1.1. Why I Wrote This Book

Before we begin, though, you may be curious as to why I chose to write a book that focuses on methodical and recurring stress testing as a means to achieve lasting SAP performance. Certainly other approaches are common; for example, a number of excellent texts, articles, and whitepapers have been published that focus on tuning SAP systems at an application layer or in terms of various hardware and database components. In my eyes, however, these otherwise good resources fall short in two critical ways:

  • They tend to address only a layer or two of the SAP technology stack; thus, only a small piece of the whole performance-tuning picture is ever presented in great detail. And, by looking at SAP performance tuning less than ...

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