SAF-T Solution by Country

The Standard Audit File -Tax (SAF-T) report is an OECD-recommended electronic accounting file to use for tax audit. Download our country-specific solution sheets to learn more about how to comply with SAF-T Tax Requirements in these EU countries. This standard is now mandatory in the following countries: – France – PolandSpainNorway PortugalLithuaniaLuxembourgAustria

SAF-T Solution by Country

The Standard Audit File -Tax (SAF-T) report is an OECD-recommended electronic accounting file to use for tax audit.

Download our country-specific solution sheets to learn more about how to comply with SAF-T Tax Requirements in these EU countries. This standard is now mandatory in the following countries:

– France

Poland

Spain

Norway

Portugal

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Austria

Five Ways to Maximize the Value of Shared Services Centers

5-waysTo streamline operations and improve service levels many organizations are considering establishing shared services centers. Near-cash processes, such as Accounts Payable
and Accounts Receivable, are very mature, transactional in nature, and have a vast repository of industry-independent best practices; therefore, these processes are often the first ones that are moved into a shared services environment.
While there are many benefits of moving to a shared services model, there are five key points to consider that will maximize the value of the shared services center to the organization. Download Five Ways to Maximize the Value of Shared Services Centers.

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Audit Extraction Cockpit

AEC_ss_thumbnailThe Audit Extraction Cockpit is a certified solution that allows auditors or the SAP Competence Center, under the control of the system administrator, to easily retrieve any table based online or archived data from SAP. Use this solution to respond quickly to requests from a tax auditor or internal/external auditor.

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Automotive Industry Solutions Overview

autoindustryovw_ss Dolphin helps automotive companies improve process efficiency and data volume so they can maximize the performance of large-scale operations across multiple global locations and a complex supply chain.

Dolphin’s SAP-certified add on software solutions enable automotive companies to increase performance, contain costs, reduce risk and most importantly, optimize cash flow.

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Oil and Gas Industry Solutions

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Dolphin helps Oil and Gas companies maximize operational efficiency with solutions to manage the data that fuels the business and the processes that run it. Our SAP-centric and SAP-certified solutions help increase performance, reduce risk, and lower the total cost of ownership of SAP systems. That’s why one-third of all Fortune 100™ companies that run SAP®, including leading Oil and Gas companies are Dolphin customer

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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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Imaging and Document Management

imagedocImprove document-centric business processes with simple electronic capture, storage, and retrieval. Go paperless in less than a month! Business processes that generate large volumes of documentation create clutter, reduce transparency, and increase operating costs. The Dolphin Imaging and Document Management Rapid Deployment Solution moves key documents used by SAP-centric business processes such as procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, record-to-report, or hire-to-retire online so they can be easily accessed, inside or outside SAP ® applications.

 

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Dolphin Archive Link Indexer (DALI)

DALILink Key Business Documents and Images to SAP® Transactions. Streamline the capture and indexing of key business documents in SAP systems to comply with corporate retention policies and improve the access to information for users. DALI enables users to scan and import PDF documents or images and instantly link them to all the relevant transactions in SAP systems while also ensuring that the information is stored according to SAP best practices.

 

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Dolphin Rebates, Chargebacks, Incentives and Claims

rebatesManaging post-sales programs such as rebates, chargebacks, incentives or claims in SAP systems is a complex process that involves tracking information across multiple sales and distribution transactions and retaining a wide array of supporting documents. Dolphin Document Management enables organizations to simplify the capture, storage and retrieval of post-sales supporting documents so organizations can speed up transaction processing, ensure complete visibility and auditability of the sales and distribution process, and lower the cost of managing post-sales programs.

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Dolphin Accelerated Data Carveout

carveoutOrganizations that are going through corporate transformations such as business unit divestitures or corporate restructurings need to protect their intellectual property by carving data out of SAP systems. To capitalize on new market opportunities or meet the terms of legally binding agreements, sensitive data must be extracted quickly and completely. The process of extracting master data from SAP systems is particularly challenging because complex dependencies can exist between master data and transactional data. Failure to properly extract and protect this data can put the organization at risk and jeopardize the value of these initiative.

