Can You Fit a 20 TB SAP ECC System onto a 4 TB SAP HANA System?

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The short answer is no. Even with the greater database compression available with SAP HANA, some legacy SAP systems are simply too large to move onto the available SAP HANA appliances. And the larger the system, the more time and effort it requires to make the transition to HANA. MovetoSAPHANA_20TBRecently, Dolphin encountered a large food and beverage company that was experiencing this very problem. With a 20 TB database, the size and complexity of the company's existing SAP systems made it impossible to move to SAP HANA easily. However, using Dolphin Accelerated Archiving, the company was able to quickly shrink the size of its 20 TB SAP ECC system so they could:

  • - Retain the data they needed and purge the data they did not
  • - Complete the transition to SAP HANA faster and with less difficulty
  • - Reduce the size of the new SAP HANA system to only 4TB, saving significant costs and improving the ROI from the move to HANA
Want to find out more? Join Ken Campbell, Dolphin Solutions Architect on August 17 @ 1 PM ET, for a Dolphin webinar where he will discuss this case study and other real-world strategies for managing data to simplify the move to SAP HANA. register  

Can You Fit a 20 TB SAP ECC System onto a 4 TB SAP HANA System?

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The short answer is no. Even with the greater database compression available with SAP HANA, some legacy SAP systems are simply too large to move onto the available SAP HANA appliances. And the larger the system, the more time and effort it requires to make the transition to HANA.

MovetoSAPHANA_20TBRecently, Dolphin encountered a large food and beverage company that was experiencing this very problem. With a 20 TB database, the size and complexity of the company’s existing SAP systems made it impossible to move to SAP HANA easily.

However, using Dolphin Accelerated Archiving, the company was able to quickly shrink the size of its 20 TB SAP ECC system so they could:

  • – Retain the data they needed and purge the data they did not
  • – Complete the transition to SAP HANA faster and with less difficulty
  • – Reduce the size of the new SAP HANA system to only 4TB, saving significant costs and improving the ROI from the move to HANA

Want to find out more? Join Ken Campbell, Dolphin Solutions Architect on August 17 @ 1 PM ET, for a Dolphin webinar where he will discuss this case study and other real-world strategies for managing data to simplify the move to SAP HANA.

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Simplifying the SAP Landscape with Lightweight Content Management

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Traditionally organizations that run SAP systems have implemented separate enterprise content management (ECM) systems as a repository for unstructured information (documents and images). However, this approach adds cost and complexity to the environment because it:

  • – Requires a completely separate and parallel server infrastructure, with associated licenses and maintenance costs.
  • – Requires users leave SAP applications to access the information they need from the ECM systems.
  • – Requires additional IT staff to support this separate infrastructure.

As more organizations are looking for ways to simplify the SAP landscape by moving to SAP HANA and retiring aging systems it’s time to look for a more modern approach to content management as well.

In a recent Q&A with SAPinsider Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and CTO Vishal Awasthi discuss how organization can adopt modern content management strategies that will enable organizations to remain agile for future growth and change.

Dolphin’s lightweight, service-based Content Archive Service (CAS) enables companies to store unstructured data wherever it makes the most sense for the business, in the cloud or on disk, yet still access it easily from SAP applications – thus lowering storage costs and simplifying access.

Customers who have adopted the Content Archive Service have saved 50% on maintenance costs for legacy ECM systems and report that the solution is much easier for both the IT department and users to manage.

Want to find out more? Read “Simplify Your SAP Landscape and Reduce Costs with a Modern Content Management System” in the Spring 2016 edition of SAPinsider.

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5 SAP Trends We Saw in 2015 and to Watch for in 2016

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As we reach the end of 2015, we thought we’d take the time to look back on the past year and see what recent developments we’ve seen in the SAP® ecosystem. Here are just a few of the highlights from the past year.

 

1. Strategic Business Transformations Change the SAP System Landscape
In 2015 businesses were eager to transform themselves to support planned consolidation, modernization and future growth. These plans had a wide ranging impact on SAP systems. In some cases, companies consolidated systems into new data centers or improved their existing processes to support new products, locations, and business models. The biggest transformation, however, was the continued adoption of SAP HANA and cloud solutions.

