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

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? Watch our webcast here where we'll discuss this case study and other real-world strategies for managing data to simplify the move to SAP HANA. Watch_Webcast  

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

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.

Recently, 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? Watch our webcast here where we’ll discuss this case study and other real-world strategies for managing data to simplify the move to SAP HANA.

 

Improve Speed, Transparency, Flexibility & Compliance with Real Time Invoice Information

 
A lack of visibility into invoice payment status can cause problems across the organization, such as:

  • Increasing AP resources needed to respond to supplier queries
  • Impairing Treasury’s ability to forecast
  • Reducing R2R’s ability to identify liabilities and close the books

By digitizing the invoice process, organizations can gain real-time information on invoices and improve their ability to pay invoices faster to capture all available discounts, auto-post more invoices, and simplify audit responses.

Read Brian Shannon’s latest Shared Services Link blog on how organizations can benefit from invoice optimization solutions for SAP systems to improve the speed, transparency, flexibility and compliance of their Accounts Payable solutions.

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Wrap Up — The Top Business & Technology Trends in SAP

After returning from SAP SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual conference, the Dolphin team is finally rested up and ready to help our customers tackle their most pressing SAP problems for the rest of the year. If you weren’t able to join us in Orlando this year, we wanted to make sure you knew what everyone was talking about on the event floor and in the keynote and speaker sessions.

Unlike in other years, we noticed that this year the discussions about SAP HANA were not merely speculative. Many attendees had either already made the move to HANA or were starting shortly and they were looking for best practices to smooth the transition. Most interestingly, it wasn’t just the IT leaders who were talking about HANA. Business leaders were also there looking for information on how they can leverage HANA to transform their business.

As Prof. Hasso Plattner noted in his keynote address the future with HANA is “not a collection of KPIs”. While he and other SAP executives discussed new capabilities such as the Digital Boardroom, overall the focus of the event was on the truly BIG opportunities that are possible with SAP HANA:

  • Speed
  • Simplicity
  • Digitization

Dolphin was pleased that several of our customers were selected to speak at the event on topics that were closely aligned with these themes.

  • Coca-Cola Hellenic talked about how they were able to increase the speed of business transformation with a comprehensive data management strategy that allows them to seamlessly manage their SAP landscape which spans 28 countries, 40 production instances, and generates 130% annual data growth.
  • Honeywell spoke of its digitization efforts to support the company’s “one global process” initiative. With a digitized invoice process in place, the company has been able to save $10 million from automated processing of more than 5 million invoices across 6 strategic business groups and gained greater transparency and control across the organization.
  • Primetals was a “prime” example of how organizations can leverage the HANA Cloud Platform to simplify their SAP landscape.

Throughout the event Dolphin continued to discuss how our data and process solutions can help organizations reduce the cost and complexity of SAP systems. While there we talked about recent projects. Case studies we presented included information on how customers have been able to:

  • Reduce a 20TB SAP ECC system to 4TB using data archiving so customers can move to SAP HANA faster and with less cost
  • Process +5 Million invoices digitally to to provide transparency across global, distributed organizations
  • Eliminate 4 SAP systems to reduce the cost of the SAP landscape as organizations move to SAP HANA

On a more personal note, a highlight of this year’s show was the fact that Dolphin was awarded the ASUG Infinity Award for our ongoing support of the America’s SAP User Group Chapters. This award wouldn’t be possible without the hard working ASUG volunteers who bring together SAP users each month across the continent. We were very lucky to get to meet many ASUG volunteers while at the show. THANK YOU to those tireless volunteers!!

We also truly enjoyed spending time with our valued partners PBS Software, TJC Software, and Taulia in our booth as we demonstrated how to improve business performance in SAP systems. We look forward to continuing to work closely with them and our customers in the next few months.

Want to know more about how to take advantage of the opportunity for greater speed, simplicity and digitization that is possible with SAP HANA? Take a look at our case studies and stay tuned for upcoming videos and online events in the next few weeks for even more information.

Simplifying the SAP Landscape with Lightweight Content Management

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.

 

From Metrics to Meaningful Information

 
To make informed business decisions, enhance processes, and drive continuous improvement, companies implement – and continually monitor – internal and external metrics. However, many KPIs and benchmarks cannot be measured with current manual processes, because manual work is so difficult to monitor.

Digitization enables finance departments to automate manual processes to significantly reduce the average processing time and increase the potential to control cash flow. This makes it possible to measure performance by capturing data points along the entire process lifecycle. These metrics, or key performance indicators, can help organizations identify areas for process improvements, remedy existing problems, and help curb delays at each step.

