SAP Custom Code: SAP’s Internal Applications

October 18, 2021
Ann Oliver

Company departments use SAP’s internal applications to run their day-to-day business processes. The nature of their use has meant that this area of SAP has always been a bit of a black box for many SAP users, but that is changing.

SAP has just released a new feature that gives you the ability to access this internal application. This means that you can now create SAP custom code applications for use in your won SAP applications.

Further, every business establishment has specific requirements, which custom-developing objects like tables or reports should address.

Therefore, with the fast-moving changes in customer requirements and needs, most custom objects and their modifications with respect to Sap Standard code become obsolete.

However, with some of the most recent releases of the SAP software, modern and updated objects are provided to the client.

Therefore, some custom objects are thus unnecessary in the system. Subsequently, a high cost of operation is incurred.

With a reliable custom code management strategy, one can ensure high quality of products and high scalability of the business scenarios, which will then reduce the cost of maintenance and TCO.

There is, however, one major challenge that has always been present, getting insights on custom code. This is one major challenge that customers have to face regularly.

However, clients can overcome this setback by formalizing a strategy for the management of their custom code. This strategy should span from the requirement to retirement.

To put together a strategy, one needs to perform an in-depth analysis of the necessary adaptations of the custom code, which will be used throughout the entire life cycle.

The custom code portfolio is divided into three main phases, which are listed below:

  1. Description phase- here, the organization describes what it needs from the SAP and how to meet its expectations while maintaining a high quality of services.
  2. Mapping out of the key figures- some key figures are fundamental to custom code management. They may include bad quality objects used frequently and a recommendation on how to remedy this situation.
  3. Preparation and the realization phase- the preparation phase mainly includes the transition to SAP S/4HANA. This phase is especially important because it helps build transparency and build among the shareholders.
    Further, the realization phase is achieved once the Custom Code Impact Analysis results are well analyzed. After the analysis, adjustments are made, which can be both functional and technical.

The custom code life-cycle from the requirement to retirement

The entire idea behind Custom Code Management is to provide a wide-ranging insight on how companies may efficiently manage their custom code.

The life-cycle should thus range from requirement to retirement, and it should also look to deliver transparency on all custom code objects.

City Model methodology

Modifications, enhancements, and custom code in a company’s SAP system can be analyzed in four major dimensions: quality, quantity, business criticality, and technical severity.

Here, the main idea is to create a regular evaluation procedure that will provide custom solutions to these four dimensions stated above.

Some of the supporting capabilities of this methodology include:

  • Code inspector
  • Clone finder
  • Dashboards
  • Custom code applications
  • Custom code life-cycle management
  • SAP SQL monitoring
  • Performance tuning worklist
  • SAP criticality calculation.

Benefits of this methodology include:

  • You can move closer to SAP standards
  • It makes you ready for innovations
  • It improves the quality of the custom code
  • Transparency is achieved
  • You can save on costs at the initial stage of the life-cycle.

SAP Custom Code Final Thoughts

SAP S/4HANA delivers a wide range of brilliant applications that trigger innovations like machine learning, the Internet of Things, and analytics based on real-time data from business calculations. This can be achieved from a cloud or a physical premise.

The SAP S/4HANA is the latest product version in the market. It has new data models, which are built on core data services.

Therefore, customers who want to make this transition can execute a system conversion, transforming their SAP business suite to the new SAP S/4HANA.

Further, the customer can adapt the custom code because it will now be seamless. This is because SAP will deliver tools that will make the analysis process easier.

Therefore, you can fully take control of your business needs.

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