Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

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Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

Screen Shot 2016-09-26 at 8.20.54 AMContact Dolphin to discuss the findings in the Gartner report “Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement”.

Copies of the report are no longer available for distribution.

Source: Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement, Garth Landers, Alan Dayley, JP Corriveau, 13 June 2016.

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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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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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Simplify Your SAP Landscape and Reduce Costs with a Modern Content Management System

SAPinsider, April 2016
Dr. Werner Hopf and Vishal Awasthi

SimplifiedConentManagementROIAs more organizations look for ways to simplify the SAP landscape by moving to SAP HANA and retiring aging systems it’s time to look for a more modern approach to content management as well.

In a this Q&A with SAPinsider Dolphin CEO Dr. Werner Hopf and CTO Vishal Awasthi discuss how organization can adopt modern content management strategies that will enable organizations to remain agile for future growth and change.

Dolphin’s lightweight, service-based Content Archive Service (CAS) enables companies to store unstructured data wherever it makes the most sense for the business, in the cloud or on disk, yet still access it easily from SAP applications – thus lowering storage costs and simplifying access.

Customers who have adopted the Content Archive Service have saved 50% on maintenance costs for legacy ECM systems and report that the solution is much easier for both the IT department and users to manage.

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

February 25, 2016
Dr. Werner Hopf

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

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

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

Read online at Oil + Gas Monitor.

The Growing Problem of Big Data

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

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Hubbell Inc. Gets Electrifying Results from Data Archiving

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

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

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

Solution

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

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

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

Results

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

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

 

Tenneco Inc’s Data Archiving, Migration and Decommissioning Project Delivers Positive ROI & Simplifies Global Audit Reporting

Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products. The company needed to respond to various international audit requirements and was using a manual and inefficient archiving process to retain its historical data. The process was made even more difficult because the company was storing a large volume of data from multiple SAP systems that were located around the globe. The company stored data and images in two separate content management systems which were old, out of date and becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to support. Also, a large amount of the unstructured information (images) was difficult to access because it was stored in a completely separate system that was not integrated with SAP systems.

The company wanted to automate archiving and move to a single content management solution to reduce the cost and complexity of retaining historical data and facilitate its international audit reporting requirements. Audits represented the most complex and time-sensitive information queries, so despite the fact that company had previously implemented SAP DART, it wanted to find a solution that would reduce the time and effort involved in extracting data for audits.

Solution

Dolphin worked with the company to develop a comprehensive solution that incorporated data archiving, migration, and decommissioning with audit extraction tools.

To start, the company migrated its existing data out of its two legacy content management systems and moved it into a single solution, the Dolphin Content Archive Service for Disk. With this new, lean repository users were able to easily access all data and documents directly through SAP systems.

The company then archived an additional 3.5 TB of data out of its production system and into the new repository, saving considerable space and improving SAP system performance.

To improve audit response time, the company chose to implement the Audit Extraction Cockpit which facilitated the extraction of data for audit inquiries and other ad hoc extraction requests.

Results

With this project, the company was able to achieve the following benefits:

  • Reduced data in online systems by 3.5 TB
  • Reduce system complexity and cost by moving to a single content repository
  • Faster audit response time
  • Easier access to archived images in SAP systems

 

Managing Big Data in SAP Systems

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

 

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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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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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 Legacy Decommissioning and System Consolidation

Overall, legacy migration and system consolidation often represents an evolution in ILM strategy for an organization using SAP solutions. The move is from closed and disconnected systems into an open platform-based consolidated SAP application. Legacy system migration inherently reduces costs by enabling the organization to shut down systems eliminating hardware and software costs to maintain those systems that only exist for the purpose of accessing the data. System consolidation further reduces costs, simplifies management and streamlines a company’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy for data retention, security policies and compliance.

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Global Aviation Electronics Company Retires Legacy Systems and Retains Data

During the initial go-live with SAP systems, a global leader in aviation electronics and communications for government and commercial applications, decided to move only its current master and transactional data over from its legacy systems. Legacy data, it was decided, would be kept in the pre-SAP legacy systems, so the company could comply with its long term data retention requirements.

It soon became apparent, however, that the license, support, and maintenance costs for keeping these legacy systems running were too high. As time passed, it was also becoming difficult for users to extact data from these legacy systems when necessary. The company was concerned that the knowledge of how to access the legacy systems and data would be lost over time.

Solution
Dolphin designed and implemented a Decommissioning solution that allowed the company to output critical information from a variety of legacy platforms in their native format. This framework allowed the company to retire multiple legacy systems and significantly save operational costs year over year.

  • Legacy information was converted to ASCII format and parsed for key attributes
  • Key attributes were then transferred to SAP and stored in the company’s Archive environment
  • Legacy information was linked to key information in SAP for easy user access

Results

The company has realized many benefits from retiring these legacy systems and retaining legacy data in a more modern, compliant archive storage, including:

  • Immediate and ongoing cost savings from reduced license, maintenance, and support costs
  • Easy access to all legacy information directly from SAP applications
  • No user training required, as the solution leveraged the company’s existing archive Required no training
  • Satisfies all retention requirements
  • Knowledge transfer to internal team to repeat process for “new” legacy systems

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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, Infor, 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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