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.

World’s Largest Automotive Seating Supplier Runs Single Accounts Payable Solution for Regional Shared Services Centers

When Adient, the world’s largest global automotive seating supplier, was spun off as a separate company from Johnson Controls (JCI) in 2016, the company needed to ensure it could keep Accounts Payable operating at peak efficiency or jeopardize important vendor relationships.

The company, which receives more than 3 million invoices each year across 230 facilities and 33 countries, wanted to find an invoice processing solution that could be installed as a single instance but used in its various regional shared services centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The solution would have to be able to accommodate the different languages, currencies, and invoice formats used across the company’s global supply chain and:

  • Increase the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of invoice processing
  • Enable consistent reporting against AP performance metrics, globally
  • Enforce corporate controls and comply with local financial regulations

The company had less than a year to move to set up the system in its new data center and decided to implement the Dolphin Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable, a solution which had been used successfully by its parent company, JCI, for almost a decade.

Solution: Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable

The centralized solution enabled Adient to standardize processing across the entire company. Key capabilities of the solution include:

  • Automated capture of highly unstructured invoice information using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Intelligent validation of invoices against Vendor and PO information in SAP
  • Configurable business rules to automatically post or route invoices for tax approval or exception handling based on corporate, regional, and local requirements
  • SAP workflows that integrate with other corporate processes in Global Procurement, Finance, and Treasury.
  • Centralized, efficient storage of invoice images for global access.
  • Real-time analytics and reporting on invoice processing metrics for productivity, cash flow, and status tracking

The Dolphin solution has certified integration with SAP S/4HANA, so the company knew it would work in the new SAP system which was Business Suite on SAP HANA, and that it would be able to work with S/4HANA when the company decided to migrate to that system in the future.

Results

The company was able to complete the transition to the new data center in less than six months and experienced no disruption in business. Key accomplishments include

  • 70% accuracy rate for paper-based invoices captured using OCR
  • 40% of invoices autoposted based on defined business rules
  • Support for more than 10 languages
  • Faster processing with automated workflows for approvals and exceptions
  • Greater Efficiency with improved collaboration between the AP, Procurement, Finance, and Treasury departments with reports and analytics that provide complete insight into invoice lifecycle and greater insight into working capital
  • Reduced risk and greater transparency with standardized processes and centralized image storage for all three service centers: US, Europe, and Asia.
  • Compliance with diverse statutory requirements in the US, EMEA, and APAC

The company plans to enhance the solution with robotic process automation and to enable earlier monitoring of paper-based invoice to ensure the fastest possible processing time and capture even more discounts.

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.

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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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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Cutting Cost and Complexity on the Road to SAP S/4HANA

To truly lower costs when making the move to SAP S/4HANA or SAP HANA Cloud, you need practical strategies to retain valuable information from your legacy systems and a roadmap for decommissioning those systems.

This webcast discusses real-world SAP HANA use cases that include:

  • Proven approaches and methodologies to retain information—cost effectively—to meet your current and future business needs.
  • Technology options for leveraging SAP and third-party add-on solutions to manage the retention and decommissioning process and provide seamless access to legacy data in SAP HANA.

Speakers:
Dr. Werner Hopf, CEO, Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation
Ken Campbell, Senior Solution Architect, Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation

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Achieve the Next Step in Your Digital Vision with Cloud-Based Smart Applications

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 1.39.04 PMSAPinsider, July/August/September 2016. For companies looking to achieve the next step in their digital vision, the cloud-based smart applications that are available on SAP HANA Cloud Platform provide an ideal solution. These applications can be quickly rolled out to users even before a full business suite migration to SAP HANA, which means they can be strategically used to add new capabilities and address key business pain points in existing SAP environments. Because the applications run on a cloud-based, in-memory platform, users can benefit immediately from the applications’ modern user interface, powerful computing capabilities, and seamless integration with on-premise systems. They are faster and are easier to use, deploy, and maintain than legacy solutions.

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Dolphin Advanced Approvals on SAP S/4HANA Cloud Platform

Advanced Approvals Add On for Accounts Payable

Dolphin Advanced Approvals is an add on solution for Dolphin Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable. The application enables business users to approve or manage exceptions on vendor invoices using the web or a mobile device. Listen to Dolphin CTO Vishal Awasthi explain the benefits of using this application and watch a demo to see how it can:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve efficiencies
  • Reduce cycle time for processing invoices

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PO and Invoice on SAP HANA

Dolphin is an AppDev partner with SAP. We help our customers improve the performance of their business processes by giving them the solution that optimizes and automates them. At the same time, we also help them improve the performance of their SAP systems through data volume management.

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The solution that we are going to show here is called the Dolphin’s Advanced Approval for Accounts Payable. It runs on the HANA Cloud Platform. This solution is essentially an extension app for our on premise accounts payable application (PTS-AP). The app allows us to extend the reach of our on-premise solution to the new user base.