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Dolphin Archive Retention Cockpit (ARC) for SAP

ARCIncreased regulatory requirements have legions of legal and records retention people clamoring for a way to manage the volumes of data and documents inherent in doing business. Companies are being forced to retain business records in a compliant mode, safe from alteration or deletion, for specified periods of time and after that, dispose of them. Records kept longer than the defined retention period may become a legal liability, not to mention incur spiraling storage costs and develop into a data management burden. The often cited Supreme Court decision (Arthur Andersen LLP v. United States, No. 04-368) involving business record destruction has endorsed the notion that a formal record retention policy which is in accordance with regulations and is strictly followed clears a business from the liability of expired record.

 

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Dolphin Accelerated Archiving

accelerated_archiving_ss_iconOrganizations with large volumes of data and documents can use archiving to improve system performance, reduce risk, and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of SAP systems. However, organizations can be reluctant to start archiving if they have to dedicate expert resources to such “housekeeping” tasks.

Dolphin Accelerated Archiving takes the manual effort out of archiving by completely automating the configuration, running, and long-term management of archiving tasks for ECC and BW systems. With Dolphin Accelerated Archiving organizations can move static data out of SAP systems to support strategic objectives, increase the speed of transactions and reporting; comply with data retention policies; and reduce operating costs.

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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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Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable (PTS-AP) for SAP Finance

SAPAccountsPayableDolphin’s approach to Accounts Payable automation and optimization takes significant time and cost out of the Accounts Payable process while providing several options for a truly unique solution that addresses your specific business situation.

SAP Invoice Automation

Dolphin’s Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable (PTS-AP) is an SAP-certified solution with invoice automation. It automates the receipt of invoice documents and data into the SAP application and incorporates easy-to-use dashboards that enable greater visibility into the accounts payable workflow process. PTS-AP is tightly integrated with SAP and utilizes the SAP NetWeaver Business Workflow engine, SAP ArchiveLink technology and third-party content management solutions. This unique architecture enables AP users to stay within the SAP application to record or review transaction records, while non-SAP approvers can still access invoices and perform coding and approvals using email and a Web-based interface. PTS-AP also contains open interfaces to image capture solutions, such as optical character recognition (OCR) and e-Invoicing networks to minimize data capture inefficiency and errors.

SAP Accounts Payable Automation

An optimized SAP/Accounts Payable process using Dolphin PTS-AP delivers sustainable cost savings, cash flow management and risk mitigation. How? The Dolphin dashboard instantly provides real-time information and robust analytics tools to better manage your cash flow. Because all records are up-to-date and Web-accessible, business users can review and analyze a complete process history that is more accurate than ever. Businesses may improve vendor relations by quickly providing immediate answers to vendor inquiries rather than researching and making many calls to confirm. The time savings from automating routine transactions allows your AP staff to focus on dealing with issues, exceptions and the highest business priorities.
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Travel and Expense Reporting for Dolphin Process Tracking System

Simplify Expense Reporting, Comply with Expense Policies, and Improve Transparency
Submitting expense reports can be time-consuming and frustrating for employees and a challenge for accounting departments. Dolphin’s Travel and Expense Reporting, which is available as an option with the Dolphin Process Tracking System, makes it easier for employees to enter expenses while on the road, using web or mobile clients.
Simplify Expense Reporting

  • Capture and attach receipts from a mobile device.
  • Auto-populate expense items from corporate credit card statements or enter details manually.
  • Ensure expenses comply with corporate categories, properly recover VAT and other input tax.
  • Enter line or header notes to facilitate processing.

Enforce Expense Policies & Procedures

  • Automatically route expenses to approvers based on SAP hierarchies and approval authority levels.
  • Flexibly approve expenses in SAP, by email, on the Web, or using a mobile device.
  • Set up substitute approvers or forward to other approvers to ensure quick, consistent processing.
  • Automatic reminders and escalation if expenses are not filed or approved in a timely manner.

Improve Transparency & Auditability

  • Track expenses in real-time by expense type, user, or date, either online or using configurable reports and dashboards.
  • Analyze expense reporting patterns to prevent rogue spending and fraud.
  • View supporting documents instantly, from a secure,low cost, SAP-compliant content repository.
  • Maintain a comprehensive trail of expense approvals to support audit inquiries.

