Converting to SAP HANA or SAP S/4HANA? Ease the Transition with a Data Management Strategy That Meets Your Needs

SAPinsider, July 2017 Dr. Werner Hopf The mass transition of SAP ERP customers to SAP HANA or SAP S/4HANA by 2025 requires careful planning, particularly when it comes to managing the data and documents that reside in existing systems. According to SAP, approximately 50% of the data in SAP systems is two years old or older (ITM211 -Data Volume Management in the Context of SAP S/4HANA Conversions, SAP TechEd 2016). Understanding how to manage this information efficiently is essential to managing the cost and complexity of transitioning to this new in-memory platform. While choosing a data management strategy is essential for any company moving to SAP HANA SAP S/4HANA, the need is more urgent for companies that will be converting existing systems. Following the data management best practices for SAP systems is the best way to reduce the size of existing SAP systems and reduce the cost and complexity of the conversion. However, different data strategies can be used depending on the size of the SAP system and the time and resources that are available. In this article, Dr. Werner Hopf summarizes two different approaches that companies can take for managing data and documents as they move to Business Suite on SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA or other platforms.

Converting to SAP HANA or SAP S/4HANA? Ease the Transition with a Data Management Strategy That Meets Your Needs

SAPinsider, July 2017
Dr. Werner Hopf

The mass transition of SAP ERP customers to SAP HANA or SAP S/4HANA by 2025 requires careful planning, particularly when it comes to managing the data and documents that reside in existing systems. According to SAP, approximately 50% of the data in SAP systems is two years old or older (ITM211 -Data Volume Management in the Context of SAP S/4HANA Conversions, SAP TechEd 2016). Understanding how to manage this information efficiently is essential to managing the cost and complexity of transitioning to this new in-memory platform. While choosing a data management strategy is essential for any company moving to SAP HANA SAP S/4HANA, the need is more urgent for companies that will be converting existing systems.

Following the data management best practices for SAP systems is the best way to reduce the size of existing SAP systems and reduce the cost and complexity of the conversion. However, different data strategies can be used depending on the size of the SAP system and the time and resources that are available.

In this article, Dr. Werner Hopf summarizes two different approaches that companies can take for managing data and documents as they move to Business Suite on SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA or other platforms.

How a Hybrid Cloud Scenario Leverages the Agility of the Cloud and the Security of On Premise

SAPinsider, April 2017
Vishal Awasthi

Many chief technology officers (CTOs) have already embraced the idea of cloud technology in some aspect of their business. Cloud storage and cloud hosted applications, for example, have long been popular options for organizations. Despite the numerous benefits of cloud solutions, a complete transition can seem risky, and many companies are reluctant to take the leap and implement a cloud-only strategy. This is why many organizations are choosing to adopt the
best of both worlds: a hybrid cloud approach that takes advantage of the benefits of cloud while keeping certain applications on premise.

Today, the question isn’t if hybrid cloud is a smart approach, but rather, what is the smartest way to implement a hybrid cloud strategy? Forward-looking CTOs recognize this shift and must now evaluate their organization’s cloud readiness and the best way to make the transition for their company.

SAPPHIRE 2017 Interview with Dr. Werner Hopf and Brian Shannon

In this interview with Thomas Wailgum of ASUG News, Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and Chief Strategy Officer Brian Shannon have advice for companies that are putting a plan together to move to HANA; discuss the importance of managing the lifecycle of information to support emerging audit and compliance requirements; and talk about Dolphin’s recent announcement about joining the Hanse Orga Group.

Reenergizing the Utilities Industry through Data Archiving

reenergizingutilitiesindustrynov2016Electric Light & Power Magazine, November 2016
Dr. Werner Hopf

Today, “big data” is more than just a buzzword: for many companies, it is a daily reality. Businesses across virtually every industry – and the utilities sector in particular – are witnessing an explosion in the amount of data being generated, creating a critical need to manage it effectively and efficiently.

Although this rapid growth of data generates enormous opportunities for analytics and business insights, the sheer volume can also create problems that not only impede system performance, but also increase the total cost of ownership for utility companies running large ERP systems. From invoices to meter reads, utility companies often find themselves faced with simply too much data.

To navigate today’s challenges brought on by the ever-increasing influx of data, organizations are implementing rigorous data archiving strategies to free up space, improve compliance with retention requirements, increase productivity and save money.

