Moving to S/4HANA: 3 Tips for Managing Data to Ensure a Faster and Easier Transition

hana124This white paper discusses proven data management strategies that companies can employ today to help them move to S/4HANA quickly and cost effectively in the future. Topics include:

  • How to reduce data and shrink the footprint of existing systems before moving to S/4HANA.
  • How to implement a data and document retention plan that will ensure compliance with information retention policies in existing systems and in S/4HANA systems.
  • Benefits of decommissioning legacy systems after the move to S/4HANA is complete.
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Moving to S/4HANA: 3 Tips for Managing Data to Ensure a Faster and Easier Transition

hana124This white paper discusses proven data management strategies that companies can employ today to help them move to S/4HANA quickly and cost effectively in the future. Topics include:

  • How to reduce data and shrink the footprint of existing systems before moving to S/4HANA.
  • How to implement a data and document retention plan that will ensure compliance with information retention policies in existing systems and in S/4HANA systems.
  • Benefits of decommissioning legacy systems after the move to S/4HANA is complete.
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Dolphin Corporate Overview

DCODolphin takes an integrated approach to maximizing enterprise-wide performance, helping organizations manage the data that fuels the business and the processes that run it.We offer a unique combination of SAP add-on software solutions and business consulting services that help companies increase performance, reduce risk, and lower the total cost of ownership of SAP systems.

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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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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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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

Managing SAP Archive Retention

presentationProactive, risk-proof Data Retention Management is a key building block to a successful SAP ILM strategy. Without a cohesive, end-to-end Retention Management solution across the lifecycle of documents and data—creation to destruction—organizations struggle to sustain a data governance strategy.

In this webcast on Dolphin’s Data Retention Management for SAP archived data and documents, we discuss the driving factors for implementing proactive retention policies and how to deal with legal holds. We share tips, best practices and lessons learned drawn from real customer use cases. Step-by-step, you’ll learn about various tools, techniques and options for building a secure, reliable and cost-efficient data retention management policy.

Uncover the SAP data retention management strategy that’s right for you.

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