Thinking about taking the leap into holistic SAP intelligence? SoftwareONE is proud to introduce PowerConnect, a SAP-certified solution that sends important telemetry about what’s going on inside your SAP system to Splunk in near real-time. The solution allows organizations to meet security compliance requirements, reduce P1 issues by 30 percent and cut down the mean time to repair (MTTR) by 70 percent on mission-critical applications and systems – all while enhancing SAP performance and filtering real-time insights and telemetry data into rich visual dashboards.
PowerConnect facilitates greater visibility and control over a wide range of business use cases, including IT operations, security, and business data intelligence.
From an operations standpoint, PowerConnect allows users to identify commonly repeated issues and prevent consequent instances of downtime. Oftentimes, system downtime is caused by a small number of issues – maybe three or four – that occur over and over again.
Identify Weaknesses & Reduce Downtimes
Consider a customer with a recurring problem where transaction logs in the database keep filling up to capacity. Perhaps this customer understands this is a particular weakness in their system, but it’s always triggered by something different. However, because it's a weak point, if anything crosses through that weak point and causes a problem, there’s an inevitable failure - the chain always breaks at that weak point.
This customer could benefit immensely from PowerConnect: The software allows them to monitor that weak link, keeping an eye out for certain symptoms. If, for example, the database logs grow dramatically or just do not empty, PowerConnect runs a predictive analysis via ML to look deeper into the transaction log in the database. If it's going to run out of space in the next two hours, PowerConnect sends out a P1 alert – allowing the issue to be addressed before the entire system goes down.
Enhance Your SAP Security
In terms of security, PowerConnect solves for another key use case. As we know, SAP is something of a black hole when it comes to understanding what’s going on “under the hood.” Without an intelligence solution, uncovering unusual login behavior, for example, is practically impossible.
With PowerConnect, users can find out whether someone with the same user I.D. logged into SAP from entirely different terminals – like two different laptops – on the same day, or even detect logins in two different countries that qualify as a land speed violation. Suspicious activity can therefore be caught and addressed before a serious problem occurs.
Gaining proactive visibility may even prevent losses into the hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on the organization. In addition, for organizations operating within a regulated industry, like the FDA, PowerConnect solves for compliance-related concerns. Should a breach occur, a user can deliver a comprehensive compliance report stating exactly what happened, when, and according to what sequence of events.
Leverage Big Data Automation
By merging PowerConnect and Splunk, SoftwareONE created an SAP solution that offers unprecedented scalability for big data. Splunk is unique in its ability to scale almost infinitely, handling workloads north of 10 to 15 terabytes of data per day. Not only can Splunk ingest and sort through massive amounts of data quickly – but it also operates without a metadata requirement, which would normally need to be attached to the data stream on its way in.
When data must be defined before it is sent – with, for instance, identifiers on key fields, indexes, strings, and numbers – it creates a limitation that reduces overall processing efficiency. Splunk solves this problem with its “schema on read” abilities, meaning that as data comes in, it automates the metadata assignment process. This means that, in combination with PowerConnect, Splunk is capable of understanding the context for the data a user needs without that user having to tell the system what it looks like.
By using PowerConnect to access SAP information in real-time and by leveraging Splunk ML, AI, advanced big data, and visualization capabilities, organizations unlock valuable insight into their systems that not only improve efficiency, but that also prevent downtime and losses. This newly gained ability to proactively manage the health of your SAP landscape changes the game for CIOs and their surrounding teams – and, ultimately, everyone gets to sleep a little better at night.