and reducing the total cost of ownership.

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Why does SOA People recommend to use SAP Cloud ALM?

  • Powerful ALM tool as part of SAP’s Business Transformation Management approach
  • Integration with other key SAP solutions such as Signavio, DDA, etc.
  • Strategic tool from SAP, partially replacing SAP Solution Manager
  • Strong support for GROW Public Edition projects, RISE implementations, Clean Core, etc.
  • Modern, collaborative, user friendly solution

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