An SAP system needs to be constantly customized and maintained in order to meet changing business needs. An old, outdated system might not be able to support the business adequately anymore. You may also need to upgrade for infrastructure reasons, because older releases may no longer be supported on a newer operating system or database version. Every SAP release has a maintenance period. If mainstream maintenance for a release is ending soon, it is necessary to plan for an upgrade to a higher version.
In this course, we’ll investigate the latest tools and features that are essential for SAP system upgrades. We’ll begin by covering the maintenance planner, a solution hosted by SAP that offers easy maintenance of systems in your landscape. It is the successor to the maintenance optimizer, landscape planner, and LMDB product system editor, and combines their functionalities. After that, you’ll learn about near-Zero Downtime Maintenance (nZDM) for SAP NetWeaver Java systems. This tool enables you to perform various maintenance activities on your entire stack (hardware, OS, DB, AS Java) for SAP Enterprise Portal, SAP Process Orchestration, and SAP Business Process Management, reducing downtime to one system restart. Finally, we’ll go over ABAP stack upgrade topics such as Note Assistant, Database Migration Option (DMO) of Software Update Manager, SAP S/4HANA conversion, and other related subjects.
Week 1: Maintenance Planner
Week 2: nZDM for Java
Week 3: ABAP Update Topics
Week 4: Final Exam
Arvin Chiu is a senior engineer in SAP’s Product Support team and has been with SAP for over 9 years. Arvin supports SAP customers in implementing solutions based on SAP NetWeaver, focusing on installations, migrations, and upgrades. He was also an instructor and content expert in the previous openSAP course SAP NetWeaver Upgrades in a Nutshell.
David Gabel is a senior engineer in the SAP NetWeaver Upgrade and Installation area of SAP Product Support, specializing in the ABAP area.
He is also an active contributor to the SAP System Upgrade & Update Troubleshooting Wiki and the Maintenance Planner – Troubleshooting Guide, helping customers to solve issues during their update procedures.
Aniket Dwivedi is a senior expert with more than 5 years of experience at SAP. He specializes is system upgrades for forms, and helps customers across the globe.
Aniket is highly involved with SAP customers through various channels in his area of expertise.
Gaurav Kumar Pandey
Gaurav Kumar Pandey is a support engineer with more than 5 years of experience at SAP. He also specializes in SAP system upgrades, and supports customers by offering advice and through incident solving.
Gokul Sanharalingam is an expert in the SAP NetWeaver Upgrades area of SAP Product Support. He has been working as an engineer in the Support organization since 2011, specializing in both ABAP and Java upgrades. Gokul provides training and also supports customers on database migration-related issues.
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Manikandan Rajasekar is a senior developer with more than 8 years of experience in SAP.
As a team architect, he is directly involved in the design and development of the maintenance planner tool, and has a broad knowledge of software installation as well as update and upgrade processes. Manikandan also supports SAP customers through incident solving and delivering knowledge transfer sessions.
Georgi is a product manager in the Software Logistics area and has been with SAP for more than 8 years.
He supports SAP customers and partners in utilizing procedures relating to system lifecycle management. Georgi is also a speaker at TechEd and other internal conferences, where he showcases various scenarios that rely on SAP software.
Tomas Black is a support architect with close to 10 years of experience in upgrades and other SAP NetWeaver topics.
Tomas supports SAP customers through incident solving, publishing knowledge-based articles, contributing to Wikis, and delivering knowledge transfer sessions.