In his latest blog on sharedserviceslink.com, Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer of Dolphin, discusses how organizations can use digitization to implement better metrics and eventual move from metrics to meaningful information in the Finance department.  He discusses how it is only by continually reviewing metrics and performing regular benchmarking that organizations will be able to ensure that processes are operating efficiently and identify future areas of improvement and for accelerating innovation and growth.

Find out on the future metrics and measurement in the Finance department by reading Brian’s blog.
 
Interested in learning more? Join Brian and the Shared Services Link team from May 10 to 12, 2016 at the North American Global Process Owners Summit in Seattle, WA to learn about the latest trends and metrics used to propel global businesses forward.

 

Digitization & More @ SAPinsider Financials 2016

After a very successful User Group meeting yesterday the Dolphin team is excited to learn about how Finance will take a pivotal role in leading digital transformation that is taking over the SAP community. We’re thrilled that several Dolphin customers will be presenting their success stories at Financials 2016 this week.

  • On Thursday, March 17, Mary Wynne and Arlene Nikaido-Lung of Pepco Holdings Inc. will discuss how digitizing invoice processing across the company’s many energy companies resulted in a savings of $3 million in only the first year of operation. In addition to these remarkable cost savings, the highly regulated company has achieved greater control over invoice processing and increased transparency into cash flow.
  • On Wednesday, March 16, Tim Waldock of Owens Corning will discuss how decommissioning legacy SAP and Non-SAP systems helped the company respond quickly to international regulatory inquiries and standardize reporting across a diverse corporate landscape. The cost of decommissioning four legacy systems was almost equal to what these systems would cost to operate yearly, so not only has Owens Corning managed to reduce the cost and complexity of its SAP system landscape, it has better prepared to meet emerging regulatory and reporting requirements in the future.

Later this evening, Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer of Dolphin will take questions and answers at the Ask the Experts session in the Exhibit Hall from 6:15-7:00 PM. On Wednesday, he will also present a session on Optimizing the Order-to-Cash mega process.

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas this week and want to learn more about the trends we’re seeing in Finance, be sure to check out Brian’s latest articles and blog posts:

  • From Metrics to Meaningful Information: Brian discusses how organizations can use digitization to establish real-time view of the Finance department with key productivity and value metrics. Using these metrics, the Finance department can begin to play a more strategic role in transforming the business by analyzing the way cash flows through the organization to maximize profitability.
  • 3 Questions You Should be Asking the Accounts Payable Department This Year: Are your financial processes ready for what the future will hold?  In this article in SAPinsider Brian discusses the three questions you should ask your Accounts Payable department this year so your processes are kept up to date and your organization is prepared for the future. Hint: How digitized are our processes?  is only one of the three questions you need to know.
  • Establishing a Process Maturity Model: In this blog topic, Brian asks: “Where does your organization fall along the process maturity model?” Knowing where you fall along this model will help your organization determine the best path to process transformation. For many organizations adding technology will not be enough. By combining process improvements with technology enhancements, organizations can enable greater process flexibility and drive greater value in less time.

 

 

Dolphin and Pepco Holdings @ Taulia Connect

 
This week the Dolphin team flew into beautiful San Francisco to join our partner Taulia for their annual Taulia Connect event.

A highlight of the show for Dolphin and many of the attendees was Mary Wynne’s presentation Workflow as an Accelerator for Your Working Capital Initiative: PepCo. In this presentation, Mary discusses how the Pepco Holdings team improved invoice processing across the company and increased the company’s ability to capture available discounts. The results are impressive! The company has achieved: $4.4 million in savings from captured discounts in 2015 alone!

If you’re interested in learning how Mary’s team was able to improve invoice processing to achieve such spectacular results, be sure to attend SAPinsider Financials 2016 from Mar-15 to Mar-18 in Las Vegas where Mary and her colleague Arlene Nikaido-Lung will be discussing Pepco Holding’s Invoice Improvement Project.

Best of all both Mary and Arlene will be joining Dolphin and our other customers as the Dolphin User Group meeting, which is held in Las Vegas immediately preceding SAPinsider Financials.

Hope to see you in Las Vegas!

 

 

Dolphin User Group – Live in Las Vegas!

In this virtual age it’s rare that we have the time to get together and share ideas and learn from one another. That’s why we’re so excited about the next Dolphin User Group which is our annual in-person event, held on March 14, 2016, the day before SAPinsider Financials. The user group will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it promises to be a fun and informative event with many of our user group members in attendance.