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Journal Entry Processing for Dolphin Process Tracking System

Improve Journal Entry Processing with Automated Input, Workflow and Document Management

Dolphin Process Tracking System for Journal Entry (JE) solution breaks down the silos of information that make it difficult to create, manage and control journal entries in SAP systems. The solution helps organizations:

  • Automate and track complex journal entry approval chains
  • Digitize and enforce the inclusion of journal entry supporting documentation
  • Quickly escalate journal entry approvals during critical financial close periods
  • Comply with fiscal regulations such as SOX
  • Report on and measure the efficacy of the entire journal entry process

For companies that want to ensure greater transparency and auditability of their financial close process, it provides a better way for companies to complete journal entry approvals and mitigate the associated risks. With this solution, organizations can create, track and report on journal entries directly in the system of record, SAP.

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Dolphin Process Tracking System Mobile Approvals App

PTSSpeed Procure-to-Pay Approvals and Exceptions in SAP® applications

Unwire your organization with the Dolphin Mobile Approvals App and enable busy managers to approve critical or time-sensitive SAP procure-to-pay transactions anytime, anywhere, on any mobile device.Organizations can reduce invoice approval time, increase productivity, and optimize cash flow by pushing procure-to-pay information directly to managers’ smartphones or tablets, so they can quickly:

  • Approve and code Non-PO Invoices
  • Accelerate the resolution of blocked or held PO-based invoices
  • View invoice images as an attachment
  • Approve other P2P transactions from the same app: shopping carts, purchase requisitions, purchase orders, service entry sheets, and expense reports

This SAP procure-to-pay mobile approvals app is fully integrated with Dolphin’s Process Tracking System for Accounts Payable solution (PTS-AP), which is SAP-certified from SAP NetWeaver 7.0 to NetWeaver 7.40 on HANA. The App leverages these certifications as well as PTS-AP’s existing certifications on SAP NetWeaver Gateway.

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Identify and Access HR Documents Fast, Easily and Effectively

HumanResourcesSAP ERP HCM gives organizations in all industries the tools needed to manage their most important asset: people. The solution helps executives, human resources professionals and line-of-business leaders to forecast, plan and hire, as well as cultivate the skills of and train their workforce.

But like it or not, managing the process of people is both labor and paper intensive. For most businesses it has become increasingly important to have visibility into the workforce and a clear succession plan – ensuring a company never misses an opportunity. The requirements include quick identification of and access to all data and records.

By automating Human Resources, you can ensure that HR, managers and executives have the information they need to make sound business decisions. Automation of core HR processes focuses on streamlining administrative tasks, increasing efficiency and supporting compliance within changing global and local environments. The results can be significant, allowing you to pay more attention to strategic tasks, cost reduction and improved efficiency and productivity.

Dolphin delivers a rich environment to create solutions specific for any SAP Human Resources workflow. Developed with the SAP Business Workflow EngineTM, our solution takes a document-centric view. No matter how you want to design your HR workflow process, Dolphin makes it easy for Human Resources to be in command of how you track, manage and control the many documents that make up the employee record database.

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Electronic Invoicing for SAP Accounts Payable

einvoicingFast, Effective Paperless Accounts Payable Processing

Electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) by Dolphin is so efficient, you’ll save 50% or more on each invoice. Faster processing, lower transaction costs and greater visibility into your accounts payable process translates to significant savings and optimization throughout the AP process.

We’ve made paperless invoice processing fast, easy and affordable to implement for SAP Accounts Payable – even for your smallest vendors. It eliminates all paper and manual handling, from validating and scanning to indexing and distributing. Unlike traditional EDI, Dolphin’s e-Invoicing requires no costly IT maintenance or change in your vendors’ billing systems. It’s so easy that your vendors will thank you.

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Automating SAP Order Management and Processing

Process Tracking System (PTS) for SAP Customer Order Management

managingorders360Automate sales orders into your SAP application to improve productivity, reduce errors and handle exceptions. Reduce Days Sales Outstanding and gain visibility into the process. There’s a basic transaction at the heart of every business – a customer wants your product, sends an order and you deliver. How you manage that transaction says a lot about your company to the customer. Is it easy? Is it fast? Is it flexible? If a customer calls with a question, can you find the order and resolve the problem before you put down the phone? Successful companies respond to orders fast. They’re confirmed instantly, and the customer information is quickly entered and processed for scheduling and on-time delivery. The data is available on-demand to confirm order status, manage the process and make informed, accurate forecasts. Sales Order Management is in many ways the most important thing you can do to keep your customers loyal and happy. Dolphin offers a unified dashboard view of the Sales Order Management process. Making this process visible, trackable and reportable can drive dramatic productivity improvements in the Order-to-Cash process.