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The Importance of Information Management and Data Archiving

2016-10-24_infomgmt_archiving_wernerData Informed, October 2016
Dr. Werner Hopf

When an organization is looking to refresh their legacy ERP system, they are faced with a crucial decision ̶ should they upgrade their existing system or implement a completely new system?

Businesses must take a deep look at their current internal processes and business needs to determine the best course of action. To streamline any major system change, implementing an effective data archiving strategy is an important first step. Archiving data before a system change reduces the size of the legacy system and reduces the time and complexity of any future upgrade or new system implementation.

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SAP HANA big data strategy leans heavily on open source Hadoop tools

articleThe amount of digital data created annually is exploding. To process the massive volume of data generated by enterprise applications, as well as the information flowing in from a variety of external sources, organizations need a broad range of analytical capabilities. Some are now turning to the HANA big data tools offered by SAP.

 

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Taming the Data Beast and Taking Back Control

databeastHybrid cloud-based solutions are increasingly becoming the cornerstone of modern enterprise systems as they enable organizations to bring innovative solutions to customers in weeks vs months.

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Data Management & Digitization in the Energy Industry

Electric Energy T&D Magazine, May/June 2016
Brian Shannon

Organizations are continuously adapting to manage the ongoing stream of data, implementing strategic business plans to ensure that the company remains on top of current trends. But data volume management can be an arduous undertaking, specifically in highly regulated industries such as the energy industry.

Without implementing some sort of data volume management strategy, organizations leave themselves vulnerable to risk from retaining data beyond corporate policies or penalties incurred from not responding properly to an audit request. Audit requests from tax authorities and regulatory organizations can be challenging, and data volume management needs to be a priority for finance and IT departments so that the organization can remain compliant with data retention policies and then quickly and simply extract data to respond to these requests. While some organizations implement an archiving strategy to retain data after the fact, an increasing number or organizations are digitizing business processes such as accounts payable and journal entry approvals to ensure that information is being stored properly from the beginning.

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Extending Process Innovation to the Cloud: The Future of Enterprise Application Strategy

HANABy Vishal Awasthi | SAPinsider, Volume 17, Issue 2 April 26, 2016
For many companies, moving to the cloud can seem like a risky move. Whether they fear a lack of security or have invested too much in their on-premise systems, companies are reluctant to make the leap. But what if they could have the best of both worlds? By adopting a hybrid cloud approach and leveraging SAP HANA Cloud Platform, companies can simply extend their business processes into the cloud while leaving their SAP systems on-premise. Hear the benefits of a hybrid approach in terms of process efficiency, business agility, and growth scalability as well as how security can be factored in to protect your business.

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¿De SAP ECC a SAP HANA? Mejorando costos de migracion con Data Archiving

¿Cómo aprovechar la plataforma SAP ya existente para optimizar la inversión que en el futuro muy cercano requiere el desafío de migrar a Hana?

Patricia Rolón (Sapiensys) y Patrick Keough (Dolphin) presentarán en forma muy sencilla las estrategias relacionadas con SAP Data Volume Management, Data Archiving, e Information Lifecycle Management: mejores prácticas traducidas a una inversión más inteligente.

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Oil + Gas Monitor – Best Practices for Managing Data Through Corporate Transformation

February 25, 2016
Dr. Werner Hopf

Big Data, while still in its relative early stages as a trend in the Oil and Gas industry, is forcing midstream organizations to evaluate how best to handle it now and in the future. At the same time, the industry is realizing the current industry climate, while challenging, is allowing for a period of strategic transformations. Organizations must take control of unsustainable database growth and other difficulties presented by Big Data, however, if they want to be able to respond quickly to changing market conditions. Rather than letting too much data become an expensive and time consuming problem that prevents necessary corporate transformations, organizations should ensure that they are taking the proper steps towards successfully managing data now and in the future.

Find out what Dr. Hopf says about how companies can:

  • Identify Legacy Data and Move it to Less Costly Storage
  • Consolidate Redundant Systems to Prepare for the Future
  • Lose the Manual Processes

Read online at Oil + Gas Monitor.

Managing Data Through Food and Beverage Industry Corporate Transformations

February 2016, Manufacturing Business Technology
Dr. Werner Hopf

Recent high-profile mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the food and beverage industry highlight the tremendous growth potential the industry has to offer. And while typically viewed as favorable strategies for achieving growth and improved profitability, sizeable business and information technology changes that accompany corporate transformations place emphasis on ensuring that data is protected and systems are running efficiently. The recipe for success in the food and beverage industry begins with a system that effectively handles high volumes of data, and is adaptable to ever-changing demand and regulation.

