The volumes of data now being stored and consumed by organisations is the greatest it has ever been, and not set to slowdown anytime soon. The importance of good data management processes for SAP cannot be underestimated, even more so now with the introduction of cloud computing and the need to monitor and manage consumption costs.

Archiving

With any SAP system, an efficient data management strategy is an important aspect for maintaining good system performance and for keeping the storage cost of systems under control. Programs having to trawl through large volumes of unnecessary data can increase runtimes and delay important business processes; database backup storage requirements and runtimes increase with increased table storage.

The size of data has a direct impact on operational cost when you are on a consumption-based cloud environment. For SAP systems based on AnyDB, the costs are predominantly disk storage; for HANA-based SAP systems, this extends to memory.

With our “Data Archiving” service we can help your people develop new processes to archive your old SAP data, incorporating industry leading technologies from our software partners and adopting specialist techniques.

HANA

SAP HANA is the main “go to” database system for SAP deployments, whether cloud hosted, or on-premises hosted. You may be planning to run SAP on HANA soon or may already be running SAP on HANA. Either way, an initial sizing exercise will determine the memory requirements of your target HANA system.

As your system ages, the database will grow which will drive the memory requirements up to a point where performance may be negatively impacted, and you need to act. This action may involve additional hardware purchase for on-premises systems or compute uplift for cloud-based systems. Either way, there could be a large cost implication.

Using our “Data Management for HANA” service, we can analyse your system and advise on the options available to minimise the cost implication, avoid this happening in the future and help implement any chosen options. Making use of this service now to implement some of the preventive measures, might further reduce the long term cost implications.

Test Data Management

Refreshing SAP test systems using full copies of their production counterpart has been around since the birth of SAP R/3 back in the late nineties and was the only available method at the time. For some SAP installations this remains the traditional method but over recent years, a number of factors have arisen that preclude companies continuing in this manner.

Do you relate to any of these common challenges when planning to refresh your test system from production?

  • Lengthy, time-consuming and resource intensive process
  • Production data in non-production systems violates GDPR regulations
  • Sensitive production data in non-production systems is not anonymised
  • Large non-production databases are required to support data refreshes
  • Benefits of cloud lost with souring test system storage costs

With our “Test Data Management” service we can help your people develop new processes for tackling your SAP test data refresh challenges, incorporating industry leading technologies from our software partners and adopting specialist techniques.

See Case Study Instigating the Change of Thinking for SAP System Data Refresh.

Housekeeping

With our “Data Housekeeping” service, we address some of the often-over-looked opportunities to remove unnecessary data from your SAP systems in your entire landscape. Following an analysis of the SAP systems you include in scope of the service, we will advise on what measures can be taken to bring your house back into shape, and optionally, implement the required processes.

You can use our “Data Housekeeping” service as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with our “Data Archiving” service, to help you address your data volume management challenges.