Please help explain SAP Benchmark Terminology

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-08

I am looking for help in understanding the terminology of some benchmarks for SAP applications.  I have read and re-read several pages on their website, including but still are not 100% clear.  I would greatly appreciate if someone familiar with SAP would answer the following questions:

Q1. SD Standard Benchmark  - is it correct that this is not a single benchmark, but actually a generic term referring to all the SAP benchmarks including benchmarks for: Power, ERP, Supply Chain, Banking, Utilities, NetWeaver, Enterprise Portal, Customer Relationship Management, Product Lifecycle Management, and Retail?  If not, what is it?

Q2. SAPS - is it correct that this is a unit of measurement and not a benchmark?  It looks like the results of the Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark are reported in SAPS.

Q2b. I have seen cases where people refer to the "SAPS" benchmark.  If SAPS is a unit of measurement, is it safe to say that SAPS is another way of referring to the Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark?  If yes, is it the 2-tier or 3-tier version?

Q3. I have also seen cases where people refer to the "SAP" benchmark.  What are they most likely referring to?

Q4. Please confirm that the following all refer to the same benchmark: SAP-SD Two-Tier, SAP SD 2-tier, SD2 SAPS, and SAP SD2

Q5. Similarly, please confirm that the following all refer to the same benchmark: SAP-SD Three-Tier, SAP SD 3-tier, SD3 SAPS, and SAP SD3

Q6. Finally, out of all of the SAP benchmarks, which one benchmark, if any, is most widely used?

Thanks so much for your help!!!!
Question by:MrChip2
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    I did the same some times ago (re-reading the benchmark) ...
    The following I kept in mind:
    The SD benchmark is not a special benchmark, and you can't measure it yourself (you need help of SAP).
    The SD benchmark represents typical transactions in a custom environment (SD transctions -> thats why it is called SD benchmark), it produces reproducible and representative loads.
    So i.e. it (may be/is) used to generate the load for the power benchmark, because testing the power consumption for your system in idle mode is not useful. But is will not help you to get a correct power benchmark if you do not run SD in your system, because it is not generating the correct load if you are only using HR...

    The results of a SD benchmark can be calulated to a SAPS value wich you can compare to other systems and handover to yout hardware partner which can suggest a hardware for your SAP...

    The calculation is like
    "FI dialogsteps per second = active user / (respose time + think time)"
    this value is normalized to the SD dialogsteps
     "SD dialogsteps per second = FI dialogsteps per second  * normfactor)".
     I know normfactor as 0.33 and think time (time which the user needs to think whats to do next) with value 20 seconds.
    "SAPS = SD dialogsteps per hour * 100 / 6000"

    This is as I know SAPS calculation, for me this is very suspicious.. so I rely on my experience and the SAP instguide when creating new systems.

    People are referring to SAPS if you have to install a new system or you are switching the hadrware, I do not have seen this everywhere else.
    Because if you are installing a new system there you are guided to
    where you can enter the values of your system to get a rating for your needed hardware. This rating (XS, S, M, L) and the saps you should forward to your hardware partner which suggests the hardware .. so IMB will suggest other hardware than Dell, i.e.
    (For me the quicksizer is not realy usefull... please dont blame me to mention it... its an official tool from SAP)

    I have nobody seen mention SAPS in the public, it is even hard to find SD sample benchmarks.

    For me Q1 - Q3 are valid for the other benchmarks as well.

    same as Q4

    Here I can give only some suggestions:
    There is no standard benchmark to compare your system to other systems, because there is no comparative data ...
    Depending on the SAP installations all over the world, the SD benchmark will be the most usefull for the most companies, because most of them will use SD... but as mentioned before it always depends on the modules you are using in your system ...

    Hope this helps ...

    Best regards

    p.s. Lot of answers for a single question thread ...

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you!  I apologize that this question had so many parts.  I have a conference call with a client in 9 hours (literally) and this will help me prepare.  Take care!!

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