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Kraft Foods Archiving Reduces Costs, Improves Performance and Simplifies Corporate Transformation

Kraft, one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, needed a data archiving solution to keep its large and fast-growing database in check. The company wanted, as much as possible, to use the same solution and approach for archiving data for its grocery and confectionary divisions even though each division had different business processes and data volumes. This approach became even more important in 2012 when the company decided to split the two divisions into separate companies.

Kraft needed to complete the spin off within a one year timeline. It needed a solution to:

  • Archive key data in preparation for system split
  • Automate the manual data archiving tasks
  • Improve retrieval of archived data to facilitate audits

As part of the spin off, each company would assume different tax reporting responsibilities, so access to archived data needed to comply with each business’ fiscal requirements. The company also wanted to ensure that archiving continued during this busy period so it could to maintain SAP system performance, but it wanted to automate archiving so key business and IT resources would be free for other, more pressing tasks.

Solution
Kraft worked with Dolphin to create flexible archiving strategy that would meet the needs of both divisions pre-spin off and facilitate the division of data while keeping the company’s SAP systems performing at optimal levels throughout the corporate transformation. The solution included:

  • Implementation of standard SAP archive objects: 20 ECC, 5 Plant Maintenance, and 30 BI
  • Separation of archived financial data according to fiscal reporting requirements
  • Automation of archive tasks using Archive Sessions Cockpit
  • Improved retrieval of archive data for audits using 9 PBS Archive Add-on Modules

During the system split period, the Dolphin Archive Migration Tool to securely migrate unstructured documents from source to target systems, as needed. Dolphin also archived the company’s legacy Plant Maintenance modules, so that the company could upgrade its SAP systems.

Results
With Dolphin’s archiving solution in place, Kraft realized faster system performance and faster back up, upgrade, and recovery times. Key accomplishments include:

  • Ability to quickly separate data according to spin off terms
  • Reduced 32TB down to 10GB of ECC data and online data residency periods to 6 months
  • Reduced cost of hosted data storage service based on newly reduced data volume
  • Increased efficiency of business and IT staff through automation of archiving tasks

The company continues to monitor its data growth and implement new archiving objects as needed to continuously improve system performance.

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The Growing Problem of Big Data

Big-DataThe explosion of Big Data is a major reason why, despite faster technology and lower hardware costs, IT budgets are actually rising. With more than 20 years of data volume management experience in SAP systems, Dolphin has the expertise that companies need to manage the problems of Big Data.

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Southern California Edison Reduces Data Before Moving to SAP HANA

Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, delivering power to more than 14 million people in California, wanted to improve the performance of their analytics and reporting. The company decided to be one of the first companies to move onto SAP BW HANA. However, to reduce the costs of this move, the company would need to reduce the amount of data in the BW system first.

Solution

Dolphin helped the company implement an SAP data volume management strategy to prepare the company for the move to BW HANA. The strategy incorporated nearline storage to enable the company to control the growth of data in the HANA database and still enable fast access to archived data.

Results

The company deployed BW HANA with near-line storage to reduce total cost of ownership for moving to BW HANA and has achieved both one-time cost savings and on-going cost savings.

  • Initial savings of 170 GB (25%)
  • On-going yearly savings reduce DB growth on HANA (22%/yr.)
  • Yearly growth on BW reduced from 34% to 12%
  • On-going savings realized for HANA hardware, software & labor due to controlled DB growth
  • Enabled company to see a return on investment from BW HANA in 2.5 years, rather than the predicted 15 years

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Managing Data During Growth And Change

Midstream Business, October 2015

Dr. Werner Hopf
 
The problems of Big Data are difficult enough to overcome on a daily basis— but many midstream organizations that underwent a merger, acquisition or divestiture during the modern big data boom actually found these headaches multiplied. What’s a chief information officer to do? Here are three missteps to avoid when considering a corporate transformation.

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Hubbell Inc. Gets Electrifying Results from Data Archiving

Hubbell Incorporated, an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products since 1888, had grown for over a century through acquisition. This left the company with many legacy systems across its many business units. To increase efficiencies and lower costs, the company wanted to standardize its systems and use one solution so they could have a single source of truth across the organization. The company decommissioned it 18 legacy systems and moved onto a global single instance of SAP in 2006.

