1 Framework for Data Migration in SAP environments Does this scenario seem familiar? Want to save 50% in migration costs? Data migration is about far more than just moving data into a new application or environment it s about building trust that the data will work in the new application or environment Affecto s Framework for Data Migration in SAP environments consists of a best-practices methodology combined with efficient market leading software tools and Affecto consultancy expertise You are about to consolidate two or more applications you are facing risk of hidden costs the synergy potential is still a bit unclear you have to meet a demand for an increase in effectiveness! Furthermore there is a risk, that the future application will be based on inconsistent data with low quality. This may occur, if you do not ensure the level of data quality in the migration process. In other worlds you get garbage in garbage out! To consolidate two or more IT systems to a single IT platform, or just migrating data from one system to another can cause both high fever and headaches. We call it The Migration Migraine. And we have the perfect cure Affecto s Framework for Data Migration in SAP environments. This framework consists of a combination of tools/technologies from leading software vendors and best-practices in the form of a proven methodology, but most importantly our consulting services with extensive experience in Data Migration projects. The framework is built to mitigate risk and reduce cost in data migration projects from one (or multiple) platform(s) to a common standard platform. In close collaboration with implementation partners, the framework has been used in multiple projects including one of the largest SAP migration projects worldwide (for an anonymous customer), as well as in migration projects for Swedish Postal Service, the Norwegian Defense, Dong Energy (E2), Cerdo Bank, and others.
2 Business cases show that by using a framework, related standard technologies and bestpractices, there is an average cost saving of more than 50%. Below an example from a major Danish SAP-implementation project, where data from more than 100 data sources were migrated into SAP based on standard technology from Informatica: Task Share of Savings using total project standard technology Profiling 25% 60% Extract 10% 60% Validation 5% 50% Cleansing 15% 75% Transformation 15% 50% Load 10% 40% Documentation 20% 60% The primary business driver is minimizing risk, and ensuring that the projects are delivered on time and budget Complexity and volumes Exceptions in data are timeconsuming and expensive. Data is always more faulty and unaligned than first assumed. Even though potential cost savings are easily identified, recognized and significant within a migration and conversion project, these cost savings are not the main business driver for utilizing Affecto s framework. The primary business driver is minimizing risk, and ensuring that the projects are delivered on time and budget, at a high quality level, and with the required documentation for auditors. What s so difficult? A large number of challenges make this type of project a high risk and difficult. The core issues here are: Handling the complexity of data in source and target systems combined with data volumes that typically exceed original expectations. Even though the organization claims to have sufficient documentation and that volumes are not an issue, these two factors always exceed expectations. Understanding the source data available, combined with the target requirements and mapping these. Typically, documentation for the target application will describe which data is required to be loaded in order to get an application running following data migration. This documentation will be mapped against source system(s) content, or what is believed to be content, at a column-by-column level. When migrating data, a number of exceptions will be found or caught either in the process or when making the final data load, and then the only way to correct them is to start again with the source data. This is a very time-consuming task in any migration project. Data Quality. Even though data in the current system(s) may seem to be OK in terms of quality, there is always a need to clean data in order to fulfill requirements from the new target application. Data is always more faulty and unaligned than first assumed, and the degree of redundancy always exceeds expectations. On top of this, the target application will typically have a different interpretation of data causing semantic data problems, and resulting in data having to be transformed in order to meet target requirements. So again garbage in garbage out.
