Here at Proceed we have been RightSizing SAP customers data in preparation for their migrations to SAP HANA and S/4HANA with results which significantly reduce their TCO. Working closely with SAP across the globe, having our S/4HANA RightSizing tools endorsed by them is testimony that there are many benefits to including a data management strategy in the planning of your migration.
An Excerpt from Making the Right-Sized Move to SAP S/4 HANA – Author Corrie Brague – Solutions & Products Marketing Director – SAP
Not all data is equal, you want only the best to run at your best
While sizing the move, you realize you have over 10 years of unarchived data. You have never seen the need to archive the data –the organization may need access. However, this is a great time to rethink why you are holding onto all that data and consider whether it is a good time to purge and archive some of the data that has reached its end of life.
By archiving data that is no longer in use, you can significantly reduce the data volume that needs to make the move to SAP S/4HANA. That means also reducing the scope, complexity and total cost of your SAP S/4HANA migration project as well as saving on hardware and SAP HANA licensing costs by optimizing your footprint. And you don’t need to wait for your SAP S/4HANA project to do this. By starting now, you can realize TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) benefits straight away. After the move to SAP S/4HANA is complete, you can take the savings one step further by decommissioning the SAP and non-SAP applications that were left behind, simplifying your overall system landscape and reducing your long-term administration and maintenance costs.
SAP Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) can give you a comprehensive approach to archiving data and shutting down both SAP and non-SAP legacy systems, consolidating the data into a significantly compressed retention warehouse. Native SAP system integration along with value-add data storage and loading capabilities speeds up implementation timelines. And, SAP ILM gives you on-demand data access and reporting options to view historic data even after the original system has been shut down.
You’ve made the move, maintain control
What about your future, anticipated data volumes? How can you control data growth to keep hardware, system and maintenance costs stable and optimized? Once you have made the move, control your data footprint by managing the information lifecycle. Not only that, proper retention management helps to ensure data protection and privacy compliance. For example, the EU GDPR says that personal data must be deleted when there is no longer a legitimate business purpose to process it (even just storing it counts as “processing”).
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