With many products and business units running on the same SAP system, the company quickly found that transactional data was growing rapidly. Hubbell estimated that the system would reach 3 TB of data in less than 2 years. This amount of data would be very costly as the company’s SAP instance was outsourced. The company was therefore billed for each GB of data storage. They were also billed for the length of time necessary to do system back ups, which was growing longer as the system’s data volume grew. In addition, business users, who were used to running queries quickly against the legacy systems found that their query response time in SAP systems were much slower than expected.

The company decided it needed to start archiving right away to improve performance and lower the total cost of ownership of its outsourced SAP systems.

Solution

The company turned to Dolphin to devise a data management strategy. The Dolphin solution leveraged Hubbell’s existing SAP system infrastructure and storage and Dolphin consultants helped Hubbell implement data archiving to reduce data volume. The solution included:

  • Standard SAP archiving objects
  • PBS archive add ons
  • PBS ContentLink

Phase one was completed in 2007 and focused on archiving data from the areas with the company was experiencing the largest data growth: MM, FICO, and iDocs. Subsequent phases focused on archiving data for other areas. Phase two (2008) focused on sales and billing data. Phase three (2010) focused on archiving master data. Phase four (2012) focused on archiving BI data.

Results

The company experienced immediate benefits from archiving. It was able to keep data under the 3 TB limit and enable:

  • Reduced data storage and hosting costs
  • Faster user queries for online and archived data
  • Faster backup of SAP systems
  • Simplified upgrade to new SAP systems and databases
  • Reduced risk with secure storage of retained data

 

Johns Hopkins University Data Archiving from Start to Finish

Running SAP systems since 1997, Johns Hopkins University had never archived any data. When performance issues started impacting their users, the University was told that that they should consider archiving. Some of the challenges the University faced were:

  • Too many records in the tables
  • Queries on transactional data were slow
  • System administration was taking too long and costs were too high
  • Storage needs and costs were increasing
  • Starting to see system performance degradation
  • Unique data issues in ECC, BW, and SRM systems

Solution

The University developed an Information Lifecycle Management strategy, which defined the policies, processes and tools for data and information from conception to destruction. They turned to Dolphin to help them with the project which included:

  • User friendly access to archived data
  • Transparent access to archived data
  • Archiving in ECC, BW and SRM
  • Ability to retrieve archived workflows with the documents
  • Defined residency and retention periods based on the type data
  • Ability to perform ad hoc queries

Results

Johns Hopkins continues to see success with their archiving project, which was rolled out in phases, gradually adding more arching objects. The University is especially pleased that the end users have been able to adapt to the new system so quickly and with very little training. The project provides:

  • Reduced DB size
  • Dramatically reduced the DB rate of growth
  • Additional archive objects added easily
  • 30% reduction in table size on average
  • Greater than 350M records archived and growing
  • End users satisfied and have had no problems accessing data

Managing Big Data in SAP Systems

The explosion of Big Data is a major reason why, despite faster technology and lower hardware costs, IT budgets are actually rising. With more than 20 years of data volume management experience in SAP systems, Dolphin has the expertise that companies need to manage the problems of Big Data.
 

 

Big Lots Reduces the Problems of Big Data and Sales Audits

Shortly after Big Lots, the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, implemented SAP IS-Retail the company noticed that its retail stores were generating a lot of data.

In fact, data was growing two to three times faster than what the company had initially estimated, and would reach 30-40 TB by the end of the year. This incredible increase in data volume was already causing performance problems, which would only get worse over time. Due to the year-round, high pressure nature of the retail business, the company needed to find a solution immediately and it needed to be able to be implemented quickly, during the company’s very short SAP system maintenance windows.

In addition, the large amount of data that was being generated with each retail sales transaction also made it difficult for the company to retrieve data for sales tax audits. The data extraction process was very manual and complex. Each audit inquiry required seven separate steps to extract data from both the SAP BW and the SAP ECC systems. To be able to respond within the 2 week time frame provided by auditors, the company needed to find a better, faster solution for extracting data.

Solution

Big Lots engaged Dolphin to help develop a Data Volume Management strategy to control growth of data in the SAP BW and ECC systems, enforce data retention requirements and improve performance. The solution provided:

  • Secure, low cost storage for archived data
  • Nearline storage for fast retrieval of archived data for analytics
  • Common infrastructure to support both BW and ECC
  • Fast and easy retrieval of data by users
  • Simplified reporting for Sales Audits
  • Data retention compliance with business requirements

The solution was implemented in phases. In the first phase, the company controlled its data growth by archiving its business complete data. In the second phase, the company addressed the performance issues by adding fast and flexible retrieval access to the archived data and custom reports. The sales tax audit report was created as part of this phase.

