Automatic Custom Code Consolidation

By Raj Rao  |  Posted 2010-09-21 Print this article Print

Technique No. 1: Automatic custom code consolidation

Since migrating or consolidating functionality is occurring, custom code consolidation may be required. SAP Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP) custom code is created by many developers over a period of time. This code body, often built in different versions of a given SAP application, may have syntax, Unicode, deprecated code and redundant code issues. After consolidation, all ABAP code has to run one target instance. Most of the custom code analysis, transformation and merge is done using a brute-force manual approach. While this is a tried-and-true approach, it is also error-prone, costly and takes a long time to complete.

An opportunity exists to dramatically change the cost, quality and time required to consolidate custom code through automated analysis and transformation. There are new consolidation tools today that enterprises should explore that can manage custom code analysis, transformation and merge. These tools understand the syntax violations, deprecated code and Unicode violations. They can automatically perform the analysis and transformation, cutting down overall risk to the program as it drives efficiency and cost benefits.

Raj Rao is Vice President of Global QA and Testing services at Keane. Rao is responsible for driving Keane quality initiatives and solution support activities. In this role, Rao has created several solutions for global 5000 organizations. Rao has 20+ years of experience in the software and communications industries. Rao has worked at SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle, building successful new product suites and solutions. He can be reached at

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