SAP Basis is the glue that holds together the SAP landscape. As the name suggests, SAP Basis is used for the basic maintenance tasks. In addition to database administration and maintenance, Basis also does base application tasks such as user and print administration, issue troubleshooting and change management. However, Basis is more complicated than just systems administration. An enterprise can have servers spread across the world, each running different SAP systems, versions and modules. Without a Basis administrator or several to make adjustments when problems occur, the entire SAP landscape can fail, literally bringing business to a standstill.
SAP Basis Basics
SAP Basis administrators are responsible for keeping all your SAP environments stable, secure, and meeting the needs of users. An SAP Basis administrator needs to check systems daily, and differentiate between minor errors and serious problems.
SAP Basis Responsibilities
- Architecting the Environment
- Implementing Best Practices
- User administration
- Managing SAP Transports
- Scheduling Background Jobs
- Disaster Recovery/High Availability
SAP Basis Role in Upgrades
Basis experts often take the technical lead in SAP upgrades and migrations. When a business upgrades to an SAP HANA cloud, or migrates to new SAP hosting provider, business doesn’t stop. The team needs to migrate the business data, configure, and test the new installation, all while keeping the former, source system running. The business keeps generating new data during the migration, which in turn, needs to be migrated as well. It’s incredibly intricate, and can take several months for a large organization. Without a highly-qualified SAP Basis team, the project can run into costly delays, or fail entirely.
Anyone can study the technical fundamentals of SAP Basis, but without business insight and soft skills, they can’t meet the needs of an ever-evolving company.