LiveCompare 3.8 Released

It starts with an idea.

An idea to increase revenue. An idea to reduce costs.

But wait! Ideas are nothing until turned into working software running in production.

And suddenly we’re concerned with:

  • Time-to-production
  • Cost-to-production

In the past I’ve said that the CEO cares about time-to-production while the CFO cares about cost-to-production. This contrast always reminded me of the great scene where Batman and the Joker face off and the Joker snarls: “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?” Well, in the world of SAP application development it doesn’t usually turn out so too well for the CIO and IT team who are caught in the middle.

Since the first bit was flipped, humans have developed a great number of ways to turn ideas into working software running in production. Lots of methods have focused on teasing out users’ requirements. Others have focused on the speed with which software is built.

The current “best” is DevOps which works to address the whole process of turning ideas into working software running in production. DevOps comprises: 

  • Plan
  • Design
  • Build
  • Test
  • Deploy
  • Support

Whether you are implementing a brand new (so called greenfield) S/4 HANA system; upgrading to the latest enhancement or support pack; or pumping out this week’s custom release, DevOps is the the process you will follow.

However, having a process and executing it efficiently and effectively are two very different things.

Enter LiveCompare.

There’s simply no better tool for translating the masses of data that each phase produces into actionable information. Timely access to the information is what makes the different between fast- and cheap-to-production vs. slow- and expensive-to-production.

Which is why we say that LiveCompare is the #1 *smart* DevOps for SAP applications product.

But don’t take my word for it:

  • Consumer products company increased production releases by 350% per year using LiveCompare
  • Media company saved 12,000 hours on an upgrade project using LiveCompare
  • Apparel company implemented 8 years of support packs, totalling 1,100,000 object changes with zero defects using LiveCompare

Which (finally I hear you cry) brings me to LiveCompare 3.8. LiveCompare 3.8 ships today. Woohoo!

LiveCompare 3.8 is all about three critical phases of smart DevOps: 

  • Build
  • Test
  • Deploy

LiveCompare 3.8 helps developers identify and fix issues before they become production defects.

LiveCompare 3.8 helps testers optimise with data-specific test scenarios to identify issues before they become production defects.

LiveCompare 3.8 helps deployment teams identify issues that at best would delay the release and at worst become production defects.

LiveCompare 3.8 is all about meeting today’s SAP time-to-production and cost-to-production needs.

LiveCompare 3.8 is simply the #1 smart DevOps for SAP applications product.