Author: Deanna At SAPPHIRE NOW, back in May, I had the opportunity to present a session at the Symmetry booth. The topic remains as timely now, a few months later, as it was then: best practices for data volume management while transitioning to HANA. In fact, with HANA positioned as the ongoing leader in SAP…
By Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services Where is your company on the HANA implementation spectrum? Are you planning your HANA upgrade, in the middle of a conversion to HANA S/4, or perhaps recently upgraded to Suite on HANA? In each of these HANA deployment stages, data volume management initiatives have distinct motivations and approaches. Let’s examine these differences and important data volume management steps to consider regardless of where your HANA implementation stands today: Adaptation to HANA S/4 Simple Finance Did you know that HANA S/4 Simple Finance has different data structures that also bring changes to archiving? Some archive objects are now obsolete, while new archive objects are available. Data dependencies among archive objects requires proper sequencing in the process. In addition to new data archiving definitions, data aging transfers (business complete) accounting documents from Hot In-Memory to Cold Disk. This is essential to controlling in-memory data volumes and costs. If the horizon includes HANA S/4 Simple Finance, instituting the archive strategy before conversion is a smart choice. Why? Less documents to convert enables shorter timelines for the project, from testing to the live conversion.
Have you ever wondered about the benefits of data archiving? Maybe you’ve joined an organization with an aging archiving policy, or are part of a business that’s established itself in recent years and is concerned about legal implications of data management. No matter what your role or the status of data management within your organization, if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why is data archiving important?” this blog post is for you. Enhanced System Performance Business today is done in an increasingly digital world, with seemingly endless transactions happening through our computers and personal electronic devices. All those emails, orders, HR files, and other electronic information accrues at a rapid rate. And as that amount of data builds up, your system feels the weight of managing it. Response times slow down significantly. It takes longer for programs to open, perform basic tasks, and efficiently function in crucial business processes. By moving unused assets to a separate archive(s), a huge burden is removed–enabling both your hardware and software to performance at peak speeds.
By Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services At the Las Vegas TechEd 2016 conference, what happened there…is happening everywhere! Whether greenfield, system conversion, or landscape transformation, HANA was the word on everyone’s lips. Digitized, mobilized, and cloud technology innovations were showcased in conference agendas and on the show floor. I was able to assess cool new tools, participate in hands-on workshops, and attend Roadmap talks. Throughout, I couldn’t drift far from the idea that the human factor is the “generational” factor in this richly integrated “next gen” technology frontier. HANA adaptation is all about transforming how companies access and apply data to expand their businesses. For Big Data to be predictive, shape market direction, influence consumer behavior, fulfill orders faster, and be compliant, it has to be clean and agile.
Move off the Road to Nowhere with Process Improvement Paired with Data Archiving Practices By Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services The question of what to do about master data–particularly material masters–has been a perennial question over the years. It seems to be an emerging hot topic lately as well, when we meet with customers to discuss their biggest SAP challenges. What makes this repeat scenario even more interesting is the fact that each of these customers have a Master Data Management–or MDM–tool functioning. In fact, a lot of attention is given to the quality of their MDM process. However, did you know that these powerful tools and diagnostics don’t necessarily improve your valued customers’ on-line shopping experience? They may not help the user community see less of the master data elements they don’t want to see in daily work. And they may not speed key processes relying on master data, such as BW/BI extracts, material pricing runs, MRP, ATP, etc.!
This past Friday, Simply ILM and partner firm Vortex Consulting joined a total of 29 sponsors for the very well attended ASUG Dallas/Fort Worth chapter meeting. In our session, we focused on the topic of data quality management, also known as “DQM,” which is a timely theme in larger discussions related to HANA best practices. Our gratitude goes to the chapter for the opportunity to present our session titled, “Data Quality in Document Flows: Common Problems and Practical Solutions.” Data Quality Management & Junk Drawers As the excitement builds with the promise of rapid deployment and transformation to Business Suite on HANA in the coming years, it gets me thinking about the universality of transactional data quality management opportunities. And why is it that with each new race to next generation technology, data quality–or the new buzz phrase “information stewardship”–is still crawling? Then my eye turned to my kitchen junk drawer. My junk drawer has been with me for 17 years–and some of the stuff in that drawer, even longer. It’s the dumping space for things I know I need to do something with or may need later. Organizing its contents is just not a priority right now–some other time…when I have a few free minutes! Maybe you can relate–and see where it’s easy to draw parallels between the two situations…
By Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services In our recent “DART Vader” blog post, we reviewed what can be the ‘Wild Space” of supporting and keeping the Data Retention Tool, a.k.a. DART, updated and compliant. To DART or not to DART is the question we’re exploring in this series. In the previous post, key considerations for integrating DART (or not) were presented, including aspects related to auditing and the assignment of roles and responsibilities. This second blog post dedicated to DART further expands on key roles in the system and offers information about tax audit scenarios and special conditions for non-U.S. systems. Question: What is Z1, Z2, and Z3 access?
By Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services In this first of our 3-topic series on compliance in 2016, we’re kicking things off with a review of Data Retention Tool, a.k.a. DART. The Data Retention Tool remains a vital component and “gold standard” in providing tax audit data. Support note 663007 offers an insightful explanation about DART’s position and utility in supporting response to tax audit inquiries. To gain further understanding about DART’s functionality extension in other countries, support note 1463497 is a highly valuable resource. One important aspect to understand about DART and its value to your organization is that it updates periodically. Updates can be in alignment with requirements influenced by customer workgroups, such as the DSAG GDPdU Workgroup and the ASUG Tax Special Interest Group. While some updates are universal to solving performance or security problems, updates may be country-specific, such as France (FEC) enhancements. The latest upgrade to DART 2.8 delivers important customer workgroup updates and technical improvements. To DART or not to DART is the question. In our 2-part blog post dedicated to DART, we’ll identify commonly asked questions and give you key information needed to help you answer those questions in a way that makes sense for your organization.
By Matt Wendroff, Partner & President and Deanna Mollett, Partner & Director of ILM Services Attending SAP TechEd Las Vegas is always an educational and stimulating experience. In addition to co-presenting with our client from Florida Power & Light in October of this year, we also attended a wide variety of sessions. After the 5-day convention came to an end, we were left reflecting on a recurring theme that surfaced time and time again: Even with a shiny new “toy” like HANA, the basics of a data archiving strategy remain an important and vital step in maintaining a healthy system.
As 2015 comes to a close, most of us find ourselves reflecting on our own personal and professional highlights of the year. At Simply ILM, we’ve been focusing our energy on preparing for 2016, with a few major events already lined up and several more in the planning phases. This year was our busiest yet. We’ve had a number of highly successful partnerships with our clients over the last few years, and, in 2015, Partner and Director of ILM Services Deanna Mollett shared those stories of success at several major speaking events and webinars. Here are a few highlights: July 17: In a session titled “The Total Package: Completing Data Governance with ILM,” at the ASUG Wisconsin Chapter Meeting, we addressed the shared objectives between Master Data Management (MDM) and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and how to approach the two processes in a way that promotes a more comprehensive data governance strategy.