At SAP TechEd 2015, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf spoke with Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News about how companies can prepare for these large scale business transformations. According to Dr. Hopf, by employing data archiving to reduce data in online SAP systems companies can greatly reduce the time and effort needed to realize their strategic business goals.

 

  

 

2. Increasing Importance of Corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance Initiatives
Corporate governance, risk and compliance initiatives remained a high priority for many companies in 2015. Companies were looking for ways to ensure the correct retention rules and process controls were in place to prove that they were in full compliance with legal, fiscal, and industry regulations.

On the data side, leading retailer Big Lots leveraged Dolphin’s data archiving solution with nearline storage to provide fast access to archived data to improve its retail operational reporting and respond quickly to sales tax audits.

On the process side, GE Water and Process Technologies and Pepco Holdings, two customers in the highly regulated utilities and related industries implemented Dolphin’s Accounts Payable solution to centralize and standardize processes and provide greater transparency across the procure-to-pay process.

 

3. Continued Growth of Global Shared Services
Throughout the year companies continued to consolidate financial and HR processing in shared services centers. Many companies successfully used Dolphin solutions to centralize and standardize processing across multiple business units and regional shared services centers in 2015.

Most recently in an ASUG webcast,  Honeywell International spoke of the benefits of using Dolphin’s Accounts Payable solution across its multiple strategic business units processing over 5 million invoices per year.

Tennant Company also spoke about the flexibility that moving to a shared services model  has afforded the company, allowing them to “lift and shift” resources to meet different global and seasonal demands.

 

4.Business and Industry Trends Drive the Need for Specialized Data Management
There were several business trends in 2015 that had certain industries seeking solutions for their unique data management needs.

In the Retail and Utility industries, big data is pushing systems to the limit, requiring frequent archiving and flexible storage solutions including nearline and cloud storage.

In the Oil and Gas and Life Sciences industries, the trend towards divesting major business units had companies looking for ways to economically “carve out” or “cleanse” data from SAP systems. Not only did these companies need to protect corporate intellectual property but they also wanted to reduce the footprint and cost of maintaining SAP systems to secure the value of these deals after the divestiture was complete.

In Manufacturing and many other industries we saw companies look to decommission older systems and content management repositories so they could modernize aging infrastructure and lower IT costs.

 

5. New Technology Options Add Flexibility and Facilitate Innovation
This year we saw stronger adoption of SAP Fiori and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform solutions. These two technologies help companies add flexibility and advanced functionality to their existing SAP implementations without significant additional overhead. The advanced, modern user interface available with SAP Fiori provides users with a more intuitive entry point for SAP applications, making it easier for casual SAP users to use these powerful tools. It also enables users to access applications from mobile devices and tablets, which is ideal for today’s mobile workforce. Best of all, Fiori applications, such as Dolphin Advanced Approvals can be hosted on the HANA Cloud Platform. This platform enables organizations to quickly add new, innovative HANA functionality on top of their existing on-premise SAP systems, without having to make the full transition to SAP HANA.

 

We look forward to seeing what other new trends will emerge in 2016!

On another note, the Dolphin team updated our website in 2015. We hope you like the new look and feel and that it is easier for you to find the content you’re looking for on emerging trends and best practices for data and processes for SAP systems.

2015 Data and Process Trends with Dr. Werner Hopf & Brian Shannon

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While at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer were interviewed in the ASUG Hub about recent trends Dolphin is seeing in data and process challenges faced by SAP customers.

 

Tom Waiglum of ASUG News interviews the Dolphin team about how organizations can reduce the cost and footprint of SAP systems with the latest data and process solutions.

In the interview, Dr. Hopf discusses how SAP HANA and HANA Cloud are driving the need for data archiving to reduce the cost of systems and keep the data footprint small, so organizations can make an easier transition to these new systems.  Other trends include the increasing need for organizations to “carve out” data from SAP systems when they divest business units. Increasingly, Dolphin is working with customers that want to use archiving to protect intellectual property as they  hand over copies of SAP systems that contain sensitive master customer, vendor, and material master data.

