SAP monitoring is essentially keeping an eye on the application servers besides normal computer use. All this is done in an IT environment, which runs SAP systems.
Monitoring SAP systems regularly is beneficial as it helps to identify crucial information concerning the system’s health, critical applications, servers and connections.
This post is an overview of why it’s important to carry out system monitoring on regularly.
Doing regular SAP system performance checks is necessary since nobody wants to work with a slow network. What SAP monitoring & performance checks can be done on an SAP system?
Performance Checks Conducted on a SAP System
- Add application servers as a way of adding hardware: This will hugely impact the DB server and also improve response time. Furthermore, adding CPUs to the server will also improve the response time. Beware that you are handling a ‘black box’ you have to focus on controlling the system and that the solution may not be sustainable
- Tune the system : Improving buffer sizes will to an improvement in response time. This can be done even when you are unfamiliar with the software. The approach behind this is that SAP is highly scalable and can operate on different databases and operating systems. All of them have different tuning methods and tools for use.
- Modifying business process: The re-scheduling load can do this to distribute load evenly along with time and servers. This process may require many different groups to be involved. Operation modes, logon groups or moving jobs to other servers or different times can modify the business process.
- Tuning the application: This can be done through analyzing and upgrading customizations, functions, performance and configuration, which will be more sustainable although it needs business knowledge and expertise in software knowledge. Modifications should be carefully tested since some business risks can be involved.
- Optimize the code: Optimizing the code needs software and application knowledge. This solution is more sustainable and is highly recommended by SAP. The biggest complaint is always programs running slow. This code needs the expertise of a developer to be optimized.
There are so many tools that can be used to improve performance checks. Early sessions are services provided for free by SAP and assist in evaluating your system setup and providing recommendations.
You will be able to see program buffers, CPU, memory utilization and response time. You will be able to adjust parameters and point out if you are experiencing software or hardware bottleneck.
You can have an internal basis team that can do this for you or do an in-depth analysis that can be made available to you by Avantra. You can use the operating system tools or the database to tune the system best.
How to Monitor SAP Performance
SAP monitoring and performance checks are essential for an organization or business to grow. You can follow the steps below while monitoring your SAP performance.
- Run operating system level commands: Check the processes using a lot of resources.
- Go to SM66 or SM50 and check if some long update queries are being run or long-running jobs.
- Check for long entries by going to SM12.
- Go to SM13 to check for any update active status.
- Go to SM21 to check for any errors.
System monitoring is advantageous since it comes with various features:
- Status overview related to technical system and it comprises of hosts, databases and instances.
- Drill down capabilities gotten from status information regarding the technical system and single metrics.
- Visualizing events and metrics with current ratings and values that were last reported.
Uses of System Monitoring
System monitoring addresses the following goals:
- Transparency: Through monitoring the landscape, it provides overall health.
- Truth from a single source: It collects any alerts from your landscapes’ systems and puts them in a single central place.
- Proactive monitoring: It detects any upcoming problems before they get to a critical point affecting the business.
Benefits of System Monitoring
Conducting system monitoring in your business results in these benefits:
- Mass configuration through the use of templates.
- Create landscape awareness since it considers relationships between objects that are managed and that belong in the same technical system.
- It supports most SAP system landscape technologies.
- It integrates self-monitoring capabilities and is used to detect when there are challenges when collecting and processing monitoring data.
SAP System Slowdown
Slowdown in SAP systems can be a result of miscellaneous issues. To look for operating system variables, you will be required to utilize SAP transaction ST06.
Check CPU, swaps and memory utilization. Also, check for the database response time and disk utilization.
How to accurately monitor SAP performance
To know when an SAP system is slow on response, you need to understand its normal operating behavior with baselines.
The range in response time of SAP systems always varies at any time. For instance, during the day, the SAP server tends to be busier. During weekdays the servers may be slow compared to weekends.
Another case is that the SAP servers will be slow during end months since the FI/CO closing operations together with the accounting department are always keeping SAP busy.
It is recommended that you set an alert that will automatically send you an email whenever CPU usage is above 70 percent.
Sap monitoring and performance checks are necessary because they help in keeping your SAP system healthy and running smoothly. While monitoring, be sure to be keen so that you take the necessary action on any issues.