 

 

 

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SAP® Accounts Receivable and Cash Application Management

SAPARManaging Documents Throughout the Accounts Receivable Process

The Order-to-Cash process is at the heart of your business. And yet, it is often surprisingly inefficient and difficult to track. Even the smallest error can make the process inefficient, quickly draining available capital and resources. Automating order-to-cash processes and linking documents improves cash availability by decreasing the number of touch points at each step of the cycle, speeding your receipt of revenue and boosting productivity.

The Order-to-Cash process touches key performance areas: sales order management, order fulfillment, billing, credit management, cash collection and cash application. Dolphin can help you streamline this process. Managing the Order-to-Cash process more effectively ensures that orders get delivered on time and payments are collected quickly. Moreover, it ensures that you recognize revenue in compliance with company policy, accounting standards and regulatory requirements. In many ways, how you handle the Order-to-Cash process is the most important aspect of a company’s relationship with its customers. Now, make it the most important part of your business process management plan by turning to Dolphin for help.

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Using the SAP Business Workflow Engine is the Sensible Choice for Your SAP Business Process

Top10ReasonsSAP is the best-in-class ERP system. That’s why you chose it. That’s why your organization made a significant investment of time and resources to implement it as your system of record. Despite this, many organizations look to implement solutions that use other workflow engines when they want to improve their business processes.

Dolphin takes an SAP-centric approach to business process optimization. Our solutions incorporate pre-built workflows that are based on line of business (i.e., Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Order Management and Human Resources) and SAP system best practices. By leveraging the power of the SAP Business Workflow engine, we can provide our customers with solutions that are fast, flexible and cost-effective.

We’ve compiled the Top 10 reasons we’ve heard from SAP customers why using the SAP Business Workflow engine is not only a sensible solution, it is the BEST solution for organizations running SAP systems.

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SAP Workflow and Document Imaging

SAPWorkflowFor organizations running SAP, using manual, paper-based processes reduces the benefits and business value gained from an SAP system implementation.

Dolphin’s imaging and business workflow solutions improve an organization’s return on investment in SAP by transforming manual, document-centric processes into fully automated and integrated business processes tailored to the organization’s specific business needs.

Our solutions expertly integrate SAP standard technology with leading SAP add on solutions from Dolphin and other software providers, to provide customers with automated and streamlined processes that improve efficiency, reduce errors, and improve transparency.

 

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Vendor Portal for SAP Accounts Payable

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 12.20.04 PMAn efficient Accounts Payable (AP) process minimizes the clerical work associated with invoice capture and entry. Accounts Payable service levels and costs are also impacted by supplier inquiries regarding invoice receipt, expected payment date, changes to account information, and more. Adding a SAP accounts payable vendor portal can significantly reduce the time your AP staff spends responding to vendor inquiries and the self-service aspect enables suppliers to review invoice and payment status 24/7.

Dolphin’s Vendor Portal powered by Taulia is a powerful web application that addresses these issues and more. Tightly integrated with SAP, your accounts payable application, the vendor portal provides your suppliers with the means and visibility to submit invoices, have a real-time view of the process, search and retrieve purchase orders, learn the payment date, and even trigger or negotiate early payment for discounts. You’ll see immediate benefits in heightened efficiency to help save time and reduce costs that help improve cash flow.

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Dynamic Discounting for SAP® Accounts Payable

DynamicDiscountingDynamic Discounting allows buyers and sellers of commercial goods and services to change the payment terms for an individual invoice or group of invoices to accelerate payment based on a sliding discount scale. The process is specifically designed to allow buyers and sellers to manage early payment discount offers easily and seamlessly.