In this demo we’re gonna see the example of Dolphin’s advanced invoice approval application that runs on the HANA cloud platform.

Here we’re going to take the example of the invoice that has just been sent by the accounts payable team for approval and the verification of the accounting information.

To take an action the user can actually click on this web approval link which you can see down here. That link essentially points to the HANA cloud platform base UI5 app. When they click on that app link using the single sign-on option, they might be taken to a screen like this here.

I can see the image side-by-side with the invoice information, which is shown here on the left-hand side.

We can see information like the PO number, the invoice number, the date, the amount, the reason code, why the invoice was sent

This application isn’t just limited to the invoice approvals, so it can also be used to resolve the exceptions such as the price mis-match between the PO and the invoice.

I can scroll down and I can see the notes from the accounts payable team in case they have some special notes about this invoice.

I can see where the invoice is going next.

I can see the invoice history as to what has happened to this invoice from the point it came into the accounts payable team.

I can upload any extra attachments.

I can put some notes of my own.

But finally, I can simply approve or reject the invoice using these two options.

When that happens, at that point, I can say accept and now basically the invoice will be approved. This actually will be sending a real time approval to the Dolphin add on solution (PTS-AP) that runs on the ECC which will then allow the accounts payable [team] to post this invoice or if you have the rules configured to auto post the invoice, the invoice will actually post automatically in the finance module in SAP.

We offer deep integration to SAP and at the same time we bring deep domain knowledge in accounts payable.

Our solution really plugs into SAP and now with the HANA cloud extension app we can bring the innovation at a much faster pace in the cloud and also extend the reach of our on-premise application (PTS-AP).

We chose to go with the HANA cloud platform because it really does offer us seamless access to the on premise components of the Dolphin solution. It allows us to give our customer the options for the user authentication and it really makes it very easy for us to manage the deployment and the ongoing maintenance of the solution.

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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Advanced Approvals on SAP HANA Cloud Platform

advanced-approvals-ssFast invoice approvals allow organizations to control cash flow and capture early payment discounts from vendors. To do this, busy users need an application (app) that will let them approve and handle exceptions for Accounts Payable invoices anytime, anywhere using any device. Organizations, however, need an app that does more than that. They need an app that provides users with a simple and consistent user experience from their desktops to their mobile devices. They also need an app that is tightly integrated with sophisticated Accounts Payable processes and workflows, cost effective, and easy to deploy to thousands of users. Dolphin Advanced Approvals is the first cloud-based app that provides such a solution.

Available on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, Dolphin Advanced Approvals is a modern and responsive app that ensures organizations can deploy an innovative app for approving invoices and managing exceptions in days, not months, without breaking the budget or increasing support efforts.

Individuals can use the Dolphin Advanced Approvals app to quickly review, correct, and approve invoices on a mobile device or on their desktop. The app’s simple and modern user interface makes it easy to use, even for those who are unfamiliar with SAP® applications.

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Faster Invoice Approvals on SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Fast Invoice Approvals & More Discounts with a Modern and Responsive App on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Want to capture early payment discounts from vendors and have better control over cash flow? Dolphin Advanced Approvals enables companies to quickly and easily approve Accounts Payable invoices and manage exceptions anytime, anywhere using any device.  Available on the HANA Cloud Platform, Dolphin Advanced Approvals is a modern and responsive web-based application that is both easy to deploy and use.

In this Webcast:

  •  Learn how enabling users to approve invoices quickly ensures the organization can capture more vendor discounts and lower invoice processing costs
  •  Discover how extending SAP applications with invoice approval solutions can improve transparency and control over organizational spending and cash flow
  •  Leverage the power of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform to quickly transform outdated, manual processes with minimal administration and support effort
  •  Increase user adoption with modern, responsive solutions that provide a consistent user experience on a desktop or mobile device

 

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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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Pacific Drilling Addresses International Growth with Optimized AP Solution for SAP HANA

Pacific Drilling, an international offshore drilling company that provides ultra-deep water drilling services to the oil and natural gas industry, wanted to have an automated, more controlled accounts payable process that would work with the company’s SAP HANA systems.

The existing accounts payable (AP) process was completely manual necessitating many emails, phone calls and the collection of manual signatures. The global oil and gas company required 24 hour access to information and the company’s manual reporting methods could not keep up with its rapidly growing needs. The company needed a solution to improve the accuracy, productivity and timeliness of its invoice processing. The solution also had to be very scalable. Due to extremely rapid growth, the company wanted to be able to support the increased global invoice volume without adding more AP headcount.

