Established in 1995, the SAP Benchmark Council monitors all benchmarking activities and provides standards for publishing benchmark results in the SAP environment. Representatives of SAP and technology partners, such as hardware and database vendors involved in benchmarking, make up the SAP Benchmark Council.
On behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council, SAP defines and controls the content of the benchmarks and establishes rules that determine the testing procedure during benchmarking. Technology partners submit the benchmark results to SAP for certification. There are a number of rules and guidelines that must be followed to obtain a certification. The certificate is the basis for any benchmark publication by the technology partners.
Some of the benchmark rules include:
In general, only those tuning features are allowed that can also be used and applied in a productive customer installation.