RSC Cites Change Control Trends Toward Increased Automation, ALM Integration and Mobile Strategies

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Customers Returning to Growth Seek Better Business Alignment and Competitive Advantage

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The need for open integration between ALM tools is a trend that will continue as landscapes multiply, systems grow more complex and organizations leverage the investments they’ve already made. -- David Drake, RSC Founder and CEO

Revelation Software Concepts Pty Ltd (RSC), an SAP® software partner and leader in change control technology in support of SAP solutions, has identified key current trends in how Rev-Trac® customers address the growing need for tighter change control within their organizations, from installations of SAP solutions at midsize to large global enterprises. The trends reveal a significant evolution in how customers with SAP solution-based information systems leverage RSC’s change control leadership and technological innovations.

First, automation is gaining importance as change activity increases and SAP solution-based environments become more extensive. RSC’s ongoing contact with SAP user organizations shows that over a 12-month period, midsize shops now require as many as 54,523 unique change control approvals by 152 different approvers using up to 20 different change control processes to generate over 30,000 transport migrations. Helping to ensure close, cost-effective automated control over this much change brings notable benefits.

One Rev-Trac user, a global foods giant, cited a 25 percent increase in developer efficiencies through the increased automation provided by Rev-Trac. Another, a global consulting firm, cited a 35 percent improvement. Change control automation better ensures a stable production system by improving risk management: it tightens control, simplifies and improves governance, reduces change-related delays and system disruptions, and minimizes associated risks and costs.

“SAP provides a rich and stable ecosphere where third-party providers can stay ahead of developing trends,” noted David Drake, RSC CEO and CTO. “Anticipating a growing need for more automation enabled RSC to provide mature change control strategies for companies seeking to eliminate error-prone manual approaches. More recently we’ve seen a growing need for integration of change control processes with ALM tools and strategies. The need for open integration between ALM tools is a trend that will continue as landscapes multiply, systems grow more complex and organizations leverage the investments they’ve already made.”

Linking change control automation with application lifecycle management (ALM) tools has already created useful integrations of Rev-Trac with market-leading ALM products, including the service desk feature in the SAP Solution Manager application management solution as well as third-party service desk solutions like Remedy and HP Service Center, on-demand impact analysis by IntelliCorp® LiveCompare™, analysis solutions from Panaya, Ltd., and comprehensive testing through HP Quality Center.

A third current trend is toward remote management via mobile devices, a capability that RSC notes will become increasingly important over the near term as mobile phone subscriptions surge past the 5 billion mark in 2010.

“Adoption of Web-enabled and mobile access, especially for change control of non-ABAP™ components, reflects the renewed focus on growth by many companies,” commented Rick Porter, vice president of Business Development at RSC. “As they return to an expansion mode of operation, they want to enhance the efficiencies and improved business alignments achieved through their change control technology. Web-based and mobile access streamline their processes, letting managers use their time more effectively.”

Authorized users who can review and approve changes from anywhere at any time, and sign off workflows remotely, enable nimble responses to their sales forces and their customers, even when a manager is traveling or working away from the office. This greatly increases productivity and improves competitive stance.

The RT-xPack add-on effectively transforms Rev-Trac into a Web application. It also provides a powerful interface to other strategic Rev-Trac change control add-ons that address the rapid evolution of change control in SAP systems growing more complex and interconnected.

More information on Revelation Software Concepts, its flagship Rev-Trac 6.0 change control technology, RT-xPack and the full Rev-Trac Add-on Suite can be found at http://www.xrsc.com and at the SAP TechEd 2010 conferences being held in Berlin, Oct. 12-14, and in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-22. RSC will be exhibiting at both conferences -- in booth No. 4.08 at SAP TechEd 2010 Berlin and in booth No. 318 at SAP TechEd 2010 Las Vegas.

About Revelation Software Concepts
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Revelation Software Concepts (RSC), change control specialist, has earned the trust of some of the world's largest corporations since 1997 with its change control technology, Rev-Trac, for use with SAP solutions. RSC's business strategy is 100% focused on reducing the risks and lowering the costs associated with managing changes to SAP solutions. The ongoing evolution and extension of Rev-Trac as a web-enabled application and the extension of change control to include support for non-ABAP SAP technologies demonstrate the company's commitment to creating solutions that are technologically superior, simple to use and achieve their objectives for customers. Revelation Software Concepts is an SAP software partner. Rev-Trac 6 is SAP certified as an ABAP add-on for use with SAP NetWeaver® 7.0. For more information, visit http://www.xrsc.com .

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