  • Mary Wynne and Arlene Nikaido-Lung of Pepco Holdings will discuss the company’s amazing results after they were able to use Dolphin Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable to help centralize and standardize invoice processing.
  • Also, Karen Gabriel and Laura Cummings will be in attendance to talk about Vishay Intertechnology‘s continued process optimization journey, and help continue our discussion on Accounts Payable metrics.

In addition the user group provides a great opportunity to meet the Dolphin team who develop and support our users. Dolphin CTO Vishal Awasthi, CSO Brian Shannon, and other members of the Dolphin team will be there to learn from our users and answer your questions.

March is approaching quickly, so be sure to save the date in your calendars now. We hope we’re lucky enough to see you in Las Vegas!

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Date: Monday March 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM EDT

Dolphin Customers can register now for the event.

Dolphin Advanced Approvals for SAP HANA Cloud Platform Highlighted by SAP PartnerEdge

 
One of the biggest trends we saw in the SAP market in 2015 was the continued transition of customers to Cloud-based solutions and to SAP HANA.

Recently, Dolphin CTO Vishal Awasthi spoke about how Dolphin is helping accelerate this transition with solutions such as Dolphin Advanced Approvals, which is available on the SAP® HANA Cloud Platform.
 

 
In his interview with SAP PartnerEdge, Vishal discusses why the HANA Cloud Platform’s platform-as-a-service model is the future for many SAP customers. He discusses how the platform enables organizations to quickly introduce new cloud-based, highly scalable, innovative solutions while maintaining tight integration with existing on-premise SAP systems. Dolphin customers can benefit from SAP HANA Cloud Platform solutions, because the solutions allow them to lower the cost and complexity of innovation while also addressing urgent business needs.

Dolphin was one of the first SAP partners to develop a solution on the platform and we are proud that our solution, Dolphin Advanced Approvals was highlighted this month by SAP as part of its PartnerEdge program.

Find out more about Dolphin Advanced Approvals.

3 Questions to Ask Accounts Payable Today to Plan for Tomorrow

For organizations that are looking to improve cash flow in 2016, be sure to check out Brian Shannon’s latest article in SAPinsider magazine. In this article, he provides some suggestions for how CFOs can challenge the Accounts Payable department to look for ways to make processes more flexible and scalable in the new year. Things to consider include:
 

  1. Digitization – It’s 2016 – is your organization planning to digitize information so that processes are faster, more accurate and more transparent? Make this the year that your organization finally eliminates paper and moves to entirely digital processing. 
  2. Technology – Cloud, web and mobile technologies are permeating every corner of enterprise IT. How is your Accounts Payable department taking advantage of these technologies to improve invoice processing in your organization? Faster invoice approvals, vendor self-service portals, and the ability to roll out new functionality and adapt processes quickly are all ways that your AP department can take advantage of technology to improve processes and drive down the cost of invoice processing.  
  3. Customer Experience – Being easy to do business with is the key to success for every organization and vendors are the customers of your AP department. What is your AP department doing to improve the vendors’ experience? Vendor portals are one way to make it easier for the vendor to do business with you. Improving the speed with which your AP department handles invoice exceptions or offering vendors dynamic discounting opportunities are other ways to improve vendor relations and drive greater success for your business. 

 
Read more to find out more about the questions every CFO should ask their AP department this year.

3 Tips for Establishing a Process Maturity Model

 

New year is always a time when we think about resolutions to better ourselves. If one of your 2016 work resolutions in is to help optimize processes at your organization, a good place to start is by building a process maturity model.

A process maturity model allows global process owners (GPOs) to understand the current maturity of processes at their organization so they can methodically evolve them for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. At each stage, organizations can combine new technologies with new ways of processing to gather the granular information they need to understand not just the how, but, more importantly, the why behind each exception or delay that is hindering the process.

For GPOs, who are mandated to show continuous improvement, a process maturity model helps the company put measures in place that can reveal patterns that may be emerging in their key business processes. Being able to detect emerging process trends quickly, such as increased late payments, increase day sales outstanding, or delayed invoice approvals, enables organizations to take corrective action and minimize process disruptions across the organization.

Brian Shannon, Chief Strategy Officer recently wrote about the concept of process maturity models in a blog on Shared Services Link, along with his advice on how to get the most value from using a process maturity model in your business.

To read Brian’s full blog, go to: http://www.sharedserviceslink.com/article/3-tips-for-establishing-an-ap-process-maturity-model