Dolphin handles dynamic discounting through a secure, hosted vendor portal that provides suppliers on-demand access to invoice status details. Details can be set according to company business rules and parameters, and AP departments can take advantage of the ability to create an invoice referencing the exact line items of a Purchase Order, increasing hands-free invoice posting. Increasing hands-free posting percentage reduces the number of vendor calls to the AP department, so that staff can engage in more productive activities.

Benefits

  • Reduce spend and earns more early payment discounts
  • Grant suppliers a say in payment timing
  • Discount amounts calculated dynamically based on the number of days remaining until the due date
  • Discounts can be taken dynamically as needs of buyer or seller dictate; they do not need to be negotiated in advance
  • Easy to use; no user training
  • Pay suppliers ahead of time – win/win for you and your supplier

The solution benefits suppliers as well, by offering them the flexibility of discounting some or all of their receivables. This eliminates the need to engage high-cost financing options like factoring or asset-based lending to obtain cash liquidity. And, dynamic discounting mitigates the uncertainty surrounding the timing and amount of payments, improving cash flow forecasting.
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Dolphin Archiving Sessions Cockpit (ASC) for SAP

ASCThe Archiving Sessions Cockpit is a hands-off process that schedules and automates your archive runs. Ongoing archiving processes require numerous actions such as variant creation, jobs release, run follow up and corrective actions. These activities are typically performed by the SAP BASIS or an Archive Administrator. The Archiving Sessions Cockpit (ASC) performs the complete process in a fully automated manner reducing the need for additional resources.

The ASC makes it possible to free the SAP Archive Administrator from recurrent manual archiving operations. The benefits are…

  • Eliminates errors
  • Removes business issues blocking system runs
  • Reduces the need for a dedicated archiving expert
  • Eliminates limitations from external scheduling tools
  • Provides control of the archiving process

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ArchiveLink Migration Toolkit (AMT) for SAP

AMTMass Migrate Archived Data and Documents

Change is ubiquitous. A change in corporate IT infrastructure strategy, M&A activity, lack of functionality in your existing solution, or unacceptable service levels are just a few of the reasons that may force you to replace your existing ArchiveLink storage system. How to migrate the archived data and documents from the existing solution should always be taken into consideration when a new ArchiveLink storage solution is implemented. Without proper planning and a go forward strategy, custom migrations can turn into big projects that overshadow the benefits of the new solution. The result may be a long-term drain on your IT budget in terms cost and human resources.

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Dolphin Business Unit Carve-out Process

Carve Data Out of SAP Systems to Support Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Divestitures

Mergers, acquisitions, sales and divestitures have become common occurrences in our economy. These changes impact most levels of the business, particularly in large corporations that run sophisticated systems and create volumes of data. For this reason, Dolphin created the Business Unit Carve-out process to split out certain parts of an operation from a productive SAP® instance. It is based on the SAP standard Archiving Development Kit (ADK) with customizations to facilitate full carve-out of target data and add safeguards in to prevent carve-out of non-target data. This came about as a result of requests from several Fortune 500 companies who were in the process of merging and/or divesting large portions of the ongoing business activities.

The Business Unit Carve-out process targets whole areas of business operations based on organizational entities specific to each unique business object. It removes the objects and all related data as a complete data object.

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Data Management Cockpit for SAP® Database Security

Companies today are finding themselves not only struggling to manage big data from multiple perspectives but also manage security issues around the data. Much of this is coming from stepped up concern around breaches in security of electronic information. eCommerce, with a multitude of payment options, transmits and stores massive volumes of business sensitive, personal information. Retail establishments, government agencies at all levels, the medical industry and other entities are rife with terabytes of personal and business data.

In addition to security breaks, companies regularly divest, split up, acquire and merge business units. In these circumstances, data is ‘divided’ up among business entities, causing concern for privacy for what is removed, deleted or retained. This situation is one that if not done carefully, affects not only personal information but can adversely impact the very nature of one or more of the businesses involved.

Many new government regulations at the federal and state levels, as well as internationally, have been established in the last decade to protect privacy; some have gone as far as to require companies to store sensitive information such as credit card, social security numbers and other personally identifiable information in an encrypted format.

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Security for SAP® Archived Data

Companies today are finding themselves not only struggling to manage big data from multiple sources, but also manage security issues around the data. Much of this is coming from stepped up concern around breaches in security of electronic information. eCommerce, with a multitude of payment options, transmits and stores massive volumes of business sensitive, personal information. Retail establishments, government agencies at all levels, the medical industry and other entities are rife with terabytes of personal and business data.

