Hello all in Automation Land!!! I hope September finds you well. Cisco is doing great and things continue to grow out of Cisco Process Orchestrator. Our two major offerings are the SAP offering and Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC). We really have not talked a ton about the SAP side so I thought I'd do a couple of blog posts on this. With the annoucement of the SAP Reseller by SAP and Cisco, SAP will begin to resell CPO through their channels and open up this great product to many more all over the world!
Some might be asking, CPO can work with SAP??? And the answer is, of course and more. Having built CPO on the foundation of a legacy product and starting out in SAP monitoring and automation, CPO has a core foundational piece in SAP and working with SAP. Out of the box CPO can monitor your SAP systems but with a little tweak here and there it can do anything from monitoring the application server OSes to automatically recovering from errors to data mining SAP. There is plenty it can already do and more to come on the Horizon. (for those who have been with us for a while, I hope you got the Horizon reference there )
As always, it is much better to show than to type, so I have put together a 30 minute webex video (of course) on an overview of the SAP monitoring and how to works. This is a very high level view and only scratches the surface but I think it's valuable to get it out there and have others see what can be done. I will follow this up with another blog or two that will take us more into content authoring with SAP, but I think everyone need to see an overview but we get into the more "fun" stuff.
I hope everyone is keeping up with the latest and greatest of CPO as far as versions are concerned. We just released 2.3.2 and will be releasing 2.3.3 shortly. I *highly* suggest any current SAP customers get onto 2.3.0 at a minimum and as a baseline. For those who are still on 2.2 or just want to know a *MAJOR* addition to 2.3 is that we are now using the new SAP NCO 3.X for communication between CPO and SAP. Prior to that in 2.2 and before we used the NCO 2.X which is now going out of support with SAP. So, again, I highly suggest you get upgraded to 2.3.0 or start with 2.3.0. If you want to go to 2.3.2, please do, there are some nice server engine fixes, although the content in 2.3.1 and 2.3.2 is more aimed at the CIAC offering.
No questions this week! Hopefully we'll get some in to answer for next week!
Ever week I will pick a handful of questions from you, the reading CPO public, to answer in this part of the blog. Please post comments/questions below. I will no longer be using the external e-mail from previous blogs.
Please also let me know if you like the format of this blog and what else you would like to see/know about. Feel free to give any ideas as to future blog posts, etc and I will be happy to post them. I hope to do more how-tos, best practices, tips, tricks, and hopefully some interviews of the important people behind the scenes of CPO.
WEEKLY CPO BLOG DISCLAIMER: As always, this is a blog and my (Shaun Roberts) thoughts on CPO, my thoughts on best practices, and my experiences with the product and customers. The above views are in no way representative of Cisco or any of it's partners, etc. None of these views, etc are supported and this is not a place to find standard product support. If you need standard product support please do so via the current call in numbers (650-475-4600 or 877-55-TIDAL) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your Cisco ID when emailing in) or email@example.com
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