Results

The company was able to stabilize data volume growth in both the SAP BW and ECC systems and improve user productivity through faster system performance and elimination of manual steps in reporting. Benefits of the solution include:

  • Stablized database growth
  • 97% reduction of data with archived and nearline technology
  • Reduced time to complete sales queries to 5-10 seconds
  • Improved Sales audit responses to 1 day from 2 weeks
  • Improved sales reporting 200%
  • Reduced data growth rate by 90%
  • Increased user productivity with faster system performance and automated reporting
  • Satisfied retention and tax reporting requirements

Big Lots Simplifies Sales Audits by Associating POS Receipts Directly with its SAP Financials

This presentation details how leveraging SAP POS Data Management application and nearline storage options help to ensure the vast amount of highly varied retail transaction data created across the company is easily accessible, improving audit response time and increasing productivity.

Manish Garg, Director, SAP CoE at Big Lots and Dr. Werner Hopf, CEO and Archiving Principal at Dolphin, discuss:

  • Big Data volumes generated by POS-DM require solutions such as nearline storage, which provide the performance and speed required for reporting on business-critical data
  • Associating POS-DM data with Financial transactions reduces the number of systems and steps required to generate audit reports
  • Archiving POS data ensures adherence with data retention policies, providing additional cost savings and mitigates risk
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Managing Data through Corporate Transformations

DataInformed, August 2015
Dr. Werner Hopf

Pick up the business section of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or USA Today and what do you see? It’s hard to go more than a day without spotting a news item about a company merger, acquisition, or business unit divestiture. All three are typically viewed as favorable strategies for achieving growth and improved profitability, but in today’s age of big data, executives have a lot more to worry about than final regulatory approval.

Managing the transfer of intellectual property (IP), where much of the value of a deal may be derived, has always been a concern. Now, with the ubiquity of big data and the rise in cloud computing, this concern is greater than ever. Each business transaction carries its own challenges and requirements to meet the desired outcome, but there are important steps that can be taken for mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures that will help to ensure that the big data changing hands does not turn in to a big problem.

Read more of the article on DataInformed.com

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Managing Explosive Growth of SAP Data across Multiple SAP Systems

A world-renowned manufacturer and retailer of revolutionary consumer electronics needed data strategies that would enable them to manage its explosive online retail growth while keeping customer data secure and available for reporting and audit requests. With 25 Billion transactions per year, the company’s existing infrastructure could not support the volume of data and system performance, stability, and functionality were being negatively impacted. The data volume also posed a significant risk, because the company was responsible for keeping the data secure for long periods to support tax and data privacy audits.

To manage its enormous volumes of data, the company needed a comprehensive data volume management strategy that would enable it to:

  • Move static and business complete data out of production systems into archive storage
  • Scale to support potential future data growth
  • Support analysis with fast, flexible access to historic sales data
  • Secure legacy data according to current legal requirements
  • Enforce data retention policies for fiscal and consumer data
  • Enable fast response to audit inquiries

Due to the volume of data, the company needed an aggressive archiving strategy to keep production systems running at optimal levels. In addition, new privacy regulations required the company to go back through historical, archived data and ensure that it met current consumer data privacy standards.

Solution: Archiving to Hybrid Storage with Data Retention & Audit

Dolphin provided the company with data strategies that would 1) help it meet current demands and scale to meet future growth and 2) stay compliant with retention and audit requirements. Key capabilities include:

  • Implementation of Standard SAP Archiving Objects with PBS Archive Add On modules for seamless access
  • PBS Nearline storage for fast access to archived sales data used in analysis
  • Dolphin Data Management and Archive Management Cockpit for encrypting production and archive data
  • Dolphin Archive Retention Cockpit to enforce corporate retention policies
  • TJC Audit Extraction Cockpit (AEC) for flexible audit reporting

Dolphin used an aggressive archiving strategy and a hybrid storage model. Frequently accessed sales data was moved to nearline storage for additional compression and fast access. Dolphin also employed data security and encryption to protect sensitive customer data and added audit tools to facilitate responding to fiscal and legal requirements.

Results

The company has been working with Dolphin for almost 10 years to keep their data growth under control. To date the company has realized the following benefits:

  • Archived more than 250 TB data
  • Improved system performance
  • Compliant with data privacy and security regulations
  • Improved response time for internal and external audits

 

Preparing for SAP HANA™: Trends and Strategies in Data Archiving

This webcast addresses how to deal with rapid data volume growth and data archiving as SAP customers prepare to migrate to SAP HANA. We also discuss using a nearline storage (NLS) infrastructure for both SAP ERP and BW systems at organizations that do not have immediate plans for migration.