In addition to security breaks, companies regularly divest, split up, acquire and merge business units. In these circumstances, data is ‘divided’ up among business entities causing concern for privacy for what is removed, deleted or retained. This situation is one that if not done carefully, affects not only personal information but can adversely impact the very nature of one or more of the businesses involved.

Many new government regulations at the federal and state levels as well as internationally have been established in the last decade to protect privacy; some have gone as far as to require companies to store sensitive information such as credit card, social security numbers and other personally identifiable information in an encrypted format.

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Archive Retention Cockpit (ARC) for SAP

ARCManage Retention and Disposition of Archived SAP Data and Documents

Increased regulatory requirements have legions of legal and records retention people clamoring for a way to manage the volumes of data and documents inherent in doing business. Companies are being forced to retain business records in a compliant mode safe from alteration or deletion for specified periods of time and thereafter, dispose of them. Records kept longer than the defined retention period may become a legal liability, not to mention incurring spiraling storage costs and being a data management burden. A recent Supreme Court decision (Arthur Andersen LLP v. United States, No. 04-368) involving business record destruction has endorsed the notion that a formal record retention policy which is in accordance with regulations and is strictly followed clears the business from the liability of expired records.

Although SAP Data Archiving and ArchiveLink provide an excellent framework for controlled, unified storage of data, there are no out-of-the-box capabilities for applying corporate record retention policies to this data set. The SAP data archiving framework allows for the definition of a residence period for data archiving objects that controls when a certain data set can be removed from the database and serialized to data archiving files. However, this does not control when and how to dispose of records from the archived files. Problems inherent in an ad hoc retention management process are the lack of process tracking and the non-support of dynamic record selection (for disposition and hold).

Your legal department may have already taken the first important step by formulating an enterprise-wide record retention policy. From an IT perspective, you may have taken another important step by implementing standard SAP data archiving and ArchiveLink based storage for incoming/outgoing business documents. This brings business critical process data and documents into a controlled framework where lifecycle management policies can be implemented.

Dolphin developed the Archive Retention Cockpit providing a portal to manage the retention and end-of-life disposition of documents and data in SAP. It is compliance driven, a totally SAP based application, and supports any ArchiveLink certified repository.

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Document Navigator and Output Solution for SAP® Applications

document-navigatorFind, Display, and Output Documents in SAP
The Document Navigator and Output solution allows you to do find, display and mass output the documents from SAP that are stored on external ArchiveLink compliant content repositories. The mass output option supports batch or package output. You can access all related documents and content and distribute them selectively (all or one) to print, fax, email or download. For example, with a customer on the phone, you are able to view all sales order related content and instantly e-mail it as one package.

Batch output needs typically include AP Invoices, Purchase Orders, SD Order Related Documents, Customer Invoices and HR Employee Folders.

Examples of ad hoc package printing are PM Work Order Package – PM work order and notifications including DMS and ArchiveLink documents from equipment, locations, work-orders, notifications and materials; Customer Billing Package – SD Invoice with related documents from sales order (customer PO), delivery (POD, COA), material (MSDS) and shipment (shipping instructions, packing list); and AR Check Package – Checks with supporting documents such as invoice or other billing package documents.

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Legacy Migration and Decommissioning in SAP

legacyCompanies implement SAP planning to consolidate or decommission their legacy systems. But often a year or more goes by…and they are still there. Keeping legacy systems operational just to maintain historical information is expensive – they are difficult to maintain, take up valuable space and require specialized expertise. Moreover, the company runs the risk that the system won’t be supported as long as you’re required to retain the data. But business and legal compliance requirements make it necessary to ensure efficient access to this information for audit and fiduciary purposes.

Legacy consolidation has to be managed and addressed in the context of an enterprise information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. Methods for doing this vary from enterprise to enterprise – and even within an organization. Dolphin has developed a Legacy Archive Framework that addresses all of these issues.