Brian Shannon discusses how Dolphin’s expertise in SAP systems enables organizations to streamline business processes to reduce cycle time and  centralize and standardize processes across global organizations. He discusses how Dolphin is helping business users discover ways to drive additional cost savings from their SAP systems with automation and shared services solutions that support long term business goals.

 

Download “Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement” Report from Gartner Inc. Courtesy of our Partner PBS Software

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If you weren’t able to join Dolphin and our partner PBS Software during our recent Data Archiving Day event, you can still download a copy of the Gartner Inc. report “Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement” for a limited time only.

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Top 5 Ways to Get Business Users Excited about SAP® Data Archiving

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Data archiving is an essential part of any data volume management strategy. It reduces the amount of data in online systems, driving faster system performance and lowering system costs. However, it can be difficult to convince business users of the importance of data archiving if they are worried they won’t be able to access the data when they need it.

To get business users support for data archiving, it is important to address their concerns about data retrieval after archiving.
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Data Archiving in SAP CRM? Absolutely!

Archiving data from SAP environments has become standard operating procedure at a large percentage of companies today. Usually, however, the systems that become candidates for data archiving are typically SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and SAP Business Warehouse (BW). Few think beyond that to SAP systems such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM).[Continue Reading]

Is your SAP GRC Firefighter database building up?

When data builds up it can affect SAP system performance. The best practice for this situation is data archiving. This moves the data out of the production system in order to manage database growth while allowing business users direct, transparent access to it. But what about data created by the GRC system? It is imperative that data needed for any audit or legal requirement be immediately available.[Continue Reading]

The Business Case for Data Archiving

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Is a picture really worth a thousand words? I just Googled ‘What is an Infographic?’ I immediately received a very long list of hits. One of the first ones—and my personal favorite—is the Infographic that explains what an Infographic is. Pretty cool.

And this brings me to the topic of Data Archiving. A stretch? Maybe not if you look at data as a ‘picture’ as does the Infographic referenced above. In ERP systems there are great volumes of data that need to be tamed so that it can be sorted, arranged and presented. But in ERP systems, the data is more complicated and how to manage it can get dicey depending on the stakeholders involved and their requirements. For corporate databases, growth must be kept in check or it becomes unmanageable. And, for those using the data, it must be available instantly whenever and wherever it is needed.

So it begs the question: Why not archive it? After all, archiving saves money on a variety of levels! Isn’t that what the boss wants? Ahh. You have to build a Business Case for Data Archiving? Enough said. Let’s go back to the picture concept. Check out the infographic below and let me know if this helps. Also, if you’d like to share this infographic on your own blog or webpage, please use the “embed code” below the graphic.

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Does cloud storage fit into smart SAP archiving strategies?

The SAP world is all abuzz about cloud computing these days, and for good reason. During last fall’s TechEd conference, SAP announced a number of tools to help companies run SAP solutions on private cloud architectures. But amid all the buzz, there hasn’t been much talk on one aspect of cloud computing highly relevant for any user of SAP solutions: incorporating cloud storage into SAP data archiving strategies. Except by Dolphin.

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The top three myths about SAP Data Archiving

Data archiving is an event—Wrong. Data archiving is a process, not a project. Many companies archive their critical business data on an arbitrary schedule—whenever someone thinks of it, once a year, or even just once. But proper data archiving is a constant, ongoing process. Effective data volume management requires consistency, especially considering the pace at which contemporary corporations generate new transactional data. Whether an hourly, daily or weekly archiving schedule is appropriate for your business needs, archiving is an ongoing process and should never be considered a special occurrence.[Continue Reading]

SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA): Are the benefits worth the cost?

In a searchSAP.com story, editor Courtney Bjorlin reports that many users are upset about the cost of improving SAP NetWeaver BW performance with its BW Accelerator. In the article, Dolphin’s CEO Werner Hopf offers insight into how to assess your own needs for speeding up queries, and into the need to make your choices in the context of your company’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. [Continue Reading]