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Southern California Edison Migrates SAP BW to HANA adding Nearline Storage and Archiving

Hear Ron Grabyan, Manager Data Warehousing Services, describe how Southern California Edison approached migrating BW to HANA and its HANA implementation, and why SCE added an NLS strategy to control growth and achieve payback.

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Coca-Cola BIG Manages BIG Data with One Archiving Solution, Multiple Distributors across Multiple Continents

With operations in 17 countries across multiple geographies, the one shared challenge the second largest Coca-Cola bottling organization in the world had was high volumes of data impacting performance of its SAP production databases.

In this webcast, Darrell Kennedy from Coca-Cola BIG  (Bottling Investments Group) steps through how the various bottlers, each having different configurations and different tables that were burgeoning, came together with one archiving solution that handled each of their individual needs.

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SAP HANA and Big Data Archiving

Dolphin CEO and Archiving Principal, Werner Hopf, addresses Big Data and its affects. He says that when organizations are going to a HANA platform, it becomes very important to consider a data management strategy. Here’s why:
 

 

Harness the Potential of Unlimited Data Storage

SAPinsider, Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2015.

Organizations are collecting data at an ever-increasing rate. In the past, it was simply too expensive to store every bit of data, but the real-time processing capabilities of SAP HANA makes it possible to lift this limitation.

In this article, learn how a data storage strategy based on SAP HANA allows you to retain virtually unlimited amounts of data at a fraction of the cost, enabling you to answer previously unanswerable questions about your business.

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Archiving Big Data to Support GRC Initiatives

Enterprise CIO Forum, February 2015

While many organizations are racing to figure out the best analytical approach to extract business value from Big Data, most are still trying to determine how to deal with very practical concerns related to storing such large volumes of information. Further complicating matters is that much of this data is heavily regulated by numerous outside entities, each with a say in how long it must be retained and in what format it must be saved. While many CIOs and their teams remain unsure what role governance should play in their data archiving strategy, there are several clear benefits attained through archiving.

All too often, the concept of archiving still conjures up images of either IT or end users taking information offline to be stored away in a dusty basement where it might be safe from disaster, but extremely difficult to organize and ultimately, access. That’s not the case. Archiving today simply refers to the process of moving data from an active database to a more cost-effective storage platform. With a well-planned strategy, the data remains easily accessible to users.

To read the full article on Enterprise CIO Forum click here

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Big Data Jolts Utilities – Why Harnessing Big Data will Help Companies Surge

POWERGRID International, Feb/March 2015
Dr. Werner Hopf

Big data is everywhere, and utilities are creating more of it every minute. Delivering power is all about efficiency, which is why the energy industry is among those that have fully embraced that big data can unlock insights into how energy is distributed and consumed.

Applying analytics to big data is important, but in the rush to parse and dissect mountains of information, many organizations fail to address the big problem created by big data: There is too much.

Too much data is a drain on many important resources and necessitates a data volume management strategy to ensure high system performance.

Read this article for tips on how to improve performance of SAP systems with a data volume management strategy.

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3 Trends to Watch for in Enterprise IT in 2015

Innovation Insights – Wired Blog, January 2015
Dr. Werner Hopf

An interesting transformation continues to take place throughout the enterprise – IT is no longer being viewed as a necessary evil or burdensome cost center. Instead, in high performing organizations, IT is morphing into a department that plays a big part in the customer experience capable of delivering a competitive advantage.

During this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, I was struck by the lack of discussion surrounding traditional backbone enterprise resource planning systems, such as SAP. Instead, there was a focus on mobile, the cloud and the overall ubiquity of information, among other topics. It makes sense, too: these are the tools of the future which will propel the enterprise forward.
Changes in enterprise IT rarely occur overnight. Instead, adoption is slow — sometimes tediously so. Still, many trends emerge each year. Here are three to watch for in 2015.

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Holiday Data Healthcheck

Retail TouchPoints Blog, December 2014
Dr. Werner Hopf

Believe it or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us all. For retailers – both brick and mortar and online-only alike – this is the time you’ve been working towards all year along. The National Retail Federation is predicting that combined November and December spending will increase more than four percent this year to top $616 billion. In addition, online sales are expected to jump as much as 11% year-to-year.

