Best Practices For SAP Data Management

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

An effective SAP data management strategy is vital for maintaining good system performance, decreasing costs, maximising business value, and stronger productivity. With the proliferation of data, managing your data has become more important than ever – especially for organisations that generate large amounts of it. Errors in data cause a plethora of problems, and it’s becoming one of IT’s greatest challenges.


As we mentioned in a previous blog, there are many challenges around data. Lack of data governance, not understanding data management, performance challenges, and cost implications are among some of the main challenges. Data models are becoming more complex, which means companies need innovative strategies and better infrastructure if they want to keep up.


Here are some of the strategies to overcome data growth challenges:

SAP Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)

With the growing levels of data, data control is a real challenge. By using SAP (ILM), it’s easier to comply with the necessary legal requirements for data retention and destruction.

Regulation and Compliance

By making sure you follow regulation and compliance procedures (like GDPR), you minimise risks by ensuring your data is in tip-top shape.

Data Archiving

If you have older, inactive data that is still important to your organisation, you can store it on a separate storage device for long-term retention. By storing it onto a less expensive location, you save money and it’s also easier to locate files.

Data Retention

Organisations usually retain data for auditing and reporting purposes. An effective data retention policy will ensure that documents are organised and can be searched and accessed when necessary.


Many companies still have legacy systems in place. While getting rid of them might seem like the easiest choice, they still have to be maintained as they could contain data which is required to meet compliance regulations.

Data Migration

Organisations usually migrate data when they’re implementing a new system or upgrading a server. Make sure you create a data migration plan to effectively manage the process. Most companies migrate data on a quarterly basis.

Data Deletion

The less data you have, the easier your data management strategy will be. Application performance will improve and there’ll be less of a security risk with the removal of unwanted data.

As SAP data management specialists, we provide best practice solutions that will improve your data management and help you keep up with the ever-increasing growth of data. Our services include data archiving, SAP ILM data retention management, and SAP Information Lifecycle Management decommissioning.

If you want to know more about overcoming data growth challenges and implementing a SAP data management strategy, then contact us.