3 Audit trail. Documenting every move throughout the entire project, and making this documentation available to stakeholders. When moving data from one platform to another with the purpose of launching a new business-critical application with data from legacy systems, there is always a risk that the data might not have the correct content once populated in new target applications. This is often found whenever something goes wrong, i.e. wrong financial balance, wrong invoice, wrong order, wrong customer etc. The only way to find out what happened is to look through documentation and audit trails for how data was moved between systems, and what kind of transformation and business logic was applied to it to create the current result. Any migration project designed to launch a new business-critical target application must be audited prior to going live. Regulators and local laws usually require a level of historical data to be stored for a given period (e.g. 5 or 10 years), and this historical information must be documented. Therefore the link between historical and current data is crucial. The four challenges mentioned above constitute major risk for any migration project, and make it extremely difficult to estimate resources required to close the project within required time and budget. This is why Affecto has developed the Framework for Data Migration in SAP environments and used it with success during implementation of several projects. Migration Framework Framework for Data Migration the principle. Sources Auditing, Monitoring & Recondition Target Profile Validate Extract Cleanse Transform Move Load Databases Files ERP CRM DW... Metadata The illustration shows the overall migration process within the framework. The steps included are: Profiling. Using an assume nothing theory and technology, the automated data profiling step will create documentation about the source systems across all databases, tables and columns plus any flat file source data that might be considered a source system for the migration project. This will be done from an automated process, which will minimize risk very early in the process, since you 100 % of the data will be profiled. Many customers are doing this as part of the blue print phase. Validate. Match the profiling results against the business requirements of the target in order to identify and address discrepancies prior to starting the migration. Extract. Data can be extracted from any source in any format, and loaded to any target application. The interfaces supported by the framework include a large variety of interface types: all major datbase types, flat files, XML, mainframe sources, as well as certified interfaces to ERP applications such as SAP and Oracle
4 Cleanse. Categorize, standardize, enhance and match reference data including customer, supplier, product, item, organisation or other data descriptions. The framework is delivered with data dictionaries that can identify, clean and enhance name and address data from many different countries across the world. Transform. Apply any business logic to data in order to adhere to target requirements. These steps should be written with mapping documents at a detailed level in order to be able to have an ETL developer applying the logic without having to worry about the reason for the transformations. Move. Data must physically be moved to a target application platform in order to avoid network and performance bottlenecks. Load. Use the load capabilities within the framework to populate the target application. This is done in order to close the loop with regards to documenting the full process. This step will create business critical process metadata in the form of what was loaded, how much, by whom, status, etc. Automated collection of metadata Affecto has extensive experience with SAP migration projects using Informatica PowerCenter On top of these steps there is an automated collection of metadata to support audit and reconciliation following the final migration. The benefits of using a framework are many. These benefits must of course be weighted including the benefits of: Automated Data Analysis: Source system analysis is probably the single largest and most time-consuming part of the migration project. Audit documentation: Documentation is critical for final sign-off of the migration project by auditors (external and internal). Data quality. Data quality issues are the main reasons why migration and integration projects fail, or exceed budget by a large factor. About SAP and Informatica Informatica is an SAP partner since Informatica and SAP have more than 500 joint customers today for BI, Application Integration, Data Quality, MDM and Migration Projects. Informatica technology is officially certified by SAP, including the SAP-DMI Data Migration Interface which has been leverage for multiple migration projects for major SAP accounts worldwide. Informatica solutions allows to reduce the migration cost by 40% and the development time by 30% compared to ABAP and COBOL hand coding. Benefits by using Informatica in SAP data migration Ensure a successful SAP data migration with a single, unified enterprise data integration platform with SAP s Data Migration Interface (CA-DMI) and Powered By NetWeaver certifications. Avoid costly project overruns by understanding and addressing data migration issues early. Reduce project risk by relying on a proven track record of joint customer success in new SAP implementations, SAP upgrades, and consolidations of multiple SAP instances. Reduce project costs and time-to-value by leveraging shared expertise and proven best practices Avoid costly project overruns by understanding data quality issues upfront, using advanced Informatica Data Profiling, and addressing them efficiently and completely with Informatica Data Quality.
5 Summary: By choosing Affecto s Framework for Data Migration in SAP environments, you will make a choice that has been proven within a number of the largest organizations in Scandinavia. Affecto has extensive experience in integration and migration projects, through projects with a large number of the top 1000 companies in the region, as well as local presence and domain experts to support you in your project. Affecto uses market-leading and proven technologies for every project we engage in, and are proud to deliver within time and budget. About Informatica Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) is the world s number one independent provider of data integration software. Organisations around the world rely on Informatica to gain a competitive advantage with timely, relevant and trustworthy data for their top business imperatives. Worldwide, over 4,440 enterprises depend on Informatica for data integration, data quality and big data solutions to access, integrate and trust their information assets residing on-premise and in the Cloud. Informatica Customers Informatica has more than 4,440 customers worldwide, including: 84 of the Fortune 100 companies 87 percent of Dow Jones Government agencies in 20 countries Market leaders rely on Informatica: Telecommunications 18 of the top 23 Financial Services 44 of the top 60 Healthcare 9 of the top 11 Energy & Utilities 25 of the top 34 Insurance 18 of the top 22 Life Sciences the 11 largest With more than 1,000 highly skilled employees, Affecto is Scandinavia s leading competence centre for consulting, planning and implementation of IT systems to support business management, decision making, integration and processes. Working closely with our strategic partners, we provide leading, innovative Information Management solutions in the fields of Business Intelligence (BI), Financial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Performance Management, Risk Management, Balanced Scorecard, Data Warehousing, Data Integration, Data Migration and Data Quality. Within each of these solutions, we aim to provide a market-leading competence when it comes to business advisory, consulting, support, training and service management. All of our solutions are based on world leading technologies, such as Informatica, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle and Microsoft. Affecto Denmark Lyngbyvej 28, 2100 København Voldbjergvej 12, 8240 Risskov Tel.: Fax:
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