In 2014, data is the lifeblood of a retail organization. It has the power to propel you ahead of the competition, but it can also grind business to a halt. In the SAP environment – one quite familiar to many retailers– the difference between the two is an effective Data Volume Management strategy for your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform. Without a Data Volume Management strategy in place, database growth is left unchecked which can result in three distinct problems. If your company is besieged by one or more of these issues, it is time to consider a new approach.

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Interview: Dolphin Speeds Business with Data Volume Management for SAP HANA

insideBIGDATA, July 2014

Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation offers business performance improvement for companies running SAP solutions by helping manage both data and processes. To learn more, we caught up with Dolphin CEO, Dr. Werner Hopf.

insideBIGDATA: Dolphin is playing an important role in HANA’s budding ecosystem. How did this relationship come about?

Dr. Werner Hopf: Dolphin identified data volume management as a critical component of SAP solutions almost 20 years ago. Founded in 1995, Dolphin started as a data archiving service provider for SAP systems.
Over time, Dolphin began to develop our own SAP add-on solutions, such as Archive Management Cockpit and Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable, and we expanded to provide software and services for business process optimization solutions as well as data volume management solutions. Our strategy since that time has been to help our customers manage both the data that fuels the business and the processes that run it, so they can improve the business performance of their SAP systems.

We continue to partner with SAP and with other leading software and hardware vendors to deliver flexible, yet comprehensive, business performance improvement solutions for our customers. Our SAP-centric and SAP-certified solutions help increase performance, reduce risk, and lower the total cost of ownership of SAP systems.

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Control Data Growth and Maximize SAP HANA’s ROI with a Data Volume Management Strategy

SAPinsider, July/August/September 2014
Dr. Werner Hopf

As more organizations migrate to SAP HANA, it is increasingly important for them to understand the role that data plays in supporting operational and strategic goals, as well as its impact on IT resources and budgeting. As big data grows, so do IT budgets. But despite better technology and lower storage costs, rapid data growth can quickly consume the benefits produced by technology.

Click here to read the article on SAPinsider.

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Data Archiving Benefits

SC Magazine, April 2014
James Baird

Despite the buzz around Big Data’s potential to transform business, many organizations must still deal with practical concerns related to storing such large volumes of information. All of this data is heavily regulated by numerous outside entities, each with a say in how long it is kept, in what format it must be stored, and other governance regulations. However, many CIOs are still unsure what role governance should play in their data archiving strategy.

Click here to read the full article on SC Magazine.com

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Return on HANA investment – Two SAP Partners Weigh In

Diginomica, March 2014
When it comes to return on data, enterprise customers have a sticky wicket indeed: solutions for better results are everywhere, but the proliferation of data is also expanding at an intimidating rate. Net-net: the cost of getting a return on data remains a considerable problem. In SAP’s case, HANA use cases are maturing to the point where we can talk numbers, not just speeds.

Click here to read the full article on Diginomica.com.

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3 Tech Trends for 2014

IT Knowledge Exchange, January 28, 2014
Dr Werner Hopf

Look for Big Data to get more strategic and more important in 2014. With the New Year in full swing, leading industry prognosticators are predicting that IT spending on Big Data will continue to grow as even more businesses continue their quest to gain a competitive edge through newfound insights enabled by Big Data. What level will this spending reach? How will these efforts affect the distribution of power in the C-Suite? And most importantly: where are the areas of Big Data that are truly impacting cash flow and the all-important bottom line?

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Big Data: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Information Management, January 2014
Dr. Werner Hopf

Lauded as the next powerful driver of innovation, competitiveness and operational productivity, big data is increasingly being leveraged by forward looking organizations of all sizes to gain a competitive advantage. Big data contains a virtual treasure trove of information about customers, trends and countless other valuable insights which may have the potential to transform businesses. However, in the race to unlock this promise, many enterprises now find they have more data than they are capable of handling. Here’s how CIOs, data warehouse managers and others can build the business case for data volume management to help them more effectively manage this data deluge.

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The Big Challenges of Big Data for Oil, Gas

Rigzone, December 23, 2013

The industry’s need to better understand subsurface has driven oil and gas companies to collect a greater volume of data overall, more types of data, and is gathering data more frequently and at higher speeds. As a result, oil and gas companies are grappling with how to leverage Big Data to improve their business strategies.

Now that the oil and gas industry has addressed the challenge of storing Big Data – the collection of data sets so large and complex that processing it with traditional data applications is difficult – oil and gas companies are seeking how to leverage Big Data to improve their business strategies.

