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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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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IoT Momentum Drives Push for Big Data Applications

Search Manufacturing ERP, 2015

Dr. Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation in Malvern, PA, explained that an international bottling operation for a leading beverage manufacturer was tasked to help reduce the total cost of ownership of its ERP system, SAP ECC.

“The organization has archived more than 11 terabytes of data, which has facilitated the consolidation of international operations, a major replatforming of their systems, and led to an overall increase in reporting performance.” His firm implemented a phased approach across both its ECC and BI systems. It also required a strategy that could accommodate two very different business models.

As a result, the project reduced online data residency periods to just six months, implemented automatic archiving to allow the organization to catch up on historic archiving and meet targeted residency periods, and resulted in faster system performance, backups, upgrades and recovery times. “SAP ECC data was reduced from 32TB to just 10GB, which increased job performance. It helped modernize plant maintenance systems and improve the performance of the business intelligence report,” Hopf said. “Lastly, it created an easy separation when the organization decided to spin off one of its business units into a separate entity.”

Read more  of the article on Search Manfacturing ERP.

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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

 

Hubbell Inc. Archives Data to Balance Fiscal Responsibility with Performance

Tom Shupe, Director Technical Services at Hubbell Incorporated describes how the company stays ahead of the curve on their data growth. He shares their experiences with data archiving and PBS archive software for retrieval in a hosted environment.

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Building a Sound, Risk-Proof SAP Data Retention Policy

Learn how to build a secure, reliable and cost-efficient SAP data retention management policy as part of your governance and ILM strategy.

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Amcor Rigid Plastics’ Data Archiving Success

Rob Bobba, Senior SAP Business Analyst from Amcor Rigid Plastics, and Jim Paschke, Data Archiving Team Lead from Dolphin, discuss how Amcor lowered platform costs and accelerated performance by implementing a solid and robust data archiving strategy.

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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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Daimler Trucks’ Efficient Data Volume Management

Roche LaTulippe, Integration Architect, Daimler Trucks North America, LLC, discusses Daimler’s archive storage architecture, strategy, implementation approach and the cost savings generated through archiving.

The webcast includes:

  • How Daimler Trucks addressed specific requirements in their business processes
  • Strategies applied to overcome end-user pushback to archiving
  • Incorporation of customer-defined tables into the archiving strategy
  • Approach for managing archive storage
  • Daimler Trucks’ results—archiving successfully to generate space and savings
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Johns Hopkins’ Data Archiving Project from Start to Finish

Zack Rose, from Johns Hopkins University, takes a soup-to-nuts approach defining how the university planned and managed their data archiving project in their complex environment: identifying staffing requirements; how they evaluated and selected third-party solutions prior to the implementation; the overall effort by the organization; and the most significant areas of improvement, including database size reduction and associated cost savings.

The webcast covers:

  • Understanding what data archiving includes
  • Selecting the appropriate scope
  • Coordinating the necessary resources
  • Executing a cohesive set of tests
  • Communicating an accurate message to those affected
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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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Kraft Foods: Evolution of an Archiving Strategy

An $18 billion company with approximately 30 brands, Kraft knew it had to control the rapid growth of data in its SAP solution. In 2009 Kraft embarked on a journey to implement an archive strategy that would take a phased approach and span ECC and BI. In the beginning, some of the greatest challenges were in Plant Maintenance where there was one custom archive object. Others ranged from lack of resources to large volume archive objects, the length of time it took to run archive jobs, and information readily available for tax audits.

Kraft added archive retrieval software, implemented new archive objects in PM and elsewhere, cleaned up and compressed BI database, and automated the archive process to manage the jobs to reduce manual intervention. At Kraft, the process of archiving is continuous and ever-evolving.

In this session you will learn:

  • Kraft’s process, results, and their roadmap for the future
  • Why establishing a data volume management strategy at the beginning can minimize performance issues and avoid cost.
  • How to define your archiving related processes and determine residence and retention times to ensure alignment to business processes and support optimal reporting.
  • How to ensure integration into your operations by involving business users in the initial conversations.
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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.

Click here to read the full article on Food Manufacturing.

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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Can You Win the War Against Data Volume Growth?

Dolphin’s Cloud Solution for Archived Data Can Help You Negotiate a Truce
Vishal Awasthi

In today’s dynamic business environment, data is being created faster than companies are willing — or able — to destroy it. What’s more, the appetite for real-time information commands IT to make data accessible whenever and wherever it is needed.

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