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An SAP system needs to be constantly customized and maintained in order to meet changing business needs. In this course, we’ll investigate the latest tools and features that are essential for upgrading SAP systems based on SAP NetWeaver.

Self-paced since December 8, 2016
Language: English

Course information

Course Summary

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 An old, outdated system might not be able to support the business adequately anymore.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.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Maintenance Planner
Week 2: nZDM for Java
Week 3: ABAP Update Topics
Week 4: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • System administrators
  • Technical support
  • SAP partners

Course Requirements

  • You should have a fundamental understanding of SAP NetWeaver, operating systems and databases, and a desire to learn more
  • It is recommended to attend the openSAP course SAP NetWeaver Upgrades in a Nutshell

About Further Content Experts

Arvin Chiu

Arvin Chiu

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

David Gabel

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

Aniket Dwivedi

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

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.

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Gokul Sanharalingam

Gokul Sanharalingam

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.

Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Maintenance Planner
  • Week 2:

    nZDM for Java
  • Week 3:

    ABAP Update Topics
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  • Final Exam:

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Course End
Dec 08, 2016
Course Start
Nov 09, 2016


This course was rated with 4.33 stars in average from 564 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Manikandan Rajasekar

Manikandan Rajasekar is the central development architect for the intelligent scenario lifecycle management functionality for SAP S/4HANA. He is involved in various cross-architecture topics like intelligent scenario lifecycle management, content LM, solution modeling, and orchestration for marketplace from cloud and lifecycle management.

Mani is a machine learning enthusiast, learning and exploring ML technologies in the industry. His current focus is on standardizing and adopting ML uses inside SAP S/4HANA with the ISLM framework. He has comprehensive expertise in the software and system lifecycle, cloud-native development, and operations of cloud services. 

Mani holds an MS in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani. 

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Georgi D. Dimitrov

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.

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Tomas Black (openSAP team)

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.

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