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Author's profile photo Sandeep Menon

DevOps with SAP Business Technology Platform

In my previous blog I have covered that the SAP cloud products are getting popular and companies moving towards DevOps culture. SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is a tool that meets best practice of Agile which would help to get started with practices for DevOps. In this article I will share my understanding how SAP BTP offers a rich set of Dev-Ops related services supporting the development and operations of cloud solutions. This article will be a helpful insight for anyone planning to do a product development in SAP BTP,

When it comes to development in cloud, it’s about Continuous Business Development which is driven by DevOps team.

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SAP BTP provides the tools and guidance that enable efficient development and operations

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Multiple developments projects can be done on SAP BTP, we should ensure all projects are tracked and documented properly.

Plan & Setup

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It’s all starts with Plan & setup phase.

  1. On-boarding of the team and setup of SAP BTP platform happens in this phase.

There are 2 types of teams

  • Cloud Development Team
  • Cloud Administrator / Center of Excellence

Cloud Development Team – build and operate the application. They follow DevOps approach. They will be responsible to maintain the application after go-live.

Cloud Administrator – setups and maintain cloud landscape. They ensure to provide stable and secure cloud landscape. They support the development team by providing required guidance.

  1. Setting up Account Model

The Sub Account Model are usually created according to organizational setup and different use cases. SAP recommends creating at least three subaccounts for staged development.

Subaccount

Development – development purposes and testing individual increments in the cloud

Quality – Integration testing and production like environment prior to public go-live. In some highly Dev-Ops driven companies this account is not created, there will be only production without quality as testing occurs in development.

Production – for Business application which are public.

When multiple development projects are running then there would be multiple sub account for DEV and consolidated subaccount for TEST and PROD.

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This account model is highly followed for DevOps culture where the focus will be on Continuous Business Development – Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery

  1. Access to Platform Users

The Cloud development team is granted access to DEV subaccounts and spaces. All developers will be provided with Developer & Application User Admin roles, which will enable them to develop, assign roles and test the application functionalities.

The Cloud Administrator team would have access to TEST and PROD subaccounts and spaces.

  1. Plan for Failover

Failover solution plan is to ensure high availability of applications running in public i.e PROD subaccounts. Failover can happen due to unexpected downtime.

The application is deployed in two different data centers in parallel. When active data center experiences downtime, the traffic is redirected to the secondary one. Both applications in primary and secondary data centers are kept in sync with the help of continuous integration and delivery pipeline.

In Kyma Environment the component Service of Kubernetes replicate application to another node avoid downtime. Service component acts like load balancer which helps to access App from node which is available.

Develop & Test

Develop

The various tools and environment available for development in SAP BTP is covered in Full Stack Development offered by SAP Business Technology Platform

Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD)

CIDS is a service in SAP BTP which has functionality to configure and run predefined continuous integration and delivery pipelines that test, build and deploy developments like SAP UI5/Fiori Application. SAPUI5 supports QUnit testing.

In CIDS setup connections for GitHub repository, Environment, Cloud connector are done. After setup of CIDS is complete the pipelines are configured in GitHub, Development Tool so that the automation of pipeline execution is enabled once these setups are completed.

Deliver & Change

Deliver

After the development of the application is complete, it must be deployed and delivered to TEST and PROD environments. By deploying the application in two different data center failover can be avoided.

The applications can be deployed from one subaccount to another using CI/CD approach with the pipelines or implementing change and transport (CTS+).

Monitor & Operate

Once the application is deployed in PROD and running in public, following options are available to monitor: –

  • Integration Monitoring
    • Message flow monitoring
  • User Experience Monitoring
    • Availability, connection performance, users who access application at different location
  • Trace Analysis
    • Performance of application, trace inbound and outbound requests
  • Exception Management
    • Error handling

If SAP BTP is integrated with on premise system, SAP Solution Manager including  Focused Build and Focused Insights can be used for monitor and operate landscape.

The SAP BTP enables an integrated DevOps management, where it enables to access the landscape for analysis and management. Such enriched offerings come together enable to identify areas that might need improvement.

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      Author's profile photo Bodhisattwa Pal
      Bodhisattwa Pal

      Hello Sandeep Menon

      Awesome article

      Can you just help us how to integrate SAP BTP  with SAP Solman .

      is there any way we can integrate  SOLMAN  with "Manage Software Components "  and Cloud Transport Management System

      Actual Question 

      Author's profile photo Sandeep Menon
      Sandeep Menon
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Bodhisattwa Pal,

      Thank you for going through the article.

      I hope you would have gone through Harald Stevens  article of integration of SAP Cloud TMS into SAP Solution Manager ChaRM. That is the only information even I have.

      Sharing the SAP documentation for reference.

      https://help.sap.com/viewer/8b923a2175be4939816f0981b73856c7/7.2.10/en-US/6b62bf7c24df4f8e8495733fcc4b6fb0.html

      Author's profile photo Harald Stevens
      Harald Stevens

      Hello Bodhisattwa Pal,

       

      from the other questions you have linked, I would guess you would like to connect SAP BTP, ABAP environment with SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) Change Request Management (ChaRM). As stated above by Sandeep we do already have an integration of SAP Cloud Transport Management (cTMS) with SolMan ChaRM. However, what is currently missing is the integration of the BTP ABAP environment with cTMS.

      This is on our roadmap (currently for Q1/2022, but as plans change, that might change as well...)

      Kind regards
      Harald