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U:R4-TIA – Transport Impact Analysis

Recognize and fix transport problems before they even arise!
How are business process and transport impacts related in SAP change management and how can I prevent system failures in the future? CIOs, SAP managers and developers all ask themselves these questions. Add the components of security, compliance and high availability to your SAP transport system! Cross-system impact analyzes and additional, proactive checks of transport orders and their simulation BEFORE transport identify future errors before they have an impact. U:R4-TIA allows you to be transported in a relaxed manner – because you have a risk that is reduced to almost zero.



U:R4-TIA – Transport Impact Analysis – is an addition to SAP change management tools such as Solution Manager®, ChaRM®, HALM, or external solutions. TIA checks the objects in transport requests and their use, which changes they make in the target system, or whether they can be generated, activated and executed without errors in the target system. The following impacts are determined:
If objects that cause the usage and element impacts are in other transport requests, TIA proposes the combination for a common transport. U:R4-TIA ® carries  out the tests  across all systems. This is the only way to determine, for example, whether the objects used by the changes to be transported (function modules, deletions, etc.) are causing problems in the target system.




customer experience

Our experience shows that approx. 4-10% of transport orders are faulty or cause errors in target systems.
For each incorrect transport, our customers expect an average of four hours of direct correction work and costs of around €400 just for the correction transport. How many SAP transports and how much correction work do you have in your system per year?
Our customers also associate high indirect costs with the downtime or failure of critical SAP systems, with amounts in the tens of millions per individual incident.
MWith the TIA automations, our customers achieve an average reduction of the lead time for planning and testing a rollout in complex development/update/projects from approx. 4 weeks to approx. 2 days 
Our customers consistently agree: TIA helps. This in turn results in a perfect recommendation rate of 100%.



Frequently asked questions and answers

One can follow the SAP recommendations and from the often free SAP tools such as Solution Manager, ChaRM, ATC, SLIN, Code Inspector, Sandboxes and ToC,…. develop a change process with approval rules. As a rule, such projects take several years and quickly cost a million euros and more. The challenge of operating and releasing such individual solutions is immense. Since most SAP tools cannot test across systems, their results in the target system are not meaningful. On the other hand, genuine, releasable standard solutions such as the Quality and Security Center for SAP CTMS with the Transport Impact Analysis offer real meaningfulness. These are more agile, can be used extremely quickly and enable the audit-proof change process with extensive technical checks.
The risk of errors is due to the fact that SAP, as one of the few software companies, has equipped its Business Suite and S/4HANA with a structured basis since the R/3 days. The 3-tier landscape DQP enables development and change management outside of the productive systems and contributes to availability. However, this also harbors risks: the transport requests from D to Q and from Q to P are not checked for the use of the object in the target system. However, since the DQP systems are never 100% synchronized, there is potential for errors and inconsistencies in the details. A cross-system syntax check that works in a version context is urgently needed for such transport impact analyses. In the digital world, future AI-based solutions will be essential for smooth SAP operations.
The complex SAP technology and the challenging SAP architecture allow many combinations for the occurrence of errors in the target system. The SAP tools and on-board resources offer extensive functionalities and technical frameworks, which, however, can only analyze one system at a time. Therefore, the far more dangerous risk potentials in the transport orders, which naturally have to be system-wide, are not covered. Even the most experienced SAP specialists are not always able to master this complexity. And so there are always crashes, data inconsistencies and standstills with serious effects on the business processes in the company.
The SAP architecture is stringently and cleanly formulated and implemented. It makes sense to install such standard solutions as TIA in a separate name space. In this way, mature systems can be operated stand-alone or integrated via the standard SAP transactions such as SE09, STMS,.. The functional area is assigned to the SAP basis and works best there between the DQP systems in the transport system of SAP change management.
On page 199 of the book “SAP Change and Transport Management” by Helmut Stefani, it is described what SAP proposes for transports to the production system: “SAP recommends creating a backup of the production system before importing. If the import results in unexpected problems, you can reload the ERP system with the data from the backup copy. Because if there are errors in the conversion of table structures or if table structures are imported incorrectly with fewer fields than in the target system, it is no longer possible to restore the original system status using the previous object versions, since data will be lost in the process.” (translated from German language)
Standard solutions for the transport impact analysis of SAP transport orders significantly reduce the error rate. The previously extensive manual effort, the many quality gate meetings and the enormous effort involved in finding and correcting errors are largely eliminated. The explosive cornerstones in companies such as:
  • high availability
  • ICT security
  • Good governance & compliance and audit security
are significantly improved and regulations can be fulfilled.
In view of such complex tasks, SAP specialists and IT decision-makers usually expect complex and lengthy projects. In practice, these efforts are characterized by short implementation times and good integration into the SAP standard for real standard software solutions with repeatable and reproducible analyzes and tests. An example is the Quality and Security Center for SAP CTMS. In addition to comprehensive analyses, this solution also offers automated installation. After a requirements workshop, the customized system is delivered as a transport and automatically distributed to the SAP systems throughout the company. After a few hours/days of training and coaching, the solution is ready for use. SAP specialists often say “impossible”. In the sign of digitization – already possible!
In many cases, the Solution Manager is the leading system in the approval process and in change management. Since the Solution Manager V7.2, SAP has provided BAdIs. These BAdIs are connected to the provider’s APIs and thus integrated into the release process. The starting point in the release process of the Solution Manager in the analyzes and checks must be defined. The test results are returned accordingly and included in the further approval process.
Many SAP users and their specialists in development and operations ask themselves such burning questions. F+S has a number of solutions for this.

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