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SAP Data Retention Tool (DART) and Dolphin Audit Solutions

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 12.19.14 PMPrepare SAP Systems and Data to Meet Financial, Regulatory and Compliance Audits

To respond quickly and accurately to different, rapidly evolving financial, compliance, and regulatory audits, organizations must ensure SAP® systems and data are ready to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting requirements. Dolphin helps organizations meet audit-related challenges by leveraging native SAP capabilities and implementing industry-leading SAP add-on software solutions to optimize and automate complex audit processes.

The SAP Data Retention Tool (DART) is just one of the solutions that Dolphin implements for our customers. DART part of your SAP general ledger module and extracts the audit information needed by the US IRS Rev. Proc. 98-25, German tax legislation, and other financial audit requests.

For companies with complex, multi-national, or high-volume audit needs, Dolphin can provide a comprehensive audit solution that is tailored to meet specific audit requirements across multiple jurisdictions and retention periods.

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Cloud Storage for SAP Archived Data and Documents

cloudstorageThe SAP world is abuzz about Cloud Computing, and for good reason. In the past few months, SAP announced a number of tools to help companies run SAP solutions on private cloud architectures. But amidst all the buzz, there hasn’t been much talk on one aspect of cloud computing highly relevant for any user of SAP solutions: incorporating cloud storage into SAP data and document archiving strategies. Dolphin is the first.

Dolphin’s Content Archive Service for Cloud lets SAP users use Storage as a Service as an ArchiveLink repository. The service allows a direct connection, acting as a “cloud connector,” from the SAP archiving layer to major public cloud providers such as AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, Amazon S3 and Google Cloud. It’s an option that makes sense for any organization, whether or not you are running other SAP solutions in the cloud. This cloud archiving solution enables SAP archived data and documents to be stored to cloud and transparently accessed whenever and wherever they are needed.

The primary advantage is that cloud storage lets SAP users align the cost of SAP storage with the value of their data. It frees customers to invest in high performance access for current, frequently used data, while shifting seldom used data and documents to a lower cost and practically infinitely elastic cloud storage services. Results thus far indicate that cloud storage may cost as little as 10 percent of the total of more traditional archive storage solutions built around traditional on-premises hardware.

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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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Data Archiving for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW)

BWwarehouseBW data volume is growing exponentially and associated costs are pushing budgets to the limit. Leveraging SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) gives you competitive advantages in business intelligence and insight. But the more data that goes in, and the more queries being made, the more data there is to manage. It won’t be long before query responses slow, database administration is overwhelmed and costs begin to rise – if they haven’t already.

The key to strategic data management for the SAP NetWeaver BW solution is determining how to improve performance while controlling costs with minimal impact to your infrastructure and overhead. Applying Information Lifecycle Management, or ILM, principles allow you to establish a lifecyle for your data in BW just as you do in ERP – lowering costs and improving online performance.

Dolphin implements PBS CBW Nearline Storage (NLS) solutions for SAP BW to deliver enhanced functionality from high performance data compression and storage technology with advanced analytics. ILM projects for SAP NetWeaver BW deliver scoping, design and implementation excellence by building the right strategy around archiving for your BW environment to strategically manage performance, costs and long-term growth with little impact to your IT landscape.

Additionally, Dolphin offers a compelling strategy to help companies meet their goals for a lean, flexible, efficient infrastructure to 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 or in the future.

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Data Archiving for SAP Applications

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Increase System Performance, Maintain Database Access, Align Cost with Need

Companies using SAP® are experiencing rapid data growth through expansion or acquisitions. Keeping transactional data online, particularly after it is closed, is expensive, impractical and fraught with risk. The real challenge is not storage but data management. Rapidly growing data and document volumes quickly cause system performance and productivity to plummet, frustrating users and saddling IT with higher maintenance costs.

SAP data archiving solutions help you achieve business goals

Dolphin provides SAP data archiving solutions for ERP and BW which support a comprehensive Information Lifecycle Management strategy that addresses the complex needs of your business. These needs often include regulatory compliance and the cost of maintaining and upgrading the IT environment. Dolphin solutions include Nearline Storage (NLS) with optimized analytics, legacy decommissioning tools and support for the management of SAP data retention. In other words, you get the data you need, when you want it without compromising your IT infrastructure.

Additionally, Dolphin offers a compelling strategy to help companies meet their goals for a lean, flexible, efficient infrastructure to 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 or in the future.

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