Solution

The company began the project focusing on the US business operations. The Houston head office was processing 4200 invoices per month of which 44% were non PO and 57% were PO based. They chose Dolphin’s Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable for several reasons:

  • Flexible capture of invoices
  • User intuitive interface required little training
  • Small system footprint that leveraged their SAP investment
  • Easy to configure for changing business rules
  • Simplified approvals
  • Automated workflow

Additionally the supplier portal greatly helped to reduce the amount of emails and phone calls that the AP department had to manage.

Results

The company implemented the Dolphin Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable solution with e-Invoicing, which significantly reduced the amount of time the AP department spent on manual entry of invoices and  answering supplier queries. The accuracy of invoice processing increased and the company was able to:

  • Post 20% of their invoices automatically; this number continues to increase as they refine their process.
  • Use flexible work centers to meet their business requirement for multiple individuals to share responsibility
  • Set up Multiple Approver levels in the automated workflow
  • Search easily search for invoices with holds or exceptions allows for faster processing
  • Roll out the system to remote locations with little user training because of the intuitiveness of the system
  • Use existing staff able to handle the increased workload

 

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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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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Maximize SAP HANA™ Performance and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

maximizeSAPHANAMaximize the Potential Benefits of SAP Big Data with HANA

According to industry analysts, we have entered the age of “Big Data.” Generally, Big Data relates to the fact that today’s business intelligence (BI) systems – like SAP NetWeaver™ Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) – are experiencing record levels of data growth from terabytes to petabytes and beyond. The challenge is in maximizing the opportunity for real-time business intelligence while minimizing the impact of exploding data volume on productivity and total cost of ownership (TCO).

SAP Big Data Archiving

The promise of big data applications, even combined with the seemingly endless performance capabilities of SAP HANA, does not negate the reality that turning massive amounts of data into insightful, real-time intelligence requires a sound data management infrastructure. As more data accumulates in BI and ERP systems, one major issue emerges: input/output performance degradation that slows data access. SAP HANA eliminates these bottlenecks by keeping data in memory, but the extra cost to add sufficient capacity can be higher than expected. From a data management perspective, making the most of the big data opportunity requires the adoption of two key strategies: 1) augmenting data archiving capabilities with nearline storage and 2) re-architecting the business warehouse (BW) data model for lean, flexible, organized “views” of information that serve up agile reporting without increasing administrative overhead. Dolphin offers a compelling strategy to help companies meet those goals, achieve significant savings, performance improvements and lay the foundation for leveraging SAP HANA – the vehicle for truly maximizing the potential benefits of big data – now and in the future. Dolphin is the leader in providing business performance improvement solutions for SAP environments. Our team has the expertise to help you enter the era of Big Data and build your bridge to SAP HANA.

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9 Tips for Selecting and Implementing an ERP System

CIO, July 2014

Experts in ERP and change management share their tips on how to choose and deploy an ERP system to maximize your monetary and time investment. Plus steps you can take to improve the chances of workers will actually use the software.

Deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is an expensive proposition, not just in terms of licensing dollars (SLA) and maintenance, but in terms of dedicated resources and time. And yet all too often, organizations, dazzled by vendor promises and hype — Deploy our ERP software and your manufacturing business will instantly run smoother and increase profits! — fail to come up with a viable long-term (or even short-term) roadmap.

Make a clear and extensive list of requirements before you start looking at vendors

“Begin by carefully defining the scope of your project,” says Ed Talerico, director, Industry & Solution Strategy, a provider of enterprise applications. “Focus on specific business processes and system requirements. The more specific you can be upfront, the more detailed your vendors can be in their proposals.”

“If you get one thing right, make it the up-front requirements gathering process,” says Brian Shannon, principal business process management architect, Dolphin Enterprise Solutions. “Few things derail project budgets and timelines as the ‘assumptive’ or absent requirements.” So make sure you engage with end users, IT and senior management.

“Too often, people select an ERP system based on factors such as price, current technology buzz or the system that is the flashiest,” adds Fresca. “But without a good fit, companies are left with expensive customization and bolted together solutions,” she notes. The solution: “Find an ERP system that is industry-specific, with tools and features designed to solve your business requirements. The ROI and long-term benefits of a good fitting system are extensive.”

To read the full article on CIO.com click here.

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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 TCO in SAP HANA with a Data Volume Management Strategy

DataInformed, July 2014
Dr. Werner Hopf

Big data analysis has given organizations richer information about their business than ever before. With real-time access to detailed info, executives have greater insight into and can exercise greater control over their day-to-day operations and trends. Advanced technologies such as SAP HANA open up new possibilities for powerful analytics and innovative processes, but these technologies are priced at a premium

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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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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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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?

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Nearline Storage Solutions: Manage Data Volume and Prepare the Business for SAP HANA

SAPinsider, Jan/Feb/March 2013
Dr. Werner Hopf

In the information era, you’re only as good as what you know right now. And for the majority of companies, what they know is largely based on the data they have access to. That’s why accurate, real-time information is so vital for making informed business decisions, and why it’s important that employees be able to access that information at all times.

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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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