Read the full article at Rigzone Magazine

Extending The HANA Journey

IT Knowledge Exchange, December 12, 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf

The value of HANA is unsurpassed when it comes to faster analytics, modeling flexibility, near real-time data replication, faster reporting and data loading, and many new applications and enhancements. Most of all, it can help optimize the power of Big Data.

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Big Data’s Big Leap: Energy Providers Invest in SAP HANA to Enhance Data Insights

Electric Energy T&D Magazine,, November/December 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin

The energy industry is among those which have fully embraced the concept of Big Data with gusto – and why not? Virtually every aspect of the operation creates data which can be saved, culled and analyzed to mine important business intelligence that assists with future decision-making by identifying business opportunities and locating expensive inefficiencies. Big Data can help break down sales trends, find patterns through customer service interactions, weed out waste from the supply chain, and even help to optimize cash flow by optimizing important business processes like procure-to-pay and order-to-cash.

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Big Data’s Big Benefits: How Managing Data Can Mitigate Risk

Clinical Leader, Outsourced Pharma and Pharmaceutical Online, October 8, 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf

Few would argue that the age of Big Data has arrived. Businesses across virtually every industry especially the Life Sciences sector–are witnessing an explosion in the amount of data being created and therefore managed. Whether it is analytical, operational, transactional, structured or unstructured, more data is being created and stored today than at any other point in human history. While much debate is taking place about the potential value of analyzing these vast stores of information to identify research trends, business inefficiencies and even predict future behavior, the simple truth remains that there are very practical problems related to having large amounts of data, and accessing the data, which should concern Life Sciences executives.

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The Business Intelligence Balancing Act: Get a Grip on Big Data

SAPinsider, October/November/December Issue 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf

The promise of never-before-seen insights and previously unattainable analytics is a driving factor behind the rapidly evolving proliferation of big data. Senior decision makers from across the business unit — from finance and marketing, to product development and sales, and all the way up to the C-suite — are enthusiastic, excited, and empowered by the business opportunities offered by big data.

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Leveraging Big Data While Preparing for SAP HANA

ITBusinessEdge, May 9, 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf

Few would argue that we’ve entered the age of “Big Data.” Companies in arguably every industry are witnessing an exponential increase in data creation with data taking many forms- analytical, transactional, operational, structured or unstructured.

Concurrently, concerns about where Big Data resides in the hype cycle have recently surfaced. However, the CIOs and business unit leaders that I speak with daily universally agree that their approach to implementing Big Data strategies and solutions is not a question of whether they go down this road but when and how they best navigate the journey. They grapple with questions such as these: How does my organization tap the tremendous potential for Big Data? How much do I have to invest in new infrastructure? Can I leverage the tools, technologies, systems and software that we’ve only recently deployed?

Click here to read the full article on IT Business Edge.

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How Back Office Efficiencies Sweeten The Bottom Line

Food Manufacturing, August 2012
Dr. Werner Hopf

The complex processes that characterize the food and beverage industry pose a variety of challenges including low profit margins, perishable products, stringent government regulations and changing consumer tastes.

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Maximize Big Data Opportunities

SAPinsider, July/Aug/Sept. 2012
Dr. Werner Hopf

The age of “big data” is upon us. CIOs are now dealing with business intelligence (BI) systems that are experiencing record levels of data growth, from terabytes to petabytes and beyond.

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Building a Bridge to SAP HANA

SAPinsider, Jan/Feb/March 2012
Dr. Werner Hopf

Today’s business intelligence (BI) systems — like SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) — are experiencing record levels of data growth. As more data accumulates in these systems, they can become difficult to maintain, resulting in slow queries, reduced productivity, and increased TCO.

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Lowered Costs or Improved Performance?

SAPinsider, Feb/Mar 2011
Dr. Werner Hopf

Every company wants to make better business decisions. That’s why enterprises are implementing business intelligence (BI) applications like SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and using them to consolidate vast quantities of information, facilitate reporting and analytics, and enable smarter decision making on the business side. But what about IT?

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Take Control of Your Business Information

SAPinsider, July 2011
Vishal Awasthi

Developing a sound data and document management strategy can truly be a challenge; the types and amount of data and documents are constantly evolving while the need for information is greater than ever. Companies are also demanding accelerated efficiencies in back-office operations to automate business processes and keep IT costs to a minimum. It has become a balancing act to organize and control the processing, storage, and delivery of structured and unstructured information. The bottom line is this: All data needs to be readily available — in the right place, at the right time, for the right people.

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