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109 Customers Surveyed

941 Data Points Collected

115 Published TechFacts

17 Published Charts

13 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


Rev-Trac Customer Research

41% of Rev-Trac users are actively adopting SAP Agile/DevOps principals

How would you characterize your organization’s adoption of Agile/DevOps principles with regards to your SAP change management processes?

Topic has not come up: 29%
Topic has been discussed but no action: 27%
Planning is underway to adopt Agile/DevOps principles for SAP change management: 7%
Project is underway to adopt Agile/DevOps principles for SAP change management: 10%
We’re already there: 24%
Other: 2%

Rev-Trac Customer Fact

How did YOUR last SAP audit go?

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses Rev-Trac:

We are extremely satisfied users of Rev-Trac. All approvals and documentation are fully recorded which has proved extremely helpful during the auditing of our SAP changes and change process by our internal and external auditors.

Rev-Trac Case Study

Honda North America Tackles SAP Change Control Automation & Agile/DevOps with Rev-Trac

Introduction

This case study of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is based on a March 2017 survey of Rev-Trac customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

Rev-Trac has been instrumental in allowing us to control our migrations and enforcing our change management procedures.

Challenges

Honda North America, headquartered in Torrance, California is one of North America’s top five automobile makers to the multinational community of Rev-Trac customers. American Honda Motor Co produces cars, trucks, motorcycles, jets, engines, ATVs, and power equipment and serves as the North American sales, marketing, and distribution arm for Japan-based Global 500 Honda Motor. About 1.8 million vehicles are produced annual through 16 manufacturing plants in North America.

The carmaker implemented Rev-Trac change control automation technology as part of an initiative to introduce new, sophisticated technologies into manufacturing operations to improve production system stability, implement a Release Management strategy, facilitate an N and N+1 dual development environment and reduce overall the costs of managing SAP change. While Honda also evaluated SAP’s Solution Manager ChaRM, it was Rev-Trac’s flexibility and extensive track record of success that tipped the scale. Rev-Trac was in productive use within a month with admin training completed between 1-2 hours.

Use Case

In the initial implementation, Rev-Trac managed change processes in over 60 systems linking production facilities and sales outlets across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico and representing revenue flows in the tens of billions of dollars.

Honda employs N and N+ 1 system in their organization and in order to achieve the level of improvement they were looking for, there was initial period of significant configuration. Once it was up and running, Honda reported that Rev-Trac change control automation eliminated manual effort and improved efficiency by 90%.

Results

At Honda Rev-Trac has been very valuable on the impact of its SAP change management effectiveness through use of OOPS, Release Management Workbench and auto transport deployment and has significantly helped accelerate change delivery in the areas of workflow approval, transport deployment and sequencing, and object conflict management. As a result Honda has:

  • Reduced Time on Audit Tasks by 70% – 90%
  • Increased its Volume of Change between 50% – 69%
  • All but eliminated production errors with a reduction of over 90%, and
  • Cut Manual Retrofit Effort by more than half

Having successfully and quickly moved from a paper-based change management system to a fully automated SAP change control system, Honda now focuses on how Rev-Trac can help them achieve their Agile/DevOps initiatives through additional Workflow Automation, Rev-Trac’s Release Management Workbench, and Conflict management through extended locking and OOPS.

Rev-Trac Customer Research

Rev-Trac automation significantly contributes to the acceleration of SAP changes through to production

Survey Question: Rate the level that each of the following Rev-Trac automation features have helped in accelerating change delivery at your organization

S Significantly helped S Greatly helped S Helped S Did not help

Workflow approval
Transport deployment
Object conflict management
BAU / Support track retrofit
Transport sequencing

Rev-Trac Customer Fact

Rev-Trac: Yes you can…set and forget.

5/5 Stars

Would you recommend Rev-Trac?

We don’t worry much about transports anymore with Rev-Trac. Rev-Trac just runs, which is great. It has freed up the SAP Basis team to worry about other things.

Rev-Trac Case Study

Rev-Trac drives Dana Inc.’s SAP automation strategy

Introduction

This case study of Dana Incorporated is based on a September 2016 survey of Rev-Trac customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Pre-work on approval flows was crucial. With these roadmaps in hand and assistance from the Revelation Software Concepts team, it was a good experience.”
Mark Sievert, SAP Production Change Manager, Dana Incorporated

Challenges

Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, Dana Incorporated is a worldwide supplier of drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies. As a Fortune 500 company, Dana Incorporated employs more than 30,000 people in 25 countries on six continents. The company reported sales of $7.2 billion in 2017 and is ranked among the Drucker Institute’s listing of the 250 most effectively managed companies. Dana’s vision is to be the global technology leader in efficient power conveyance and energy-management solutions that enable its customers to achieve their sustainability objectives.

To realize its objectives and drive further growth, Dana recognized it needed to improve the stability of its SAP infrastructure landscape. The company acknowledged that automation of its existing SAP change processes was crucial to keeping its systems up and running. Importantly a Release Management strategy would enable it to meet increasing business demands within the ever-growing automotive parts and supply market.

Use Case

Error prone manual tasks eliminated
Dana approached the automation project with a number of specific goals including advancing production stability of its SAP solutions to avoid systems outages and meet customer’s expectations. Automation was seen as key to implementing a release management strategy that eliminated high-risk processes and accelerated transformation of its SAP environment.

Furthermore, Dana wanted to build a tighter integration between the SAP change control processes and HP Quality Center Auto Testing, which manages the complete application testing process.

With the goal to automate its change management process, Dana investigated available software on the market including the Rev-Trac change control automation platform and SAP Solution Manager ChaRM. After due diligence was completed, Dana selected Rev-Trac ahead of ChaRM as the automation tool to manage its SAP change processes.

Rev-Trac is a user-friendly solution which is easy to integrate and deploy, working out of the box. Dana implemented Rev-Trav and it was up and running, and productive in less than one month.

Results

New strategy drives productivity
Since implementing and deploying Rev-Trac, Dana has achieved the initial goals of its automation project and transformed its SAP landscape. Firstly, eliminating traditional, manual-heavy SAP change processes has seen a massive increase more than 90 per cent in production system stability – based on error reductions.

Automation has allowed Dana to not only keep its SAP systems stable but rapidly increase the volume of change its IT team manages. Speeding up the enterprise through removing high-risk manual effort has enabled a 90 per cent plus boost in the volumes of SAP change. Overall, change control and change management efficiencies have improved by over 70 per cent. As a result of the project, Dana can do more with less, allowing the company’s SAP IT team to focus on innovation and not just keeping the lights on.

Its automated change release strategy has resulted in huge reductions of more than 70 per cent, particularly in N to N+1 retrofit effort. Additionally, Dana has benefitted from more than a 90 per cent reduction in time spent on audit tasks, enabling it to confidently meet even the most stringent legal regulations.

This case study of Dana Incorporated is based on a September 2016 survey of Revelation Software Concepts customers by TechValidate, a 3rd party research service.

Business Results [box]
• Streamline SAP environment, enabling IT team to do more with less
• Eliminate high-risk manual intervention to boost production system stability
• Massive cuts in time spent on audit tasks
• More efficient change management processes to meet business demands

90%
Change volume increase

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Change management efficiency increase



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Rev-Trac has specialized in simplifying SAP change control since 1999 by developing market-leading software and integrations to reduce risks and lower the costs of managing and delivering changes in SAP solutions.

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