SAP Focused Run is a licensed product. The metric is amount of GB stored in the application.
If you have more systems, more detailed metrics, with short measurement times and many functions, the more GB you will use.
Questions that will be answered in this blog are:
- How to check the current license usage?
- What drives the usage?
- How can I get a cost estimate?
- How can I create a business case for Focused Run?
Checking the license usage
In SE38 start program FRUN_USAGE_UPDATE:
Now you can see which Focused Run function uses how many MB’s.
What drives the usage?
Usage is driven by:
- Amount of systems.
- Details of monitoring: you can reduce the amount of items to monitor for non-productive systems. See also best practice on monitoring templates.
- Reduce the data retention periods: see the dedicated blog on housekeeping settings
- Be careful with the RUM (Real User Management) function. This component can use a lot of storage. It is a powerful tool. But fine tune the amount of data you keep by selecting only the systems you need, and by limiting the time you store all the detailed data.
Getting a cost estimate
Your SAP account manager or the Focused Run team in Germany can give you a good cost estimate. Material number for Focused Run in the price list is 7019453.
Input for cost estimate: sizes and numbers of systems, functions of Focused Run you want to deploy, and the retention period of the data.
Output: cost estimate.
Creating the business case
The business case has 2 aspects:
- Cost: infrastructure, license, implementation
Benefits is easier to quantify if your IT service is more mature.
Elements to consider:
- How much does an hour of outage cost on your main ECC or S4HANA core system? For lager companies, this is easily 10.000 Euro per hour or more.
- How much does your complaint handling cost per ticket?
- How much time is currently spent on manual monitoring?
Benefits of Focused Run are then in avoiding half the outages by faster insights and reducing the outage costs. You cannot avoid all outages, but you can act faster.
Benefits of Focused Run are in improved clean up and issue solving. This will both reduce issues in your systems and reduce complaints and tickets you need to handle.
For larger system landscapes (more than 50 systems) the business case is quite easy to create and will be positive fast.
2 thoughts on “Focused Run license and usage”
How is the product licensed? or is it subscription base? IF a customer licenses the product and then leaves SAP support are they still able to use the application?
These questions you should formally ask to your account manager.
The informal answers from me:
1. FRUN is licensed in blocks of memory used. The more memory you use, the higher the license. If you don’t use RUM and store data for 6 weeks for the other functions, normally 1 block is sufficient. If not sufficient, you can either do cleanup, or shorten from 6 to for example 3 weeks. Your account manager can contact the FRUN team in Walldorf. They have excellent estimation spread sheet.
2. The application will continue to run if you don’t have license. But you cannot download and (security) patches and you cannot ask for support any more. This is highly unwise to do.
Overall the pricing of FRUN is very feasible. Return on investment can be very fast for large system with high costs of downtime.